After many years of commuting and traveling, a sort of philosophy started to develop, organically. This philosophy is simple: to have a better, easier, and safer commute you have to be light, blend in with your environment, be comfortable, and remain aware.
Be Light: In order to have a better commute, you have to be light, unencumbered by the things you carry. Being nimble allows you to move easily and fast. This, in turn, translates to less stress and the ability to adapt to the different situations that present themselves during the daily commute.
Blend in: In an urban environment, you would want to go unnoticed. Blending in adds to the previous point, by allowing you to also move easily and fast. Having the right clothing, the right gear, and more importantly, the right attitude and demeanor, will allow you to commute unnoticed, providing safety, and giving you the change to better observe the environment.
Be comfortable: a key point to making the commute easier, is being comfortable with what you are wearing. Different jobs and different activities call for different wardrobes. But, no matter what the reason for the commute is, there is always a way to make what you wear, and how to carry the things you need comfortable. Comfort removes a lot of the stress from the commute. Being warm when it’s cold, being dry when it rains, or being comfortable standing, when the trains are crowded, for example, will lessen the some of the hassles of everyday commuting.
Remain aware: Being in a state of relaxed awareness is one of the most important things for a safer commuter. Understanding what’s happening around you, noticing the people, the sounds, the smells, and taking in the whole picture, will allow your senses to let you know when something is not right. Situational awareness is paramount on an urban environment.
Most of the blog posts will center around this philosophy. Understanding how each part compliment the others, and how all of them help streamline and optimize your commute.
Come read the blog and begin the process to a better commute.