I went on a trip to New Orleans and didn’t want to spend a heap on gas. One of my friends found a MUCH cheaper way for us to travel. We took the Megabus. (*Trumpets blast*) The cost for my ride was only $3.00 there and back. (Crazy!!!!!!!!)
Here are some helpful hints if you decide to ride the bus instead of taking a plane, car or train.
Hydrate a lot the day before.
If you are like me and don’t really like public restrooms than a trip to the bathroom might be a little scary. I hydrated heavily the day before, so that on that day I wouldn’t need to use the bathroom on the bus. Insider information: If you are leaving from Orlando, you are leaving on a freshly clean bus!
Travel with a friend.
I remember when I was younger my parents let me go on a Greyhound bus by myself. This was one of the scariest times for me because I almost got off at the wrong stop. Traveling with another Lovely will not only build a better relationship between you and her, but will also be safer.
Plan your trip in advance.
We started to plan our trip 3 months in advance. The further out you go with planning your trip the cheaper the tickets will be for the bus. I bought my ticket really early at $1.50 per way, but other Lovelies waited and ended up paying nearly $50.00 to take the same bus! So, plan in advance and get the cheaper rate!
Best time to travel.
If you are able to sleep in a car, then you can sleep on a bus. Our trip was 12 hours. It made sense to leave during the evening to allow us to sleep on the bus. That being said, dress comfortably and bring a pillow and blanket.
Best time to arrive for the bus.
The best time to get to the stop is at least 1 hour prior to its departure. The earlier you can get to the pickup location, the better your seats will be. I really wanted seat on the top level in the back because there is a power outlet there. (I brought my own wall surge protector and a 6 outlet connector. That way, our phones and computers could be charging as we used them.) Also, we were going to be traveling for 12 hours. I didn’t want to be bothered by people possibly bumping into me.
Lastly, remember to be safe and have FUN when you travel! Life is adventure! Enjoy the ride, especially when it only costs $3 😉