A growing trend in travel is to save as much money as possible in accommodations. Some travelers take this to the extreme by eschewing hotels and hostels entirely. Instead, they choose to spend the night in public places. If you’re opting to sleep outdoors or in a train station terminal, keep these tips in mind.
Keep Your Belongings Close
When sleeping in public you have to protect your stuff. Simply leaving it lying around is a great way to have it stolen. Instead, lock it all together and lie on top of it. Use your backpack as a pillow and put your arms through the straps. This way you’ll wake up if someone tries to grab it.
Choose 24/7 Spaces
Never settle down for the night in an abandoned area. You’ll leave yourself vulnerable to thieves or even worse. Instead, sleep someplace where there are numerous people around and employees on duty. Let them know you’re going to rest for a bit and they’ll likely keep an eye out.
Know the Law
Loitering is a crime in many places around the world, as is sleeping in public. Be sure to study up on the law wherever you’re traveling. Otherwise, you could end up in jail.
Opt for Buses
Sleeper buses are one of the best ideas ever invented. These nifty modes of transportation allow you to get from one city to another safely while you sleep. Best of all, they’re cheap! If you’re trying to save money, this is the best route to go as it kills two birds with one stone.
Use an Alarm
To keep yourself safe, it’s best to have an alarm on hand. There are plenty of portable alarms that let off a loud noise when activated. If you wake up in the middle of the night and find yourself being harassed by a stranger, an alarm could save your life by making them run away.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
One of Georgia’s greatest cultural gifts might be coming to an end. The Redneck Games, which began in 1996, have seen a dip in attendance in recent years. A lack of sponsors means many of us might never know the joys of “bug zapping by spitball” unless an influx of travelers can help revive the event.