Bus Travel Gets ... Cool?
I'm the cheap bus girl (my first story for The Washington Post was a Greyhound/Washington Deluxe faceoff), the hostel girl, the who needs-a-change-of-clothes-while-traveling girl.
I'm also rather fond of the Imperial -- one of the places to stay in New Delhi -- and when I randomly got upgraded to business class on a flight a few months ago, I slipped right into that seat like it was made for me. In short, I like the cheap, the swank, and everything in between when it comes to travel.
So I thought this story was kind of funny--the fact that the high and mighty in Brazil are now deigning to ride the bus since air travel is getting just too darn crazy these days. I read the piece with a vision of Carrie and the girls in my head, of when they took the bus back from Atlantic City instead of Richard's private jet (and if you didn't get that "Sex and the City" reference, well, get thee to a video store or at least try to catch the reruns).
Bus travel is getting more luxe these days -- just last week we wrote about a new service between DC and NY -- aptly called DC2NY -- that offers free onboard WiFi. You can read your emails, download a movie on demand from Netflix and even log in to work if you so choose -- and you just can't do that on Amtrak or the Delta shuttle. But there is still a lingering low-brow association to it, one that I'm happy to suffer through if it means fewer people taking the bus.
How about you? We've written about the safety records of the so-called Chinatown buses and have heard horror stories of buses breaking down, etc., but how many of you out there are still taking them? (I rode one just a few weeks ago). With all of the canceled flights these days, would you consider bus travel in lieu of flying? Is train travel a happy medium, or are you as loathe as I am to pay $158 to get to Manhattan...one way? Spill.
By Anne McDonough |
August 8, 2007; 10:04 AM ET
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