What to do on the commute

Are you travelling this holiday season? Then you could catch up on some Christmas movies to watch on the plane that are on Netflix. Or you could try any of these other suggestions on my list on “what to do on the commute” and use the time to do something more efficient.


This is the 10th post in my holiday Advent Calendar!


Things to do on the commute

These are mostly meant for you who are travelling alone on the commute. Hope you enjoy the post!

1. Watch a Christmas movie

Here are some suggestions:

  • The Holiday
  • Christmas Chronicles
  • Love Actually
  • The Grinch

2. Listen to an audiobook or podcast

Audiobooks are a great way to pass time during the commute. Read this post to see my latest audiobooks!

3. Catch up on writing

Want to start a blog? Then using the time on the commute to do this is a win-win. Or maybe you want to write more on your diary to remember better (and to follow the tips on ‘what every successful person does’). Remembering better is also a reason why I blog.

4. Contact an old friend

I got a great tip from a friend: have a list of people to remember to contact once in a while. I feel like it is so easy to live your life and forget to keep in touch with old friends. And thankfully it is easy to call on Medsenger or text on WhatsApp!

5. Take a nap

Tired of doing all the things on your to do list? Then napping on the commute is an idea for you. And helpful in the long run, sleep is underrated.

6. Read

News, blogs, books, series, articles – you name it. Read – so you can wonder more. You are what you read. Or what do you think?

7. Learn

Why not take an online course? University of Helsinki made a course about AI, I have only just started it but so far it is interesting.

And of course, if you are still studying, this is a great time to catch up on those tasks!

8. Get inspired

Want to get more ideas? Then going on Pinterest or Instagram is a good idea.

9. Plan something fun

Why not plan a trip! Yay! Something to look forward to! Great time spent in this, I’d say.

10. Play a game

Candy Crush, Pokemon GO, Temple Run. Some examples of apps to play while on the commute. Of you are spending your commute with others, then be sure to try Dark Stories together!

11. Write a bucket list

There are so many things to do in life. But write down the things that are most important for you to accomplish in life. How fast can you reach 100 things on your bucket list?

12. Think of 50 things you are thankful for

Key to happiness? Remembering to be thankful for what you have. And what better time to do this than to do this on the commute? So start thinking.

13. Organise your phone

Do you have too many bad pictures? And notes? And old reminders? Delete and clean it up during your commute!

14. Meditate

On an empty bus? Try to find the peace to meditate. Or up for the challenge to do it during rush hour…

15. Get on that jam

Aka, listen to music. On a plane with no internet? Then you can download your playlists on Spotify to listen to music every time you want to.

I just saw Bohemian Rhapsody so I have been on a Queen binge listening for a while. And since it is holiday season of course some Wham!, Michael Bublé and – my new favourite – Sia’s Christmas album!!

16. Crossword / sudoku

Some brain training is always in order.

17. Plan next weeks food

Maybe try to be vegetarian for a week? Or vegan? Or try to master Italian, Indian or Japanese food? On tips on South Korean food click here.

18. Eat

After you have planned what you will eat next week, be sure to get some food or have some with you on the commute. Preferably something not crunchy, so you don’t annoy the others sitting next to you on the plane or bus.

19. Just sit and relax

Do you agree that we are too much online every day? That it is too easy to reach for your phone? Then you are not alone. My roommate told me about a lecture she went on that said that the brain cannot relax anymore as we reach for our phones every chance we get. I know I am guilty for this as well, and should get better at just sitting and waiting and relaxing and enjoying the moment.

Thanks for reading! Any more tips on what to do during the commute?

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