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Megabus Saves The Day For Travel Savings On Year Long MLB Trip

To this minute,  have booked over 70 bus rides that only cost me a $1 to book the journey with.  With the majority of my baseball games watched on the road in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Baltimore and Washington, one can spend a fortune on parking, gas, tolls and hotels from extended driving.  Well, I am here to tell you that Megabus has rescued me from financial ruin on my upcoming journey.  These are bus rides so cheap, that you can probably find the fares in seat cushions of your couch or car!

To this minute, have booked over 70 bus rides that only cost me a $1 to book the journey with. With the majority of my baseball games watched on the road in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Baltimore and Washington, one can spend a fortune on parking, gas, tolls and hotels from extended driving. Well, I am here to tell you that Megabus has rescued me from financial ruin on my upcoming journey. These are bus rides so cheap, that you can probably find the fares in seat cushions of your couch or car!

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Megabus Saves The Day For Travel Savings On Year Long MLB Trip

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I have changed my schedule so many times on the upcoming season that I never got around to posting the monthly and yearly master schedules. There is a reason for that.

Since the beginning of this ordeal it has come to down to every trick in the book I know to save on travel, and my new favorite go to is Megabus.com

It is a Bus Site that starts the bidding on many bus fares for just $1 on certain days and times. As the times approach for the date to arrive, the rates incrementally go up.

I am lucky to feature 120+ games with both New York clubs, Boston, Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia this campaign, as such I am fortunate to reel in the savings.

To date, I have placed bookings on over 70 bus rides for $1.00 between these fine cities. I even found a few loopholes to circumnavigate the $10 fares that are customary between Pittsburgh with New York and Boston, while using the Beltway cities of Washington and Baltimore to do the same.

The hub for all of these fine cities, (median so to speak) is Philadelphia. If y ou stop there 1st , the journeys are a $1 there, and then repeat the fare to New York.

New York to Boston is always on the docket for just $1. Pretty much I spent all of Tuesday booking trips through Labor Day weekend. It was the 1st day these routes were live for purchasing. Task completed.

Amtrak is still a viable option to travel anywhere on the Eastern Seaboard, however be prepared to pay in multiples of 20 or 25x the amount for your Round Trips as compared to Meganbus.  I will not speak badly of Amtrak because I have had noting but great experiences traveling that way.  It is just I have 217 games to go to this season, savings on the pocketbook is of utmost importance.

Amtrak is still a viable option to travel anywhere on the Eastern Seaboard, however be prepared to pay in multiples of 20 or 25x the amount for your Round Trips as compared to Meganbus. I will not speak badly of Amtrak because I have had noting but great experiences traveling that way. It is just I have 217 games to go to this season, savings on the pocketbook is of utmost importance.


Car and other forms of transportation methods are so expensive in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, D.C – and New York State and anything East is brutal on the wallet.  Not to mention the horribly congested traffic flow from Milwaukee to Chicago and vice – versa.  Also cities that megabus caters too

There are turnpike tolls, parking, bridge fees, gas, car rental, venue parking. All of these factors could blow a budget’s roof off of the foundation.

Armed with alleviating the need for a car is essential for my goal to see a game all day, for the whole year.

Furthermore, with the conduit city being Philadelphia, I am an hour plus transit ride away from my brother’s house in Sicklerville, N.J – thus avoiding hotel fares, and also loading up on grocery food as opposed to stadium food.

Yes, I will be in transit for as much time as I will be in the MLB cities and stadiums, but these are the things you must do in order to fulfill a whole season’s schedule.

Greyhound Bus is a decent option, and in several instances, I am still going to use their fine service. The Baltimore Downtown location is less than a mile from Camden Yards – while the Megabus depot is an hour by public transit away from the park. The dollars are similar, so I will use Greyhound at times out of Baltimore.

Amtrak was my preferred method of transport during my streaks, but I am finding less use for it – without needing the caveat of being present for all pitches in the contest to constitute a game watched credit.

I still am a believer in Amtrak, and will use it when I need a speedy rate of travel to the next city.

Of course saying this, I feel blessed to have a locked in rate for a long-term rental car (Presently a 2015 Buick Verano with just 12000 Miles) at $12 USD per day, with unlimited mileage per month.

National Car Rental's Free Days has saved me thousands of dollars over the years - and I plan on seeing all 30 MLB Parks again in 2015 based on the rewards I receive for the next 18 months from them.

National Car Rental’s Free Days has saved me thousands of dollars over the years – and I plan on seeing all 30 MLB Parks again in 2015 based on the rewards I received for the last 18 months from them.

Based on the fact I rent cars everyday (365 days a year), the 40 one way car rental free days from National Car Rental is a godsend. When I write my daily previews, you will come to see the importance of this.

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Added to the flock, is a special Canadian Airmiles program, in which I have cashed in another free 6 days rental worth of credit (4 days of rentals in Cleveland and 2 in Florida).

There are 20 – 25 flights in this odyssey, and many of them are courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

I will peel back the curtain and disclose every single facet of this trip when it pertains to expenses. I think it is important to share my findings with you.

Storing luggage, having a shower within 48 hours, and being able to incorporate plans that also include other chasers.

The list of rabid fans in most cities I will watch a game with is growing excessively more each day. This aspect is what I am most looking forward too more than any other part of this Roadtrip Of A Lifetime.

I have 27 – 168 hour weeks to plan, where every single minute counts. Are there some down times? You bet. I spend 3 separate weeks fully in Philadelphia, where there are 2 separate weeks I am in Seattle.

During the ALL-Star Break, includes me gunning it back to Vancouver, B.C, Canada to swap rental cars.

Most of you in the rental industry in Canada know already, they are hardcore about when the rental cars are to be flipped for resale (Usually before 24000 Miles are counted). So I can’t simply cake the 40000 Miles on one vehicle.

For the whole itinerary, it looks like 40000 Miles by car, 25000 Miles by air and 10000 Miles by Bus. I am making 3 appearances in B.C. Canada (all within 60 day intervals) in order to save dough on health insurance.

In the wrap-up articles, I will provide a quick synopsis of the trip, any necessary stories that happen on the day, and I relish the idea of weaving them into an entertaining story.

I assure you if you follow this trek, that you will learn a thing or 2 about travel – maybe something that you can apply for your own road trips. For starter, go learn about megabus.com if you haven’t done so already

There is no joking here folks.  Despite many bus companies claims on possessing $1 fares, megabus actually delivers on them.  The goal is to book your travel journey's well in advance when seats are not a premium.  On the 1st date booking from Memorial Day to Labor Day was official, I booked 36 journeys using Megabus for a base cost of $36.00.  Yep $1.00 pure trip.  I did add a table seat on most of my trek's for an additional dollar.  This type of cash i would burn up in my 1st mile using a rental car.  The best part, you don't have to worry about driving - so you can read, write or just stargaze out the window!

There is no joking here folks. Despite many bus companies claims on possessing $1 fares, megabus actually delivers on them. The goal is to book your travel journey’s well in advance when seats are not a premium. On the 1st date booking from Memorial Day to Labor Day was official, I booked 36 journeys using Megabus for a base cost of $36.00. Yep $1.00 pure trip. I did add a table seat on most of my trek’s for an additional dollar. This type of cash i would burn up in my 1st mile using a rental car. The best part, you don’t have to worry about driving – so you can read, write or just star-gaze out the window!

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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