Our TOP 10 Travel Tips

When traveling on a budget, there’s no doubt that – at some point or other – you’ll find yourself moving about by coach, as this often proves the most cost effective mode of transport.

As well as being one of the oldest forms of long distance Intercity transport, coaches are probably the most ubiquitous. They’ll be able to take you almost anywhere there`s a road.

On the plus side, long coach trips can often save on accommodation costs when taken overnight. Now that`s a real bonus!

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Choose your seat carefully and always opt for the Luxury or Business class feature.

You’ll probably have to stow your larger bag underneath the Coach in the luggage compartment (cabin space is often limited). Prepare a cabin pack and this should contain all essentials (eg, medication)! Again, pack as if you’re going to be on a plane. We also recommend warm clothes for when temperatures drop during the night time – even in sunny South- Africa, all-night air conditioning can get quite chilly.

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Pack as if you`re flying.

You’ll probably have to stow your larger bag underneath the Coach in the luggage compartment (cabin space is often limited). Prepare a cabin pack and this should contain all essentials (eg, medication)! Again, pack as if you’re going to be on a plane. We also recommend warm clothes for when temperatures drop during the night time – even in sunny South- Africa, all-night air conditioning can get quite chilly.

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Pack an energy drink.

Pack an energy drink (to avoid needing to use the bathroom).
Buy an Energade or another beverage that replenishes electrolytes. Or pack small packets of powder drinks to make your own. This will hopefully keep your thirst quenched and your bladder, empty – meaning that you won’t have to use the bathroom as often. Bottle water is also recommended.

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BYOS

(Bring Your Own Snacks). Biltong and Koeksisters are firm favourites!
Most often, there will be a stop or two at roadside restaurants or Service Stations; in some cases, the food is quite good. But there are no guarantees. You should always have something (eg, nuts, fruit or an energy bar if possible) just in case the munchies strike.

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Use noise-cancelling headphones and entertain yourself.

Night bus rides last from 6 to 12 or more hours. During this time, you will encounter many unpleasant sounds: a loud TV,  music, someone snoring and/or other conversations. Use good headphones (noise-cancelling would be best) to block those sounds and to listen to your own music. These are however available on select Greyhound Services. A good book or two is always recommended.

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SLEEP.

Use earplugs plus an eye mask.
When it’s time to sleep, you’ll want to drown out the noise. We recommend earplugs, which you can buy at any Pharmacy.  An eye mask is also important. It helps block out light from inside the Coach at night and in the morning, when the sun coming in through the windows can make you feel like a vampire.

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Use a neck pillow.

If you travel with a suitcase, then you might want to purchase a neck pillow. If you travel light, invest in a  blow-up neck pillow. It will make you feel more comfortable whether you’re reading or resting.

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Take meds if you need to (but nothing too strong).

It’s not always easy to sleep on these buses, so you might need some help. Taking medication (check with your doctor first) could be a solution. You want to sleep, but you don’t want to be so knocked out that you can’t wake up and react quickly if you need to.

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Always wear comfortable shoes and clothes on lengthy journeys.

Comfort is key

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Become Culturally fluent and evolve.

Be prepared to meet new faces and see new places and embrace all of humanity.

Travel Safe Always