There are quite a few ways to travel around the country. I am here today to tell you about one of the cheapest ways I have found--- Megabus!
I first heard about Megabus through an advertisement on the DC Metro. It advertised travel between DC and NYC for $1. When I saw that ad, I was a sophomore in college and had friends in the NYC area, so I was all over that service. I logged on to their website soon after and discovered Megabus' secret-- not all tickets are $1. Bummer. Probably should have known it was too good to be true! A little research told me that there are a few tickets on each trip that go for $1 and the rest go for an increasing price as the bus fills up.
At that point, my trip was only a few weeks away so the tickets ended up being about $15-20 each way. I probably still saved money (and headache) over driving, but it was no $1 trip!
Flash forward to this year. My BF and I found out in January that his brother would be having an event in NYC in May. We immediately ruled out car as a form of travel (because seriously, do you know how expensive tolls are between DC and NYC? Add in gas, and parking... the costs get out of control quickly) and thought of Megabus.
So we logged on to the website in January only to discover that the schedule for May was not posted yet. So what did we do? Monitored that website 3-4 times per week from mid-January to mid-March. That's dedication, folks.
I'll let you in on a secret here. I can be OCD about planning. I hated the fact that we still couldn't book our travel by March. I admit to logging on to other cheap bus lines (BoltBus and Vamoose Bus) and longingly staring at their May schedules. Why not shell out $20 each way ($80 round trip for the two of us) and have the peace of mind that comes from having our transportation paid off?
But you know what? I stuck it out and it paid off. We checked in one morning and couldn't believe our eyes when not only did the Megabus May schedule populate, but it showed each ticket as $1!! WE HAD FOUND THE ELUSIVE $1 TICKETS!
I scooped those tickets up as fast as I could pull out my credit card to order. The total was $4.50* round trip for the two of us and I couldn't be happier.
Moral of the story: sometimes you'll get lazy and want to take the easy way out. But persistence will pay off and you'll get what you were looking for.
*note: there is a $0.50 service fee on each order... yes, on each order, not each ticket.. so it is smart to purchase in bulk!