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Tips for Keeping Yourself Entertained on the Train

The UK’s rail network is a modern marvel, and an utterly vital part of its infrastructure. Though usage was down in 2020 as a result of pandemic-related travel restrictions, passengers are returning in huge numbers; over 285 million journeys were made in the last quarter of 2021 alone.

That number represents hundreds of millions of man-hours spent as a captive audience – the boredom of long, repetitive journeys a familiar feeling to us all. Thankfully, there are many ways in which we can spend our time during such journeys, ways which can entertain and enrich in equal measure. Below are three of the more popular ways in which we entertain ourselves, which could well help you on your next journey.

Music to Your Ears

One of the more popular ways in which we keep ourselves occupied and entertained wherever we are is through the listening to music. From revisiting old favourites to discovering something entirely new, music is a uniquely engaging medium to engross oneself in – whether relaxing through a busy trip on a popular train route, or zipping your way through the countryside on a high-speed train.

If you’re feeling a little uninspired by your usual listening routine, you can spend your journey seeking out new sounds on streaming platforms or radio stations. Creating a new Spotify playlist can be a strong way to spend a commute, while randomly selecting a digital radio station can expose you to new songs you may never have heard otherwise.

Learning a Language

There is, of course, an app for everything nowadays – and the lingual arts are no different. Language-learning apps quickly became an extremely popular way to pick up a phrase or two in another language, with the UK leading on uptake of such apps as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. A long train journey presents you with the perfect opportunity to knuckle down with Duolingo and expand your linguistic horizons, giving you a tangible benefit to your travels.

The Small Screen

Smartphone screens may be diminutive, but they can still transport us to other worlds entirely. With once-terrestrial channel platforms and streaming services alike available in app form, you can access all manner of film and television from literally anywhere. Your train journey needn’t be a slog from A to B; it can also be a chance to catch up on that series you promised a friend you’d eventually get around to watching.

Having an extensive library of film and TV at your fingertips can be especially useful for managing a family on a group excursion. If your children are getting a little restless, you can easily occupy them with an episode or two of their favourite show – while you catch up on your favourite show on another device…

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