Heading off on holiday is an exciting time and if you’re going overseas, you may well be catching a flight. However, you’ll need to consider what transport to use in order to reach the airport on time.
There are various options but without question the best of them all is travelling by coach or bus. This mode of transport has lots of advantages - here’s what you need to know.
You don’t need to worry about navigating or parking
Driving to the airport may seem like the best option when you’re planning your trip but when the moment arrives, you could end up regretting that decision.
If you’re travelling during the day, the chances are you’ll be battling the traffic, particularly if you have to drive during rush hour. This can really slow you down and make the journey take much longer than expected, putting you at risk of arriving after your flight has closed. That’s a stressful start to your holiday that no-one wants to endure!
Of course, you might have a night flight which sees you jetting off very early in the morning. If this is the case, you’ll avoid the worst of the traffic but you’ll need to navigate the way to the airport when it’s dark and that’s not as easy as it sounds if you don’t know the way. Tired eyes won’t help either and trying to pick the right exit or figure out a confusing one-way system when you just want to go to sleep is going to leave you feeling grumpy…
When you finally arrive, there’s yet more to organise as you’ll need to sort out the airport parking. You’ve hopefully reserved your spot in advance but you’ll still have to book in, all of which takes time and effort.
By direct contrast when you travel by bus you don’t need to worry about your sat-nav, directions, traffic or parking. You can have a nap en route if you feel the urge and when you arrive at the airport, you can just climb out and be on your way. What could be easier?!
Everyone can travel together
If it’s just your family going on holiday, you’ll probably have plenty of room in your own car but don’t forget to factor in your luggage too. If there’s four or five of you, once you add in the suitcases you could well be stretching the storage space in your boot.
If there’s more of you, the problem is exacerbated further as there’s no way for you all to fit in one car. This means you’ll need to travel in convoy, adding more expense with parking for multiple vehicles.
The train is another alternative form of transport, and you could potentially travel all together on board. However, with many trains overcrowded and cramped, you could find it an uncomfortable journey made worse by the lack of practical space for suitcases or luggage.
Although it’s not disastrous to have to travel separately, it’s much nicer to be able to travel together and it starts your holiday on the right note. What’s more with buses and coaches, there’s an enormous area to stash luggage so you won’t need to worry about where those suitcases are going to fit!
Although you’ll be adding to your carbon footprint once you hit the sky, it’s responsible to try and reduce the environmental impact in any way you can. Travelling by car individually is not an ecofriendly choice, particularly when there’s alternatives available which are far better.
Coaches and buses are one of the greenest ways to travel because with so many people on board, the amount of fuel used per person is much lower. What better way to jet off than safe in the knowledge that you’ve done everything possible to cut your emissions?
You’ll save money
An overseas holiday isn’t cheap and you’ll need every penny to take a helicopter tour, see the sights or simply sink a few Sangrias! This means that if you don’t have to splash out for an expensive taxi to drive you to the airport, it’s a bonus!
Other modes of transport are pricey too though. With a car you’ll need to cover the cost of both the petrol and the airport parking (which usually isn’t cheap) while a train ticket for everyone will quickly add up.
In direct contrast to all of this, bus tickets are very inexpensive adding et another benefit to the list!
You’ll be safe
Coaches and buses are one of the safest ways to travel, beating the car with its excellent safety record on the road. However, there is more at risk than simply injuries sustained from being in an accident.
Train may sound like a good idea but the number of violent assaults and attacks is climbing year on year. If you’re travelling later at night and you’ve got your luggage to consider too, you might be somewhat of an easy target on a train.
You can check your bus operator out in advance
Before you book a holiday, you probably take a look at what previous guests have had to say about the site to see if the reviews are good. When you travel by bus or coach, you can do the same to satisfy yourself that the operator is reliable.
Sites such as http://www.trustedtravelreviews.co.uk make it easy to look up your operator before you book, and check what the testimonials say. With honest reviews from previous passengers, it’s an excellent way to make sure your trip starts out on the right foot!
Make airport travel easy
When it’s time to travel to the airport and catch your flights, don’t risk being late or arriving in a bad mood. Bus and coach journeys are relaxing and enjoyable, and as they’re lighter on the bank balance too, you’ll reach the airport feeling refreshed and ready to start your holiday!