A recent poll revealed that close to 130mn Americans commute to work, with each spending 25 minutes on average per day on their journey. That’s a lot of time spent either watching the world out of a window or waiting for a train to restart. These days, however, commuters have all the entertainment they need in their palm. Smartphones come equipped with apps to make the journey somewhat bearable (and even downright enjoyable!). Here are four of the best apps to make your journey more tolerable. And, as we said, it may even be fun!
While there are a number of free podcasting apps out there, such as the built-in app with iOS, Pocket Casts is feature-rich and worth the investment. It includes an impressive discovery section, automatic silence trimming, and syncing across devices. Podcasts can help you escape your journey by listening from anything from old-time radio stories to the latest movie reviews. Podcasting is just one of many types of entertainment apps, however. Music apps like Apple Music and TV and movies apps such as Netflix are enormously popular. Or, it may be that you like your entertainment to be more interactive. Well, there are also numerous games apps available, with the likes of Betsafe offering all sorts of online casino games like Rainbow Riches, or Mobango with games including One Hit Cowboy and Pocket Monster. May you never be bored again!
This free app is great for anyone who just wants to relax and get their mind right for the day. Whether you’re new to meditation or have been practicing it for years, Headspace is great for putting you at ease. The app has been highly successful, in no small part due to a guided walkthrough for as short as just 10 minutes.
One way to make your journey more interesting is to learn a language. While there are numerous language apps to help you do this, the most popular might well be Duolingo. It’s free, even in the advanced stages, and it’s broken up well. There are 15 languages from which you can choose, and you’re able to practice reading, speaking, and listening through a number of games and exercises that challenge you more the further you progress.
There’s so much content online that it’s difficult to keep up with all the articles that you’ve either bookmarked or started reading on your laptop. By saving them to Instapaper via a browser extension, you can go back to them any time you’re on your phone. Instapaper makes reading easier by getting rid of distractions such as annoying adverts, showing you only what you want to see: the content. You can even personalize the colours and fonts if you so wish. Oh, and if you’re behind the wheel, that’s fine too: the app will read the articles to you. If you’re tight on time, you can even arrange your articles to play based on reading duration.
Which apps will keep you entertained depends on you. Of course, you could always people watch but your fellow passengers might just feel slightly uncomfortable. The other option is to keep yourself engaged, either learning or having fun. Personally, I’d say a combination is always the best option. But that’s just me!