How many times have you been stuck in an airport only to wait in long TSA lines that eventually have you running for your gate once you finally get through all their poking and prodding? Or what’s worse, you finally get to your gate to find you’ve either been bumped or your flights been delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather. Fun, Fun!!! Unfortunately that’s a part of air travel these days and it seems to be getting worse. Expensive airline tickets, lost luggage, uncomfortable seating, rude people, germs, it’s all apart of the airport and airline experience.
Don’t worry, your travel doesn’t have to include all these experiences. There is another form of travel that allows for a more enjoyable time. When was the last time you considered a travel method that allows you to sit back in comfort while you take in the sights? That’s right I’m talking about motorcoach travel. What, you completely forgot that traveling by bus was an option? That’s OK, even though more people in the United States actually travel by bus more than airplane, but we’ll let it slide this time.
Whenever you read travel blogs or somebody on a travel show gives traveling tips about packing, destinations, airport information, what type of luggage to use, they always seem to forget about bus travel. That’s why we’re going to discuss why motorcoach travel is one of the most underrated forms of travel today.
The Benefits of Motorcoach Travel:
1. Avoid Long Security and Ticket Booth Lines – Security and TSA checkpoints were not invented with the sole purpose of aggravating anxious travelers or to serve as an excuse to be felt up by complete strangers. However, they can be quite stressful and tedious. Not only are you required to remove certain pieces of clothing and walk barefoot on a questionable surface, but it gets worse if you are the “lucky” one whose bag is randomly selected for further inspection. Motorcoach travel usually doesn’t involve long lines or the removal of clothing during security checks.
2. Don’t Have to Arrive Hours Before Departure – When you travel by plane most of us have to arrive at the airport at least 2-3 hours before our scheduled flight. This allows time to check in, give your bags to the airline, then head over to security to wait in those lines, and then finally get to your gate and wait til boarding. And if you’re lucky you might have enough time to get some food, drinks or use the bathroom before your boarding section has been called. With motorcoach travel, arriving hours before departure is not required. Usually if you get there 20-30 minutes before setting off, this is sufficient enough. No rushing to the airport or stressing over missing flights.
3. Free Wifi and Power Outlets – The majority of bus carriers nowadays offer free WiFi for the whole duration of a trip, allowing passengers to fully utilize the time they spend traveling by getting important work done or catching up on the latest Netflix release. In comparison, airlines continue to make you pay more than your monthly Internet bill for the grand luxury of spending an hour online during your flight. What’s even more interesting is many buses nowadays are actually fancier than most airplanes.There are power outlets to keep your gadgets charged, cushioned seats and (once again because it is THAT important) extra legroom. What more can you ask for?
4. The Sights – When traveling by plane all you see is sunlight poking through your small window, if it’s even open. Depending on what seat you chose or got stuck with, your isle mates may have gotten the window seat and prefer it to be closed while they sleep the entire flight. If you do have the luxury of having the window seat lets face it, all you can see are the sun and clouds. Maybe ocassionally you will spot other planes passing overhead or by your flight but usually it’s just clouds, sun and maybe an inkling of the ground 30,000 feet below. With motorcoach travel you have huge windows that allow you to see all the sights around you. If you happen to be passing through a cool city or some gorgeous countryside you get to see all of this. It really adds to your travel experience. Not to mention there’s more leg room to relax, kickback and enjoy the scenery.
5. No Missing Luggage – When flying one of the risks you take are with your luggage. Are your bags going to meet you at the final destination or will they catch their own flight and show up later, or maybe not at all. How many times a day does a flight get delayed but the persons luggage goes off on it’s own trip? A LOT!!!!! People are forced to buy new clothes during their trip because their luggage is going to be a day or two late arriving at their destination and in other cases people are forced to replace the entire wardrobe they had brought because their bags never arrive at all. And guess what happens, the airlines give you the big ol’ finger and tell you that it’s not their fault. No refund on the clothes you had to buy or credit towards another flight int he future. It’s become ridiculous these days. At least with motorcoach travel, regardless of the final destination or destinations in the event you’re on a charter that is going to several stops, your luggage is safe and sound under the bus. It’s with you and not on another one because the bus was delayed. In the odd event a bus charter gets delayed or there’s a breakdown guess what, your luggage stays with you or gets taken out and moved to a new bus. You never have to worry about late or lost luggage with motorcoach travel.
6. Adventure – When traveling to National Parks or traveling to a few different places around the country by bus, you get to experience an adventure. Not only are you getting to enjoy amazing scenery but usually the bus drivers know the lay of the land or the history of the territory you’re traveling through, or to, and it’s actually quite interesting to learn some local history. You also meet new people, exchange stories with one another, this just adds to the adventure.
7. Pit Stops and No Turbulence – One of the best things about traveling by motorcoach is that it stops during the journey for a short rest, allowing you to stretch, get some fresh air, recharge your batteries by getting some food, drinks and hot coffee. For those who smoke you can actually satisfy your craving and have a cigarette or two while at a pit stop. While you’re able to get up and walk around on a plane, it becomes kind of a hassle when you’re sitting on the inside and you have to make everyone else get up because you are suddenly in the mood for a stroll. While bus rides can be bumpy depending on the road conditions and the current state of the driver’s love life, nothing is remotely as scary as being trapped in a shaking metal box 30,000 feet above ground, with no knowledge of when it’s going to stop. Needless to say, there’s no turbulence on a bus, except for the occasional speed bump, but those can actually be fun, unless you’re holding a cup of hot coffee without a lid. Ouch!!
There are so many reasons why motorcoach travel is overlooked. If you consistently travel by plane I recommend taking a break from that and give a bus charter / tour a chance. Go to the motorocoach company’s website, like All Aboard America, and check out their upcoming tours. Pick a destination that excites you and book it. Experience a new adventure and see for yourself why motorcoach travel is much more relaxing, and a completely different, more enjoyable form of travel. Happy and safe travels!!!