• Chinatown Bus: A Viable Travel Option in the USA

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    The Chinatown bus has been an integral part of Chinatown culture in the USA. It has been and continues to be an inexpensive and convenient way to travel in the northeastern United States since the late 90s. Their no-frills approach has driven its popularity to anyone looking for a good quality trip at an affordable price. Chinatown Bus: A Brief History In the 1990s, bus travel in the United States was at a record low and intercity transportation only accounted about 3.6% of travel. Due to this, Chinatown bus lines were founded by a few entrepreneurs in New York’s Chinatown in the late 90s. Their target market was Asian immigrants,…

  • Passenger Rights on Intercity Buses

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    While perhaps not as regulated as in Europe, most American bus companies provide a base standard for passenger rights. But how do passenger rights in the U.S. compare to the rest of the world, particularly Europe? Delays and cancellations on intercity buses Unfortunately, there is very little information about delays and cancellations for intercity buses in the U.S. This contrasts with the EU’s 181/2011 regulation which guarantees the rights of passengers traveling on scheduled bus trips with a minimum distance of 250 Km (155 miles). Passengers can receive compensated if their departure time is delayed. No compensation will be made, however, if the bus’ arrival is delayed. Did you know?…

  • Travel Through Movies

    Travel and movies  often go hand in hand. Production scouts search for locations that offer beautiful landscapes and architecture, vibrant culture or stunning city backdrops. Here are 10 movies in no particular order that will take you on a virtual journey and hopefully inspire you to travel. The Darjeeling Limited Three brothers meet for a train trip across India a year after their father’s funeral in an attempt to bond with each other. The movie showcases its unique characters against the beautiful landscapes of Rajasthan. Many scenes were shot in Jodhpur, famous for its palaces, temples and forts surrounded by the Thar Desert. Crazy Rich Asians This hit movie had…

  • The Transoceánica is the World’s Longest Bus Route

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    Taking the bus in the US is generally highly convenient as bus companies such as Greyhound and megabus do their best to create a high level of comfort. Free Wi-Fi on board makes the time pass quickly and additional features, such as the bus-tracker, allow travelers to always be aware of any delays so that the person picking them up at the bus stop does not have to wait for a long time. In Latin America it’s slightly different though, especially if you travel on the Transoceánica. The connection opened in 2016 and is now the world’s longest bus route. The 3,850-mile connection links the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans…

  • 12 French châteaux in the Loire Valley

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    When thinking of French castles and palaces, luxurious châteaux like Versailles may spring to mind. One of the country’s most idyllic regions happens to be chock full of dazzling castles. These extravagant buildings harbor so much history behind their stone walls and are beautiful to look at. What’s better? Many of them are easy to reach by bus with regular connections between cities like Samur, Tour and Blois. If you’re a history lover, then be sure to plan a trip to France and explore as many châteaux as you can! France is very well connected by bus, with companies like BlaBlaBus and FlixBus offering bus routes throughout the country. The…

  • Meet friends and See the World with the NEW CheckMyBus App

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    CheckMyBus, the world’s leading meta-search engine, has launched a new and improved mobile app for Android and iOs devices. With bus content available in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia, users can compare local, national, and international routes all in one place. So, whether you want to compare multiple bus companies for familiar local routes or are exploring an entirely new country, you can count on the CheckMyBus app to find and compare the best bus deals. Download the CheckMyBus app for FREE for your Mobile Device: When searching for a bus route, you can either enter your origin manually or use your current location to find…

  • Haunting Halloween Destinations Across the USA

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    Every year, cities throughout the US have embraced the Halloween spirit by hosting haunted houses, spooky masquerades, costumed parades, and decorating notable landmarks and buildings in a ghoulish fashion. However, some cities go above and beyond to provide thrills by recognizing the darker side of their histories. Ghost sightings, witch trials, headless horsemen, and pirates create the frightening lore that makes these places worth a visit during the Halloween season. Salem, MA No list of Halloween towns would be complete without Salem, Massachusetts. Back in the 17th century, the infamous Salem Witch Trials resulted in the executions of 26 people accused of witchcraft. Moreover, every October, Salem celebrates the Festival…

  • Roadtrip in the USA: Visit the real-life sites from Hamilton!

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    Unless you’re living under a rock, there’s a good chance you may have heard about a little musical called Hamilton. Since its premier back in 2015, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work of art has garnered critical acclaim both within the USA and internationally. Not only does the show feature great music, memorable performances and a witty script, but it’s ignited a further interest in American history for many of its fans. With the recent release of the film version of the play, we have put together a quick guide with some of the most important places throughout the Eastern United States that shaped the country’s history but also played an important part…

  • Safety measures for post-coronavirus travel

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    Bus stations and airports around the world are resuming operations within the new reality of the pandemic. Among the new safety measures for post-coronavirus travel (COVID-19) adopted, the most common ones are an added emphasis on cleaning, including the use of gel alcohol. This is especially true for major touch points like handrails, elevator buttons and seats. In addition, audible warnings about symptoms and guidance from trained professionals are already part of the routine. See also, other highlights below: Travel protection Bus companies and airlines prepare their security protocols. In this case, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) first arrived in Asia and Europe, the USA has the advantage of learning from…

  • Bus Transportation in the United States

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    2020 has been an extremely challenging year for the bus industry in the United States.  The spread of COVID-19 has forced the majority of American intercity bus operators to halt operations or reduce services.  As a result, thousands of bus companies have parked their buses to comply with newly enacted travel restrictions and the coronavirus situation has impacted millions of travelers nationwide. Without a steady stream of passengers, bus companies are working diligently to survive. So far, the United States bus industry has been left out of any government funding to assist companies in this time of need. Fortunately, organizations such as the American Bus Association are on the front…