Whether it’s commuting to work, to pick up the kids from school, or simply for a grocery run, commuting doesn’t tend to be a highlight of our day. We tend to associate commuting with stress, delays, and long waits, but that doesn’t mean that it has to stay that way.
Here are three ways to improve and upgrade your commute and get the most out of the time while you are on the go.
Try out a new mode of transport
Sick and tired of sitting in your car stuck in traffic or waiting for yet another delayed train? The good news is that we now have more options than ever to get around, and some are even fun. Electric vehicles are becoming a more popular way to commute and are fun, durable, and eco-friendly making the whole experience overall more bearable.
From electric Fat Tire Scooters to electric skateboards, seeing adults on these new modes of transport isn’t as rare of a sighting as it used to be. Relatively inexpensive, light, and eco-friendly, they don’t take up a lot of space and don’t require as much maintenance as cars or gas-powered scooters. Trying out an electric mode of transport also allows you to be out in the fresh air, which improves mental health and is even better for your overall physical health compared to sitting in a car or train. You never know, maybe you’ll enjoy your electric skateboard or scooter so much that commuting becomes your new favorite time of the day.
Listen to a podcast
The average commute takes around 26 minutes. If you add that up over several weeks and months, that’s a whole lot of time. Instead of letting it seemingly go to waste, why not use your commute as an opportunity to listen to a podcast and learn about a new subject with a TED talk, a new language, or simply get lost in a crime drama? Podcasts and audiobooks are the perfect way to refresh your commute and are an excellent outlet for boosting focus. Better yet, they are free and easily accessible, and with so many available, everyone is bound to find something for them. Why not plan one for each day of the week and make the most of your commuting time? Not only will this make it more enjoyable and relaxing, but you might also learn something new! Just make sure to download these before you are out of the house to avoid eating up your data and battery on your phone.
It’s probably the complete opposite of what you think of when it comes to commuting, but it’s actually a great time to relax and have a little ‘me’ time, especially if you are traveling alone. With the busy lives that we all lead, sometimes it’s hard to find time in the day that’s dedicated just to yourself. Even though it might not be in our ideal, relaxing environment, commuting literally gives you no other choice but to simply be until you arrive at your destination. Use this time to listen to your favorite music, do some breathing exercises, or just even be silent and enjoy the quiet. After all, peace and quiet and the chance to switch off mentally for a bit is a luxury that we aren’t always able to indulge in. Let yourself enjoy the time that you have alone and relax.