Many people choose to travel in large coaches or minibuses, either for economic reasons or because they feel safer on the road. However, those who travel long distances in Europe know that such a trip can be very tiring.
Given that a lot of people these days travel through Europe by coach or bus, here are some useful tips if you’re planning to travel for a long distance.
Pack lots of healthy snacks
If you spend the majority of your trip eating all sorts of chips and other unhealthy foods that do not have any nutritional values, but only high caloric contents, you will feel much tired. Walnuts, or dried fruits, for example, will give you much more energy and will ease your hunger better. Check the travel itinerary before your trip to see if you can buy snacks on the road, and if not, pack them from home.
Wear comfortable clothes
Choose clothes made from natural materials that allow your skin to breathe and are comfortable. Have a jacket with you, so that you will not be too hot in the coach or too cold if you go out during a stop. Try to have a few different types of clothing with you, as you never know what weather you might run into.
Find something fun to do
Boredom is something inevitable during a bus road trip, because you do not always have a nice landscape to admire through the windows. Although most coaches are equipped with TVs nowadays to give travelers a pleasant way to spend their time, it can be a good idea to also bring your own means of relaxation. An mp3 player, a tablet, a book, a magazine are always useful to have when you want to pass time easier.
Get some rest
Like any long trip, the simple fact that you spend at least one whole day in a coach or in a minibus can be very tiring. Try to sleep or at least get some rest with your eyes closed, so you do not feel exhausted when you reach your destination. If you are sensitive to noise or light, a sleeping mask and a pair of ear plugs can do wonders.
Socialize as much as possible
You never know who you might create a beautiful friendship with from the people around you, so if you happen to travel alone, take advantage of this opportunity and talk to other people in the coach. Perhaps you’re going to the same destination, or maybe you share some common hobbies! Also, if you’re going to a certain destination for the first time, those who have already been there before can offer useful tips on accommodation, public transport, restaurants, etc.
Every trip can be a beautiful adventure, you just have to know how to enjoy it. It is important to keep your sense of humor no matter the situation, and to be patient, because some things can take longer than planned, such as passport checks or unexpected traffic incidents.