The Top Apps to Keep You Busy on a Long Journey

Going on a long journey has always had the potential to be somewhat boring. While you can always read and listen to music, there's only so much reading you can do if you're on a coach for hours before you start to fatigue – and especially if you're someone who gets travel sick.

Fortunately, these days we have smartphones on our person 24/7 that can provide all manner of entertainment. You can read on a smartphone yes, but you can also watch TV and films, play games and get work done. 

But a smartphone is only as entertaining as the apps you are running on it, so if you want to be fully entertained on a long journey then you need to make sure you download the best options. Read on to find out what the very best Android apps are for keeping you quiet over long distances…

Don't Look Back

Don't Look Back is a game for iOS and Android that takes a very minimalist approach to both graphics and game play, letting the user fill in the blanks while painting a canvas of red pixels and getting gamers to simply move and jump around the screen battling snakes and other run-of-the-mill enemies.
What makes Don't Look Back unique though is the haunting atmosphere, and the amazing story that is told in very subtle ways. For a pixelated shooter this short game has an incredibly haunting twist at the end that will stay with you long after you've finished playing. It's the perfect length for a coach or plane journey, and it's a great introduction to the 'indie gaming' scene.

Web Developer Tools

Web Developer Tools is an Android app that lets you code HTML and see it live without needing to be online. This is brilliant if you're a webmaster or you're interested in web design, and if you have a long journey ahead then it will let you use that time productively.

Kingsoft Office

Speaking of being productive on your mobile, you should also look into the brilliant Kingsoft Office – a full office suit for use on the go that will give you access to a word processor, spreadsheet and more. It's a little limited in some respects (there's no live spell check for instance), but for the most part it will let you do whatever you need to in terms of work while traveling.

Google Currents

If you fancy a spot of reading on your travels but want to try something a little lighter than a book, Google Currents may be just the ticket. Essentially Google Currents is an app that gives you access to all your favorite newsfeeds offline – by downloading the text and images while you sleep. This means that if you're traveling and you have no signal, you can still catch up with the latest news and opinion from your favorite blogs.

Sonic 2

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is one of the best retro plat formers ever made (just ask anyone) and has been lovingly ported to Android and iOS devices to be enjoyed on the move. The app was just released for Android and recently saw a huge update on iOS and now has full HD graphics, the inclusion of new hidden levels (based on a previously scrapped level) and access to more playable characters. This is the definitive version of what many consider to be the definitive Sonic game.

Candy Crush Saga

Okay so it's not the best made game ever and in many ways it seems it's just out to try and get you addicted so it can take your cash… but that doesn't change the fact that Candy Crush is incredibly addictive and can keep you quiet for hours at a time. If you want to forget you're on a long journey then just installed this little puzzle game – you'll be there before you know it!


Finally, if you're using a bus rental and having a family member drive, then you may want to download a GPS app that you can use to help out with the navigation. If you're bored otherwise, why not do something useful?

Nancy Baker, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for, US Coachways, reputable providers of bus rental in Miami. She loves to cook for her family and friends. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.

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