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7 Ways to Cope with Long Journeys and Commutes

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Long journeys and commutes can be extremely tedious, especially if you are not travelling for fun. However, there are lots of things you can do to keep yourself busy and make time go a lot quicker. In this article, you’ll find suggestions of 7 ways to cope with long journeys and commutes.

1. Work/write

Long journeys and commutes can often be a great time to work. I often put on my headphones and find I can focus really well and can be extremely productive during this time. For writers and bloggers, you might find this time perfect for writing and drafting blog posts for the week. You may not be able to finalise your article, but you will be able to make good progress to getting it almost finished.

2. Read

Travel can provide a perfect opportunity to read. Either buy hard copy books, download some for your Amazon Kindle, or grab a newspaper. All of which should keep you busy for a while and make your journey go a lot quicker.

Actually reading is something that a lot of the most successful people in the world often do, and you could read things that provide heaps of inspiration to help you with your career or inspire you for your next journey. A book I highly recommend is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, which I’ve personally read and found very inspiring.

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Amazon Kindle

3. Watch Netflix

Netflix is an entertainment service that allows you to watch shows and movies on your TV, as well as on phones and other portable devices. And what makes this better is you can download many shows and movies to watch offline. This means you won’t have to worry about losing your connection if you are streaming content. Netflix has a great collection of travel shows which are perfect to give you inspiration towards your next holiday. An alternative to Netflix is Amazon Prime which has thousands of TV shows and movies, many of which can also be downloaded.

4. Play video games

Another fun way to make your long commutes and journeys pass quickly is to play video games. You can download a huge selection for your phone, or consider buying a portable games device, such as a PlayStation Vita, or a Nintendo 2DS.

5. Listen to music

Time seems to go quicker when you listen to music and this is probably because it helps you switch off. So download your favourite tunes before you travel to help make your commute and journey a lot more comfortable.

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Music and headphones

6. Read, clear and organise your emails

Another way you can make time pass is to read and clear out your inbox. Most people are constantly bombarded with emails and it can be hard to keep up. But by using your travel time wisely you can get on top of your inbox and should also find your journey passing a lot quicker.

7. Sleep

Depending on how long your journey or commute is, you could consider catching up on sleep. This can sometimes be easier said than done and also depends on whether you can get a seat or not. But if you can then go for it.


Long commutes and journeys can be frustrating and tiring, but if you keep yourself busy you’ll find time goes a lot quicker, and before you know it you’ll be at your destination. Do you have any thoughts or other suggestions of things people can do to make their commute or journey pass by quicker? Leave a comment below.


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Mike Clegg

Mike is a traveller, photographer, WordPress developer and the creator of He started this website so as to share his experiences and tips with travellers. He is from the UK and has travelled to many places around the world. He loves to shares his pictures and stories through Instagram and this website.

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