It will be fair to say that no one wishes to watch television while they’re traveling. There’s just something about watching television while on a trip that brings travellers back to their normal life for that period of time, and traveling is not made to experience that. It is to experience new and unique arenas, something that a person back home would not normally do. However, lone time in hotel rooms can be challenging even for some of the most naturally innovative and enthusiastic people. Here are some ways to avoid the challenge and spend some fun time in a hotel room while traveling alone.

Read local print materials

Reading another country’s newspapers or magazines can be an illuminating experience. The traveler can get to know about –

  • The local news
  • Differences between how information is presented in the two countries or regions
  • Learn about the culture
  • How the local people feel about the state of the place they live in

From the outside, every tourist spot appears to be perfect. However, it is when one reads about the qualms of the local people, a bigger picture is achieved. In addition to that travelers should also make the most by exploring –

  • The most read or sold magazines of the area
  • Hotel brochures
  • Books by local authors

These can be easily availed with the help of the hotel staff.

Prank people

Since traveling alone necessitates that the traveler must at all times be at his or her best behavior, pranking people to vent out some of the suppressed criticism built up towards them can be a great inside joke for the traveler. For instance, if a bellboy acts rudely or inappropriately, getting back with a prank is a great way of having fun while dishing out some instant karma at the same time.

A great way to innocently prank people is to replicate the internet version of pranking. How? By using memes! Websites such as Ragemaker.Net are great for customizing memes. They also offer specialized print options. Hence the next time the room service does not clean the room properly, greeting them with a meme face with a message would be a subtle and a great way of enjoying some light-hearted banter.

Try to write

Traveling alone with a lot of fresh experiences in the mind and having nothing to do in a hotel room – these two factors sound like the perfect ingredients to invoke some writing skills. The tranquility of a solitary hotel room can be used to write about recent experiences, letters to loved ones or a short story.

Engage in conversation with other hotel guests

Surely there are some other lonely souls out there. Engaging in a conversation with a stranger can be an illuminating experience, especially when both are in similar situations (bored and alone in a hotel room).

Who said hotel rooms while traveling alone can be boring? These are some great ways to ensure that even these few hours can be exploited by the traveler to the fullest.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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