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  • Published at 03:21 pm January 5th, 2019
SF-Jan 5, 2019
Photo : Syed Zakir Hossain

Travelling is one of the greatest sources of joy for all of us; be it pleasure seeking or returning to our loved ones on festive occasions, we rarely leave any scope to travel. And what’s better than traveling to our very own country-side for a little vacation?

However, these little getaways can become very unpleasant, to say the least, if we are not careful enough. That is why today we bring to you the tricks of how not to travel in Bangladesh.

Do not ride on the roof of trains

One of the most common pictures during Eid or Puja vacation is this- hundreds of people riding not only inside the train, but also on the train, on the rooftop to be precise, and some even cling to windows at times. Do not let this picture fool you in believing that it’s okay to travel that way. It’s not. Riding on the outside of the train can cause fatal harm quite easily. 

Rooftops of buses are forbidden too

And the same goes for buses as well. In the case of night travel, you might want to try avoiding lesser known bus services, as they tend to not adhere to traffic rules and this often results into accidents. 

Stay away from illegal launch-hopping 

To save a petty sum of money, many of us commit the shameful act of launch-hopping without tickets. What we do not understand is we are not the only one to be doing this, and every launch has a limited capacity. This act of ours can even lead to the launch sinking. 

Stay away from food supplies given by strangers

Do not accept any kind of food or water from strangers while travelling. Many passengers have shared their stories of getting robbed, after having gulped down something that made them lose consciousness. 

Avoid getting off your car in deserted roads 

It’s best to avoid stopping your car in a completely deserted highway. Look for CNG stations - most of the time, they have restrooms and adjacent shops. 

Avoid cheap munchies

These munchies are usually made with unhealthy spices which can easily upset our stomachs. And if that happens, you’d be seeing more of the insides of a bathroom stall than beautiful scenery, while traveling.

Remember, taking an extra cautionary step can save us from getting into trouble. Better be safe than sorry. 

 Bongo Jatra is a travel company that caters to local and foreigner travelers in Bangladesh. They provide all kinds of domestic travel needs from transport bookings and guided tours to accommodations and corporate retreats. Get in touch through their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bongojatra or call at 01778 415 582.

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