Is this a crazy/bad/dangerous idea?

posted 3 months ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

Is the train an option? Much more comfortable than a bus. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

You might as well fly if you’re gonna go by train.  Costs about the same but takes much longer. It shaves off the bus time by only a few hours.  So I’m in Baltimore and there’s multiple NY buses… all no less safe than if you drove yourself.  I haven’t done Greyhound since I was out of college but its pretty much the same as it always was.

Okay yeah, you can rent a car and drive yourself. 

What state are you in OP?

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I worked with a woman who used to save money by traveling from Dallas to Houston on the Greyhound to visit family. She was completely no-nonsense when it came to men bothering her, so her primary safety concern was the reality that bus crashes are not that uncommon. 

Bee, 60 hours is a long time. I relate to anxiety and how rough it can be, but given that this anxiety is so irrational I don’t think you should let it control you. You are significantly more likely to die on that bus than on a plane. And you are talking about spending multiple days on a bus, which could end up being a really bad experience in which you’re stuck in a tiny space with people whose company you don’t wish to have, rather than spending a few hours on a flight. 

Do you have a therapist you can talk to about this? Or someone who could go with you to NYC to help calm your nerves?

Post # 6
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Helper bee

It’s safe but unreliable. Buses are often late and they oversell tickets, so when your bus does come, there may be no seat for you. I used the bus to travel a lot in college, and I missed connections and got stranded places several times. I imagine it would be worse on a cross-country trip with several transfers.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

RunLift1234 :  only you can decide if that’s too long to sit. How any transfers are there? What if you miss one? Where will you be?

What time is your last bus getting into port authority? It’s not a place where you want to be after a certain time.

I would have a drink at the airport and just fly. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Nashville, TN

Girl I’m a flight attendant so trust when I say flying is safe. Go to your doc get some anti anxiety meds. It’s the safest mode of transportation and most reliable. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I think statistically you are safer on a plane than on the road.

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I mean I would totally fly because buses are very uncomfortable. But as someone who has taken the greyhound at least 100 times (I also don’t drive – no shame!) It’s SUPER safe. I have almost always travelled solo and did the majority of my travelling on the greyhound and as a tiny girl who was 20 but looked 12. If you’re worried about creepers either 1) sit up front near the driver 2) choose a seat next to an older woman. I still take it almost monthly to visit my mum in another city.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

RunLift1234 :  If that is financially possible for you I seriously think you should have a friend come. I’m curious if you’ve flown before? Flying is most likely going to become easier and easier for you over time. Once you do it with your friend, you’ll be more confident the next time. And then you’ll be even more confident the next time! I believe the cost of your friend’s plane ticket could be viewed as a really amazing investment toward curing this phobia.

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