Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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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. 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
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.

• Hold it! 
• You just received a lot of information that stops travel woes.  
• However, I just know you're not leaving without rewarding yourself with the trip enhancers above. 
• Invest in them to make your future trips even more indulging now.

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