I can't think of a journey I'd LESS like to make

@boiboing (12198)
Northampton, England
October 12, 2015 2:43pm CST
I'm in Amsterdam this evening and since my Fit Bit was demanding more steps, I decided to walk from Central Station to my hotel. It's about a mile at most but it's very cold because an icy wind was whipping along the river. On my way, I met three girls from New Zealand, heavily laden down with enormous back packs. They stopped me and asked if I knew where the international bus terminal was. I've walked along that route many times and never seen anything that looked like a bus station. They showed my their booking confirmations and I realised they were about to take a bus journey all the way from Amsterdam to Krakow in Poland. That means a journey of more than 1200 km and - if all goes well - at least 15 hours on the road. I felt very happy that I just needed to walk another half hour and I'd be at my destination. I also reflected that with so many cheap airlines these days, I was glad I'd never have to go all that way on a bus. I did some crazy bus journeys in North American in my student days but I'm happy that I don't have to put myself through quite that torture any more.
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@MALUSE (39188)
• Germany
12 Oct 15
An encounter like this shows how tastes and preferances change with age. Would I hitch-hike now? Heehee.
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@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
12 Oct 15
The things we did when we couldn't afford a more comfortable life.
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@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
14 Oct 15
@TheHorse I have only hitched twice in my lifetime and both were memorable experiences.
@xFiacre (4376)
• Ireland
12 Oct 15
I used to do the Magic Bus route between Amsterdam and Athens regularly. It really was enjoyable on most occasions. That was when I was a teenager of course - no way would I torture myself like that now.
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@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
14 Oct 15
Ah, you old hippy, you!
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@xFiacre (4376)
• Ireland
14 Oct 15
@boiboing It's a wonder that anyone survived those trips with drivers as high as kites and buses over-booked and over-crowded.
@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
14 Oct 15
@xFiacre My first boss at work went from London to Delhi overland in his student days on a truck. He told outrageous stories of the guy who swallowed his entire stash when he spotted the police as they crossed the border from Pakistan and he apparently turned physically green.
• United States
13 Oct 15
wow 15 hours on a bus would be horrible for me
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@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
14 Oct 15
It's bad enough on a plane.
@cahaya1983 (10055)
• Malaysia
13 Oct 15
I know people who would rather take a one day bus ride to their destination than flying for a couple of hours, just 'cause they hate flying. But I also know that some people choose to do that to enjoy the view that they wouldn't get if they choose to go on a plane.
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@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
13 Oct 15
Sadly I don't think that they will see much for the first half of the journey driving through the night. I just hope that they found the pickup place.
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@dodo19 (32586)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
12 Oct 15
That is certainly the journey. I can't imagine being on a bus for that long of a trip. Hopefully, it all goes well for them.
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@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
14 Oct 15
Yes, I hope so too.
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@besweet (7230)
• Greece
12 Oct 15
I think they think about it as an adventure. I might be excited to do it a few years ago, now I just want to reach my destination quickly even if I have to pay a little more.
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@blitzfrick (2912)
• United States
12 Oct 15
I hope to never travel by bus again, except locally and even then, argh. Nice that these girls showed up so your perspective on your own walk could change. I wish those girls much luck! Their journey(s) will make great stories and memories later in their lives.
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@allknowing (63377)
• India
15 Oct 15
Those who wish to watch the topography on the way prefer a bus journey. I have been on such trips but short ones. Our Europe tour started from London. We went by the Euro Star to Brussels where a bus was waiting for us to go to Rotterdam after spending some time at Brussels. All the 6 countries thereafter were managed by bus after spending a few days in each country. And this type of travel by bus never tired us and in fact i truly enjoyed looking around.
@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
15 Oct 15
Yes, if you want to look out of the windows it's a good idea - but not on a night bus.
@allknowing (63377)
• India
15 Oct 15
@boiboing I do understand overnight journey by bus may not be a good choice.
@KnehKnah (3475)
• Philippines
14 Oct 15
You're indeed lucky for having walked just a bit & be at your residence. Also to enjoy plane rides which bring you faster to your destination. In our place? We usually ride a bus, from our city to Manila. And, if you're lucky, you'll be there in 10 hours.
@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
14 Oct 15
I was once in Manila and the traffic was so bad that I can imagine you could take 10 hours just to cross it.
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@KnehKnah (3475)
• Philippines
15 Oct 15
@boiboing Traffic in Manila? You said it correctly! In fact, we even travel to Manila for more than 10 hours, my friend!
@wiLLmaH (8251)
• Singapore, Singapore
14 Oct 15
Why not? I love long hours of transportation..
@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
14 Oct 15
I can imagine if you live in a place as tiny as Singapore that it must be quite a novelty but 15 hours on a bus full of backpackers through the night would be too much for me.
@MALUSE (39188)
• Germany
14 Oct 15
@boiboing @wiLLmaH My husband's niece and her husband who live on the relatively small island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea find it wonderful to go by car for hours and hours on end when on holiday. You can cross the whole of Sardinia in about five hours when you take the motorway.
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
13 Oct 15
That's quite a trek, I'd rather not do it all in one go at least.
@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
14 Oct 15
Not for me - that's for sure. I've done 36 hour truck journey a few times in Africa and it was hell on earth.
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@scheng1 (24806)
• Singapore
15 Oct 15
Actually a bus journey is quite nice. If I were much younger, i would love that. The sound of the bus moving is very conducive to sleep, and the slight motion of the bus moving is like a rocking chair. Now I am not keen even for 6 hours bus trip. My back will ache for days.
@TheHorse (63920)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Oct 15
Traveling around Europe with a heavy backpack on would have sounded like fun when I was 20. Now, I'm happy to fly to where I'm going, thank you.
@DianneN (76157)
• United States
14 Oct 15
The young are ruthless, energetic, and not as well off as most of us are. At least they are traveling! Loved Amsterdam, but was there in the month of June. Almost got hit by a bike - twice.