Siggy’s Travel Game

There’s no “right” way to travel.  Anyone who says differently has greatly misinterpreted travel’s true meaning.

However, one can suggest, recommend, or (as here) create a game that can make even the loneliest business traveler find amusement while waiting  at the luggage carousel.

Welcome to Siggy’s Travel Game

I started this game when I was 8. It has, of course, evolved over time. It’s “scavengerhuntesque” in nature.  The rules are simple: Try to fulfill as many of the prompts throughout your trip as possible. Then, make a few of your own and pass them on.

The purpose here is to create opportunities to learn about a new place in a way you wouldn’t have otherwise anticipated or rediscover a known place in a different way.

  1. Eat. Eat one thing you have never eaten before.
  2. The Market. Visit the local farmer’s market/supermarket/bodega.
    • I am a firm believer that you don’t fully experience a place until you visit a local market, hear the announcements and/or music, observe other shoppers, browse the aisles and go through check-out.
  3. Compliment Someone. On their hair, shoes, voice, recommendations – whatever. Find a way. Then do it. 🙂
  4. TV. Watch a few minutes of TV on a local channel (pay attention to the local commercials, news, etc.)
  5. Toy Store. Go to a toy store, play with the toys and then buy a toy (I had to keep one from the game’s inception!).
  6. Directions. Ask for directions from a stranger – even if you don’t need them.
  7. Explore on Foot. Take a walk, jog, or run alone around the area at dusk.
  8. Talk to Your Driver. If you are taking a taxi, bus, tuk-tuk – anything with a driver – strike up a conversation. Ask them for their recommendations in the area, about their life, etc.
  9. Do 1 Charitable Action. Give money to someone asking on the street, volunteer in a shelter, help someone in need with their bags, buy someone coffee or pay for someone’s toll behind you in line, etc.
  10. Do 1 Thing Outside Your Comfort Zone.  Introduce yourself to someone you find attractive, eat at a fancy restaurant alone, get a fish pedicure, dance in a bar, sing at an open mic.  Whatever it is – you are most likely in a place where no one knows you. So take chances!
  11. Go With the Flow. Change your plans to join a stranger on their journey for awhile, put down the plans and just wander and explore.

What would you add?

Author: Sigalle Barness

Sigalle Barness is the Chief Operating Officer of Lawline, the nation's leading online provider of Continuing Legal Education. Sigalle provides leadership and vision to ensure Lawline has the proper processes and people in place to effectively grow the organization while ensuring financial strength, stability, and profitability. Sigalle approaches her work with respect, candor, and a balance of decisiveness and flexibility as she furthers the objectives of the company. Sigalle's favorite things in the whole world are her husband and two children. Sigalle also loves good food and travel. She is an avid lover of music, video games, blogging, and cooking.

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