If you live in the Melbourne CBD, chances are you’ll be on your way to work when you get home.
The CBD has long been recognised as one of the most liveable cities in the world, but many people choose to spend their time commuting in the city instead.
To find out how much you can earn in an hour commute, we asked our live chat team to share their tips.
Make sure you have enough time to walk the dog If you’re a walker and need to spend time on your feet, make sure you’ve got enough time for your dog to come to the door, so you don’t end up waiting on the street for the dog to finish walking.
Here’s how to set up your walker’s account with Walkman.
Walkman is a smart phone app that allows you to track your walkers distance from home.
When you have more than 10 minutes to spare, use the app to find out your walk time.
If you only have 30 minutes to spend on your commute, you can also set up a countdown timer to remind you when you’re almost home.
If that’s not enough, you might consider using a smartphone app to help you plan your walk.
Find out your commute route If you don.t have a car, consider walking your dog.
Some dogs love to sniff your shoes and will even stand on your shoes for a quick sniff.
Other dogs might be keen to sniff you but will prefer to sniff their own shoes.
Walkdog also lets you know where your car is and when you can expect it back.
If the commute route is within the city limits, you should be able to walk from one end of the city to the other with your dog within 15 minutes.
Find a suitable dog park If you can’t find a dog park within walking distance, you could consider a dog shelter.
They have space for dogs of all sizes and there are also plenty of outdoor facilities.
Some shelters offer dog walking classes and classes can be offered in a dog-friendly environment, which could mean a few extra dollars for your pet.
Take the stairs If you are in a hurry, take the stairs.
You can often walk up to 30 minutes with your walk dog before you need to take your shoes off.
Check your weather forecast If you get a bit cold in Melbourne, you may want to consider wearing a hat or coat that will help keep your feet warm.
If it’s raining, you’ll need to find an umbrella or rain coat.
If your commute is long, try wearing a raincoat or hoodie to help keep you cool.
If there’s an early morning or afternoon commute that will bring the temperature down quickly, consider putting on a jacket.
Be prepared for the crowds It can be a bit overwhelming when you first arrive home from work, so plan ahead for crowds.
If possible, wear bright clothing, such as a shirt with a bright red design, a scarf, a hat, a pair of shoes and a jacket for your walk to avoid the crowds.
Get comfortable in the house If you have a dog, consider staying in the home for a while to relax.
It can help your dog enjoy being around people and you’ll also enjoy being outside during the day.
If this is not possible, consider taking a dog walk with a walk-in companion or a walk partner, such a an older dog who is less likely to get upset.
Watch your steps If you need a break from the busy commute, check the weather forecast and walk for 10 minutes in the morning or 10 minutes at night before you arrive home.
If all else fails, get help on social media If you aren’t able to keep your dog at home and need a walk, it might be worth having a friend or family member accompany you to your office, shop, or restaurant.
They can offer advice on what to do and what not to do.
If no one is available, you or your walk partner can call Walkman to get help.
Share your walk with your family You can also share your walk online and ask other walkers around Melbourne to share theirs as well.
Here are some tips for sharing your walk: Share your experience on social networks.
Find your community, and connect with people who have similar experiences.
Make your walk fun and exciting by walking the dog and taking pictures of yourself doing so.