The Ultimate Guide To Your Holiday Megabus Experience

The Ultimate Guide To Your Holiday Megabus Experience

It wasn't as bad as I thought!
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It's almost time for the holidays which means its almost time for travel! As a college student, I know how important it is to find cheap travel. I’ve been lucky enough to live two hours away from my hometown. However, I have a lot of families that live pretty far and I can’t really afford to fly or take the train. Luckily there are cheaper options out there! Coach buses!

Some coach buses can cost an arm and a leg, but recently I decided to try one of the cheaper coach bus options out there: Megabus. Megabus is notorious for obnoxious passengers, rude drivers, awful delays, and poor customer service, but I decided to take it to see my significant other in Memphis anyway because the tickets were so cheap. Am I crazy, you ask? No, I just appreciate adventure.

The first thing to keep in mind is how you pack your bags. Megabus requires that your bag is under 55 pounds. They state that they will not accept bags over this poundage. My personal advice is to weigh your bag once it’s packed. I used a personal scale which gave a semi-accurate weight. It won't be completely accurate since personal scales weigh people, but it'll give you a ballpark number. Neither of my trips involved the driver weighing the bags, so it might not be an issue if you're over a pound, but it's better to be safe.

Megabus also allows one small carry on. This rule is kind of lose because I've seen people bring large backpacks, a backpack and a purse, a backpack, purse, pillow, and blanket. Really it's up to the driver what is allowed on the bus and most drivers just want to get on the road and won't bother to nitpick.

The next important thing is your reservation number. After you purchase your tickets, Megabus customer service will email you your ticket reservation number which will be important for boarding. If you don't have this number, you will not get on the bus. I ran into an issue where my number was never sent because I gave the company the wrong email. However, Megabus customer service cleared it up within a day. The best way to contact customer service is via email because their phone line is usually backed up with inquiries and you will be put on hold for a while.

After you get on the bus you'll need to pick a seat. Where you sit will impact the rest of your trip because this is where you will be staying for the remainder of the ride. I was lucky to have traveled when it's not quite as packed and there are a few options to choose from and if you aren't a fan of your spot, you can look elsewhere. However, the holidays will be a busy mess and there might be slim pickings.

Ideally, you'll want either a seat in the front or the middle. While the upper level looks cool, it is technically one of the more dangerous places to be if the bus were to get in an accident. The worst seats are in the back near the bathroom mostly because of the smell and traffic but also because the seat is right over the wheel and trust me when I say you will get carsick.

A few more important things: Megabus usually takes one pitstop between destinations. Your driver will announce when these will take place and will announce when you are expected to be back on the bus.

Make sure you bring headphones and wear layers. Having headphones allows you to listen to some tunes on your journey and ignore obnoxious passengers or chatty children. The layers are great because they allow room to bring more clothing and prepare you for the varying temperatures on the bus from blasting heat to cold outside air at pit stops.

Despite the bad reviews, this transportation isn't as awful as one would think. The seats are a little uncomfortable but for what you are paying, it's quite a bargain. Megabus will also have tickets deals for one dollar. They sell out fast but if you follow their social media pages, you can get alerts on the deals. I hope this article was informative. Safe travels!

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​10 New York City Brunch Restaurants I Love A Waffle Lot

Trust me, breakfast is overrated, even if it is at Tiffany's!

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You guys knew it was coming! If you know me personally or follow me on Instagram you would know that the thing that I love most in the world is brunch. My life motto is "Mimosa es su mosa" or maybe "On Sundays, we drink mimosas." Just kidding! However, there is nothing I love more than having waffles, poached eggs, and a latte on a Sunday with my girlfriends. Brunch is a long-held tradition for us, it's a great way to relax and it honestly just brings everyone together. So I thought I'd share a few of our go-to spots!

1. Dudley's

This is my favorite place of all time to get brunch. Dudley's is right on Orchard Street, it has a quaint little interior great for dinner, as well! However, I suggest going during the summer to enjoy their outdoor seating. The food is just so delicious! The first time I went was actually at the end of August with my best friend Alexia. She had just gotten back from traveling and we wanted to brunch, go to The Met, walk the Brooklyn Bridge and go thrifting all before we went back to school the next day. We got brunch and were full pretty much the whole day, it was insane. It was also really fresh. Alexia even says when she comes home from Greece no meal ever compares to the food she eats back home, but this really hit the spot. The cuisine is American with an Australian twist. I normally get the chia muesli, a burger with a salad on the side instead of fries. Also if it's later in the afternoon, I'll just do cauliflower tempura with green aioli! For drinks, I suggest a latte or their cold brew.

2. Buvette

I literally just went last weekend with my friend Emily, so if that doesn't tell you how much I love it here, I don't know what does! Buvette has extremely friendly staff and great food, the portions are a tiny bit small but they are super filling, definitely try the specials! I suggest the Belgian Waffle with berries and a latte. My friend Emily got a lemonade and avocado toast!

3. Victor's Cafe

Best croquettes and burger to date. I also got yuca fries on the side. Best brunch ever, oh my gosh! Of course, I got a latte with that, too! The paella de vegetales and platanos are to die for, as well. Victor's Cafe has my heart!

4. Your Mother's House

I actually just went to Your Mother's House on Sunday. It's not the best brunch ever, but they have such a great menu with tons of variety. I even had this Groupon for bottomless brunch if you are of legal drinking age. The Groupon definitely makes it worth it!

5. Sarabeth's

This has been a long-standing tradition between my friend Sara and I. The first time we went was actually when I was like 13, I want to say. It was December and at the time Sara was like 17 and she bought me tickets to see the Radio City Rockettes. However, the only reason I took the train at that point was for work so I wasn't going to be allowed to go. So we devised a plan to convince my mother that her mother was going and it all turned out quite splendidly.

We went to Sarabeth's, I got the lemon ricotta pancakes, and Sara got the crab cake benedict. I would recommend both. Then we saw the Rockettes. However, the reason this is a funny story is that a month later on Christmas Eve, she and her parents came over and our mothers are extremely close because Sara and I have been friends since I was five years old. Sara and I went to my room to hang out and left our mothers to talk. After a few glasses of Chardonnay, Sara's mom told my mom that we went alone. I was grounded for three weeks. Well worth it though, not only did I see the Rockettes, but I found a regular brunch spot!

6. Chat Noir Tea

I know I'm a coffee girl, but I needed some tea to spill it at this brunch! Chat Noir Tea has an amazing Croque Monsieur and a great English breakfast tea. I suggest getting the tea service for two!

7. Juliette

I've told you guys once and I'll tell you again, all great things reside in Williamsburg! I'll be back here with my girlfriends in two weeks. I recommend the french toast at Juliette if you have a sweet tooth like me!

8. The Cheesecake Factory

This is probably one of my favorite places to eat, for dinner here I usually get the crusted chicken romano but for brunch, at The Cheesecake Factory they have plenty of sweet things, so I'll normally order a few things and split it with whoever I'm with!

9. Milk & Honey Cafe

I know this one is a throwback to the "10 Instagram Worthy Cafes" article I wrote but the Milk & Honey Cafe does have some great brunch options and come on, you can try one of the best cafes and brunch places in New York all at once! (Fun fact: My Odyssey profile picture was taken here!)

10. Cafe Mogador

So I wanted to include Cafe Mogador in this because it was actually recommended to me and will be my next brunch stop, so I figured why not leave this here as a little surprise for us both!

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Gillette Is Not The First Polarizing Company, And It Will Certainly Not Be The Last

There is a never-ending push and pull between how companies spend their advertising dollars and cultivating customer support. Why should we be surprised when a company takes a social or political stance?

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I don't think it's too far of a stretch to say that political activism is at one of it's highest points in recent years. As with most things, social media has not only amplified activism but made avenues of activism more accessible. There are so many accounts out there tackling some of the most complicated and nuanced issues in our society today. I think over the last decade, we as a society have spent a lot of time reflecting internally and reprioritizing our values.

Somewhere along the line, I think people also began to think more about where their money goes, what products they buy and which companies they support. People nowadays choose their products not only for functionality or quality but what that product is intended to express.

Essentially, when we buy a product or wear a certain brand it's often in an attempt to express some sort of value.

So I think it's only natural that brands are now more aware of not only where they're advertising but the messages they choose to express. For instance, if you wear Patagonia it could get an expression that you enjoy more expensive, high-quality clothes but that you also support fighting climate change of some sorts.

Companies have already begun to think more about their messaging and who they support with their advertising dollars. Keurig at one point pulled their advertising from Sean Hannity, much to the ire of his fans. Most recently, Roku removed the infamous InfoWars channel from their platform, following suit of other platforms such as Facebook and Spotify.

Ultimately, corporations essentially act and are treated as private citizens. They've been influencing politics for so long that it's almost a natural progression that they then begin to influence and make statements on public opinion. Since the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision, spending money on political causes is protected by the First Amendment under free speech. Companies can then give money freely in politics, so long as it wasn't going directly to any politicians. Many companies have already spent hundreds of millions of "dark money" to secretly fund campaigns and political parties.

Gillette wasn't the first company to make a statement/advertisement that comes off as polarizing, and it certainly won't be the last. If anything, these past few years have proven that companies can say such things without fear of greatly damaging their businesses. For instance, Nike's sales increased by 31 percent following their Kaepernick ad. As we become more socially aware, so will the companies that we purchase from.

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