Although I can drive, I can’t afford a car and I don’t really have any desire to buy one. They’re so expensive to purchase initially and then cost a fortune to run, so I catch buses all the time. This week I’ve been challenged by Stagecoach to catch the bus all week as it is ‘Catch The Bus Week’ from July 4th until July 10th and to set myself a goal. I decided as I love reading, to try to read three new books.
Reading on the bus is one of my favourite things to do, it makes the journeys go so much quicker and I’m a huge bookworm so any excuse to get lost in a book sounds good to me! I usually read quite fast anyway but three books in a week is a bit of a challenge for me so I was looking forward to getting stuck in!
I’ve taken several bus journeys this week – I’ve been all around the midlands and I’m pleased to say that I managed to achieve my goal of reading three books. The first book that I read was The Ex by Alafair Burke which I thoroughly enjoyed, the second was Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes which I didn’t enjoy as much as the prequel, You. The final book I read during this week was The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – I was excited to see she had another book out as I had lived In A Dark Dark Wood. It didn’t take me long to finish this one, it was a very easy read so that definitely helped me to reach my target.
It might sound obvious but you can use your commuting time in so many ways, you could learn a new skill like knitting or crocheting or you can practice a new language – this one probably would have been helpful as I’m in Germany at the moment. Stagecoach have found out that on average we spend up to 6 hours a week commuting and worked out how you could spend that time:
- 12 Facetimes catch ups with friends and family using the free Wifi onboard.
- In one year of commuting by bus, you could read about 52 books!
- Bus commuters could learn French onboard in just half a year!
- Bus commuters could watch every episode of Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Breaking Bad in a year!
- You could knit 28 scarves a year!
- Enough time to read 8,550 newspaper articles
- A third of bus commuters listen to other people’s conversations!
How do you spend your time on your commute? Do you make the most of your bus fares?