Tourist travel by bus allows the entire group to stay together so that you don’t have to worry about waiting around for anyone to catch up or arrive at your final destination. But there can be some challenges that come along with taking long distance trips, and we want to help you conquer them.
Beat your bus ride blues with a few of our long distance travel tips below.
Designate an Activities Coordinator
Sitting on a bus for hours at a time would cause anyone to get stir crazy. That’s why it’s a good idea for groups to elect an unofficial “activity’s coordinator” for the trip. This person should be the go-to for games and entertainment, and of course, they should like to create a welcoming, social atmosphere for the trip. This person should stock-up on travel board games for adults and verbal icebreakers that partners can do in their seats, maybe even a group ebook session that makes it easier to connect with each other.
Take Pit Stops and Explore New Turf
One of the best parts about traveling long distances by bus as opposed to plane is that you can stop every so often to check out a place you’ve never been. We suggest downloading a reputable travel app that allows you to make check-ins, stay on route, and find maps of the cities you visit. Before you start taking your long-distance trip, you should see which cities and towns are located between you and your final destination. Try to arrange to stop in at least a few of them so that you can get a taste for what the local culture is like before heading back on the road.
Keep Multiple Head Counts
When you’re getting on and off a bus multiple times, there’s a chance someone could end up getting left behind at a rest stop or restaurant without anyone noticing. You should put one person in charge of taking a roll call before your bus departs after each stop. It will ensure you don’t have to go back and pick someone up once you’ve left.