As part of job, my partner and I regularly drive the Vancouver to Vancouver road from Washington up to the Canadian city. My artier Dean Kirkland Vancouver WA resident like me, like to get right into the gossip on the four hour trip, but it usually transpires that I drive back alone. During the drive, I like to keep myself entertained with a wide range of audio, depending on what mood I’m in, or what mood I want to be in.

Over the years I have really honed my audio library and so I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things to listen to during the car journey, in the hope that it inspires you thinnest time you hit the road.

Podcasts

I don’t follow too many podcasts, but I do really enjoy listening to them on the way back down south, what I love about them is that it is like the radio just without all of the polony and the commercials. Recently I have been trying to enhance my knowledge by listening to science shows such as the Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox. Podcasts are a great way to learn new things and even more so when you are in the car, with nothing else to do.

AudioBooks

Something which I have always tried, and failed, to do, is read more books but I simply cannot find the time in the day to sit down and get into some fiction. I recently downloaded the Audible phone app which allows you to download audiobooks, and I have gone through a fair amount during my journeys. I really enjoy the experience of an audiobook and you can really enjoy the stories that are being told. The app gives you the option to change the speed of the reading which is great because you can really rattle through the books. I would always choose fiction over anything heavy as I think that it makes the drive go way shorter.

Albums

Music would be too general a statement in terms of what you should listen to in the car, most of us already do that. For me however, I have always loved listening to albums from start to finish, I love songs but I really think that the album is the art, and the song is just a piece of it. For this reason I always like to use my time on the road, to listen to some classic albums which I know that I love, as well as taking the opportunity to listen to a new album, which I haven’t heard before. When driving, you can give far more attention to the album that you are listening to, and I think that it is easier to pick out what you like and don’t like about each and every song. You may find that you don’t have the time to listen to an album which is why driving is the perfect time to do it.