When traveling for an extended period of time, bus rides become a big part of your life and you begin to consider yourself a professional at being a passenger. Between three months in Europe and a month into South America I wanted to share some tips on how to survive these long bus trips.
1) Buy snacks.
It’s convenient and cheaper. If you buy a couple snacks at a supermarket then you’re not paying for the overpriced ones at the stops. This way you eat when you’re hungry since you can’t really ask to stop at a McDonalds or Pizza Pizza on the way.
2) Pay a bit extra for luxury.
Going the luxurious route is 100% worth it. For example, in Argentina there are three levels of comfort; Semicama, Cama-Ejecutivo and Cama Suite. The Cama Suite offers chairs comparable to Lazy Boy and they go all the way back. This will make your long winded trip from point A to B much more enjoyable and relaxing.
3) Take advantage of an overnight option.
This is key. You can kill time easiest while you’re asleep. If you’re on a journey exceeding 15 hours, why not make a night out of it? You save money on spending at a hostel or hotel and you’ll surprise yourself with how well you’ll sleep.
4) Do your research.
Look for a bus company that works best for you since many have different options. For example, some buses offer wifi or a small screen each passenger to watch movies and listen to music. If it’s a really long ride, make sure food is included. Even though you’ll bring snacks, a good meal is always helpful!
5) Make a stop in an unexpected town.
This is my favourite tip. If you have the time during your travels and have a long bus journey, look into what’s on the way to your next big destination. If you find somewhere that looks interesting stop there for a night or two. You’ll meet some more great people and discover a place that you never expected to.