Whether you’re travelling from Sydney to Melbourne, Sydney to Cairns or anywhere else in this vast country of Australia, we all know a Greyhound bus ride isn’t always fun. Here are ten tips to help you survive your journey as you travel throughout Australia
Surviving the Greyhound Bus
1. Contrary to common belief, it is more often than not that you will have to sit next to someone on the bus. I would prefer to choose who I sit next to, rather than the other way around, so have a look around as you hop on the bus and decide who is going to be your new friend.
2. Has anyone else noticed that they try to emulate a blizzard inside buses? I am not going to say this with authority. However, I have been told it is to help the control of infection in the bus. No matter what the reason is, be sure to take a jumper with you.
3. Window seat or aisle? There are arguments for both, and this presents another good argument for choosing a seating buddy. If you want the best of both worlds, negotiate early, especially if you have long legs like mine. The aisle is perfect for those mid section leg stretches, while the window is great to see what is going on outside.
4. Save your phone data. On most services now, you will be able to access free wifi. While I wouldn’t be trying to Skype on the connection, it is usually more than sufficient to listen to some tunes through your favourite streaming app or even the AusBackpacking Podcast on iTunes for Apple or Stitcher for Android.
5. Preload your phone or tablet just in case. On more than one occasion I have heard of people being disappointed at not having anything to do when the wifi goes down. Don’t run the risk and always have audiobooks or music ready and loaded just in case. If you want a FREE audio book then simply Click Here
6. Do you have some munchies with you? While some trips are less than an hour, a lot of you will find yourself on the bus for up to 12 hours at a time. There are plenty of stops to buy food, where I frequently sneak a coffee whether it be iced or regular but why would you pay crazy prices. Snacks like popcorn, fairy floss or unshelled peanuts make good choices to annoy others.
7. Download the Heads Up game. Thanks to Ellen, not only will you keep you and a friend entertained, there is a good chance you will get the whole bus involved, driver included. Ok so maybe tell the driver to get back to his seat but this game can be an excellent way to pass the time.
8. Catch up on that blog or journal you never started. Do you really want to spend a week telling 57 people the same story? Get writing and even editing your photos ready to put into a blog at your next stop. Who knows, you may even become famous with your stories, or you may even want to submit them to AusBackpacking as we love showcasing off others stories.
9. Sleep…we all know that people will expect you to go surfing, go drinking or just generally be social as soon as you check into your next destination so start catching up on that sleep. There are some fantastic compact sleeping pillows available and if not, then sit next to someone to looks soft and cuddly.
10. Download the latest episodes of the Backpacking Podcast. Every week we are releasing a new episode and they’re getting better every week. With more than 50,000 downloads and our dedication to creating Australia’s best travel podcast, it’s the best way to find out what you need to know about Australia. Remember if you or someone you know have great content to share then jump on board and become a podcast guest.
The Greyhound bus is a great option to travel the east coast. If you want help booking the best value pass then get in touch with us.