Travelling by coach is a cheaper alternative to train and air travel. Many people tend to travelling by coach because of its relatively economical price while others tend to use it due to the fun factor involved. Coaches are fun to travel in and quite honestly no other form of transportation lets you enjoy the journey like a good old coach.
”A Bus Ride Is Like Being In Another World”. ~ JA Redmerski. With thousands of people travelling by coaches every year, we have come up with a list of 10 tips that can help passengers make their journey more comfortable and fun.
Wear Comfortable Clothes And Shoes
When you are going on a long journey it is ideal to wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to wear. You don’t want to wear something that is going to make you feel uncomfortable for the next 2 to 3 hours. Dress according to the season. If it is winter, take an extra pair of jersey with you just in case you or any of your friends need it. Avoid wearing formal clothes during travelling by coach as that would make you stay reserved.
Compare Bus Tickets
Before you do or plan anything else, you have to go online and compare the bus tickets offered by different travelling companies. You are bound to find companies that offer almost the same services for a relatively lower price. Book your ticket with the bus company that best caters to your travelling needs. Keep in mind that comfort is more important than money. You have to compare the prices but it is also good to compare the services before you decide to buy a bus ticket.
Study The Weather
If you are thinking about travelling by coach, then you should definitely keep an eye out for the weather. You have to check the weather for your place, for the destination and for any stops that you will make in-between. If there is a storm warning or any other weather warning then you should definitely try to look for a different route.
Get Your Music Ready
Travelling is fun but long journeys can sometimes get very hectic. It is up to you to entertain yourself. While you are packing up for your coach travel, don’t forget to pack your earphone as well. You can download your favourite songs to your mobile phone which you can later on listen to in the coach.
Check The Routes Before You Book Your Ticket
There are many different bus companies in the UK. If you are planning to reach a certain destination then you have be sure of the routes offered by all bus companies. Some bus companies might be offering a direct route to your destination which will be cheaper and less time taking. It is ideal to avoid bus routes that are longer and have several different stops.
Carefully Pack Your Paperwork
Carefully pack your passport, itinerary documents, ticket and all other travel related documents. This is a very basic tip that can be beneficial to you in all forms of transportation.
Don’t Forget Your Travel Pillow
Long journeys can take a toll on your body especially if your seat isn’t good. You need to maintain your body in the right posture. Try to pack a back seat and a travel pillow so that your back and neck don’t hurt for sitting down for such a long time.
The golden rule of travelling by coach states that you should always travel light. Try to pack as few things as possible. You should only pack things that you are sure you will or you might have to use on the journey. Avoid packing unnecessary things.
Bring Your Favourite Snacks
No matter if you are a foodie or not. When you are going on a long journey it is best to fill in your bags with your favourite snacks. Eating snacks will help you fight your hunger and might even help you make a few friends. However it is recommended to ask the driver before you start eating as some travel companies don’t allow people to eat on their coaches.
Bring A Book
Nothing can talk to you like a book. If you are somebody who likes to read then a long journey bus can the second best place after a library. Pack your favourite book for the journey and start reading the book. This will help you pass time while you entertain yourself. Reading books on a coach can be fun. They take you to another dimension and you won’t even realize the passing of time.
Bonus Tip: Ear Muffs during travelling by coach
Well, Here is one for the humour! Pack your ear muffs with you. Not everyone you meet will be all good and jolly. You are bound to find people on the coach who either talk a lot or snore. So the ear muffs can come in handy in such situations.