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6 Fun Things to Do When You are Stuck in Heavy Traffic

Updated on June 17, 2020
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Having worked for over 11 years, I have a wealth of experience I would love to share with others so they don't make the mistakes I did.

Fun things to do when stuck in traffic
Fun things to do when stuck in traffic

6 Fun Things to Do When Stuck in Heavy Traffic

I live in Nigeria and stay in a region that is known for one of the worse traffic in the world.; you could literarily be stuck in it up to six hours as you commute to and fro the office.

Initially, I would join other commuters to grumble or sleep when we got into the heart of the traffic, but after a while, I realised grumbling wasn't achieving anything as the traffic still continued. I decided to be more productive instead and try to do things that are fun instead.

I came up with a few and they have literarily changed my life for the better.

That said, here are

Fun things to do in traffic
Fun things to do in traffic

6 Fun Things You Can Do When Stuck in Traffic

1. Make Money

It seemed funny that I could make money while stuck in traffic, but I discovered thus was possible and have been making money (even if it isn't such a huge amount) every single month.

There are tons of ways to make money online and you will find a few that are to your taste and suited to your skill set if you searched.

Few weeks after starting a new job, I discovered a third-party site, Opera News Hub that paid writers for writing on the site. The beauty about this site is that, like hubpages, you get paid per click (view) and since it already is a known brand with millions of monthly viewership, this meant I could get several thousand clicks in a matter of days without breaking too much sweat.

Another thing that didn't hurt writing on the site is that you aren't required to write lengthy blog posts. Posts are capped at 150 words minimum, which means you can do several all within the time you are stuck in traffic.

Your earnings for the month get to your Opay account (which you get by downloading the Opay app from Google Play store and registering with your phone number). It really is a very simple way to earn a side income every month.

2. Read

If you love reading, you could also use this time to catch up on your reading.

There are tons of things you can read; from educational articles and entertaining blog post pieces, to romantic stories, the list is endless.

Whatever your taste, escape into the world created by the writer by searching out sites that offer such free reading.

Some good ones you can use include:

- Okadabooks
- Penpee
- Bookbub
- Book Riot
- Wattpad

3. Watch Some Videos

Another fun thing I do whenever I find myself stuck in traffic is go over to a movie app on my phone and binge watch on short movies.

Sometimes, I pre-download these movies so I never get hit with bad network that could disrupt the smooth flow of my movie.

This is actually my favourite way to kill time in traffic. I have tried them all and while I can vouch they all work great, movies seem to have the added advantage of completely shutting out the outside world. I usually have my earpiece with me and this blocks out any sound or disturbance from blaring horns or noisy passengers.

Traffic to Cash

Being stuck in heavy traffic doesn't have to be a bad thing as you can use this time to grow another source of income.

4. Start a Course

I have started and finished a few courses this way and yes, I also got the certifications to go with them.

Now, while I can't claim I did the entire course in traffic as I continued much later, especially on weekends, the bulk of these courses was done in traffic.

I did these courses online on a few sites and also via WhatsApp, all with the same amazing results.

5. Socialize

If you're bored, then you can turn your phone into a medium for socializing.

Since most of us are busy with work and other cares of life, utilizing this time in traffic to keep in touch with friends and family would be a good idea.

You can start chats, respond to those left during the course of the day or just put a call through to a friend you haven't spoken to in a long while, just ensure you keep the wheel of communication regularly oiled.

6. Start a Blog

If you have extensive knowledge on a subject and some idea of search engine optimization (seo), then you can start a blog, monetize it and get started making money on the side too.

The good news with blogging is that your income grows the more you work at it and soon, it could replace your main source of income.

You should know though, that while you can carry out your research and write these blog posts in traffic, it won't be an easy feat. However, if you are determined, it can be done.

Once you have a few great articles published, you should consider monetizing and make money off of your effort. A good way to earn from a new blog is to sign up for the Google Adsense programme. However, because this programme has a really strict acceptance policy, you want to make sire your blog meets all the criteria, a few of which include:

- Having at least 10 quality blog posts of reasonable lengths (you want to ensure they are 1,500 words long and above).

- Write on just one niche or idea.

- Have some few important pages like About Us, Contact Us and Privacy Policy set up.

- Ensure your blog design is attractive and the blog itself user-friendly.

- Ensure you remove ads of every other network from your blog.

- Publish posts frequently.

Once you have these criteria met, you should apply and wait for your site to be approved. It usually takes about three weeks to get approved or otherwise but could take longer.

Once you get in, you can continue to blog while you earn money from an effort done while stuck in traffic

Fun Things to Do When Stuck in Traffic

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Farrah Young

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    • Isivwe Muobo profile imageAUTHOR

      Farrah Young 

      13 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Fawaz Akintunde

      Opera News Hub is very popular is Nigeria. It's a good way to earn a side income, even if the income is very small.

      You earn 0.036 kobo for every click to your article. However, there is the consolation that you don't have to write lengthy posts.

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      Farrah Young 

      13 months ago

      @Alfred Joseph

      Yea, watching movies is great too. I do that whenever I dont feel like writing.

    • Fawaz Akintunde profile image

      Fawaz Akintunde 

      13 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      I thoroughly enjoyed your article. I'm surprised that I have not read about the opera news hub before now though. I'll surely give it a try

    • Alfred nice profile image

      Mr Nice 

      13 months ago

      Hello Farrah, you've done a great job writing this hub, I usually enjoy watching movies each time I'm stuck in traffic. I think listening to music can be another option.

    • Isivwe Muobo profile imageAUTHOR

      Farrah Young 

      13 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Yes, they definitely are for passengers. Lol. And survey sites are great if one can find a genuinely one or one that won't fold up after a while.

    • Eurofile profile image

      Liz Westwood 

      13 months ago from UK

      You have made me reconsider my views on traffic jams. These are good suggestions. Online survey sites could be another option. My only problem would be when I am driving. All of these suggestions are good for passengers. But, until we have completely driverless cars, drivers in the UK will still have to focus on the road in case the jam eases.

    • Isivwe Muobo profile imageAUTHOR

      Farrah Young 

      13 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      @Stephen Robinson

      So true! I've also written an entire document a few times when I didn't have data signal and pasted it on my blog much later.

      Thanks for that inclusion.

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      Stephen Robinson 

      13 months ago from Tusculoosa, Alabama

      Hey Farrah, I personally don't live in a city that has traffic jams, but these are really great tips. Thank you for sharing them! :-)

      As for the people that do not have a decent data signal on their phone, while they are stuck in traffic, they can also save movies on their phone, and watch them while stuck in traffic. I can actually write an entire blog post on a document, offline, and just copy and paste to my blog, when my data signal returns.

    • Isivwe Muobo profile imageAUTHOR

      Farrah Young 

      13 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      @Isaac Aimufua

      Let's hope there will be no traffic with the flying cars. Haha.

      Anyways, I hope you have enjoyed your two months so far on here.

      I registered here almost 11 years ago but became active about 15 months ago.

    • Isaac Agbonse Angel profile image

      Isaac Aimufua 

      13 months ago from Edo State Nigeria

      I love your article,I have been with Opera hub for two months now, in the case traffic thank God they have invited flying car's, we will buy flying car to beat traffic

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