Before this past weekend, I would always drive to and from NYC. I have a Corolla so it’s pretty efficient on gas, and its nice being on my own schedule rather than having to be somewhere by a certain time. But then a few months ago I took a $15 bus to Philly and couldn’t believe how great it was. It had free wifi, I could sleep the whole time, and the trip was over before I knew it.
Now, I don’t mind driving, but with the price of gas and tolls these days, it turns out its way cheaper when I’m traveling alone to take a bus. I ended up taking one bus up to a NY and a different one home, so I thought I’d break down the pros and cons of each one in case you’re thinking about doing a DC/NY bus trip.
On the way up, I took Bolt Bus. My bus left at 2pm and I was in NYC around 7pm, so a 5 hour trip total.
|– CHEAP. Only $15 one way.
||– Slightly less comfortable seats
|– Great schedule. Lots of departure times during the week.
||– The bus STANK. Every time someone opened the bathroom door it would reek for at least 20 mins.
|– Free wifi and outlets in each seat.
||– No movie
|– Cup holders on the back of each seat!
||– Very cold air coming out of the vents
On the way back from NYC, I took DC2NY. The bus left at 1pm and I arrived in DC at 6pm – so 5 hours again.
|– Very comfortable seats
||– Twice as expensive ($30 v. $15)
|– Very clean bus. Smelled great.
||– Less frequent departures during the week
|– You get to vote for whether you want to watch a movie or not.
|– Free bottle of water!
|– Free wifi and oulets
Overall, I enjoyed the DC2NY bus trip more, but I don’t know if its worth twice the money of the Bolt Bus price. I LOVED that they gave me a free bottle of water (you know I like free sh*t), but I could buy a bottle of water and a Bolt Bus ticket and be out less money…
While eating out in NYC was super fun, when all was said and done I ended up eating dinner out four nights in a row! I can’t even tell you the last time I ate out that many nights in a row, and let me tell you – I was actually excited to start cooking again. After a quick bite on Sunday with Wil, I ended up going to the grocery store to pick up some groceries so I could get back into the kitchen and get ready for the week.
I spent 39.66 at The Teet
and got enough for several lunches and dinners, but I may need to go to the store again later this week.
First up, the produce.
- Green peppers
- Green Beans
- Blueberries (x3 – buy one get two free!)
- Chik’n Scallopini (see below)
- Pistachio Gelato
- Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- Fage 0%
- Olive Oil Spray
- Sliced Olives (x2)
- Salsa x2
- Cannelini Beans
- Pinto Beans
This is a new-to-me product:
The stats are quite good, too:
2 pts+ each with 14 grams of protein!
I haven’t tried them yet but will keep you posted on how they are. I don’t usually have faux-meat products that often, but its nice to have things like that in the freezer on occasion for quick meals in a pinch.
What’s your preferred way to get places? Bus, train, plane, drive?