Max out your time on the train
A couple of hours on a train can mean more than travelling from A to B. What not grab the chance to read, explore a new pod or start a creative project? (Or simply enjoy a good nap.)
Tip 1. Turn your seat into a reading nook
Have Elena Ferrante, Hanya Yanagihara or David Lagercrantz been collecting dust on your bedside table? Grab the chance to bring along that book you've been meaning to read. Perhaps the journey time means more novellas than novels – maybe Alice Munro or J D Salinger is your thing.
Tip 2. Kick start your next project
Are you burning to write a novel or learn a new language? Is 'repaint the bedroom' or 'change the balcony floor' on your to-do list? Grab the chance to spend your travel time on your next project - you can outline a synopsis, check out local language courses or compare duckboard prices at DIY stores.
Tip 3. Go American!
In 2005, the Oxford Dictionary named "podcast" Word of the Year, and that was a pretty good prediction. According to Fast Company, there are now over 525,000 pods available through Apple podcasts. New statistics from Nielsen and Edison show that 80% of American podcast listeners tune in to an average of 7 programmes a week. Why not go American during your train journey and listen to a critically-acclaimed pod, such as This is American Life, Serial or The Daily? If you prefer to listen to pods in Swedish, P3 Dokumentär and the current affairs programme Lilla Drevet have many loyal fans.
Tip 4. Ignore tips 1-3
Entertainment and creativity are fabulous, but a train journey is a rare opportunity for many people to enjoy doing nothing at all - to simply lean back and perhaps grab 40 winks. Our best tip is then to book a seat in a Quiet zone. A sleep mask and earplugs may also do the trick.