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10 Tips for Avoiding Hotel Room Boredom

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What to do if you are stuck in a hotel for the night and can’t find anything to do? Whether you had to pull over early because you were tired, got stuck in a storm, etc…you can find things to do to keep you occupied. During many cross country  moves and long road trips, I have had to stay in  hotels located completely in the middle of nowhere. What can you do when the town is empty? Check out my tips below and feel free to add your own!

1o Tips for Combating Hotel Room Boredom

1. Always have a good book on hand in your car. You can always catch up on some good reading!

2. Order a movie (yeah, it is expensive but how often do you do it? It will keep you occupied for several hours)

3. Workout if your hotel has a fitness center. You have no excuse if you have nothing else to do. Also, see if there is a pool for swimming laps or a hot tub to relax in.

4. Surf the internet, catch up on emails, or get some extra work done.

5. Relax by doing a yoga routine or taking a nap.

6. Call a friend that you haven’t talked to in forever.

7. See if the lobby has any board games or a deck of cards available to guests.

8. Look through the brochures that are usually located in the lobby. You might find ideas for cool attractions in the area.

9. Even if the town is deserted try to find something to do! Walk around and see if you can find any restaurants, bars, or shops. You can also see if there is a park nearby with a walking path.

10. Plan your own spa time by giving yourself a manicure/pedicure and facial.

What are your best tips for relieving hotel boredom?



    • mudrock
    • March 26, 2013  at  7:19 PM

    When I’m stuck in a hotel room do to boredom, I will usually just use the wi-fi if its free. I will also check out the exercise room and pool if there is an exercise room. I do not like being bored in hotels.

    • dogbert784
    • March 20, 2013  at  11:54 AM

    I like the first one. ALWAYS have a book to read when travelling.

    • Jessi
    • March 7, 2013  at  7:15 PM

    I usually only end up in a hotel room at points where I’m exhausted or need a shower. If it’s out in the middle of no where, then it means I’m probably driving a long distance and am only staying for the night anyway, so I’ll take a shower and pass out. Occasionally I will go ahead and try to get some work done online, too, but I’m usually too tired for that.

    • t4ve
    • February 23, 2013  at  10:36 AM

    Usually i take along a good book to read if things get slow.
    The other good thing I usually do is ask the receptionist if they know anything fun to do around the area.

    • daw131
    • February 21, 2013  at  4:05 PM

    Haha good advice for tacking hotel room boredom. I like working out or relax and watch a movie.

    • raynaputi
    • February 19, 2013  at  7:07 PM

    Thanks for this advice. I usually just go online via my mobile or just watch a movie until I fall asleep. Getting sleep at night is what really matters to me when I’m alone in a hotel.

    • melovesengland
    • February 18, 2013  at  3:55 PM

    When we are in a hotel room resting after a days out and I am still active what I always do is to read book or surf in the internet and catch up with my friends and family back at home. It makes me eyes tired after 30 mins that leads me to sleep. I also have a bubble bath if I havent got anything else to do. 🙂

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