Spending time travelling back and forth from work and meetings is the reality for many people. And it can be rather stressful and tiresome in the long run, especially if you travel on your own.
I have personally commuted between Sweden and Denmark for many years. The first years by train, and since then by car and metro. The hardest time to travel is definately during the cold and dark months with rain, snow and slippery roads.
Many times I've asked myself, why did we decide to leave Copenhagen and the short distance to our jobs on our bikes? But then I remind myself that we left the city to offer our family more space, a garden and all the benefits of a life on Mysteria Lane.
The time spent on travelling is definately not wasted time if you put your mind to it. It just demands a bit of awareness about what you focus on while you are on the road.
So I would love to share a few ideas on how to enhance your journey:
Travel in silence
Enjoy the moment of tranquility and no demands from anyone, A soundless occasion is actually quite rare these days. Turning the radio or pod cast off while on your way is actually a gift, if you think about it. Travelling will be your me-time instead of a stressful moment.
Enjoy the landscapes
Even though you have to primarily focus on traffic, no one stops you from enjoying the variations in the landscapes that you pass by on your way. I admire the beautiful bridge between Sweden and Danmark every time I pass by. And the sky, And the seaside. The beach and so on.
Listen to the radio or book recordings
Listen to your favourite program or music when you travel. You can even borrow sound recordings of books from the library or subscribe to sound book services on a monthly basis. So all the books you have dreamt about reading for a while can be listen to, while you commute.
Bring your best-loved snack
I tend to get really hungry on my way home. So when I remember to, I bring something nice, and preferable healthy, to eat on my way home, as the journey often takes an hour and I risk to arrive grumpy and drained at home in time to take care of the kiddos and cook dinner.