Why Ticket to Ride is the best board game to play

Ticket to Ride review Suitcase & Chardonnay

By Renate Engelbrecht

Sat, Jun 25

Considering the fact that we are in front of our screens all day, an intriguing board game is possibly the best way to ‘unplug.’ In fact, companies like Solarpop have even launched initiatives like #UnplugYourselfZA recently, encouraging people to interact with others.

READ: 6 Reasons why board games are good for you

Ticket to Ride review
Ticket to Ride. Image: Renate Engelbrecht

We haven’t played board games together as a family in ages, but since trying out Ticket to Ride, I want to start incorporating board game nights in our home. It’s just way too easy to switch on the television and have the kids watch Daniel Tiger‘s Neighbourhood, Paw Patrol or CoComelon. While our kids might still be bit too young for Ticket to Ride, they’ll soon get the hang of it and in the meantime, Wikus and I can play it on our own. Yes, this board game can be played by from two to five players! So, here’s the just of it:

Ticket to Ride by Alan R. Moon
Ticket to Ride by Alan R. Moon. Image: Renate Engelbrecht

Ticket to Ride is a Days of Wonder board game that was designed by Alan R. Moon. Essentially, it is a game that takes you on a cross-country train adventure, connecting different cities by laying claim to railway routes on a map of North America.

Wikus and I took the gap and tried it out while the kids were taking an afternoon nap during a recent visit to the Waterberg. And, we’re hooked!

Playing Ticket to Ride
Playing Ticket to Ride. Image: Renate Engelbrecht

The board game’s beautifully laid out map highlights well-known cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Miami, Seattle and more. In addition to that, Ticket to Ride comes with coloured train cars, illustrated cards and wooden scoring markers. Also, it comes with one Days of Wonder Online access number, which allows you to register your game onto an online board game community. Once you’ve done that, you qualify for discount on other similarly intriguing board games.

Ticket to Ride board game
Ticket to Ride board game. Image: Renate Engelbrecht

Ultimately the board game, Ticket to Ride is about scoring the highest number of total points by claiming rail routes. What I like most about it, is the fact that it is educational without you knowing it. In addition to providing lots of fun and making you think, it teaches you about other parts of the world. As I was looking at the map, I was shocked to realise how little I knew about North America and the location of its cities. In fact, now I just want to go travelling and explore Nashville, Santa Fe, Phoenix and Vancouver.

Board games are good for you
Board games are good for you. Image: Renate Engelbrecht

It took us a while to figure out the rules of the game, but once we had it, it was easy to navigate. Also, the included rules booklet comes in both English and Afrikaans which is quite handy.

So, while we have not yet been able to secure our next overseas holiday, this board game is our ticket to ride and we like the journey a lot.

You can WIN this board game, plus two others – Carcassonne and Pandemic – to the combined value of R3000 through Suitcase & Chardonnay! Enter the competition here.


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