50 Best Riddles For Travelers

by | Dec 8, 2017 | Interesting Travel Facts, Travel Tips & Resources | 7 comments

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I love riddles, although I'm horrible at figuring them out. They're good to keep your brain active and thinking in different ways, and they're also good for passing time with friends while traveling. Because as you know, sometimes there's a lot of time to pass in transit. Here are a few of my favorite riddles to entertain your traveling friends with on your next 16 hour bus ride. See if you can solve them before you click to reveal the answer!
What travels around the world but stays in one corner?
Hint
The price of one rises almost every year.
Answer
A stamp.
When you need me, you throw me away. When you're done with me, you take me back. What am I?
Hint
Things aren't always what they a pier.
Answer
An anchor.
The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?
Hint
It takes two to tango.
Answer
Footsteps.
What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?
Hint
At minimum it comes three times.
Answer
The letter “m”.
David's father has three sons : Snap, Crackle and _____ ?
Hint
It's not Pop.
Answer
David.
A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, an attractive girl named Sarah. The bus driver had to go on a long bus trip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Sarah seven apples. Why?
Hint
What does an apple do?
Answer
Because an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
What has many keys, but can't open a single door?
Hint
They sometimes duel.
Answer
Pianos.
What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?
Hint
Think July 4th.
Answer
Charcoal.
I am tall when I'm young and short when I'm old. I can brighten your day, unless it's windy. What am I?
Hint
It seems to me you lived your life.
Answer
A candle.
What belongs to you, but other people use it more than you?
Hint
You often use it around new people.
Answer
Your name.
I am not alive, but I grow; I don't have lungs, but I need air; I don't have a mouth, but water kills me. What am I?
Hint
When there's smoke.
Answer
Fire.
What is more useful when it is broken?
Hint
No-one knows if it came first.
Answer
An egg.
What has six faces, but does not wear makeup, and twenty-one eyes, but cannot see?
Hint
You can roll me.
Answer
Dice.
They have not flesh, nor feathers, nor scales, nor bone. Yet they have fingers and thumbs of their own. What are they?
Hint
Snowball fight.
Answer
Gloves.
Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain on Earth?
Hint
It's not the second highest mountain.
Answer
Mount Everest
Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it, you will eventually die. What is it?
Hint
None.
Answer
Nothing.
What is light as a feather, yet no man can hold it for very long?
Hint
You don't hold it in your hands.
Answer
Your breath.
I am full of holes, but I can still hold water. What am I?
Hint
I am also a member of the phylum Porifera and a cake.
Answer
A sponge.
What runs around the whole yard without moving?
Hint
They can be invisible.
Answer
A fence.
You have me today. Tomorrow you'll have more. As your time passes, I'm not easy to store. I don't take up space, but I'm only in one place. I am what you saw, but not what you see. What am I?
Hint
All alone in the moonlight.
Answer
Memories.
What 7 letter word is spelled the same way backwards and forewords?
Hint
Vroom vroom.
Answer
RACECAR
How many pairs of animals did Moses take with him on the ark?
Hint
Not many.
Answer
Moses never built an ark. Noah did.
What always runs but never walks, often murmurs, never talks, has a bed but never sleeps, has a mouth but never eats?
Hint
It runs through it.
Answer
A river.
What are moving left to right, right now?
Hint
This one's easy to see.
Answer
Your eyes.
What has a head, a tail, is brown, and has no legs?
Hint
Good luck!
Answer
A penny.
What has a foot on each side and one in the middle?
Hint
Only in America!
Answer
A yardstick.
If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?
Hint
Not 1st.
Answer
You would be in 2nd.
What goes up but never comes down?
Hint
This one gets old fast.
Answer
Age.
I have lakes but no water, no cars but I have streets; Many places and borders, but I'm in one piece. What am I?
Hint
Some have treasures.
Answer
A map. (By the way, have you seen my new World Map Coloring Poster?
Always in you, sometimes on you. If I surround you, I can kill you. What am I?
Hint
Sometimes I'm sparkly.
Answer
Water.
Until I am measured I am not known, yet how you miss me when I have flown. What am I?
Hint
If you've made it this far, I've taken much of yours.
Answer
Time.
What tastes better than it smells?
Hint
French kissing.
Answer
A tongue.
What goes in the water black and comes out red?
Hint
Maine course.
Answer
A lobster.
What loses its head in the morning and gets it back at night?
Hint
Turn them around and they're cool.
Answer
A pillow.
Some months have 30 days, and some months have 31 days. How many have 28?
Hint
More than one.
Answer
All of them.
If you have me, you want to share me. But if you share me, you no longer have me. What am I?
Hint
I can't tell you.
Answer
A secret.
What is so delicate that even saying its name will break it?
Hint
It is a true friend who never betrays.
Answer
Silence.
What gets wetter the more it dries?
Hint
Don't forget to bring one.
Answer
A towel.
You bury me when I'm alive and dig me up when I'm dead. What am I?
Hint
Sometimes you can smoke me.
Answer
A plant.
If you drop me I'm sure to crack, but give me a smile and I'll always smile back. What am I?
Hint
I'm seeing double.
Answer
A mirror.
I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place. What am I?
Hint
There are two in three.
Answer
The letter “e”.
You've heard me before, yet you hear me again. Then I die until you call me again. What am I?
Hint
I can collapse mountains.
Answer
An echo.
Two men are in a desert. They both have packs on. One of the guys is dead. The guy who is alive has his pack open, the guy who is dead has his pack closed. What is in the pack?
Hint
We played with one in gym as a kid.
Answer
A parachute.
Almost everyone needs it, asks for it, gives it, but almost nobody takes it. What is it?
Hint
Mine is to stop looking for hints so quickly.
Answer
Advice.
You answer me, but I never ask you a question. What am I?
Hint
For years I got smaller, now I'm getting bigger again.
Answer
Telephone.
What starts with ‘e,' ends with ‘e,' and contains one letter?
Hint
Seal it with a kiss.
Answer
An envelope.
I can be cracked. I can be made. I can be told. I can be played. What am I?
Hint
You can't take one.
Answer
A joke.
Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer. How is this possible?
Hint
Where you're from isn't the only place on earth.
Answer
He lives in the southern hemisphere.
Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg are white” or “The yolk of the egg is white”?
Hint
Read it again.
Answer
Neither, the yolk of the egg is yellow.
How far can you run into the woods?
Hint
It's not as far as you think.
Answer
Only halfway, because then you're running out of the woods.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has a long one, Michael J. Fox has a short one, Madonna doesn't have one, and the Pope has one but doesn't use it. What is it?
Hint
What's in one?
Answer
A last name.

What does man love more than life, hate more than death or mortal strife; that which contented men desire; the poor have, the rich require; the miser spends, the spendthrift saves, and all men carry to their graves?

Hint

It's not what you think.

Answer

Nothing.

And that's all the riddles I've got for you today, but those should keep your friends busy for a while. What are your favorite riddles? Drop a comment below and tell me what I should add to the list. And then share this post with your friends who love a good riddle!

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7 Comments

  1. Loni

    We laughed lots!! Thanks for this fantastic compilation of riddles!

    Reply
    • Paul @ Travel is Life

      My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by. If you learn of any other good ones, come back and drop a comment and I’ll add them to the list.

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  2. CT7

    Moses nor Noah built an arch. Noah built an ark.

    Reply
  3. Lillian Hanson

    Hard but easy

    Reply
  4. Amanda

    I can be hard, but I can also be over easy.

    Reply

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