For today's Tip Tuesday, I'm going to be talking about how to survive the T in Boston (as promised the other day)! If you aren't from a city (like me) and the T seems a little daunting, this may help! I haven't had a necessarily bad experience on the T, but I did have one interesting ride when I went to Boston a few weeks ago. Anyway, here are my tips!
- Don't have you cellphone out. After my first T ride, my best friend Devon who goes to a University in Boston mentioned that I should keep my phone out of sight. In general you are fairly safe on the T (although I think Boston could do a bit more security
or any at allin that department) but if you are afraid of being mugged etc. then it's best to keep your phone out of sight of others. Just keep it in your pocket where you can quickly grab it if needed. This is also good for when a crazy man comes on, demanding money or anything of worth (yeah...that happened).
- Check your seat. If you're going to sit, just make sure you check your seat first. Especially at night. You never know what you could be sitting on (I'm talking liquids...needles...that sort of thing).
- Hand sanitizer. No really though, make sure you have some. So many people ride the T every day, you never know what germs you are picking up.
- Keep quiet/too yourself. The T isn't for making friends. Or enemies. Just keep to yourself and be respectful. If you're loud and obnoxious, you might just annoy the wrong person.
- Fake ignorance is bliss. It's always important to be aware of your surroundings, especially on the T. But this doesn't mean you should be craning your neck, trying to get a good look at all the fellow passengers. It might seem awkward, but just stare out the window into the dark abyss, or look directly forward. Of course you might want to steal a glance around here and there. In my experience, this comes in handy if any...boisterous passengers come on. Yes I'm talking about the crazy demanding man again. If you look directly at a passenger (for example) whom is asking for money, he/she is more likely to come and ask you specifically than if you just pretended he/she wasn't there.
- Look out the window and sit. I get really bad motion sickness whether I'm in a car, bus, or on a train. For me, it helps to have a light snack about 20 minutes before jumping on the T. Once I'm on, I've noticed I feel better when I'm sitting compared to standing, and I absolutely have to look out the window if I'm underground. When it goes above ground, I'll look out the window if there is open scenery (like a bridge or something) but if we are whizzing by signs and people then I'll get sick, and have to look at something that is still. This may not help everyone, but it makes the motion sickness much more manageable for me!
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My tips a little dramatized, but I think you get the point. This is just what I try to keep in mind before I ride the T. Oh and one last thing...If you're taking the T, try not to bring a big bag like I had to. It just gets in the way and will be annoying. Hope you enjoyed!