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Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons

- How To Make Train Strikes Work For You

By Lara Livingstone Published 9 months ago 3 min read
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If you are over and I mean totally over the train strikes either in the UK or abroad, can I make a tiny suggestion, flip and reverse the situation Seeing things as you have always done, leads one way only - to achieving exactly the same results as you've had before.

BE PREPARED

Yes strikes are a pain, but you can only truly be held to ransom by them if you don’t do your homework. There are so many ways to minimize the impact of transport issues on your plans and potentially turn this inconvenient situation to your advantage, wherever you are.

PLAN YOUR ITINERARY

First, try to plan your itinerary around the strike schedule - so get a list of the dates together and keep them at hand, either on your phone or in your diary. Then utilise the array of travel apps, maps, and online navigation tools available, to find the most efficient routes and stay updated on the latest transport options.

Focus on group activities, attractions, and activities that are within walking distance or accessible via alternative modes of transport. Also don’t forget how helpful your hotel reception can be in terms of offering advice.

BREAK FREE

Don’t join the rest of the 'frustrated by the strike' herd, do something different and use your time wisely, by taking advantage of the opportunity of having fewer people around; to explore lesser-known attractions and neighborhoods that might not be as affected by the strike. You’ll be surprised about the hidden gems you might uncover in terms of delis, bakeries, and local hot spots.

MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE LOCALS

Don’t follow the frustrated commuter herd. Break free. Strike out and explore off-the-beaten-path attractions: Use the opportunity to explore lesser-known attractions and neighborhoods that might not be as affected by the strike. This way, you can avoid crowded tourist spots and discover hidden gems.

GET PHYSICAL

London, Malaga, Porto and Berlin are highly walkable, well-mapped, accessible locations and offer easily walkable alternatives to public transport.

In London, you can arrange to bike hire via Lime and Santander for you to explore its various neighborhoods in a safe, efficient, budget-friendly way. Just because the trains are on strike, doesn’t limit your accessibility.

Walking tours led by local guides who are passionate about their city and LOVE showing it off to new people, are always great fun to be a part of. Not only will you learn more about your current location, you can also find out great advice on the best places to eat, drink and explore (and how to have fun, while doing all of it on your budget).

Don't forget to show your appreciation at the end of the tour, with a tip. There's no set amount, so you decide what you want to pay based on the value and enjoyment you got from the tour.

Car-sharing apps and taxi services will still be running, albeit at a slightly more costly rate so operators can make a little extra on top.

While it's important to remember that industrial transport strikes can cause significant inconvenience and disruption for many people, including Londoners and tourists,

STAY UPDATED

Keep yourself updated on the strike schedule and any alternative transport arrangements made by authorities. Follow news outlets, official transport websites, and social media channels for real-time updates. This will help you plan your day better and avoid unnecessary delays.

LOOK ON THE BRIGHTSIDE

Strikes are one of those things that in our current economic state are inevitable. Rather than being frustrated, approach the situation with a positive attitude, adaptability, and a sense of adventure. As all things are possible when you go with the flow, be ready to share a few new travel adventures.

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About the Creator

Lara Livingstone

Time waits for no one and no one understands that better than me, as a digital creator and blogger. If you want to maximize your time, & keep up to date with all the latest travel/life news - check out my articles, products, and reviews

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