Oh, public transport: how unpleasant you can be! As we wriggle through your buses, trains and ferries in a flurry of business suits, briefcases and oversized lattes, it can be difficult to maintain an optimistic view of commuting. Luckily, there are some sneaky ways around you, which can make even the most hellish of experiences phenomenally more enjoyable!
Create The Ultimate Feel-Good Playlist
The cheesier and sillier, the BETTER! For maximum happiness, I don’t think anything can surpass a heavy dose of retro tunes: think Michael Jackson (Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, Billie Jean), Abba (S.O.S, Waterloo), Elton John (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Philadelphia Freedom, Bennie & The Jets), The Village People (YMCA, Macho Man), Queen (Bohemian Rhapsody, Action This Day, Body Language, Crazy Little Thing Called Love) and one of my all-time favourites, The Four Tops! Honestly, I dare you: listen to Sugarpie, Honey Bunch or It’s The Same Old Song and try NOT to smile.
Equip Yourself With A Stack Of Fabulous Reading Material
Peruse your local second-hand bookshop for a slew of exhilarating novels, and stash one in your handbag for your next trip. Purchase your favourite magazine and salivate over all of the pretty shoes. Research your dream holiday destination, and excitedly pour over the articles. Gather interviews with your idols, and be inspired all the way to the end of your journey.
People Watch & Conjure Up Fantasy Scenarios For Each Of Them
Take a glimpse at the people around you: who do you think they are? How do you imagine that they earn a crust? Are they high-flying advertising gurus by day, and rockstars by night? Are they in the midst of trying to write a novel? What do they do? People watching is one of the most fun (and interesting!) ways of ALL to pass time!
Compose Love Letters
To your best friend, lover, a parent, overseas companion or even your favourite celebrity! Revel in the fact that you’re making the most of your ordeal by creating something that will put a smile on someone else’s face, and sprinkle it with cheer. Or at the very least, an anecdote of your travels:
“Why? Why, why, WHY, do some people insist, when you need to exit your seat, on doing that weird turn-your-body-sidewards thing? Why is it that they can’t simply move? Oh, wait. I know: they want me to levitate over them, right? That MUST be it. At LAST! The mystery is solved!”