Looking to feed your wanderlust without ever leaving your comfy living room? There’s many great board games about travel out there that will make it feel like you’re on vacation.

7. Travel Blog

Travel Blog game by Vlaada Chvatil
  • Players: 2-6
  • Type Of Game: Point to Point Movement
  • Locations: USA And Europe
  • Where to buy Travel Blog: Local game shops, Amazon, Barnes and Noble

In Travel Blog players assume the roll of a blogger who is quickly crossing borders in an attempt to gain more content for their blog. Published by Z-Man games, Travel Blog is an easy to play movement game that’s littered with tons of interesting facts about various countries.

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Created by the famed board game designer Vlaada Chvatil, the Travel Blog board game comes with realistic currency and beautiful landscape cards for all the American states and European countries. Even though Travel Blog is a not a very complicated game, it’s incredibly engaging and the extra sheet of fun-facts is a great way to pass the time between turns.


6. Tokaido

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  • Players: 2-5
  • Type Of Game: Action Planning
  • Locations: Japan
  • Where to buy Tokaido: Local game shops, Amazon

Tokaido is a great travelling game where each player acts as a traveler crossing the famed East Sea Road. You’ll embark on a journey across the diverse lands of Japan collecting trinkets, meeting locals, visiting beautiful temples and tasting unique dishes.

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Tokaido is a straight forward point-to-point movement game with various action spaces thrown in around the board. Action spaces allow for players to earn and spend money on various set pieces so that they can earn points. At the end of the day the winner is the traveler who has had the most enriching and varied journey.


5. Scotland Yard

  • Players: 2-6
  • Type Of Game: Deduction
  • Locations: London
  • Where to buy Scotland Yard: Local game shops, Amazon

Scotland Yard is a classic deduction board game where players rally together to try and find Mr. X among the Taxis, Buses and Subways of London. This game pits every player against one sole player as they try to narrow down Mr X’s exact location.

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Scotland Yard was published in 1983 by Ravensburger and helped pave the way for modern board games. In this game one player acts as Mr X and every other player is a detective that must try and pinpoint his exact location. The detectives must carefully manage their movement to try and force Mr. X to reveal his location. While Mr X must try to mislead the other players and last for 20 turns without being found.


4. The “10 Days In…” Series

  • Players: 2-4
  • Type Of Game: Educational
  • Locations: Africa/Asia/Europe/Americas
  • Where to buy 10 Days In…: Local game shops, Amazon

The “10 Days In…” series of board games is probably the closest you’ll ever get to planning a vacation while board gaming. The aim of the game is to organize a trip through a continent by connecting regions and filling out your 10 day travel itinerary.

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With multiple installments to the series like “10 Days In America”, “10 Days In Africa”, “10 Days In Europe” and “10 Days In Asia” you’ll be able to map out your own dream vacation and maybe even learn a thing or two about the landscape of a continent. The 10 Days In series are all light weight 30 minute games that are easy to learn and play.


3. The Voyages Of Marco Polo

  • Players: 2-4
  • Type Of Game: Card Drafting, Point-to-Point Movement
  • Locations: Jerusalem, Mesopotamia, Kublai Kahn
  • Where to buy Marco Polo: Local game shops, Amazon

Marco Polo is a strategy game and a history lesson all wrapped into one. Players aim to recreate Marco Polo’s intense 1271 journey across the silk road. This 4 year journey had Marco Polo, his older brother and father travelling across the lands of Jerusalem and Mesopotamia to finally reach their destination at Kublai Kahn.

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At it’s core Marco Polo is an action planning game. Each turn the active player must choose between getting resources, earning money, purchasing orders or travelling closer to their destination. The Marco Polo board game is a great way to understand the iconic travels of the 13th century.


2. The Scrambled States Of America

  • Players: 2-4
  • Type Of Game: Educational, Trivia
  • Locations: USA
  • Where to buy The Scrambled States Of America: Local game shops, Amazon

This quick-thinking educational game is a great way to inject a little learning into your game night. The Scrambled States of America consists of Scramble Cards, State Cards and 4 maps of the United States(for quick reference).

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The object of this family friendly trivia game is to score points by playing the proper state card to best answer the scramble card. The player with the most points scored by the time the deck is depleted is the winner.


1. Ticket To Ride

  • Players: 2-5
  • Type Of Game: Route Planning
  • Locations: Germany/America/Europe/Nordic Countries/New York and many more
  • Where to buy Ticket To Ride: Local game shops, Amazon

Ticket To Ride is a classic travel board game about setting up railway routes more efficiently than your opponents. A great thing about Ticket To Ride is that it comes in many different versions such as Nordic Countries, Asia, North America, and much more.

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The object of Ticket To Ride is to collect the most victory points. This is done by placing trains on the tracks and connecting as many routes as possible. Colorful train cards are drawn and placed on routes that match that color. However if someone gets that path before you, then you’re out of luck and have to find another way to fulfill your route cards.

Other Board Games about Travel

If nothing has caught your interest thus far, let us know, and we’ll think of some other games you could try. Alternatively, if we missed your favor travel board games, make sure you let us know and we’ll get those listed here so everyone can enjoy them.