How to Deal with Crowded Transportation in the Morning


Feeling like a trapped sardine isn’t the best way to start your day. For those of us who seem to spend most of our lives on public transport, it’s an all too familiar feeling. There is something very de­humanising about crowded transportation, especially the underground. Take control and explore the options. A few days’ worth of research could make a dramatic impact on how you start and end your day. Be creative. Think about the elements of your journey that you most dislike and find ways around them. You could save time and money while improving the quality of your life!

Traveller’s etiquette

Regardless of your mode of transport, always be polite. Don’t start the day fighting to get on a very crowded train or bus. Wait for the next one. Pay attention to the people around you. If there are passengers that need your seat more than you, offer it to them.

Refrain from eating: hundreds of food odours in a confined space can be unpleasant. Respect people’s space. Don’t have your music blaring or lots of bags for people to trip over. Make it a pleasant journey for everyone.

Timing is everything

If you travel at peak times (usually around 7.45-9.30am and 4.30-7pm), you are going to find crowds. It’s as simple as that. But there are a number of ways to avoid these times.

Experiment over a week by leaving your house at different times. Starting your journey an hour earlier may give you time after you reach your destination for relaxation or exercise. Have a cup of coffee and read the paper. Take your trainers and have a walk around a park. Window shop. Sit on a bench and read a book. Clear the cobwebs from your head before you start your day. You may have a flexible job that would enable you to come in a bit later and stay longer. You never know until you ask.

Be a map reader

Buy a good map that shows all the transportation routes to your destination. It could be one of the best purchases you ever make. Find out all the options of how you can get from A to B. If you hate the underground, look into the bus and train routes as an alternative. Being in the know will get you there with less stress.

The best deal

Research the costs of your commute. Buying weekly or monthly tickets will save you money and time. It will also enable you to travel for socialising without additional expense. Yearly travel passes are the most cost-effective way to use public transport. Check with your employer to see if they would be willing to purchase a yearly ticket and deduct it from your salary.

Car pooling

Investigate the possibility of driving with others going to the same or nearby destinations. You may find that the shared cost of four travelling by car is less than public transport and if you have to use a car, it is more environmentally friendly to share. Chat with people waiting for the train or colleagues who live close to you. Explore all the options to make your journey as pleasant as possible.

Get fit

Walking or bicycling to work can dramatically improve your physical condition and mental outlook on life. It can also save you lots of money. An hour’s brisk walk or bike ride will improve your cardiovascular system and tone up your muscles. Keep alert and pay attention to the things around you – you’ll see things that you pass every day in a totally new light. Remember always to wear the proper gear and pay attention to the rules of the road if you’re cycling in the city.

Viva Italia

When in Rome (or even when you’re not), do as the Romans and drive a scooter. In urban areas the world over scooters are becoming one of the primary means of transportation. Gas-efficient and easy to park, they are a quick way of getting around. Always wear a helmet and drive with care.

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