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Traveling by Bus and Coach
When traveling on a budget, there's no doubt that - at some point or other - you'll find yourself moving about by coach or bus, as this often proves the most cost effective mode of transport across the globe.
As well as being the one of the oldest forms of long distant public transport, coaches and buses are probably the most ubiquitous. They'll be able to take you almost anywhere there’s a road – from the deepest jungle to the remote desert.
And, whilst you may well find yourself squashed between a goat and some sacks of rice for five hours solid (or perhaps even days on end), coach travel certainly offers you a great way to interact with the real world and absorb some local culture.
On the plus side, long coach trips can often save on accommodation costs when taken overnight. In this case, you’ll probably want to grab some water and snacks before the journey starts, along with some warm clothes for when temperatures drop during the night time - even in hot countries, all-night air conditioning can get quite chilly.
In the majority of countries, you can just turn up and catch a local bus. However, there are a growing number of companies (usually in the west) which specialize in budget travel.
Australia Coach Travel
A wide range of bus and coach services are operated specifically for the huge number of backpackers who visit the country each year. Some include stops at hostels and attractions - effectively tours by another name.
UK Coach Travel
National Express are the main coach company in the UK with routes all over the country. More recently, however, MegaBus have launched a competitive no-frills service aimed at the real budget traveler.
European Coach Travel
Eurolines offer fairly luxurious coach travel across Europe and beyond, allowing you to travel from as far as Moscow to Casablanca on one ticket. Alternativley, passes are available for unlimited travel over 15 or 30 days
North American Coach Travel
Greyhounds are the way to go in North America, connecting over 3,000 destinations in the US, Canada and Mexico.