Finding My Footing: Hopping On and Off
Edinburgh: July 5, 2018
If you fancy yourself a badass world traveler, you may be reluctant to admit that you’ve tucked into a standard tourist activity but, sometimes, what seems a bit cheeky is, in fact, a wonderful hack that can add amazing texture to your trip. Hop-On, Hop-Off Buses are one of these amazing hacks and I recommend them in any city you can find them. Here are a few reasons why:
- The information delivered during the ride is offered in a variety of languages and always in English. If you’d like, you can always listen to the route in English then listen a second time around in the language of the country or in one you have been learning.
- You can often pay a little extra for multiple routes and survey large amounts of the city you might not otherwise reach.
- The bus commentary will give you lots of things to research and thus expand your cultural knowledge and understanding of the places you are visiting.
- This is a wonderful way to push through possible jet lag on the first full day in your new country as you can sit in the open air (hopefully) and relax in the sun as you are regaled with amazing sites.
- The musical breaks in the commentary, as you wait for new passengers gives you time to feel into deep gratitude for the blessing of travel.
- Most buses run on a 24-48 hour period (often the 48hr is a nominal amount additional and gives you great flexibility and transportation on that second day) and I recommend grabbing a take-out lunch and popping up to the rooftop around 12-1 for a sunny picnic and your first run around the city deciding as you go where you will stop on round two. Starting midday gives you 3-4 more hours on the bus the next day to get you to the highlights you decided on the night before! (Bus fare usually runs from 25-40 dollars and quite worth it.)
- Pictures taken atop the bus have a different flair than ground level.
- The commentary will also, often, let you know cost and hours of operation of certain attractions as well as changes caused by holidays or special events.
I welcome any additional reasons YOU LOVE the HO-HO buses! Share them here.