As part of our goal to make life easier for bus travelers, we contact travelers who’ve had firsthand experiences around the world. Today, we’re happy to feature Kristen Sarah from Hopscotch the Globe. Her and her husband Siya are full-time adventurers, videographers, YouTubers and above all, travel experts!
1- Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Kristen Sarah, and I am a travel content creator. I’ve been travelling the world pretty non-stop for the past 13-years. About 8 years ago, I started HopscotchTheGlobe.com, which is a travel blog I run with my husband Siya that not only inspires travel but teaches you how to do it no matter your lifestyle or budget. Siya and I also have one of the top travel and lifestyle YouTube channels where we share weekly content from our travels, share tips, advice and travel hacks plus a look into our life living in a renovated vintage Airstream.
2- Tell us about your recent trip. Where did you go? What did you do there?
Using Busbud, I travelled solo from Salinas to San Francisco, California. I’ve always dreamed of visiting San Francisco since I was child and was obsessed with Full House. I spent a few days walking around the city centre, driving up to the Golden Gate Bridge and walking through the Red Wood Forest. It was a wonderful, relaxing ad magical short trip.
3- What were the highlights of your trip?
My highlight from the trip was definitely spending time in Muir Woods National Park. I am obsessed with nature, and have always wanted to spend time with the Red Woods. I finally got to do it, and it was everything I dreamed it would be and more. Those giant beauties are a natural wonder for sure.
4- What are your top 3 travel destinations in the U.S.?
5- What advice would you give to people planning trips in the US? Any tips or tricks that would make travelers’ lives easier?
Using sites like Busbud make travel much easier and affordable. The last thing you want is to be stressed out planning your trip because then you won’t enjoy it as much. Having services like Busbud take away that unnecessary worry or stress and make trip-planning pain free.
6- What route(s) did you purchase on Busbud?
I purchased Salinas to San Francisco.
7- How was your experience using Busbud?
My experience using Busbud was quick and easy. It took me a whole 5 minutes to go online, find my route and book my very affordable ticket. Then I just had to make my way to the station, pick up my tickets, wait for the bus and jump on. The fact that there was a toilet on board made me so comfortable! Being pregnant and travelling can be a nightmare, but I felt very comfortable for my 4-hour journey.
8- Are there any additional features that you recommend we work on to help enhance the user’s experience?
What would be great is a feature that notifies the customer when their bus is late. I had to wait an additional 1.5 hours for my bus, so this is something that could have been very helpful!