Night buses can be a sensible and affordable way to get around. But sleeping on a bus for the first time can be a daunting experience – especially if you are traveling alone. If you are traveling alone, it is always a good idea to do your research beforehand to make sure that the route you are considering is safe. If it is, then there is no reason why things won’t go perfectly smoothly. www.travelrows.com
The five tips below will help you to have a safer and more pleasant experience, and with any luck, a good night’s sleep:
Choose Your Seat Carefully
Experts agree that the safest place to sit on a bus is somewhere in the middle. In addition to this, the ride can be smoother here than at the back, where things can be bumpier. It can also be less scary than the front, where you can see each and every scary turn and every bad driver on the road ahead.
If seats are pre-assigned, you may be able to express a preference for a seat near the middle of the vehicle. You may also be able to choose a window seat or an aisle seat. A window seat might be a more comfortable place to sleep, but an aisle seat will usually give more leg room.
At time of booking, you might also be able to express a preference for sitting next to a woman. (Which can sometimes help you feel safer if you are a solo female traveler.) You may not be bothered about who you sit next to, but some feel they will experience less hassle if they choose to sit next to someone of their own gender.
Split Your Money and Valuables
While many night buses are perfectly safe, there is still always a risk of theft while you sleep. You will be able to rest easier if you do not keep all your money and valuables in one place. Keeping some currency in a lockable waist belt and perhaps in a shoe can be a good idea. Tuck your bag in next to you, perhaps with a strap tucked around your leg, and make sure valuables are in an inside, zipped pocket.
Make Sure You Have a Bag of Essentials
Your ride will be a lot more comfortable and enjoyable if you have a ‘cabin bag’ with you, like one that you might take on a plane. Pack any essential medications, entertainment like music devices, books or magazines, and anything else you might want during the journey. Your main luggage will often be placed below the bus and you can’t always access it en route.
Bring Water and Snacks
Water and snacks can also be handy additions for your journey bag. While there may be rest stops along the way, these are often few and far between so it can be helpful to have food and drink on hand for whenever you need or want it.
Invest in Some Additions for a More Comfortable Night
Finally, make sure you also bring a few things to make it easier to sleep. For example, you might want to consider a neck pillow, ear plugs (or noise-cancelling headphones) and an eye mask.
- Following these tips should help you sleep easy on that night bus – even if you are traveling alone
- Check out our Solo Traveling category to read more about the best ways of traveling alone
- Join our Forum for Solo Travelers where you can find a travel buddy or join a travel group
If you are the one, who enjoys traveling alone and has some (or a lot of) experience, share your bus travel adventures in comments or send us your story and pics by e-mail. Thank you!