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Eurotrip by bus. What does a tourist need to know?

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Written by Daryna Lohvinova

Bus tours are as romantic as a real journey and as safe as a trip to the country. The opportunity to literally travel around several European countries at once, to see them not only from the “front” entrance, but also to drive along with small villages, forests, and fields, to feel the atmosphere of an unfamiliar country, seeing it from the inside. There are many options for such tours.

Advantages of bus tours:

  1. Profitability. Bus tours are usually cheaper than other excursion programs since today the most expensive part of a tour is a plane ticket to your destination. When traveling by bus, there is no travel budget item.
  2. Informativeness. In 10-14 days, you will see 8-10 cities in 5-6 European countries. In addition, in many countries, you will drive from north to south and/or from east to west by road, which will give you the most complete impression of Europe.
  3. Possibility to combine a beach vacation with sightseeing. Many summer bus tours consist of two parts: excursions and seaside vacations. You will simultaneously see the cities and sights, which are often located far from the resorts, and spend 5-7 days in comfort on the beach.
  4. Communication. The bus tour assumes the presence of a group of 40-50 people (or even 60-70 if the bus is double-decker), with whom you will have to contact one way or another. If you are an introvert, then this is most likely not a plus, but a minus, and if an extrovert, then an unforgettable journey awaits you. In any case, the group is convenient: there is someone to borrow a couple of euros, to whom to transfer cigarettes at customs, and who to ask for help with the bag.

Cons of bus tours:

  1. Lack of time. Very often you will have 2-3 hours in the city, of which 1 hour-45 minute free time. During this time, you need to have time to see the museum (for example, the Dresden Gallery), buy souvenirs and dine in a cafe, or at least take some fast food with you on the bus. So, plan your time very carefully – any delay (even 5 minutes) can deprive you and your bus of the next city or fast border crossing.
  2. Lack of freedom of choice. A bus tour always has a clear program, from which the guide usually does not deviate, and there is always not enough free time. Therefore, often you cannot see what you want and eat where you want.
  3. Economy class hotels. Most bus tours include overnight stops at roadside hostels on the outskirts of towns. This means that you will find small, not very clean rooms for 2-4 people with bunk beds. For breakfast in such places, you will most likely get only muesli, a roll, and coffee/tea. There is nowhere to leave these hotels in the evening and it is unsafe.
  4. Improper nutrition. Prepare to eat on the go or on the bus, and almost always fast food. You will almost never have time to eat normally.
  5. Inconvenient posture. You always sit on the bus, sometimes 3-4 hours, without leaving your seat. Legs become numb, neck and back begin to ache. Therefore, always get off the bus when given the opportunity. Some of our tips for a long flight can help you on a bus tour, as the main problem in both cases is a long sitting position.
  6. Monotony. Most bus tours follow the same routes, the same cities, with the same stops and only in Europe. So after 2-3 such trips, you will probably get bored with them.

Going on a bus tour, carefully choose a travel agency and guide, carefully weigh all the pros and cons of such a trip, and get ready to sacrifice comfort for an unforgettable experience.

Bus tours will require optimism and discipline from you. A strict limit on the use of the bus dry closet, extraneous noise, possible problems with air conditioning, delay in departure due to late members of the group.

Treat these annoying little things with humor and don’t let them ruin your mood. Remember that you are traveling with other people, and the experience of the trip depends on the cohesion of your group. Try to be collected, sociable, and friendly. It is not easy to be in the closed space of the bus and in the open, unfamiliar space of a foreign country with strangers for a long time. But this collective adventure can give you not only new sensations but also new friends.

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Darina Logvinova is an expert on travel and automotive journalism. She enthusiastically shares her experiences through her journalistic work, writing about international travel, cars, performing arts, and news in general. Darina's work can be found in several international publications. Hello! I'm Darina Logvinova. My life is full of interesting events. And I want to share this with you. My passion is to travel. Perhaps there is nothing more surprising and impressive than discovering new countries, new cultures, cities, uniquely beautiful places. Travel is life. This is what always gives strength, energy, and desire to go forward. It's so hard to wake up early for work, but it's so easy - to the airport or to the train =) I am also a fan of psychology. I believe that it is impossible to have a harmonious relationship with yourself and with the people around you, without understanding anything about our inner world. Many world-famous authors set out their thoughts in books, they are very smart and talented people who share their knowledge and experience. There is nothing easier than buying a book and learning something new from the geniuses of psychology. Our feelings and emotions are very multifaceted. We all perceive the world in different ways and we need to be able to respect and understand this. Everything that we wish will certainly come true, you need to be able to dream about it correctly. The universe does not limit anyone. It is full of supplies for each of us. Psychology is a very important science for humanity. The more the world develops, the more people understand this. The more we are tolerant to ourselves and to all people, the more good there will be in our lives and in the whole world. Development is the driving force behind humanity. We simply cannot afford to stand still, otherwise, our life loses all meaning. Every day, discovering something new for ourselves, we move forward towards our goals.
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