Not every journey has to be the trip of a lifetime. In fact, some of the most important travel plans are made by everyday folk every day of the year.
Maybe you just want a weekend away from university to get home for your mum’s steak and kidney pie. Or you want to follow your favourite band around the country or meet your mates at a summer music festival. Perhaps you want to take your girlfriend to a place neither of you have ever been, just so you can say you discovered it together.
These may be simple journeys, but how you get from A to B is still a big consideration. Trains, planes and automobiles aren’t the only way to travel. Not everyone wants to stand on a windy platform, fight their way through airport security for an internal flight or break up a long journey at a motorway service station. Think like a next generation traveller and explore the options because there are other routes to take.
If you think buses and coaches are not for the 21st century traveller, you might want to think again. In fact, getting a ticket to ride by coach could be one of the most sensible travel decisions you make.
National Express is the largest scheduled coach service provider in Europe. In the UK the distinctive white National Express coaches operate to one thousand destinations and carry over 18 million customers a year. Eurolines coaches additionally operate to over 500 destinations within Europe and Ireland.
Everyone’s feeling the pinch at the moment. The cost of petrol is making lots of people think twice about driving, and splashing out on a train ticket for a spontaneous weekend away isn’t the value-for-money option it once was. Even the lure of a super quick flight from one end of the country to the other comes with an environmental impact to consider.
Going by coach is a great alternative and, if you’re aged between 16 and 26 or are studying full time, you can get around for a fraction of the usual cost.
For £10 you can buy a Young Person’s Coachcard and get cheap coach tickets with a discount of up to 30 per cent. It’s cheaper than a railcard and has no off-peak restrictions so you can travel anywhere, anytime.
And, if you buy before 30 November 2011, you could win VIP tickets to some of the most exciting summer festivals of 2012 for you and three of your friends.
Once you’ve got your card, all you need is a bit of imagination and you could be spending your weekends discovering a whole new world right on your own doorstep. Go and visit your old university mates who are now scattered across the country, or take a trip back home to remind yourself why you left in the first place!
So, load up your mp3 player, charge up your Kindle and stock up on wine gums – you’re journey starts.