Things to Do on Coach Journeys

Things to Do on Coach Journeys

“I’m sorry mum and dad but this year I can’t come home as often as I did last year.  I’m super busy with work and I need to utilise my weekends.  You can come visit of course, but I don’t think I’m going to properly come home until Christmas.”

I love my parents and all of that came from a place of genuine truth – I’ve never been this busy at Uni before and travelling between Bristol and London did take up a chunk of my time last year.  My parents were entirely cool and understanding with it, I didn’t have the time for the coach journeys and the interrupted weekends.
And then I ended up on coaches from Bristol to London 3 out of 4 of the November weekends.
It wasn’t entirely out of choice – I didn’t just decide to visit my family almost every weekend of November (Although I’m sure both them and I would have loved if I had).  The first was because I had a bit of an issue that only family could resolve, the second was last weekend attending conventions in London as a result of my internship, and the third is this weekend due to a blogging event I’m attending Thursday night (More to come on that soon…).  This month, I apparently have lived on coaches, so I figured as a newly trained coach expert I’d give you some advice on some of the best things to do on a coach…
Sleep? (You wish)
Yes, I know this used to be your favourite thing to do on the coach and you actually slept better on coaches than in your bed (I have a lot of sleep problems, can you tell?) but I’m sorry Jas you don’t have time for that anymore.  Sleep is for people who don’t have a million things to do 24/7 and you are just not one of those people.  Better luck next time, kiddo.
Start writing your Shakespeare Essay…
Okay so, it’s not due for 2 weeks and you don’t necessarily have to start writing it on the coach, but guess who has plans almost every hour of everyday for the next 2 weeks?Yes, you ya lucky girl!  So, while you have a couple of hours of sitting why not get started early on your essay, by the time deadline week rolls around I guarantee you, you’ll be too busy to focus on it.
Update your CV…
Trying to find new ways to procrastinate?  Your CV hasn’t been updated since a month ago when you took on that new fancy thing that you technically don’t have time to balance but are going to any!  Take a break from your essay and tinker around with your CV so you can at least pretend that you have your life together!
Read a book…
Oh, you thought I meant any book? No honey, you do a course that involves English Literature – you’re always behind on reading, it’s just a rule of the course.  Whack open that copy of ‘A Winter’s Tale’ and embrace yourself in the world of William Shakespeare… Fun.
Schedule your blog posts for the month…
Not only do you have essay deadlines and extra reading and a job on the paper and an internship on the side, you also have a blog that you committed to uploading on 3 times a week!  Remember how you have no time this month? Well you better make time for that.  While you’re sitting around you may as well plan and schedule as much as you can in advance, later you will thank you for it (If she has time… Did she mention she’s very busy?)
And finally,
Switch on your music so you can get started on all those tasks…
And then get caught up in the music and stare vacantly out the window while Taylor sings all about her love story… Who needed to get all that work done? You have time! Right?
Hope you guys enjoyed this, I felt like writing something a little sarcastic while I was procrastinating from writing my Shakespeare essay on the coach (Yes, there were some moments of truth in the piece haha).  What do you guys do on coaches? I’m curious.
Lots of love,
Jas xx



  1. November 22, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    I also spent this weekend on a long coach jouney – Liverpool to Canterbury and back in fact!! This was so relatable 😂 I’d also planned my time beforehand, but I was so excited when I got to London (I’ve never been before) the work kind of got put to one side! And also because I hated my seminar notes being scruffy from all the stopping and starting…
    Anna xx

    • November 22, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      Hahaha glad you could relate! No matter how much I organise my time beforehand, I seem to always get on the coach and end up caught in the moment. How was your first time in London? As someone who lives there half the year I’m a bit biased 😉
      Jas xx

      • November 22, 2017 / 6:55 pm

        I was only there for an hour or so, but I loved it! With all the Christmas decorations and lights up as well, it was so pretty! I’ve actually just done a post about it if you wanna know more! #shamelessplug 😉😂
        Anna xx

  2. November 22, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    You’re so productive. When I’m on a coach or a train I always end up listening to music and staring out he window the whole journey.

  3. Corinne and Kirsty
    November 22, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    I would probably just be just reading a book all way long! Although writing or updating my cv could be something i’d do too! xx corinne

    • November 22, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      Haha updating my CV is my main method of procrastination!
      Jas xx

  4. November 22, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Hi, I wish that ~i was that productive on my travels. I just tend to zone out and listen to podcasts.

    • November 22, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      Coaches are the perfect place to zone out, I’ve had many a coach journey end up like that!
      Jas xx

  5. November 22, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Is this terrible? I’ve never really been somewhere in a coach 🙈 Barring a short trip from Reading to London in less than half an hour… I’d love to take a coach trip sometime and thanks for all the tips!

    • November 22, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      Haha nah that’s not terrible! Up until I started Uni last year I’d never really been on a coach (barring the odd school trip, but that’s a very different experience)
      Jas xx

  6. November 22, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    I usually really enjoy coach journeys as I just sit there, get a book out, put my earphones in and it flies by! Unless you have someone incredibly annoying or smelly next to you haha. You sound like you do some really productive things on your journeys, I tend to just completely zone out! Maybe I should rethink my habits!
    Alice Xx

    • November 22, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      I get you! I’ve zoned out many a time and just listened to music, I have to say it’s a very relaxing time!
      Jas xx

  7. November 22, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    I feel like this is such a cute and productive list of things to do! I feel like I’d mostly sleep though lol cause I’m constantly going so I’d be glad to get a little rest…Nice post 🙂

    • November 22, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Haha I have had some very good sleeps on coaches, I often use it as my rest time because I’m constantly going, so I relate! However at the moment I am overly busy.
      Jas xx

  8. aims
    November 22, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Sounds like you lead a very busy life going from uni and home but it’s great your parents are so understanding! I loved your last part about Taylor Swift and staring out the window.. can totally relate.

    • November 22, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Haha yeah don’t know what I’d do without my parents being so supportive! Music is the best part of coach journeys 😉
      Jas xx

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