Let’s face it, we only enjoy travelling when we know we’re going somewhere fun; somewhere with warm weather and plenty of enjoyable activities. But, for most of us, the only travelling we get to experience is the daily commute. The painstaking journeys to and from work that always seem to put us in the worst mood – and worst of all, seem to drain our bank balance. So, at the end of the day, we’ve spent our hard earned money on a journey that we didn’t even want to make and usually, it’s been dreadful.
So, how can we combat this? Well, luckily for you, there are a number of options to save money and travel more comfortably during your daily commute. In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at the travel options available to you and hopefully find something that can make your journey that bit better. So, without further ado, let’s get to work (see what we did there?).
“How can I make my commute cheaper?”. It’s probably the first question on EVERYBODY’S lips, after all, money makes the world go round – and it’s no good if all your money is going on something you don’t enjoy. At the end of the day, nobody wants to pay hefty prices just to get to work, where they earn money that eventually just goes on the following month’s commuting costs. It’s a vicious cycle and it needs to be broken.
If you’re travelling daily on public transport, including buses and trains, it’s important to get yourself a season ticket of some kind. Most public transport companies offer some kind of discount for pre-purchasing a monthly ticket, even offering greater discounts if you pay up front for a full year of travel. Though a full year of travel upfront can come at a hefty price tag if you’re not in a particularly well paid job. It’s important though that no matter what, if you’re travelling day, under no circumstance do you pay the single full ticket price every day. Get those discounts where you can.
If you’re a driver and you’re looking for ways to save money; there’s an obvious option that may just have gone straight over your head; carpool. Carpooling can be a fun and cost effective way of commuting, allowing you and your buddy/buddies to save a bit of money. It also makes the journey more enjoyable, as you have somebody to talk to along the way in what may have previously been a very dull, very lonely journey to another eight or so hours of hell!
If you’re savvy, you may also want to look at traffic patterns and look at cheaper gas alternatives. Traffic patterns seem very complicated to research and measure, but you can usually tell what times of the day the roads are going to be busy – most of us call this ‘rush hour traffic’. Knowing how to avoid rush hour traffic can save you money as your journey can be cleaner and you’re likely to avoid as much stop/start traffic which can be an unnecessary drain on your fuel. Cheaper gas alternatives can be very complicated and do require some kind of mechanical understanding of your car and its requirements for safe use, so always read up and gather advice before making any decisions on alternatives.
Today, green cars; including electric cars and hybrids are becoming more and more popular and are saving many people money on their commute. Though, the initial investment is much greater, the benefits cannot be argued with. In the long run, this is the best solution to a cheaper, more comfortable commute (using a little bit of advice on traffic patterns) but these green options have a long way to go before they are affordable for everybody.
So, whether you’re using public transport or you’re commuting by car, seek out the ways you can save a bit of money and either save that money or treat yourself; you’ve earned it!