There’s nothing worse than planning an exciting trip, going somewhere new, or even traveling home (if you’re a student like me). I thought of doing this post when I was traveling to London last Saturday to go on a cruise and visit The Harry Potter Studio Tour (click here to view) and I was surprised at how quick the journey was considering it was almost 3 hours!
There are so many things that you can do on your journey, whether if you’re alone or have company. I would usually say, just do the things that make you happy and what you’re interested in. The things I am about to list are my top favorite, most efficient things to do that allows me to enjoy a journey, whilst getting stuff done.
1. Prepare a Meal
One of the things that I always do prior traveling is make up a lunch type of meal, even if I am traveling at night. I would usually make a sandwich or pasta with a piece of fruit, chocolate, crisps, and a bottle of water (or two). These are just my favorite types of food, especially when I need something quick, cheap, and efficient. I am definitely a bit of a snacker…I do love a snack, so I pack a lot. You could go to a local shop to grab a few things too, but I wouldn’t get food at the station or on the train as you’ll be paying triple the price.
2. Download Music or Podcasts
I absolutely love popping my headphones in to either listen to music or a podcast. I definitely recommend downloading Spotify as it is a reasonable monthly subscription that allows you to download playlists, or you can create your own, as well as download podcasts or some YouTube videos such as, Gibi ASMR which is my go-to. I always manage to find something new as they are updated regularly.
3. WRITE. WRITE. WRITE.
This is usually an opportunity for me to be the most productive. I always find that traveling allows my brain to think about what means the most to me, which is traveling and blogging. I normally switch off by not thinking about work or uni work and a majority of the time, I am thinking of ideas and begin to write future blog posts. For this, I normally take with me a little notebook or I write it on the app: One Note, but that depends on the battery on my phone. I like to keep organized, especially with all my notes in one place. I was sitting on the train, thinking of what else to do when I thought about doing this post.
4. Have a photo shoot
Everyone loves a little photo shoot, well if you’re into blogging, social media, or just love a good photo. Of course, I was going to have a little photo shoot, primarily to take photos for this post, but also because I wanted to include a range of different photos onto my Instagram. I really enjoyed this train photo shoot, although I did have to be careful to not get anyone in the background.
Photo Credits: Kevin Turingan
Being a freelance photographer and travel blogger, I have a lot of editing to do. I usually have at least 2 photography shoots to edit a week, plus personal photographs that I want edited either for social media or my blog. I love using the time traveling to get the work done because then it means that I do not have to do it in my other spare time. I find this is the most efficient way to get it all done. To edit my photographs I use Lightroom CC on PC and on mobile.
6. Play a Game
There are soooooo many PC and mobile games that you can play completely free of charge and without the need for Wifi. My favorite games are Candy Crush, Logos Quiz, and Words with Friends. You could download a range of games prior to your journey, and then you can play them for the first time which will keep you very busy. Alternatively, you could bring a deck of cards and play with the people around you. I love playing card games with my friends. It is a great way to make the journey and time fly by.
What is your favorite thing to do whilst on the train or long journey?