Every one needs a vacation. Too much work and no play can eventually wear you down physically and mentally. You have your staycations where you stay around your area and do absolutely nothing, or enjoy what makes your neighborhood or city particularly great. Or you have the kind of vacations where you get away from everything you know and immerse yourself in a completely different place.
As I write this, yours truly will be going on a long overdue vacation this week, where I’ll be going out of the country entirely. When it comes to any trip involving an airplane, one of the things I always want to make sure I have with me is a portable handheld system.
Bringing along your Nintendo DS, 3DS, PSP, PS Vita, or whatever your handheld system of choice is can be one of the best ways to pass the time waiting at your layover destination or during a long flight in general. Obviously, I won’t be playing video games the entire time I’m on my vacation. It’s not that kind of vacation. I’ll be sightseeing, taking in the culture and history of each place I visit, and interacting with the locals. After a long day of sightseeing, you want to unwind with something fun. Maybe you’re not in the mood to watch a local TV show in that country’s foreign tongue or you’re not compelled to read that book you took with you for the trip. Instead, you want to relax with a good game.
I have my 3DS packed and ready for my trip. The hardest part about packing my carry on bag with the leisure activities I want to do in-flight or in my hotel room is what games I’ll be bringing with me. I typically pack the games I think will keep me the most occupied for however long I’ll be away. My go-to games have always been puzzle games that aren’t frustrating to solve, but fun to play when you don’t want a game that requires your complete focus. I’ve always enjoyed bringing Big Bang Mini for the DS on trips. I have yet to finish it, but the colorful graphics, music, and burst of fireworks on display have been my favorite things about this game so far.
If you want a longer game that won’t require you to pack a ton of other games for your journey, a solid RPG game can do the trick. I’m currently taking my time with finishing Fire Emblem: Awakening and it’s the game I packed for my trip. The story, characters, and battle system are just so good you don’t ever want to rush the experience. I’ve also bought and downloaded some of the DLC for this game, so this will be a title that’ll keep me occupied both during and after my vacation is over.
No matter what game you decide to bring with you, make sure it’s a game you really enjoy playing and won’t mind having with you, whether your vacation is for three days or a week.
What are the games you’re most likely to take with you on a trip?