Driving to work or getting the same train or bus can be a little boring after a while. Doing the same route each and every day for months or years means making the same small-talk to the same strangers each day and struggling to come up with any new conversation beyond the weather. It also means looking at the same sights everyday out the window. All of this repetition isn’t very inspiring and can bleed over into the rest of the day. Before we know it, we’re questioning our whole job or career path. Many take the same route to work because it seems to be the easiest or most convenient. Few consider or research any other options to travel.
There are several drawbacks specific to the most popular ways that we get to work:
Bus or Train:
Buses are often late and yet the bus driver is never apologetic; they probably won’t even greet you with a smile either. Plus, depending on where you get on, you might be very lucky to even get a seat. You also have to put up with other’s hygiene and the chance that someone will fall asleep on you. Travel costs seem to be consistently increasing especially if you travel via cities like London.
Again you’ll have to put up with the traffic, courtesy of those struggling to get to work and also dropping off kids in the school rush. It can also be quite lonely sitting in your car on your own, and if you’re in traffic for a while, that’s a lot of petrol going to waste (another premium that seems to be consistently rising). Taking your car means you haven’t got the option to go for a drink after work either which can be a bit restricting.
So how else can you travel to work?
Though you’re still stuck in your car, at least you have some company as well. If you can find someone in the office or your workplace who you really get on with or even consider a friend you would like to spend your personal time with, even better. It gives you an opportunity to talk about the rest of your colleagues without them hearing. You can even have a more informal chat about work to ease you in. Wider benefits mean saving on petrol if they contribute something to it, as well as being green.
Again a very green option, you can easily find a second-hand bike for cheap through websites like Gumtree or in the ads for the local newspaper. Cycling is excellent for cardiovascular exercise on a weekly basis, so if you need to have a gentle workout or are trying to lose weight, getting on your bike is a perfect option. This will feel especially good if you don’t enjoy sitting down all day. Additionally, you can bypass a lot of auto-traffic. You also have the option of taking several different routes to work, so if one is more congested, you have several backups; some of which will be more scenic than others and keep things interesting.
Similar to biking, walking is another good workout to start the day. If the weather is especially nice, it can really perk you up for the rest of the day and boost your enthusiasm and outlook for the rest of the day. Browse shops and sights on your way, as well as enjoying the option of several potential routes to work and skipping any traffic-jams. If you live in a particularly vibrant area early in the morning you can enjoy the atmosphere around you, or put together a playlist to listen to. Walking especially allows our mind to wander off and prepare us mentally for the day ahead.
An alternative to the train if you travel into the city, you may find that you’ll save money even if it take a little longer. Alternate between the two so you enjoy a different view on your way to work. Usually on a coach, the seats will be more comfortable so you can have a nap before you get to the office and catch up on some much-needed sleep.