While traveling through Europe we did get a chance to take the bus a few times. On one of our favorite trips, we went (by bus) down the Amalfi Coast in Italy. That was by far the craziest bus ride I’ve ever been on. In other words, if you’re an adrenaline junkie like I am, it was awesome!
Here’s an excerpt of my journal from that day …
We hopped one bus up the hill from the port into the central part of [Sorrento], and then another to take us to Amalfi. If you get car sick, take your meds before this trip. The bus drivers seem insane, but its the only way to travel this coastline, and they are so
calm, jetting around blind corners on one lane roads, honking to give warning to oncoming traffic, with a few thousand foot drop inches away from the tires. It’s a true testament to conditioning, training, and Italian culture all in one hour…
Amalfi was booked up solid so we headed to a place about 1.5km away. It had a great terrace and nice rooms. After naps and showers, we took a bus back to Amalfi and walked around, sampling paninis and taking photos of the huge church which dominates the town square. We took a stroll along the sandy beach and the Sea water was so incredibly warm! I had to restrain Tilly from jumping in fully clothed.
Now, if you were traveling in the United States, I certainly don’t recommend taking a bus. But if you’re going around the Amalfi Coast or other parts of Europe, it’s actually not so bad as long as you’ve got some good scenery and a decent set of traveling companions.
In fact, I just heard about this new travel company called “Busabout” where you can… ahem.. bus about Europe. If we were going to take a bus as one of our primary means of transportation through anywhere in Europe, I’d most likely look these guys up again and give them a shot.
They have all kinds of nice comforts that you don’t normally get on a typical generic bus ride. And, they even take care of your accommodations if you want them to. Plus, just like those big red double decker buses in London, they allow you to do the hop-on, hop-off thing, which is great because then you can stay as long as you like when you find a cool place to hang out and sight see.
Enjoy your traveling lifestyle!
Disclaimer, we do make money through this travel blog every now and then. One of the ways we do that is by introducing people to new products and services which we think are cool. The company mentioned in this blog – Busabout – is one of those companies, and if one of you readers does book a trip through our links, we’ll get a little commission for it. Don’t worry, you won’t be charged extra, and we don’t promote things we don’t think are worthy of your attention. That’s all.
On another note, I hope you have fun traveling Europe. And if you’d like to be a guest writer here on this blog, feel free to contact us and/or send us a photo of where you are right now. We’d love to live vicariously through those of you who are currently traveling through Europe… even if it’s by bus. :)