I love to travel and most of my life goals are centered around destinations on my bucket list. But I have a confession… I hate flying. I know that the facts speak for themselves; planes are the safest mode of transport, but my brain does not accept this rationale when we are cruising through the clouds.
So I have spent many hours planning a ‘long way round’ and whilst many people scoff at my alternative to aviation transport there are definitely pros.
You can see some beautiful sites.
I recently took a trip from Barcelona to Genoa via the overnight coach and I could not ask for a better view to wake up to.
And this is just one of many examples. Through all my cross-country coaching I have seen some breathtaking sights that I would have missed had I been at 30,000 feet…
The facilities have definitely improved
Being a frequent ‘coacher’, I have come to expect a certain level of comfort and extras onboard. And whilst I can’t speak for all coach companies I would say that most low to mid cost providers have the following:
- Free WiFi on-board.
- Sockets for each passenger.
- Reclining seats and plenty of legroom.
- Tray table.
- Flexible luggage allowance.
- Sometimes there are snacks and drinks available.
For me not only do the on-board facilities make travelling by coach comfortable, the whole ‘check in’ experience is completely stress free in comparison to a flight. Your luggage isn’t weighed, there are no restrictions on what drinks you can take with you, you don’t need to be there 2 hours before and normally coach pick up points are located in transport hubs or in city centres.
The possibilities are endless
I have used the coach system around Europe many times and if I want to get from A to B in the quickest time possible, there is always a pretty direct route. But if I can be flexible on the duration and I want to see new places, there are literally thousands of different routes I could take that would allow me to see a different city, town or even village, every time I took the coach.
Then there is the price…
For me, this is the added bonus. I have seen and taken many Ryanair flights and I applaud the way in which they have taken on the aviation giants and changed air travel for the better making it competitive and much more affordable. But I can honestly say that I have never bought a 9.99 flight with them, and paid 9.99. Do I want to sit with my travel partner? Well yes. Do I want to take a carry on? Of course. Do I need to check in a bag? Maybe… and before I know it that 9.99 flight is now 99.99.
Now don’t get me wrong, 99.99 for a flight from Madrid to Paris is a great price, but what if I told you that I recently took the coach and it cost me 29.99 and that included all the extras I mentioned earlier!
Have I convinced you?
I know, the coach is not for everyone, but if you are looking for something different, hate flying or on a budget, it could be a great option. My go-to provider is Flixbus. I find their app is easy to use, they run on time and I know exactly what I am getting.
So I recommend you check them out:
They also have a handy route map option which may give you some inspiration for your next adventure!