Due to circumstances, I am living in two different cities these days. My home and heart are in Chicago, but I also have an apartment in Kansas City where I work during the week.
I used to travel quite a bit via Amtrak and Southwest Airlines, but for the past few years, I have used Megabus. These are double-decker luxury buses that only make a few stops on their inter-city trips. On the 550 miles between Kansas City and Chicago, the only stops are a truck stop in Booneville, MO, the college town of Columbia, MO, St. Louis and another truck stop in McLean, IL. Each bus is equipped with outlets at each seat, and free wi-fi.
There are two buses a day from Kansas City to Chicago, one in the morning and one at night. Lately, I’ve taken to catching the over-night bus Friday at 8:45 PM, taking a generic Ambien, and waking up in Chicago at 6:30 AM. I then take the bus back to KC either Sunday night at 11:55 PM, or Monday morning at 6:30 AM.
The buses are easy to recognize. They are big and blue, and painted on the back and two sides is an ad for “Fares as low as $1!”.
This is true. The first three seats on each bus trip are $1. The next few are $5, etc.
I buy my trips very early for every weekend, constantly tracking when the seats go on sale, and when they do, booking a bunch at once.
One time, I bought twenty trips between Kansas City and Chicago for 20. Plus a .50 reservation fee.
That’s 10,000 miles of travel for $20. (plus fifty cents)
So I’m able to come home every weekend for $2.