There have been multiple studies done lately on how public transit affects people, mainly negatively, yet when I’m stressed I’ll often turn to transportation. By this, I don’t mean the common ones like a plane, train, or even a bus tour, but a city bus.
When you’re on public transit you don’t have to worry about switching lanes, and can just enjoy the scenery without being restricted by how far you’re able to walk. When it’s colder you can keep warm easier. This makes it easier to see where places are, like the closest park or grocery store, or discover somewhere you might want to visit on a later adventure.
If your parents were anything like mine they discovered young children, at least ones like me, will always fall asleep in a vehicle -- even if it’s just a trip around the corner to the convenience store. This has passed to all transit now, so even if it doesn’t bring on the z’s it’s hard not to be calmed. The passing scenery, may it be trees or people hurrying on the street, is fascinating.
Buses expose you to people without the requirement to actually socialize. Unlike the mall, you aren’t forced to interact with multiple people when you switch stores. It’s nice to greet the driver when you get on, but you can always get on through a back door if you are avoiding social interaction. The most interesting things can be heard on the bus, such as “it turns out my dog doesn’t like it when furries are on TV,” or you can hear entire stories.
A bus journey is an enjoyable experience that shouldn’t be put in a bad light, but if you’re one of many who don’t enjoy it, try making a game of it. Count how many people are reading, or listening to music. Or if you’re traveling with someone, play a car game.
Elizabeth Ayana Hall
Elizabeth is a second year professional writing student who lives on anime, books, and cheese.
She does not actually spend time outside, it is a eco-wall behind her.