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Across the bus. HELP! Thoughts?

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I'm planning to take a trip out east this summer with a friend. We're both students so money is pretty tight. Because of this, we're considering taking a Greyhound bus across the country instead of flying. That'll save us $400 each roundtrip but will turn what would have been a five hour flight into a three day excursion.

So the question is: is it worth it?

We're both pretty stingy.

We've discussed it and both of us think it might even be fun. We love to fly, but we couldn't see the country the same way from the air. It might also be valuable bonding time. We're spending the summer working and taking a course, so a cross-country trip at the end of August could be just what we need. We've both stressed the adventure and potential fun when discussing the idea of taking a bus, but everyone else we've talked to has tried to talk us out of it.

Their concerns are probably valid: we'd be stuck in a bus for three days, with one transfer in Calgary. Obviously there will be stops along the way, but that fact remains that we'd be on a bus for THREE DAYS there and THREE DAYS back. That's SIX DAY TOTAL, for those of you who struggle with math. As a friend of mine so kindly pointed out: we probably wouldn't be able to shower or anything during each trip. It might also be uncomfortable to try and sleep on the bus, and we'd be spending two nights in transit. And buying food along the way could get really expensive. (Although, if we did go we'd back some meals and snacks to take ahead of time.) Not only that, but there are no electrical outlets on these buses, so we couldn't recharge laptops or iPods. We get along very well, but even the best of friends can get on each other's nerves when they spend three days in a confined space. The general consensus seems to be that we'll end up launching WWIII against each other by the end of the trip. However, I feel confident that we're good enough friends and have the right kind of dynamic to resolve any issues that might come in a reasonable fashion.

SO: what's the verdict? Cross-country bus adventure or quick flight?

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