Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Make each trip smooth with the proper planning, packing and travel steps. Below are simple travel tips.

1. Leaving out with more than enough time to spare
If you're flying, try to get to the airport at least 2 to 2 and 1/2 hours before your scheduled departure. 
By doing this, you should be able to check your bags at the ticket counter okay and have ample time to go through the security line in case it's long.

2. Knowing how to be more frugal plus traveler savvy
Sign up for a passenger membership that lets you accrue points for cheaper travel. 
Compare hotels and motels for prices.

3. Taking the bus long distance 
• Leave out early enough to reach the bus station 60 - 75 minutes early. 
• For large bags placed under the coach, stay there outside of the bus to make sure the personnel don't leave your luggage on the ground. 
• If you miss a connection on any leg of your trip, tell the station desk people and ask them to have your luggage dropped off at one of your stops. 
• Once it's announced your coach is about to continue on, get on board no matter how soon the announcement is made after you began your layover.
• Pay attention to what the driver says. 
• Bring your identification and ticket besides enough food to last many hours. 
• Keep your ticket tucked securely in your pockets until your trip is over. 

4. Taking the bus locally 
Here are things you must learn about taking the bus in your region:
• Try to get to your bus stop at least six minutes before your bus is supposed to arrive.
• Continually keep an eye out for the bus - once you see it coming, stand up.
• Many drivers only stop at a designated bus stop.
• You can save money on trips by buying a transfer good for multiple connections. 
• If you see two buses coming simultaneously, walk toward the one you want if it's the one trailing the one in front.  
• Obey the posted rules.
• Don't lay out or put your feet on the seats. 
• Pull the cord that's above the seats to get the driver to stop at the end of your ride. 
• Pay attention to the route numbers written on the bus stop signs as well as the buses when you see them coming in order to keep from taking the wrong bus. 
• If the driver just passes you by, yell "hey" - if he/she still won't stop, write down the bus number and report that.  
• When drivers are rude, look at their name tags, ask them for their badge numbers and report them.

5. Keeping your money and most important items safe
Only bring a little cash when traveling, if possible - I generally don't take more than about $20 extra.
If you anticipate having to pay a lot for something such as a lodging stay or restaurant meals, bring your checkbook, debit card or credit card instead of a lot of cash.
• Find ways to hide cash and valuables on your person and in your luggage.
• Bring electronics and photography equipment on board to avoid possible theft and minimize the risk for damage.

6. Minimizing packing stress
Packing everything you need in a timely manner is hectic enough; so, you'll be better off making this process less stressful. Pull this off by 1) getting started filling your suitcase two days before departure day after making an item checklist, 2) having 99 % of your stuff packed before relaxing once it's almost time to leave and 3) putting remaining items you can't fit into your suitcase or backpack into an extra tote bag or another backpack.

 7. Making your trip arrangement convenient for everyone concerned
• Don't keep those who live with you in the dark or take those you plan to visit by surprise.
• Once you book a trip, discuss this with your immediate family members or send them a copy of your itinerary by email.
If you're visiting relatives or friends who live out of town, let them know your travel schedule right away.

8. Personalizing/securing your luggage
It's a good idea to put a label containing your name and address on your suitcase.
Having the label before you arrive to the station may save you time from not having to get one before boarding.
When you retrieve your baggage upon getting off the airplane, bus or train, you won't have to open your suitcase to see if the items inside are yours.
• If you're concerned about an item being stolen from your luggage before you can get to it at your destination, consider putting a lock on it, with the key kept securely in the pockets of the clothes you have on.

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On a personal note, I have missed connections, had luggage left behind or had other bad commuter experiences; therefore, I created this blog to prevent you from making my mistakes. 

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