C’mon, you’re not in your hometown and your not a VIP either so don’t be a snob. Smile and say hi to your seatmate– whether you’re in the jeepney, bus, van, boat or plane, you should at least get your seatmate’s name. Why? Why not?
There are at least five things you can gain from this: (1) You can share taxi if you’re going on the same destination; (2) He/She can point you to a cheaper hostel, out-of-the-beaten track destination; (3) You have someone to talk to the rest of the trip. Imagine all by yourself on a 8-hour bus ride; and if you’re lucky (4) He/She can be your travel buddy; and if this is your day (5) He/She might have read this Travel Tip #3 and wanted to try it too. Just say my regards to him/her!
I tried this a lot of times, most recently when I was en route La Carlota City from Bacolod. I met Rex, a nurse, from Valladolid. Being a local, he told me that it is better to use Valladolid port going to Guimaras than my original plan of going there via Pulupandan port. Btw, he even offered to pay for my bus fare.
Enjoy traveling! Share this tip to others too!