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1. If you're flying, try to get to the airport at least 2 to 2 and 1/2 hours before your scheduled departure so that 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. 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 
• 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. Making sure your devices plug in properly
• It's important that your electronic devices plug in satisfactorily.
• At one point while on layover at a Greyhound station, I pulled back one of the prongs for the plug on my laptop cord so that it would go into the electrical outlet on the wall without falling out.

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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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