While I drove back from Wichita I listened to a book on CD, The Other Boleyn Girl. If you enjoy history, especially historical novels, I recommend this. I haven't seen the movie (is it out yet? I don't even know). I haven't read much about that era, and I was quite surprised at many things. I won't go into it in case you are interested in reading or listening to the book. But I'll say that now I want to go research other books about that time, those people, and see if it bears out.
After finishing that I started a Nicholas Sparks book and I'm about half way through it. It is in the car and I'm blanking about the title (I'm such a goober on memory sometimes!!) but I was enjoying it. Of course, I like just about anything by Sparks, so it was an easy choice. And I wanted something light after TOBG. I also bought John Adams and Truman by David McCullough. I've already listened to 1776 by him, and thoroughly enjoyed it. See, I really do like the history category!
I love to travel with a book in the player. The miles fly by! Time goes so much faster than with music, even though I love my music. There is just something about having someone read a book to me that is extra special and allows me to think about the content and context, even better, I think, than when I read. I always thought I was a visual person with learning, but I've found that if it is something I need to study and retain, a combo of visual and audio is best, and for ease of enjoyment I'm very decidedly aural! I learned this in the last three years, so ... drum roll ... you can teach an old dog new tricks!!!! Bah dah boom!!!
Everyone has their own methods to pass the time while they travel. I know some couples who turn off the radio and talk, saying it is their best time for sharing and catching up.We used to play trivia sometimes on the road. I had a deck of cards that was trivia about US History (there I go again!!!), and the passenger(s) would ask the questions from the cards. When I was a kid we often played games like the license plate game or spotting cards of certain colors, or a version of "I Spy" where someone would pick a landscape object for the rest of us to spot, etc. I don't think anyone does that any more. If you have kids, I'm betting you listen to their DVDs from the back seat. ugh. Yes, I know, it keeps them quiet, but I hate thinking about what they miss in the world outside the car.
So, how do you travel? What do you do to make the time pass?