The big attractions in cruise destinations aren’t always near the ports. Or anywhere close. As a result, excursions often begin and end with a long bus ride, which doesn’t always show off the country at its best. A case in point: a five-hour journey going from Hanoi to the port of Hai Phong to join Orion Expedition Cruises‘ Orion II on my recent expedition cruise to Vietnam, crawling along a highway in darkness amidst a line of trucks, with nothing to look at.
But these experiences can be used to your advantage. In Vietnam, I decided to amuse myself by introducing my friend to the game of Angry Birds on my iPad. We were laughing about the ridiculousness of the game, when I heard familiar music to my rear. The people in the seats behind were also playing Angry Birds. More music to the right! So were the people opposite. In fact, most of the back of the bus was playing Angry Birds, which created a fantastic, if surreal, bonding moment. What was funniest was the fact that almost everybody was over 50.
So, short of sleeping, reading, listening to music, playing Angry Birds or I Spy, how do you pass a boring bus journey, when there’s nothing to see and even the tour guide has lost the will to carry on?
Have your own bus-tested boredom busters? Share them in the comments.
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