How to Entertain Yourself While Commuting in Toronto

Did you know that people in Toronto have the longest commute in Canada? According to the 2016 Census, the average Torontonian spends 34 minutes getting to work each day, which is almost 10 minutes longer than the national average time of 26.2 minutes. In fact, 17% of people in Toronto say they spend more than an hour getting to work each day.

So, if you’re a commuter in Toronto, you’ve likely spent more time being bored than anyone else in the country. But if you’re looking for a way to kill time or entertain yourself, the ideas we highlight below are far more fun and useful than just staring out of a window.

Listen to Audiobooks

For many people, reading books on public transport is a no-go because they find themselves unable to focus. The chattering of other passengers means that it’s hardly the ideal environment for a quiet, relaxing session as you settle into a good novel. As such, audiobooks may suit you far better.

There are thousands upon thousands of audiobooks available to you, with the most popular releases having audio versions. Some of them are even narrated by celebrities, with their famous dulcet tones massaging your ears. Moreover, you needn’t pay for them as there are plenty of places where you can download free audiobooks including Lit2Go, Librivox, and Open Culture.

Play Mobile Games

Mobile games are a big hit with commuters and for good reason. They are designed for casual gaming audiences, meaning they are incredibly easy to get into and so you can download and start playing without too much of a learning curve.

There’s also the fact that there is a huge variety of games on offer, appealing to all kinds of players, no matter your taste or your previous exposure to games. For example, if you’re well-versed with gaming and love racking up a high score, you may like match-three games like Bejeweled Stars and Angry Birds Match. Meanwhile, there are plenty of different mobile friendly slots with themes like the fairytale-inspired Big Bad Wolf, loved up Immortal Romance, and mythical Mermaid Millions, which appeal to all kinds of interests. Table games such as blackjack and roulette are offered too, so there’s a way to have fun even if you prefer more traditional gaming experiences.

Be Productive

Though, maybe you’re just that busy that you don’t have time to play a mobile game or listen to an audiobook and you would prefer to use your commute to get things done. Well, positively, there are plenty of options for that too.
Some of the most popular productivity apps include note-taking app Evernote, Pocket, which is a better bookmarking option if you have articles you’d like to show people in the office, and Google Drive, which lets you craft documents and share them with anyone you like. Sharing features mean that by the time you’ve arrived in the office, your colleagues may have already provided feedback or begun working on your ideas.

You may still be frustrated that your Toronto commute is still as long as it is and that’s understandable. But until jet aircraft are available to take us to work, the above options will hopefully provide enough entertainment to stop you from feeling bored on the way at least.



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