Yes, commuting can suck — but it doesn’t have to! Check out our tips and tricks for making your commute cooler and learn to rock your daily ride!
1. Change It Up
Seeing the same sights, day after day, gets pretty monotonous. Shaking things up with a change of scenery can make your commute way more interesting. Check out Google Maps and try an alternate route tomorrow to make your commute feel less like drudgery and more like an adventure. (That’s how we found Satellite Park, maybe we’ll see you there!)
2. Stop at Starbucks
Break your commute up with a coffee stop! Knowing a treat is en route makes commuting a little sweeter and, let’s face it, a little caffeine never hurt anybody. And maybe you’ll find a sweet new spot on your brand new route (see #1).
3. Meet a Friend
Stopping for a quick coffee or a cronut? Leave 30 minutes early and schedule a meet up with a friend. Connecting, even for a few minutes, decreases stress levels and turns your commute into a catch-up session.
4. Listen Up
The Mozart Effect is real, friends, so consider tuning in to some relaxing music on your morning ride; you’ll feel calmer and less anxious. Of course, if you want to crank it up on your ride home — check out these sweet ghetto blasters that attach right to your scooter handlebars for headphone-free listening:
- ION Audio Clipster Active — this little guy can clip right to your waist if you’re gliding around on your Hovertrax 2.0!
- Outdoor Tech OT1301 Buckshot Speaker — mount this speaker to the handlebars of your Power Core E90 or DXT Drift Trike with its versatile, heavy duty mounting band.
- ECEEN Wireless Bluetooth Speaker — charge up your phone with this speaker’s built-in rechargable battery pack.
5. Learn Something
Yes, you’re a captive audience to your commute, but you can use the time wisely. Listen to an audio book, TED Talk, or find a hot new podcast on earbud.fm. With an app like Duolingo, you could even learn Mandarin, the most common language in the world, or Archi, in case your commute takes you to the Caspian Sea.
Conversely, your commute time is the perfect time to unplug and decompress. Try deep breathing exercises, chanting, or meditation – there are some great apps out there to help you move into the now, like Breath2Relax and Breathing Zone.
7. Trade in Your Ride
Whether you commute locally or have one last mile to cover from the bus, train, or parking lot to your office, consider scooting, RipSurf’ing or riding a Hovertrax 2.0 to work. You’ll be sneaking in some exercise, breathing fresh air, and let’s face it, your commute will be a whole lot more fun.
8. Shoe Swap
Change your shoes, change your mind! Alright, maybe we cheat a little…but Jetts Heel Wheels adjust to fit with your favorite pair of sneakers making them feel like a different pair of shoes. Meaning your walk, short or long, just transformed into a thrilling ride!
9. To Do to Done (ta dah!)
Using your commute to check those errands off your list makes travel time feel more like ‘you’ time. Take a minute to stop and shop on your way to and from work so that when you’re home, you’re done.
10. Stop and Smell the Roses
Seriously! There’s got to be a planter outside your building or along your scooter route. Aside from breaking up your commute, stretching your back, and breathing fresh air, research proves that smelling roses decreases stress and produces a calming effect.
- Pro-tip: Or maybe you’re looking for a pick-me-up instead? Discover these 11 scents that can have a real effect on your mind and body.