Savaari’s insiders’ guide – Fun road trip games for an epic journey

Road trips are exhilarating journeys. The excitement and anticipation of setting off with your companions are unmatched! However, at one point in the middle of the trip, we’ve all experienced the endless chorus of “Are we there yet?” That’s where road trip games come to the rescue! Who better to share the best road trip games than our frequent Savaari customers? These travellers are frequent users of Savaari cabs and have the expertise to turn any road trip into a party!

We asked our regular Savaari passengers, who always find ways to stay entertained, to recommend their favourite travel games. These games have one thing in common: they’re sure to provide loads of fun and help you pass the time on your journey. And if you’re traveling with kids, don’t worry, we’ve included games they’ll love too. So, to combat potential boredom and keep passengers of all ages happy, here are some fun road trip games recommended by our customers.

1. Degrees of separation

Road trip games

Lavina, a researcher and naturalist, has completed 18 road trips with Savaari. Despite being a self-confessed heavy sleeper, she stays wide awake during road trips to soak in every moment of the journey. Her favourite trip so far was from Mangalore to Ooty, a journey lasting over 10 hours. Lavina shared, “My friends would all want to sleep, but I wanted to keep them awake. There were just too many sights to see! I didn’t want to miss out on any, and my researcher friends didn’t want to regret sleeping through beautiful spots like Madikeri and the wildlife sightings in Bandipur. So, I came up with a game called Degrees of Separation.”

How to play

One person picks two unrelated things. The other person must create a chain of plausible associations to connect them. If it can’t be solved in six steps, the round is over. 

Example – A pineapple and a computer

  • A pineapple is a tropical fruit.
  • Tropical fruits are often used in fruit salads.
  • Fruit salads are a popular dish at summer picnics.
  • Summer picnics are often held in parks.
  • Parks have cafes that provide free Wi-Fi for visitors.
  • Free Wi-Fi is used by people to access the internet on their computers.

Example – Amitabh Bachchan and Alia Bhatt

  • Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan starred in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham together.
  • Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starred in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge together.
  • Kajol and Varun Dhawan starred in Dilwale together.
  • Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt starred in Student of the Year together.

This game is a great way to keep everyone engaged and entertained while enjoying the scenic beauty of your road trip.

2. 21 Questions

Rakesh booked a Savaari from Delhi to Udaipur with his friends for his bachelor’s party before his wedding. Having left behind his wild partying days, he desired a more regal and luxurious getaway for his bachelor trip, so he chose a trip to Udaipur in a Savaari. Inspired by the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, his favourite road trip game was 21 Questions. This game kept his friends occupied and helped them uncover what was on each other’s minds, just like in the movie.

The game

Test your skills and see how quickly you can determine what your travel partner is thinking. This game can keep you engaged for a few minutes or even hours, depending on your guessing skills and the questions you ask. It’s easy to play and can be made as challenging or simple as you like.

How to play

  • One player thinks of something.
  • The other players start asking questions about this thought.
  • You only have 21 questions to figure it out.
  • A question cannot be repeated.
  • You can guess the player’s thoughts at any point. If you guess correctly, you get to start the next round. Congratulations on being the best guesser in the car!

3. Regional food master

Colin, an entrepreneur, foodie, and food blogger, loves going on road trips to explore local cuisines. He draws inspiration from these journeys to document new ideas on his blog and incorporate culinary innovations into the cafe he owns in Hyderabad. On one trip from Hyderabad to Koraput in a Savaari, Colin and his team set out to taste tribal delicacies. During this trip, his passion for food led him to create an impromptu game called Regional Food Master. The objective was simple: collect the most regional snacks between the start and finish of the road trip. By the end, they had gathered a delightful assortment, from Bhajia and Bara to Faraa (desi-style momos) and Tilgur. Though there was one winner, everyone enjoyed a fantastic feast!

The game

Collect the most regional snacks between the start and finish of your road trip.

The rule

  • At each location you stop at, you have to find a local snack.
  • You can only get one food item per gas station or rest stop.
  • The food item must be created within the region where the stop is located.
  • Whoever has the most snacks by your destination wins.

4. Hum the tune

Tina, a great singer and karaoke enthusiast, found her moment to shine on a road trip from Chandigarh to Dehradun last September. Knowing her friends weren’t as skilled at singing, she devised a game where singing talent wasn’t necessary: Hum The Tune. By the end of the trip, Tina recalls how the cab sounded like India’s Got Talent, with everyone humming and joining in the fun. She used the ultimate road trip playlist to enhance this experience.

How to play

  • Each player takes a turn humming the chorus of a song.
  • If another player recognizes the song, they can join in and start humming with you.
  • Before you start humming, you can give your car mates a hint by telling them the song category, such as Bollywood, retro, pop, etc.

5. Word Association

Ranjani always loved a good road trip with her family, but there inevitably came a point where her 7- and 9-year-old children would start the constant chanting of “Did we reach the place yet?” This restlessness often led to screaming, crying, and shouting. To restore peace, Ranjani introduced a sense of competition with a game of Word Association. This classic game not only kept the kids focused and entertained but also put their school knowledge to the test. It is easily one of the best road trip games for kids! It was so much fun that, at one point, even their Savaari chauffeur joined in.

Road trip games

How to play the game

See how far you can string along words through association. Let’s say the first word is “Tree.”

  • Player 1: Tree
  • Player 2: Leaf
  • Player 3: Green
  • Player 4: Grass
  • Player 1: Lawn
  • Player 2: Mower
  • Player 3: Blade
  • Player 4: Sword
  • Player 1: Knight
  • Player 2: Castle
  • Player 3: King
  • Player 4: Crown

The game continues until someone makes a mistake or says something that doesn’t make sense in the context of the association. For example, if someone said “Car” after “Crown,” that might be considered a mistake unless they can justify the association.

The rules

  • The name of the game is associations.
  • One person starts with a word.
  • The next person has to think of a word that is associated with the previous word.
  • The game continues until someone makes a mistake or says something absurd.

6. Never have I ever

Keisha, a frequent Savaari user, went on a trip with her college girlfriends to Manali. Inspired by the movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, she wanted to recreate every bit of the movie but preferred the comfort of a cab over a train. To keep her friends engaged, she decided to play a game of Never Have I Ever. In the movie, this game usually includes alcohol, but Keisha believed that hydration was crucial, especially on a trip to Manali. So, they did a lot of chugging—of water!

Fortunately, unlike traveling by train, Savaari cabs provide multiple stops where you can find clean bathrooms, thanks to the drivers knowing the best pitstops. This worked out perfectly for them, as by the end of the trip, Keisha managed to keep her group hydrated, uncover some scandalous secrets, and enjoy a really comfortable journey.

How to play

  • Think of fun questions for the other players.
  • Ask the questions by starting with, “Never have I ever…” For example: “Never have I ever shoplifted before?”
  • Whoever drinks means that they have done the thing mentioned.
  • Players take turns asking questions.

7. Battle of the bands

Rohit, a well-known DJ in Bangalore, decided to take a much-needed break and planned a road trip to Goa with his friends. Being the life of every party, he was excited to bring his musical flair to the long journey ahead. As the group settled into their Savaari which they booked from Bangalore for the 12-hour drive, Rohit knew he had to keep the energy high and the boredom at bay. As the cab sped down the highway, Rohit, with his extensive music library and DJ instincts, knew exactly how to keep the trip exciting. 

That’s when he came up with an idea: “Battle of the Bands, starting off with a theme: ‘Songs about cities.’ His friends had 60 seconds to pick their best track. His friends, intrigued and eager, quickly dove into their playlists. Rohit set the timer, and the first battle began. The game continued as they journeyed through scenic landscapes and bustling towns, each song providing a new soundtrack to their adventure. By the time they reached Goa, not only had they crowned an ultimate music champion, but they also had a playlist full of memories from their trip.

The game

Two people battle to pick the best song based on a category.

The rules

  • One person gives a theme, like “songs about cities” or “love songs.”
  • Two contestants have 60 seconds to pick their song.
  • Each contestant takes a turn playing their selected song.
  • The rest of the car judges the two selections and picks a winner.
  • Tally up scores at the end of the game to determine the ultimate music champion

8. Secret place race

Priya, an avid traveler and geography enthusiast, booked a car rental for her road trip from Mumbai to Pune with her cousins. They all loved exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations, and Priya was determined to make this trip special by introducing a new game: Secret Place Race. As the Savaari cab cruised along the scenic route, Priya pulled out a detailed route map she had printed out for their trip. Her cousins, curious about the map, leaned in as she explained the game, calling it Secret Place Race. It’s all about discovering hidden gems along the route.

Priya took the first turn. She scanned the map and found a small, lesser-known village named Bhivpuri, nestled by a river. Her cousins had 60 seconds to find it on the map. Her cousin Anjali, a bit of a map enthusiast herself, eagerly accepted the challenge. She grabbed the map and the car filled with a mix of suspense and friendly banter as the seconds ticked away. 

With just a few seconds left, Anjali’s pointed to the tiny dot labeled Bhivpuri near a winding river. Everyone erupted in applause, impressed by her quick navigation skills. The game continued, with each person taking turns to choose secret locations and challenging their friends to find them. They discovered charming villages, quaint rivers, and even historical landmarks they had never heard of before. Each successful find was celebrated with high-fives and cheers, making the journey even more enjoyable.

How to play the game

  • Gather Your Map: Make sure you have a detailed route map of the area you’re traveling through. It can be a physical map or a digital map on a tablet or phone.
  • Select the Secret Place: One person examines the map and selects a small town, village, river, or other landmark. This location should be relatively obscure to make the game challenging. Announce the name of the secret place to the rest of the group.
  • Start the Timer: Give the second participant 60 seconds to examine the map and locate the secret place. The person searching for the location can ask for hints if they get stuck, but each hint will deduct 10 seconds from their total time.
  • Locate the Secret Place: The second participant must find the secret place on the map within the allotted 60 seconds. If they find it, they earn a point. If not, no points are awarded, and the next round begins.
  • Alternate Turns: Rotate turns so each person gets a chance to select a secret place and to search for one. Keep a tally of points to determine the winner at the end of the game.
  • Declare the Winner: At the end of the road trip, tally up the points to see who found the most secret places. The person with the most points is declared the winner of the Secret Place Race.

9. Find that car

On a family road trip from Chennai to Pondicherry, Ramesh, a father of two energetic kids, was looking for a way to keep them entertained and engaged. His children, Aditi and Karan, were starting to get restless with the long drive. Drawing from his childhood memories, Ramesh decided to introduce a game his parents used to play with him: Find That Car. As they cruised along the East Coast Road, Ramesh explained that a car model will be picked, and the first person to spot it earns a point. The winner gets to choose where we stop for lunch.

They started with spotting a Maruti Swift. Aditi and Karan pressed their faces against the windows, eagerly scanning the road. The excitement in the car was palpable as they each tried to be the first to spot the chosen car. “Swift! I see a Swift!” Aditi shouted, pointing to a red Maruti Swift zooming past them, and that’s when Aditi scored the first point. The game continued with different car models: Hyundai Creta, Honda City, and even more unique ones like the Tata Nano. The game was not only fun but also educational, as Ramesh took the opportunity to teach Aditi and Karan about different car models and brands. The trip seemed shorter with the kids occupied, and before they knew it, they were halfway to Pondicherry.

The game

Choose a car model, and the first person to spot it earns a point! Continue playing as long as you can or until you reach a predetermined winning score.

10. Blackjack on the Road

Rajiv and his friends embarked on a journey from Guwahati to Kohima in a comfortable Savaari cab. The scenic views of lush green hills and winding roads were mesmerizing, but after a few hours on the road, they needed something to keep their spirits high. Rajiv, an avid card player, had a brilliant idea to introduce some excitement: a game of Blackjack.

Blackjack, typically associated with casinos, seemed like the perfect way to pass the time. Rajiv remembered the thrilling nights they had spent playing the game and thought, “Why not bring that excitement into the cab?” He pulled out a deck of cards from his backpack and quickly got everyone on board with the plan.

The goal of Blackjack is simple: reach 21, or get as close as possible without exceeding it. If a player’s cards total more than 21, they bust and lose the round. If no players hit 21, the player with the closest total wins the point.

They decided to use one of the empty seats as their makeshift card table, and Rajiv dealt the first round of cards. As the game progressed, each friend took turns deciding whether to “hit” (draw another card) or “stay” (keep their current hand). The friendly competition kept them engaged, and the game’s strategic nature added an element of suspense. The hours flew by as they played several rounds, each with new winners and close calls.

By the time they reached Kohima, the group had not only made the trip more enjoyable but also created a unique and memorable experience. Rajiv’s idea had turned a simple road trip into a delightful adventure, proving that you don’t need a casino to enjoy a good game of Blackjack.

How to play

  • Deal the Cards: Each player is dealt two cards. One card can be face up, and the other face down.
  • Take Turns: Players take turns deciding whether to “hit” (draw another card) or “stay” (keep their current hand).
  • Goal: The goal is to get a total of 21 or as close to it as possible without exceeding 21.
  • Bust: If a player’s cards total more than 21, they bust and are out of the round.
  • Determine the Winner: If no players hit 21, the player with the closest total to 21 wins the point.
  • Continue Playing: Keep track of points to determine the overall winner at the end of the game.

Bonus – Other road trip games to play 

road trip card games

Looking for more ways to keep your road trip lively and entertaining? Here are some additional road trip games that can turn any journey into a fun-filled adventure:

1. I Spy

  • How to play: One player selects an object within sight and says, “I spy with my little eye, something that is [color/shape].” The other players take turns guessing what the object is.
  • Goal: The first person to guess correctly gets to be the next spy.

2. License plate game

  • How to Play: Keep an eye out for license plates from different states or regions. Write down each unique one you see.
  • Goal: The player who spots the most different license plates by the end of the trip wins.

3. Would You rather

  • How to Play: One player poses a dilemma starting with “Would you rather…” and presents two challenging choices.
  • Goal: Players take turns answering and explaining their choices, leading to interesting and often hilarious discussions.

4. Road trip bingo

  • How to Play: Create bingo cards with various items you might see on a road trip (e.g., cow, bridge, red car). Each player gets a card and marks off items as they spot them.
  • Goal: The first player to get five in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) shouts “Bingo!” and wins.

5. Spot the landmark

  • How to Play: Before the trip, make a list of landmarks or unusual sights along your route. Players try to be the first to spot each landmark.
  • Goal: The player who spots the most landmarks wins.

6. Rhyme time

  • How to Play: One player says a word, and the next player has to say a word that rhymes with it. This continues around the car.
  • Goal: The game ends when a player can’t think of a rhyme. They are out, and the game restarts with a new word.

Why play these road trip games with Savaari?

Savaari cabs offer the perfect opportunity to indulge in road trips with unparalleled comfort and convenience. When you choose Savaari, you’re not just opting for a ride; you’re signing up for an experience. The plush interiors and smooth rides might tempt you to sleep, but with so many scenic views to catch along the way, staying awake becomes a pleasure. Whether you’re traversing the lush landscapes of Kerala or the rugged terrains of Rajasthan, there’s always something spectacular to see.

One of the standout features of Savaari is the reliability and professionalism of their drivers. With a trusted driver behind the wheel, you can rest assured that your trip will be safe and enjoyable. Road trips with Savaari give you the freedom to create unforgettable memories with your friends and family. Engaging in road trip games such as “Find That Car,” “Blackjack,” “Secret Place Race,” and many more can make the journey as exciting as the destination. These games foster a sense of camaraderie, keep everyone entertained, and even educate along the way.
Additionally, Savaari’s flexibility in making pit stops ensures that you can stretch your legs, grab a bite, or visit a restroom at clean and convenient locations. This convenience is especially valuable during long trips, ensuring that everyone stays comfortable and refreshed. To embark on your next adventure with Savaari, all you have to do is download the Savaari app. So pack your bags, gather your favorite travel companions, and get ready to explore the open road with Savaari. Your memorable road trip is just a few taps away!

Last Updated on May 28, 2024 by Shabari Shankar

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