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5 Steps to Decrease the Suckiness of Your Commute

The last two months, I’ve enjoyed my commute a lot more than the last four years.

Here’s what I’ve learned—I’m sure it will be helpful.

1. Move to a very beautiful place.

I moved to South Africa and that’s working well. Other good options include Bolivia, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Norway, and Hawaii. In the continental U.S.? No problem. Move to Colorado, Vermont, North Carolina, or Washington.

2. Shorten that commute right up.

My commute from home to my office space is about nine minutes. That is about perfect for a few deep breaths, a mental review (or preview) of the day, and some bliss. If it’s too short, just go a bit farther and double back. If it’s long enough to listen to a podcast or audiobook, it’s too long.

3. Plan your route where there is never any traffic.

The best is when you do not pass any other vehicles of any sort for the duration of your commute. Why should you have to share the road? It’s your commute.

4. Only commute during sunrise and sunset.

Photographers refer to these as the golden hours—everything is bathed in magical light. Why would you commute at any other time? You may have to tweak this slightly, as in the higher latitudes, you’ll be working very long days in summer (especially if you’ve moved to Norway).

5. Ride a motorcycle.

This is key. No commute is better in a box. Break out, on two wheels, and be in the scene rather than watching it. It’s best if your motorcycle is either really fast or really slow. Both are good speeds for commuting. Mine is really slow, with a top speed of about 50 mph. It’s like bicycling but without the spandex or sweat.

How do you make the best of your commute? (No, seriously.)