Travel Mad Libs – A Fun Way to Learn and Dream

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Who doesn’t love Mad Libs? Sure, they’re silly and childish, but that’s the point! Think you’re too grown-up for Mad Libs? Even my serious, smartypants Ph.D. neighbor, George, gets overwhelmed with uncharacteristic fits of the giggles when Mad Libs are brought out, making this word game a big hit for adults and kids alike at our neighborhood parties. Travel Mad Libs are a fantastic way to make the miles zoom by, whether your family plays in the air or on the road.

Travel Mad Libs - Mad Libs on the Road

Mad Libs for road trips

During road trips my family loves to play a few rounds of Mad Libs. With this travel game, kids have fun while learning language skills as they name adjectives, nouns, verbs and other words to create a silly story. With the Mad Libs on the Road booklet, your family can help create car songs, spot historical sites and grab a pretend bite to eat at a roadside diner, all with a funny Mad Libs twist.

Travel Mad Libs - Mad Libs app

Mad Libs apps

Of course, you can use the traditional paper and pen version, but there are also Mad Libs apps you can download for your smart phone or tablet with updated versions of the old school game. As a bonus, the apps makes playing solo easy for kids to do when Mom and Dad tire of playing along.

Free travel Mad Libs

Dreaming of a vacation? Residence Inn offers up a free travel version of Mad Libs. To start, choose from three types of trips: My Fantastic Family Vacation, My Best Business Trip, or My Top Travel Tips. Then fill in the blanks and let the hilarity ensue. Mad Libs is best played with other people, of course, so gather up the kids and ask for their input. Give the Residence Inn Travel Mad Libs a try…it’s such ___ADJECTIVE___ fun!

Travel Mad Libs - Residence Inn

When you’ve completed your story, give George a call. I’m sure he’d love to hear all about your wacky travel adventures à la Mad Libs!

A Note from The Travel Mama: I am partnering with Residence Inn as a Resident Mom Club member. As always, all opinions are my own. 

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Great way to pass the time and little ones love ’em!

  2. I can’t wait to do this with the boys! My 4yo might actually be able to handle basic ones now and giggle his little head off.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Farrah – Warning: your son might get addicted to Mad Libs! Once my 7-year-old daughter gets started playing the game, she wants to do round after round after round. And there’s lots of potty words that tend to make it into the stories…kids just find that hillarious for some reason!

  3. That looks so fun! Think my nearly 3 yo would love it.. Wonder if I can get in Hong Kong…

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