I’ve been following The Sunday Salon (and several blogs who take part) for several months and finally decided to take part and start contributing. I am a fairly voracious reader and can read in most places but….
Reading whilst Travelling
I travel by public transport (trains, planes and buses) and cars fairly regularly and of various different travelling times. When I was a child I was able to read in a car – and was forever being told I’d make myself sick as a result! In the last few years, I have realised that I am unable to read text whilst even making short journeys.
I initially thought it was just the reading of text so I used the travelling down to an airport on the coach to try out listening to an audiobook. Unfortunately the motion of the coach and the general lack of moment means that I am lulled into a light sleep. I therefore wake up 30 minutes later having missed a whole chunk of the story and unaware of where I got to previously.
I am currently doing a daily commute of about 90 minutes, but only read on occasion. On the morning route, I’m often reading the newspaper, or simply catching up on sleeping ahead of a long day. On the way home, I tend to listen to the radio – BBC Radio 4 have several news programs followed by a comedy program, which can be less demanding than trying to concentrate on a book.
So what’s my favourite place to read?
As you can probably tell from the above, I am no longer able or really willing to read whilst travelling. Therefore I generally read whilst static – mainly at home, etc I usually lie on or in my bed, but sometimes also read in my sitting room – though that is the room where the TV is! I also listen to audiobooks, mainly when I want to do something with my hands, such as cook or clean
So, What about you – can you read whilst travelling? Where do you prefer to read?