Be Entertained On Your Commute
April 19, 2017
Board a Brightline train, settle into your comfortable, high-backed seat, plug in your iPad or laptop or other smart device in one of the many convenient outlets and catch up on movies, TV shows, books and music.
The Wi-Fi on Brightline trains is both fast and complimentary, and since you’re not doing the driving, you don’t have to worry about being distracted.
Just remember not to get too involved in what you’re reading or watching because your whole train travel commute will only be an hour between the West Palm Beach train station and downtown Miami train station, and only 30 minutes if your destination is the Fort Lauderdale train station. How’s that for reliability? No need to worry about the unpredictability of traffic.
Order up a drink or snack from one of the Brightline attendants and kick back – without the hassles of South Florida traffic.
Here are some commuting-appropriate entertainment titles to consider while you travel by train.
Prepare for the highly anticipated fifth season of Netflix’s Washington drama “House of Cards,” debuting May 30, by catching up on the last four seasons. Or sip a cup of tea while you binge watch your favorite episodes of Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey.”
If you haven’t read “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins, a mystery centered on a woman on a train, now’s the perfect time (there’s a movie version too). Or spend your commute with the inspiring wisdom of two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World,” co-written by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Business books also make good train reads, such as “Outliers, The Story of Success” by Malcom Gladwell or “The Industries of the Future” by Alec Ross (both recommended by Amazon as top commuter reads).
Sure you can use your commute to blast through emails or create a to-do list for the day. But there’s also opportunity to unwind by playing Candy Crush, Words with Friends, Angry Birds or Solitaire – come on, you know you want to.
Plug in a good pair of headphones and listen to your favorite tunes on a streaming app. The train to Miami is the perfect place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by listening to the reissue (due in late May). Or check the Billboard charts for what’s hot in your favorite musical genre.
Catch up on movies you’ve been meaning to see such as the heart-warming “Hidden Figures,” the story of African American women mathematicians working for NASA (based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly). Another way to go is total escapism with such flicks as “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Dr. Strange.” Or laugh out loud to 1987’s “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” with Steve Martin and John Candy, and be thankful that you have an easy commute on a Brightline train.
Now isn’t this better than sitting in traffic?