Tuesday, July 8 (Mallorca & Casares, Spain) – Today was a relaxing day at the pool and traveling from Mallorca to Casares, Spain, so not too much to report on. So I thought I'd make today's post about something really unique and potentially helpful to anyone interested in traveling around multiple cities in Europe: Busabout.
Based on the geography of Europe, there are a couple of traditional 'routes' backpackers and travelers take. Whether Paris to Prague or Venice to Valencia, there are certain stops that tend to come with the itinerary. Finding a good accommodation and getting from place to place can take a lot of time to plan (as I am well aware). So I'd like to introduce you to Busabout, the company that takes away these moments of stress or uncertainty, and replaces them with a safe and easy form of transportation, recommended housing, and dozens of new friends.
HOW BUSABOUT WORKS:
Busabout offers a variety of packages for different types of travelers based on where they want to go and how long they plan to travel. You sign up for a flexible trip or one of the loops (or even one of the specialty tours like one that follows music festivals around Europe), and don't have to worry about transportation along the journey.
When you get to a city, you can choose to stay at the recommended / partner hostel or go somewhere else, and you can stay as long as you would like, knowing that the bus to the next stop along the journey comes every other day. You can even veer off and do another city if you'd like, and then come back to get the bus when you are ready. It is a flexible, convenient and innovative way to travel while meeting likeminded travelers and making the most of your money!
INSIGHT FROM A BUSABOUT INSIDER: WILSON NG
STACYTAKESFLIGHT: What is your travel story? (Why? Where? How? How long?)
WILSON NG: I'm 28, I've have travelled for three months through the Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, France, Spain, and Turkey. This has been a dream of mine for a long time and it has been such a rewarding and eye-opening experience. Nothing but respect and love has come out of this.
What Busabout program are you using and why did you decide to travel with them?
I did the West Loop (which covers France, Italy, Switzerland, and Spain). I decided to do it because it appealed to me and I'm not into super regimented activities.
Wake up, get dressed and ready, have brekky, work out the day's activities, and see if anyone else is keen. Then go out and eat, come back and hang out, and see who else is keen to party!
What kind of person should consider using Busabout?
I'd recommend B'usabout to someone who wants to a have a little bit of a plan or outline of where to go, but doesn't want much more than that.
What is the most random / cool / unexpected thing you have done so far on your travels?
The most unexpected thing for me, was going on a massive bike ride by a lake and up through mountain trail, hiking through forests and finding a waterfall up a mountain!
After traveling for three months, what are some tips or advice for newby travelers that you wish you knew when you started?
- Save your money where you can
- Always be ready to have to change your plans or try new things
- You never know when or where that next life-changing adventure will be
- Smile and meet new awesome new people
- Don't trust cab drivers
- Couch Surfing is an awesome way to save cash and meet potential new best friends!