We all love to travel and visit new places, but no one likes the idea of spending hours strapped to an airplane or bus seat. Suppose your daily commute to the office involves an extremely long drive or bus ride. In that case, you’re probably keen on finding some practical means of entertainment.
Think about all the activities and interests that you struggle to find time for in your daily life. This little brain exercise will turn the agony of a long-haul flight or commute into the excitement of having free time for yourself.
Read on to find fun ways to kill time on long tedious commutes.
1. Plug into Kindle
If you love to read, traveling is the best time to listen to your favorite reads while devouring snacks and taking in the fleeting views from the window seat. You can turn the monotony of a long-haul flight or an unbearably long road trip into an exciting literary adventure.
A Kindle Paperwhite is actually a very practical and functional investment for frequent travelers who like to read. It comes with an average battery life of 6-10 days on a single charge. And if you read one hour a day, it can last about 6-8 weeks. You can stock up on all your favorite reads and enjoy them throughout the journey.
2. Play games online
Do you love the thrill of action-packed games like Counter-Strike or League of Legends? Or maybe you prefer mind-boggling puzzles, word search games, and trivia-style quizzes? Consider carrying a tablet or laptop for a much more immersive gaming experience than playing on your smartphone.
If your chosen airline or bus service offers Wi-Fi, you can connect to the endless world of online games. Multiplayer role-playing games are more appealing because you can interact with other players. Sports fans can catch up on their favorite games or explore online sports betting platforms to engage in intense intense pleasure.
You can also carry a portable game console, like the Nintendo Switch or Apple iPad Air to tune in to your favorites.
3. Indulge in art
Do you normally feel anxious and nervous at the airport, sitting on a flight or traveling on a bus? Travel anxiety is common and associated with multiple causes and triggers. People feel anxious about missing their flight, being injured in a traffic accident, losing their luggage or visiting an unknown destination. In most cases, this anxiety begins when you begin your journey or find yourself in a stressful situation.
Engaging in art is a very effective technique for dispelling anxiety by inducing brain hormones that promote happiness and relaxation, such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins. You can invest in adult coloring books and knitting kits or install a coloring app on your smartphone.
If you don’t experience travel anxiety, you can always tackle an art project that promotes mental relaxation.
4. Watch a TV show in burst
The advent of online platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ has given global audiences an abundance of TV shows, movies, and documentaries to watch. Gone are the days of anxiously awaiting new seasons with a handful of TV shows worthy of our engagement.
Modern entertainment seekers are always struggling to progress through their endless to-do lists. There’s never enough time to watch all the shows we wanted to see, except when you’re traveling.
We recommend carrying an iPad or laptop in your purse so you can tune into a Hulu or Netflix original and binge watch before you get to your destination.
If you are always looking for ideas to kill time, we advise you to think about your hobbies and interests. Do you like gardening? Consider tuning into a podcast or YouTube channel to gather ideas and tips for your winter garden. You can also spend time reading about the history and culture of your destination and plotting your route if you haven’t already planned it.