Washington: This state is eye candy for nature lovers in the summer. The lush greenery and blue skies make you forget about all of the heavy rain (and possible snow) to come by January. For bus riders like myself, the change in weather presents specials problems. So, smart travelers have to find ways to ease their winter bus commuter woes. Here’s what I do . . .
- Buy a monthly pass. Spending the money up front for bus fare prevents me from becoming ‘the jerk’ holding up the line while entering the bus as other commuters shiver outside from the cold. Why? I don’t have to search for change or squeeze a dollar into a tiny slot. Also, this allows me to keep my gloves on for the entire trip and further fight against any wetness or freezing air.
- Get dressed at work. There’s nothing like the elements to mess up a professional look. Whatever you’re trying to do (outwardly) can be destroyed by one big gust of wind. As a result, I get dressed at work. My commuting attire is simply a pair of jeans, t-shirt and sneakers. My professional clothes go into a duffel bag (medium in size) and I put them on later at the job.
- Prepare for diversions. Have you ever ridden a bus that broke down? I have. This event drove home the need to plan for any diversions. Ease your winter bus commuter woes by preparing yourself in advance for these types of emergencies. This usually means having an alternate bus route in mind that gets you to your destination or the number to a taxi line or supportive friend in your cell phone.
- Carry extra food with you. Bus delays – usually during rush hour traffic – cause you to be stranded at a terminal longer than you’d like. You might not be in an area sprinkled with coffee shops or delis. Satiate your hunger pangs with food brought from home. My favorite travel snacks – string cheese and peanuts.
- Inform your boss. Let him (or her) know that you commute to work by bus. This piece of information alerts your superior to the fact you may not always be in control of your arrival time. Therefore, your boss will be a bit more understanding if you’re late.
In conclusion, the above are five tips ease winter bus commuter woes. I use them on a regular basis which makes this mode of travel more palatable.