When was the last time you caught a bus?
Catching a bus isn’t always the most glamorous way to travel, but I actually rather like it. Unlike driving by car, I enjoy the fact that I can sit back and relax while someone else does the hard work. And I don’t have to find a parking space when I get there.
Ok so a bus isn’t as fast as a train, but I like the fact that it usually takes you closer to where you want to go. If I’m going shopping in Cambridge I can choose between a twenty minute train ride, plus a twenty minute walk at both ends or a fifty minute bus ride with only a five minute walk at either end. So, really, there’s not much in it.
And what do I do when I’m sitting on a bus? As part of ‘Catch a bus week’, Stagecoach asked me to find out. So, one sunny morning I hopped on a bus to Cambridge. Here’s what I did…
Read a book… There’s nothing revolutionary about this. It’s a classic bus activity, and I must have read hundreds over the years. I like making an effort to put away my phone and enjoy a few chapters of my current book. A simple bit of escapism.
Do some crochet… making a granny square certainly passes the time. I bet you’d have enough to cover a double decker bus by the end of the year. If you wanted to.
Make lists… Make sure you always carry and notebook and pen. I often come up with my best ideas when I’m out of the house and away from distractions. Jotting things down or writing a to-do list is a great way to feel ahead of yourself before you even step off the bus.
Daydream… You don’t have to fill every second of your bus journey with improving activities. Sometimes there’s nothing better than just looking out of the window and letting your mind slide. Don’t think of it as wasted time. Instead it’s some well-deserved time-out for your frazzled brain.
And if you do want to fiddle with your phone… then buses are pretty high tech these days. My bus had actual plug sockets, and some even have free Wifi. That certainly didn’t happen in the old days.
So, next time you’re going somewhere why not try catching a bus? What would you do with your journey?