Business Travel Hacks: 8 Ways to Make Your Commute More Enjoyable

Considering that your daily round-trip to work takes up, on average, around two hours of your day, it would be a shame not to use that time productively. Rather than spending your commute refreshing your Facebook or Instagram feed, while inhaling a substandard coffee and breakfast bar, plan ahead to make the most of your commute. Who knows, you might even start looking forward to Monday mornings…

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  1. Learn a new language
    Say “hello”, “bonjour, or “dzień dobry” to Monday morning with a quick language lesson. Duolingo is a free app with short and sweet language lessons that will have you hooked. Level up with your colleagues to bring a bit of healthy competition to the office. Naturally, you’ll need to book a holiday to practise your new lingo, too.

  2. Pause for thought with a podcast
    There is no limit to what you can learn from a podcast. From weird and wonderful histories, to insightful self-help tips, and keeping up-to-date with current affairs, you can hear it all on your way to and from work.
  3. Take a detour
    They say variety is the spice of life, and that includes your journey to work. Break the monotony, leave home ten minutes early, and take a diversion from your beaten track. You’ll be amazed at the hidden side-streets and landmarks you can explore all before you’ve arrived at the office.
  4. Get lost in another world
    There’s no better way to distract yourself from the sometimes gloomy reality that you are, once again, off to work than with some fiction. Escape from the humdrum of your daily commute and bury your head in a book or – better still – download an audiobook, so there’s minimum effort required.
  5. Watch the world go by
    There’s a lot to be said for the lost art of people watching, which has been replaced by the less sociable screen-watching. Make time for a sit-down coffee, switch off your phone, and watch the world go by. 

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  6. Bop along to a motivating playlist
    Nothing has the power to change your frame of mind like a masterfully put together playlist. Gear yourself up for the day ahead with some feel-good power pop, or unwind on your way home with some mellow, ambient tracks.
  7. Pit-stop for breakfast
    Everyone knows it’s the most important meal of the day but, all too often, we skip breakfast in favour of an extra twenty minutes in bed. Why not change the habit of a lifetime and start your day with something a bit more indulgent than an underwhelming cereal bar?
  1. Talk to a stranger
    More than a quarter of a million people use London’s busiest train station every day, but we seldom make so much as eye contact, let alone conversation. Not only will your commute fly by, you never know who you will cross paths with, or how a fresh perspective might change your outlook for the day. 

 

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