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Layovers, coach transfers, night trains and flights. Whenever and wherever you’re going, the act of actually traveling is an integral part of the process and often involves long-hauls aboard various modes of public transport.

Coupled with having to get from one place to another, a certain amount of waiting is inevitable – and inevitably irritating! Even as a seasoned adventurer, time spent traveling and waiting can still become tedious.

Yes, it’s all worth it in the end, but the bit in the middle can often be a chore!

Fortunately, in today’s world, smartphones are a savior. As well as offering way to contact friends, post pictures of your adventure, and catch up on emails on-the-go, mobiles are modern entertainment hubs.

Regardless of your tastes, your device, or your budget, there’s an app out there that’ll keep you entertained. In this guide, we’ve picked out three mobile apps that will help pass the time in between destinations.

Kill Boredom on Your Travels: Three Mobile Apps to Keep You Entertained

Podcasts: Luminary

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Dubbed the Netflix for podcasts, Luminary has a comprehensive database of shows and is now seen as a rival to iTunes and Nerdist Industries.

As well as having $100 million in backing from venture capitalists, the start-up offers an ad-free service. Or, much like Netflix, you can choose pay a monthly fee ($7.99) to enjoy uninterrupted streaming.

In addition to that USP, Luminary has built its platform around exclusive content. Although the Luminary podcast network has content available from elsewhere, subscribers can get unique podcasts from the likes of Karamo Brown, Guy Raz and Trevor Noah.

Gaming: NetEnt Casinos

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Angry Birds, Pokémon Go and puzzle games like the Candy Crush Saga are just some of the leading lights in the mobile gaming arena. However casino developers have joined the party.

Although video games still top the bill in terms of popularity, slots, blackjack and roulette are making up ground. And according to SuperData, the mobile gaming industry has grown to become a $61 billion empire.

In a bid to advise newbies, NetEnt Casino has redesigned its website to make it easier to find the latest platforms. Reviewing and categorizing them accordingly, it lists new online casino sites in a handy table.

As well as noting the bonuses each operator offers and giving them a star rating, the app highlights the latest trends, what you should be looking out for and more. In essence, it’s a one-stop-shop for travelers that want to bring the buzz of Las Vegas to wherever they are in the world.

Augmented Reality: Google Lens

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We could talk about Netflix, YouTube and other video streaming apps as they’re fantastic forms of mobile entertainment but we think there’s something better coming into focus: augmented reality (AR).

Games such as Euclidean Skies allow you to project unique puzzle games onto the world around you. However, if we’re picking one AR app that will make your travels more entertaining, it’s Google Lens.

Available as a standalone app for Android and iOS as well as integrated into the latest version of Google Photos, this software allows you to learn about the world around you.

By taking a photo of your surroundings, Google Lens will identify images, objects, text and landmarks. From there, it will tell you more about it. So, as you’re traveling from A-to-B, you can use the app as a way of learning more about where you are and to derive the ultimate experience from your trip.

When you combine entertainment, education, some great podcasts, even the longest transfers or delays will become a lot more enjoyable.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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