Megabus or nah?

As everyone knows, I like to travel, and I do so with my children. One day I got the  idea to surprise my dad, he lives in Florida, with an impromptu trip. I hadn’t seen my dad in about a year, due to me dealing with things with my youngest son. Anyhow, I was left with what would be the best way, financially, to reach our destination. I could purchase plane tickets, but I didn’t know how long we would stay, or I had the option of driving  10+ hours with my boys. I have never road tripped that long without an alternate driver, so I was like ehh. Then I thought about Megabus.

Megabus advertises to have fares as low as $1, you really can’t beat that. Then I started thinking about how the actual ride would be for such low costs. I also considered pros and cons of me driving versus riding the bus. If I drive I have to factor in the cost of fuel, food, actual driving time, and being a referee to my boys. If I choose the bus, I pay and ride and can attend to my children accordingly. The only real con was simply being on a bus.

I decided to go with Megabus. I literally packed, bought tickets, and left all in the same day. I actually bought the tickets online en route to the bus station. The requirements for luggage were the same as any airline I have traveled, one bag per reservation and a carryon.

Let’s talk about the ride! It truly wasn’t bad at all. I chose seats closest to the restroom, as traveling with a 4 year old requires lots of potty breaks. For obvious safety reasons, I placed my boys in the window seat, and I sat in the isle seat. Road trip essentials were packed in our carryon, Leap Frog tablet, coloring book, etc. I also had diapers, wipes, and hand sanitizer on hand. Being that we left the terminal a little after midnight, the boys went straight to sleep.

There were two drivers on the bus we were on. I’m not sure if it’s standard procedure to have alternating drivers, but I thought that was smart. We also stopped for meals which helped with not having to pack snacks. Obviously, people were on and off at each stop, we stopped in Mobile, Tallahassee, Gainesville, before reaching the final stop in Orlando. All passengers were courteous of others, the temperature on the bus was just right at all times. There’s nothing I can really find fault with for this particular trip.

Once we reached the final stop, they unloaded all luggage first and then let us off, which made picking your luggage up fairly simple. I’d definitely travel using Megabus again, especially if it will cut down the cost of travel for me. My boys were antsy towards the end of the ride, but that’s to be expected. But yea, Megabus is great so far. I’ll come back and update on the return trip!  Thanks for reading!

**UPDATE** Well I learned that having alternating drivers is standard, which makes sense. Our return journey was just as smooth as our departure. Our drivers were butt holes to say the least. They have seemed like the type to abuse authority, but who am I to say. All in all, I am very pleased with Megabus and will definitely be utilizing them again!

           Greetings from Florida! 

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