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Train Travel Hacks: How to Deal with a Long Train Journey

I write a lot about how to deal with long-haul plane trips. But, what about long-haul train trips?

I have taken a train from London to Paris, from London to Machester and in Australia from Sydney to the Gold Coast. All of which have been super long and very boring at times.

What was my saving grace on these long-haul train trips? Phone apps.

Yes, taking a magazine, a book, your laptop or even a colouring book really helps with the trip also, but I often find myself seeking small and simple ways to help me cope with the train trip when I can’t be assed (so to speak LOL) to deal with a book or anything else.

Check out these amazing six apps I use to help me cope with a long-haul train trip. PS: they are all free to use too.

Side Chef

This is a great app for when you are staying in a self-contained unit, like an Air BNB or something similiar.

The app allows you to search and discover recipes based on dietary needs, or cuisine preferences. There is also a function which allows you to save your fave recipes to a digital cookbook, so you don’t ever lose them. Don’t worry if your culinary skills aren’t at Master Chef level, each recipe comes with an instructional video to help guide you through the cooking.


Access to more media than you thought possible, this app witll keep you well-informed on your journey of what’s ahppening around the world.

Pocket helps streamline the whole news experience for you, by helping you sift through large quantities of news articles and videos you’re actually interested in and then saving it for you to read. And the plus side, you don’t need an internet connection to access all the saved articles and stories. Perfect for those black spot moments on the train, when the signal drops out.


Everyone loves a good trivia night, right?I know I do. Not that I am any god at it, still love it though.

Well now you get to enjoy a good trivia game without all the sights and sounds of your local pub. Sporcle has thousands of great quizzes to help keep you entertained on your commute, and you might even learn some useful knowledge along the way. There’s a trivia quiz for any flavour, from sports to movies, television and geography. These quizzes are great in the morning, as they help wake your brain up naturally, making you ready to face whatever the day throws at you.


Of course, if you prefer to just kick back, relax and enjoy a few great tunes, then you can’t go past the Spotify app.

It’s been around for a few years now, but there’s no denying it’s one of the best apps around for helping you chose a great playlist depending on your mood. This is a free app, but a premium subscription for approx. $10 month is also available, which gives you more flexibility on music choices. If you hate ads, then you might find yourself purchasing the full subscription, as it’s ad free.


Learn a language before you arrive into your destination which speaks another language – maybe, maybe not!

This is a great new app which promises to help you learn new words in another language, or brush up on one you may already know. The app is a fun way to explore different languages, through the use of fun games. The app currently supports 19 different languages, and allows the user to set specific goals from 5 minutes of practice per day to 20. The further along you progress with the language, the more features get unlocked to help you improve further.

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