Monthly Archives: September 2013

Review of GoToBus Backpacker and Tour Buses in the USA

Our comparison of New Zealand backpacker buses is attracting a lot of attention so I decided to go on and talk about other backpacker and tour buses accross the world.

This time I am presenting you a short review of GotoBus.

Nice selection of REAL buses!

Bus Tickets

Travelling by bus in the USA isn’t that popular because of the big distances and good prices of flights. However there are many reasons why you would prefer travelling by bus especially on short distances:

  • Lower price – almost always
  • Sightseeing
  • No airport security bothering
  • No fear of flying
  • More leg room
  • More comfortable
  • For short distances it can be faster because you won’t lose hours on the airport.

So, what tickets do the guys from GotoBus offer? Well, they go almost anywhere in the USA and the prices are good. For example New-York – Chikago is $220 for a return trip. NY to Atlanta is $175 for return trip, and so on. With buses on the West coast you can go to LA, Las Vegas, just anywhere.

Bus trips can be a great option if you are flying to the USA and staying some time there.

Most GotoBus buses have free wi-fi onboard so you can browse the net while travelling. You should check for your specific destination before booking the bus tickets.

Bus Tours in USA and Abroad

GotoBus also offer bus tours not only in the USA but in the whole world. Here are some of the most interesting tours:

– Yellowstone National Park tours. These start from different US cities and range from 4 to 11 days. This would be an amazing sightseeing trip and the prices start from less than $400.
– If you are looking for something shorter, check the 1-Day Philadelphia Amish Country Tour from New York that costs only about $159.
– More interested in Canada? Maybe the 5-Day Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Niagara Falls Tour From Toronto for $548 is a good option for you.
– What about Europe? There are tours in Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg or France, Switzerland & Italy (The Green Loop), or Germany, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary, Ausria & more (The Blue Loop) all starting at only $92
– If Latin America is closer to you, there are One Day Mexico City tours for $35, and many more of course.
– In Asia my top choice is the 7-Day Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) from New Delhi for $875. There are also many good tours in China.
– There are super-cheap tours in the Middle East like the Half day Jerusalem old city Tour for $46
– And of course there are tours in Australia like the Melbourne Highlights PM Tour for $65

There are really a lot of backpacker buses and bus tours in GotoBus. Just explore the site, choose your trip, and don’t forget to write us after that!

10 Money Saving Tips When Backpacking

As a backpacker you probably know some tips and tricks to save money on your trips. And more of these are always useful. Here are ten of our best practices that we use when backpacking abroad. By using them, we’ve been able to stay super budget even in expensive places like London, Dublin or Reykjavik.

1. Buy food from the grocery stores

It’s a great way to save a lot in expensive destinations. There are ready sandwiches in most supermarket or other pre-cooked food that’s good enough. And it’s much cheaper than eating at a restaurant.


Still expensive? No problem, don’t buy ready food. If you have a place to cook, buy ingredients like pasta, rice, vegetables, meat, or flour and cook yourself. If you don’t have a place to cook, bread and cheese are always good and affordable option.

Note that in countries with lower cost of living like India this tip may be wrong. In India it’s cheaper to eat street food than to buy food from the supermarket. Street food is not always safe however.

2. Drink tap water and use a bottle to bring water with you

tap water is cool

Being thirsty in the big city can lead to a lot of expenses. Not if you bring a bottle of water with you. This can save you quite a few purchases forced by your thirst.

In many places of the world, tap water is good enough for drinking. Learn in advance how is it in your destination, and if it’s safe, drink it. If tap water is not safe you can buy big bottles from the grocery store and keep them in your room. And then fill into a small bottle when you go out. Mineral water is much cheaper in big bottles.

3. Choose good hostel location

Sometimes we as backpackers tend to pick the cheapest hostel with the idea to save money. And sometimes this is stupid decision. If the hostel is located far away from the city or town center you may have to use the public transportation every day and even a taxi late in the evening. Think twice whether the low hostel price is good reason to choose the hostel. Location is usually more important – especially in countries where transport is expensive.

4. Carefully choose the flight

Similar to the above, backpackers often pick the cheapest flight without checking arrival and departure times. Transportation to and from most airports is expensive and several times more expensive at night.

So if the difference in the price of two flights is just few dollars, choose the one that arrives in the day hours.

5. Eat in the parks

When we were in London, everyone was eating in the park. This was a great way to save some money by buying take away food and eating it there instead of sitting in the restaurant.

If you see people eating in the parks it’s probably allowed. Join them.

6. Learn in advance about discounts

There are many ways to save money in a given city but you should know them to use them. For example when we were in Iceland we didn’t know we could buy much cheaper bus tickets in bulk and ended up paying quite a price for each ride.

So make an effort to learn in advance what kind of discounts are available for public transportation, other public services and just any purchases in bulk. This can save you a lot of cash.

7. Buy fruits and vegetables from the farmer markets

Or other open markets as well. Usually these are of better quality and sometimes cheaper than in the supermarket. Often they can make a great cheap dinner with a piece of bread and cheese. We did this in Georgia and didn’t regret regardless of the cheap restaurants there.

8. Learn about the public toilets in advance

It may sound funny at first, but think how often you had to go a bar or cafe and consume somthing only because you needed a toilet. Of course you can ask somewhere and they’ll probably let you in but not everyone is comfortable doing this.

Knowing where public WC is available can save you plenty of related expenses. And sometimes trying to save out of a WC visit can cause a lot of discomfort.

9. Eat before flight

When you fly low-cost in-flight food is not included and is rather expensive and poor. It’s often better to buy a sandwich from the airport (after the security check) rather than buying inside the plane.

And if you have a chance to eat really well before reaching the airport, or have a burger bought outside and eaten just before the security check, you can do this as well.

10. Shop where locals do it

This is a general rule of thumb and it was partially mentioned in few of the tips above. Places where tourists gather are expensive. Instead of buying from the tourist stores buy from a regular supermarket or grocery store where the locals are shopping.

In similar fashion, instead of eating at restaurants made for tourists, turn left or right and look for a less shiny place where locals eat. These are easy to discover in non-English speaking countries because they don’t have menu in English. And you’ll always manage to order food somehow even if you don’t know the language.