Make The Most Of Your Daily Commute With These 11 Apps

You'll find heaps of inspiration.

Kirsten Curtis |

There’s a time to work, a time to play, and unfortunately a time to commute. Like most people, I live quite far from work. As a result, I end up commuting by train to work. Most days my commute is filled with endless frustration as Metrorail (or metrofail as it’s often referred to) informs us of some delay or the other.

On other days the commute is more pleasant and the train runs more or less on time. But even when it runs according to schedule, the commute is still at least 50 minutes long – one way. That leaves me with 50 minutes of dead time to fill – time which I often spend scrolling through social media or playing Candy Crush Soda. There’s something to be said for unwinding on my commute home. For giving my brain a small reprieve from the work it did throughout the work day.

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Recently, I’ve started switching things up. I’ve started listening to podcasts and reading more on the train. It’s done a lot to shift my mood. Listening to podcasts often leaves me inspired during my morning commute. This often lasts throughout my morning, plus I find I’m more productive at the office. The same applies to reading – I find I’m less frustrated with train delays when I’m lost in the world of a book.

Whether you want to be inspired or you’re simply tired of scrolling through social media, these 11 apps are just for you. Whether you commute by foot, car, train or taxi – there are a variety of apps you can use.


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Over the past few years, podcasts have become increasingly popular. Whether you’re a true crime junkie or enjoy keeping up to date with pop culture – there is always something to listen to. Some podcasts, like the TED Talks are inspiring, others like Ben Greenfield Fitness or Artificial Intelligence are informative. Either way, they all offer great listening experiences that will provide you with new insight.

My favourite app to use is (1) Podcast Addict, but it’s only available on Android. If you’re an iOS user choose between (2) Overcast or (3) Downcast. Downcast is particularly great because it comes with a car mode that makes it easier for you to switch between episodes while behind the wheel, without you accidentally bumping the car ahead.

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Live close to where you work? Learn more about the city while you walk with (4) VoiceMap. The app contains walking tours produced by different locals. Get to know your area from their perspective.


apps you can speak to on your commute

When inspiration hits you, you typically want to write down notes before you forget. That can be a bit tricky when driving. For moments like this download (5) Otter Voice Notes.  It allows you to record voice notes for you to listen to later. It also provides a transcription service which transcribes your voice notes for you.


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If you prefer your daily dose of inspiration in the form of a video, download the (6) TED app. The app contains Ted talks across different fields of interest. Be inspired by innovation and keep up to date with emerging trends from thought leaders across the globe. Perfect for anyone who constantly likes to learn more.

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Alternatively, watch a documentary on (7) Netflix, or even binge watch your favourite show. If you like to keep things local then (8) Showmax would be better suited to you. All these apps allow you to download episodes while you’re in a WiFi zone, and then watch them on your commute.


apps you can read on your commute

Do you constantly stumble upon great, long reads while quickly browsing the internet at work? Save these stories to the (9) Pocket app. You can do so by adding the Pocket extension to your browser. Stories you save with this extension will show up in the app on your mobile device. The app allows you to tag stories making them easier to find later. It also sends you suggestions based on your preferences. Your next great read is just around the corner.

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To catch up on news from around the globe download the (10) News24 app. The app sends you notifications when a breaking story is published. From human interest, to politics and sport – you’ll stay up to date.

If you prefer to read fiction on the train but don’t want to lug your kindle along, download the (11) Kindle app to your phone. All your saved books will show up on your phone making it easier for you to continue reading on the go.

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