It’s unfortunate if you failed to catch your ride because of traffic or other reasons. You already purchased a ticket and you couldn’t use it anymore after missing that ride. Whether it’s a public bus or train, it’s frustrating if you couldn’t make it. Before you panic, these are the things you need to do.
Go to the nearest counter
You can ask the
nearest counter if you can get a refund for the ticket that you didn’t use.
It’s possible for you to reimburse the ticket or use it for the next trip.
You’re lucky if this policy exists. In most cases though, you have no choice
since your ticket is already forfeited. You just have to accept what happened
and learn from the experience.
Find the next
You will feel
relieved if there’s a next trip after a few minutes. Buy the ticket and forget
about the missed ride. The goal is to reach your next destination. Even if you
have to pay again to make it there, it’s not a big deal. You would rather do it
than not arriving at all. You can check
other service providers if they have a scheduled trip soon.
Look for a
If the next trip
is several hours away, you can look for a nearby hotel. You can ask the
information desk to help you find a place to stay for the night. You can’t stay
public transportation station since it’s less safe than in a local
hotel. You would also have enough time to rest. If you’re traveling with your
kids, you can recharge before traveling again.
someone you know
It helps to
contact someone you know who lives in the area so you can call for help when
needed. You can call that person as soon as you missed your trip. You can ask
for the best option and hope that you will be allowed to stay for the night.
If the next trip
is still hours or even days ahead, you might have to change your plans. There
are other locations that you can visit. You can also transit to another place
and catch the next trip to your destination from there.
You’re in a
stressful situation right now, but it’s okay. You can’t allow yourself to be
under immense stress. Panicking doesn’t help. Relax
and be optimistic. You will eventually get out of that station and
head to your next destination. Don’t forget to enjoy the experience. It might
be stressful, but it’s unique. Try to laugh at yourself and how things didn’t
turn out according to plans.
Learn from this
experience and try to be earlier next time. You already know how much time it
takes to go from one place to another. You can also use it as a teachable
moment for your kids if they caused the delay. Tell them to move faster next
time so you won’t miss your ride again.
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