A few days off away from the screen entails a whole lot more of sitting than I imagined! In most cases, when I usually go from Iloilo to Negros, I would take a short way to the destination: 1) A Fast Air-conditioned Expensive Bus Ride and 2) Cabs. But this time, experiencing “cheap traveling” starting off with a budgeted bus ride was a pain in te butt. Literally.
Here are my tips on how to stay alive in this type situation:
#1 SIT COMFORTABLY
At the very beginning, you’ll be having that “Oh! I’m so excited” thought running through your mind. So, yeah. Just sit back, relax, as if you’ll enjoy the ride.
#2 SLEEP IF YOU CAN
Don’t let the noise disturb you. Just find ways to rest. Basically, that’s all that matters for now.
#3 THE ART OF SWITCHING
After the first few hours had passed and your butt is feeling numb, try switching the weight of your body from side to side. Let’s say 30 minutes on each. That way, the occurence of “pressure ulcers” will not be possible.
#4 STAND DURING STOPS
Most of the time, these buses have regular stops from one terminal to another either during breakfast, lunch or dinner time and probably during bathroom breaks. So, when the bus stops, take that 10 minutes to stand and stretch your feer. You’ll be relieved.
Oh. When I said “cheap” I meant traveling with no air conditioning unit, unclean seats, noise of children everywhere, and above all, chicken smell – and not that pleasant smell of cooked chicken. It’s more of live ones placed in boxes with little holes for them to breathe. Imagine that. Also, people flock the bus aisle if there are no available seats left. This is what a regular bus ride is – and I loved the experience!