Traveling Escape Rooms: What They Are & How to Play

Escape rooms are physical rooms that you’re “locked” in. You and your friends visit the building where the game is hosted, and that’s where you play out the full escape room.

Traveling escape rooms are really similar, but instead of a game that’s only ever available from one location, I bring the game to you.

In a way, this really isn’t much different from a standard escape room, but instead of staying in a single location, possibly across the country from where you are, I bring the room with us, so that you can join in the fun other customers are having.

A huge reason behind why I make mobile escape rooms instead of traditional ones, is so that people who aren’t normally exposed to escape room style games—which is likely if you’re in a small town—can enjoy them, too.

How Are Traveling Escape Rooms Different?

Pop-up escape rooms contain most of the same items you’d find in a traditional room: boxes, locks, props, etc. They’re simply brought to the venue and set up there.

I like to create personalized escape rooms. This is similar to themed escape rooms that you find in stationary games, but instead of rotating the theme every few months or longer, I can tailor each and every game to fit whatever topic you’re interested in—it could be a holiday, birthday party, school subject, etc.

Due to the nature of pop-up escape rooms, there are some elements of a traditional escape room that that can’t be incorporated in a traveling room. Some examples include puzzles built-in to the wall and advanced electrical components.

That said, the fun of playing a game that’s been truly customized to your preferences outweighs the few benefits offered by the more robust features of a stationary room.

Ideal Escape Room Venues

The amazing thing about traveling escape rooms is that they can be built basically anywhere! This makes them perfect even in really small communities that don’t have huge buildings designed for events like this.

A few examples include:

  • A building owned by the city
  • A dedicated venue that can be rented out for things like this
  • An open space in a church building
  • A decently-sized room in someone’s home (great for private parties!)

A physical space is a basic necessity for any escape room, but there are other core things I like to look for to ensure that the game is as good as it can be:

  • A space that already has tables provides a great starting off point, since it isn’t fun to do all your puzzle-solving on the floor.
  • Cabinets, drawers, and other secret compartments so that players have to draw out their scavenger hunting skills to play through the game.

How to Book a Traveling Escape Room

I am a one-person team right now, which means I am not available in more than one place at a time. The best way to show interest is to contact me.

Depending on where I am at any given time, I might actually contact you (the city, school, etc.) to see if you’re interested in providing a room for us to run the escape room. From there, we can coordinate game times, signup sheets, and other details to get the ball rolling.