If you’re in the US and want to travel internationally, you might think that a plane ticket is your only option. The truth is that in many cases, a bus ticket can be just as quick and cost-effective as flying.
If you’re looking for a way to cross an item off your list without breaking the bank, consider a road trip. *Buses can be a great way to get from one city to another.* If you’re planning a trip from Washington DC to New York City, for instance, riding the bus can save you more than $100 per person compared to flying. And if you book early enough, it can take as little as four hours (the same amount of time it takes on the train), meaning you spend less time on the road and more time exploring your destination.
Three weeks before summer vacation, my friend and I decided to drive from Orlando, Florida to Portland, Maine in my 2004 sedan. We had never been on a road trip together and wanted to see what would happen if we mapped out a route, packed our bags, and left.
We checked out the Road Trip America website for tips and general information about taking a road trip. Our goal was to stay with friends or family throughout the trip so that we could save money on hotels. We emailed friends along the route to find out who had space and an extra bed (or couch) available. Within two days of sending emails, we had made connections with people in six states. Some were friends of friends; others were just people who were interested in hosting travelers.
We had some stops planned as soon as we decided on our route: Vermont, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Asheville, Nashville. For all the other cities along the way, we would make decisions as we drove along; consistency wasn’t important to us since this was more of an exploratory adventure than anything else. We packed lightly (one large suitcase each) and brought camping equipment in case plans fell through and last-minute hotel rooms were too expensive. We knew that traveling
I’m a senior at UC Berkeley and will be graduating in May. That means I need to figure out what to do with my life. The first step in my decision making process is to take a few trips during my “last summer.”
I’m going to be going to Washington DC for the first time, and I’ll also be going on my first (and definitely not last) road trip. A few close friends of mine are also coming along for the ride. We’re leaving from San Francisco on July 28th, and we plan on traveling through Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington DC before we arrive back at school. We’ll only have 3 days in Washington DC!
My goal is to write about my adventures every day while we’re on the road. I’m hoping that this blog will help me figure out if it’s something that I could see myself doing for a long time.
The best way to explore a destination is not always by plane.
By Lauren Matison, October 19, 2015
I never considered myself a road tripper. I hadn’t been on one since college, and I had no desire to do it again. I thought of road trips as long, monotonous drives with little personality. As far as I was concerned, air travel was the only way to travel abroad.
Then my sister told me about her plans to drive from New York City to Dallas for her friend’s wedding. She said she was going to make some stops along the way, but that it would mostly be about getting there as quickly as possible. The idea intrigued me: I had just gotten out of a relationship and wasn’t in the mood for any romantic getaways, so a road trip with my sister sounded like a great post-breakup option. (Plus, Dallas sounded like a fun city.)
I started researching flights from New York to Dallas and found them expensive and inconveniently timed. The options my sister presented were more attractive: we could drive in her car, splitting costs along the way; we could stop whenever we wanted to eat or sleep; we could play our own music without fear of interruption; and we could do it all
If the road trip was an American invention, then it was a Chinese who invented it. In 1972, Jack Kerouac’s On The Road inspired a Chinese guy called Hao, who quit his job and spent three months hitchhiking across America. He returned to Beijing with tales of his adventures. His stories became the talk of the town, and two years later, he set off again—only this time, he had company.
Many who have traveled across America have made comparisons to Kerouac’s novel, claiming that the country has not changed much since the late 50s and early 60s. This is not quite true: there are no more beatniks on Greyhound buses; no one hitchhikes anymore; and you’ll find few diners or jazz bars in most states these days. But what has remained is the feeling of freedom that comes with travel in America—a feeling that can be experienced by anyone who hops on a bus or jumps into a car and sets off down the highway.
Traveling across the country, or even just across town, can be an expensive proposition. The airfare alone for a family of four can easily set you back $2000 or more. Add in the cost of the hotel and the rental car, and you’re looking at a very large number indeed.
The good news is that there’s no need to spend so much money to enjoy a great road trip experience. Today, there are ways that you can hit the open road without blowing your travel budget. How? By taking a bus ticket!
That’s right: bus tickets are a great way to save money while enjoying a road trip. Buses may not be as fast as airplanes or as convenient as rental cars, but they’re still an excellent way to see America without breaking your bank account. The next time you want to travel without spending too much money, hop on a bus and start exploring.
No one wants to spend money on travel tickets that is why it is very important to know how to get the best deals. If you are in a hurry and you want to book a ticket as soon as possible the only way that you can get the best deal is by finding out which airlines have ticket sales. It is not a guarantee that all airlines have ticket sales but most of them do so if you find out when they do, it will save you a lot of money.
Another tip that will help you get the best deals is planning your trip early enough. This means that when you are aware of the date that you will be traveling, it is good for you to start booking for your ticket. In this case, you may get a chance of getting an early bird discount which will help you save some money. You should also note that airlines usually increase their prices as the time approaches and this means that if you book your tickets late then there is no way that you can get cheap tickets.
The other thing that will help you get great deals is by using credit card reward points if any. There are those companies which offer their customers reward points and these can be used to pay for air tickets. Some credit cards also offer discounts especially if used to book tickets online