The Best Technology To Take On Long Coach Journeys
Earlier this year I discovered to my amazement that I could travel from London Victoria to Brussels, Belgium for only £10 (that’s about $20 for US readers). Now to me that was pretty amazing, and I was even more astonished by the fact that I could go to a range of other places for about the same price: Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam… pretty amazing really.
The downside? Well of course the trips weren’t exactly quick, and my journey to Belgium for instance took me 6 hours. For me this wasn’t much of a problem because I work online – and that meant that I could just do my job on my computer for the duration. And the guy I went with also worked online, so he was quite content to sit next to me and type also.
The issue came when I announced the amazing news to my girlfriend and tried to convince her to do an overnight trip to Paris with me. It would only cost £10 again but would take 4 hours either way… Unfortunately she wasn’t buying and there was no way I could convince her that sitting on a coach that long was worth it.
This article then is for those of you who agree with her. I’m going to show you why technology these days means that there’s no good reason not to spend lots of time on a coach and that you can actually have a lot of fun/get a lot of work done. Here’s some of the best tech to take with you that will make the trip a million times more bearable even if you’re the sort who gets restless easily like my other half.
The first and most obvious thing to take with you on a coach trip would be a laptop, ultrabook or netbook of some kind. This would then give you access to all the different productivity software you might use normally as well as all the different media and entertainment.
That then means that you could download a few films before you left and then spend the entire journey watching them. How bad can a journey be when all you’re doing is watching a few films you already wanted to? You’ll forget you’re on a coach at all, and if anything you’ll be enjoying yourself more than you probably would sat at home (when we tend to watch junk on TV because we really should be tidying the house).
Of course you can also use a computer for productivity, whether that means working as I did in order to earn money, or whether it means working on a pet project such as a website or a novel or an app. And with new hybrid computers like the Surface Pro or the Iconia W3 these can be as small and light as you could possibly hope for meaning they won’t be a drag to carry around when you arrive.
Better yet, most coaches these days now offer Wifi on board which means you’ll be able to surf the web just as you would at home!
But if you’re not into working when you’re on holiday, then a 3DS may be a more suitable device to take with you on your travels. The 3DS is a small foldable games console that fits in the pocket, but is also powerful enough to play a range of full 3D games. Better yet, it offers stereoscopic 3D effects without the need for graphics which makes it pretty immersive despite its small size. There are some fantastic experiences to be had with this device – I highly recommend checking out Super Mario 3D Land – and any of them will make your journey a lot less boring and much more enjoyable.
Or perhaps you’re someone who prefers something a little quieter when you’re travelling. In this case a Kindle might be more up your street. This way you’ll be carrying a tiny light device that will give you access to pretty much any book you could imagine.
And finally for those who can’t look at anything while they’re being driven, there’s always the option to just close your eyes and listen to an MP3. And that doesn’t have to be music either if you get bored easily – why not check out some podcasts or an audio book?
And then of course there’s the option to take all these things with you at once…
This post has been authored by Nancy Baker, a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Kunkel Bus Lines Ltd., a company providing tour bus rental services in Toronto. She enjoys her job and she takes her family on long drives and road trips on weekends and the holidays. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.