Travel by Bus – the word is enough to make me feel dizzy and worried. Journeys by bus have never been easy for me but I had to travel frequently by bus to meet my parents. This helped me pile up some really important tips for travel by bus in India.
I created a video to share that which is over here. Also, I am going to share the complete transcript of the video in case you like to read; more than you like to watch YouTube videos.
Bus is by far the most convenient and a very common mode of travel in India. Millions of people travel by bus every day but people like us take up a long journey by us once in a while. And that’s when hell breaks loose for we were never taught about some important tips for travelling by bus in India.
Every month, I have to cover a 5 hour long journey twice to meet my parents in Bathinda. So, I am going to share what I learnt through these experiences.
So, if you’re travelling to India for the first time or you want to make the tireless journeys by bus a bit more easier, this would help.
#1 Carry a scarf to cover your face
Make sure you carry a scarf, stole or something like that which would help you cover your face. That would save you from excessive dust and direct sunlight. If you’re travelling in an air conditioned bus, take a thicker scarf because usually, the temperature is set to very low and you would feel too chilly to sit comfortably.
#2 Keep a hand sanitizer
Whether it’s a luxury bus or a government run bus, a hand sanitizer is going to be your savior. The weather and the condition of the bus would certainly make your hands feel dirty and itchy and that’s when you’re going to thank me for this tip.
#3 Buy a Hand fan
If you’re travelling in a normal bus and if you don’t want die of excessive heat, keep a hand fan in your hand bag positively. This would especially help you when the bus stops for a while on a bus stop.
#4 Wear comfortable footwear
Make sure you wear comfortable footwear while travelling. All you need to do is to make sure that your shoes are airy and comfortable enough.
#5 Don’t get out of the bus as much as you can
Buses in India seldom follow fix timings. Sometimes they will stop for half an hour and sometimes they won’t even have a stop of 1 minute. So, if you’re getting out of bus at a stop which is not your destination, you are running a high risk of losing your bus along with the luggage. Just be careful!
#6 Try not to talk to girls
Maybe you would call me ‘anti-feminist’ or whatever ‘bad’ you would think of me after reading this; but there have been several incidents where men have suffered humiliation just because they were trying to strike a random conversation with an Indian girl. Be really careful in this case because if you get accused by anyone, there is no chance that people would believe your story (in case you’re a male). And you would probably get beaten up even before you start understanding what’s happening.
And that tip is gonna cost me a lot because I personally love random conversations with strangers.
#7 Don’t sit at the back
It is a thing which I discovered while travelling that if you sit at the back seats, you feel extremely dizzy. So, try to occupy front seats in case you’re like me who feels very uneasy while travelling in a bus.
#8 Buy a coke or pepsi
Soft drinks like pepsi, coca cola help in getting rid of the dizziness you feel while travelling in bus. They help me at least. Also, carry a bottle of water positively. Don’t eat much especially if there is a tendency that you might vomit.
#9 When travelling in hilly areas
Maybe you travel a lot by bus but travelling in hilly areas is a different game altogether . So, listen to me. Don’t look outside through side windows. Not even once. Don’t read anything or even use your phone unless you really want a headache.
#10 Some more tips
- Travel light.
- Wear loose and cotton clothes if you’re travelling in summer.
- Keep a map if you’re travelling to a new place.
- Don’t give away too much information to strangers. Talk random.
- And when in punjab and in a PRTC or punjab roadways bus, never take the seat near windows. Trust me! It is a life saving tip that comes through an almost deadly experience.
That’s it guys and girls. I hope this video/post would help you travel by bus more easily. Let me know about your experiences with travelling by bus in india in the comments down below. Don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter (fill in your email id in the upper bar you are seeing right now) and subscribe to my youtube channel.