By Chloe Olivia Sladden
Commuting may seem like something devised by the devil incarnate at times, but it doesn’t have to be all bad.
Pre-Plan your journey route
This is probably obvious but some journeys may be easier to plan than others. It could be the case there is a small walk to where you start your commute or some changeovers.
Don’t forget to check for timetable changes and always leave early to allow for traffic, which is 90% likely to occur during your commute.
And don’t forget about pre-planning journey expenses!
For me, a weekly bus pass is £35, which is £140 a month which is a lot for a student. It’s always best to check if a ticket or pass may cover your whole journey every day or if you need two or more tickets/passes.
Don’t forget to sit down and quickly look into the costs, as sometimes daily tickets or returns may be cheaper but weekly and monthly tickets could save you a lot of money in the long run.
Also, never forget to check for student discounts (even on travel) and allocate it first in your budget as it’s very important and can easily be the most expensive allocation in your budget.
Have the right clothing with you
Getting a 7 am bus, being out at peak sun time at 12 pm or going home at 8 pm can mean you have to commute in all weather. A jumper/coat or sunglasses depending on what time you commute or wear can make your commute, just a bit more comfortable.
Always try to charge your phone before you travel
Trust me, having a low battery phone on a long commute is not fun. So always charge it as much as you can before you set off on a long commute.
It will probably act as your main source of entertainment and as a way of communicating if you’re going to be late to wherever you’re going.
I can’t stress enough how bored you will become without some form of entertainment. It could be anything from having a chance to get through your reading list, listening to music, watching Netflix on your phone or just texting.
The time will pass a lot quicker if you keep yourself entertained but put it away shortly before your stop. The last thing you need is to be too engrossed in something and miss your stop.
Bring a drink or snack
You may get very thirsty or very hungry on longer commutes, so always have a drink or snacks on standby in your bag.
Sort out the little things
If you have emails or messages to send, things to book or buy online, then the commute gives you the time to get these things done. It’ll save you time later in the day or week.
Put your ticket in a safe place
You will be lost without it and fed up if you have to pay out for a new one as travel tickets and passes can be expensive.
Try to put it in a zipped pocket, purse etc. so you always know where it is.
Try to remember why you chose to commute, it could be longer but easier, saves money and so on. It may help when you begin to wonder if commuting is karmas way of making us hate transport.
Joining societies at uni may give you a reason to stay on campus longer or even give you something to do on a commute to make commutes worth it.
Meet friends before/after class
Sometimes it’s nice if you have a friend who has the same class as you to arrange to meet beforehand to grab a drink or chat before walking into classes together to give you something to look forward too when you finish your commute.
These tips will hopefully aid you in finding commuting a bit more bearable or even beginning to like it. Commuting may be a forgotten activity, but it can get better, as a few simple changes can make all the difference.