3 Things You Need to Know about Copa America Centenario

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Copa America Centenario 2016

We’re getting excited for the big soccer tournaments that are happening this summer! Though it’s not on the same scale as the World Cup, the Copa América Centenario is a major soccer tournament in which the top teams from North and South America will compete to be the best nation in the Western Hemisphere. This very special event is going to be held in 10 different cities across the United States starting on June 3rd, when the United States takes on Colombia in Santa Clara, California. The final will be played on June 26th at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

1. Combination of Two Major Tournaments

The Copa América Centenario is actually the combination of two separate tournaments: the Copa América, represented by South American nations; and the CONCACAF Gold Cup, represented by North American nations. The Centenario celebrates the 100th anniversary of the very first Copa América competition.

The complete list of cities hosting matches is as follows: Santa Clara, CA; Orlando, FL; Seattle, WA; Pasadena, CA; Chicago, IL; Glendale, AZ; Foxborough, MA; Philadelphia, PA; East Rutherford, NJ; and Houston, TX.

Copa America MetLife Stadium in New Jersey
MetLife Stadium in NJ – Photo credit: Chris Paul 2014

2. How to Get to the Host Cities for Copa America Games

Luckily for you soccer fans (or football fans, if you’re not from the U.S.), GotoBus.com carries bus services between many of the major cities that will be hosting the matches. You can build a fantastic trip around these games whether you want to explore New York City, lounge in the Los Angeles sun, see the colonial architecture of Boston, or plan an exciting family trip to the theme parks of Orlando.

Bus travel is a great way to get around while remaining environmentally friendly since it’s essentially a large carpool. Through GotoBus, you’ll also be able to book your hotel stay, meaning that everything you need to book for a perfect vacation will be right at your fingertips. Booking your bus and hotel together makes you eligible for some special discounts that you won’t find anywhere else. The Washington D.C. bus to New York City is a very popular line and will get you to one of the best cities in the world with plenty of time to explore before the big game. New York to Boston and New York to Orlando are also cheap bus routes that will save you some money for your Copa America trip.

3. Best Players and Soccer Teams in the World

Centenario Stadium in Uruguay
Centenario Stadium in Uruguay – Photo credit: Rodrigo_Soldon

What are the teams to watch? The United States will have home field advantage, and many U.S. fans will be hoping that their team can upset some of the favored South American teams. Brazil, a perennial favorite, has provided a home to some of the best players ever, like the legendary Pelé. Fan favorite Neymar will try to lead his teammates to success. However, Neymar’s teammate at FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi, will have something to say about that as he tries to ignite Argentina’s attack.

Messi is considered the greatest player of his generation, and one of the greatest of all time. If you have the chance to see Argentina play, you will be fortunate enough to see one of the true masters of the game work his magic. Of course, there will be another Barcelona player trying to provide the spark for his nation: the temperamental, but incredibly gifted, Luis Suarez of Uruguay is a favorite to score the most goals of the tournament; hopefully, he’ll keep a cool head and not make any rash decisions that could get him into trouble. Don’t count out Chile, the winners of last year’s Copa América, led by the hard-working Alexis Sanchez; Colombia, who made an impressive run during the 2014 World Cup; and Mexico, a team that can hold its own with the big boys and always provides an unexpected upset.

Head over to Gotobus.com now to reserve your bus tickets so you can get out there and support your team. May the best squad win!

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GotoBus Expands Bus Routes to Europe

 

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Traveling in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Planning a trip to Europe?

At GotoBus.com, we are proud to announce the expansion of our bus ticketing services in Europe! The first schedules have been released in partnership with Student Agency, a leading bus operator based in the Czech Republic. We expect to release more bus routes across Europe in the upcoming months as we partner with the major bus companies in the region.

GotoBus Europe Bus Coverage
GotoBus Europe Bus Coverage

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10 Tips for Long Distance Bus Rides

Travel Made Easy – Stress Free Journey!

Travel is a whole lot of fun, and that’s our motto at GotoBus. But at the same time, travel can be stressful. You can enjoy the destination, but sometimes the journey can be particularly painful, especially when you have to share a confined space with a handful of strangers. We care about our customers’ concerns and have been listening to your comments, complaints, and helpful suggestions. Following your cue, we’ve compiled some ideas for things to pack and what to stay conscious of when you’re going on a long distance bus trip. If you take these recommendations to heart, you will travel stress-free!

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6 Things You Need to Know Before Booking Your Bus Ticket

Online booking is a piece of cake!

1. Buy tickets in advance before they are sold out

Don’t be afraid of technology. Shopping online is easy. Just browse through the internet to find companies that sell tickets online. GotoBus, for instance, let you buy a bus ticket from the comfort of your home.

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Many Bus Operators list their service on GotoBus. Simply type the website name on any internet browser of your preference. Or download the mobile app. on your smartphone if available. The next step would be to go to the search box to look for a specific time, routes and dates. Once you find what you want, select the number of passengers in your party and click the “Add to Cart” button. This places your selected item into the shopping cart while you continue to browse.

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5 Popular Cities You Must Visit on the East Coast

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Atlantic City

Wouldn’t it be easy if you could book your bus tickets and your hotels at the same location? At GotoBus.com, you can, because we’re all about making it easy for you to take care of all you need to get ready for your next big trip, whether you’re embarking on an extended vacation, taking a quick weekend getaway, or heading home after a long semester at school. We believe travel should be a stress-free task and do everything we can to keep it that way. All up and down the Atlantic coast of the United States, you will find exciting cities loaded with fun activities every day, for both locals and tourists alike.

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When is the Best Time to see Washington’s Cherry Blossom?

In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo sent a gift of thousands of Japanese cherry trees to Washington, D.C. as a symbol of friendship between the United States and Japan. This gift started the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, which is, hands down, the best time of the year to visit Washington. At GotoBus.com, this is one of our personal favorite events; we absolutely love the sight of the pink, red, and white flowers from over 1,700 trees all bloom together in a vibrant display. The way the colors of the blossoms play off the quintessential white marble of D.C.’s buildings and monuments seems like a match made in heaven.

When to go

The best time to visit Washington during the festival varies from year to year, a period known as “peak bloom,” when over 70% of the trees have blossomed. This year, peak bloom is expected to fall between March 18th and 23rd, and for about two weeks, you can see this breathtaking scenery in full.
Cherry Blossom in Washington DC

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And the Oscar Goes to…Your Next Vacation!

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The Academy Awards, nicknamed “the Oscars” after the trophy given to the winners, are a time-honored tradition, the most celebrated ceremony in the film industry. This year, the awards will enter their 88th year. On GotoBus, you will be able to find affordable bus tickets to LA from nearby cities like San Diego, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, as well as book your hotel stay, making for a one-stop shopping experience. Because LA is the land of movie magic, there are several places you can visit that you may recognize from famous films. We thought we’d compile a list of some of these places to help build up your Oscar buzz

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20 Things to Include in your Travel Emergency Kit

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At GotoBus.com, customer safety is our #1 priority, and we understand that emergencies happen! This is why we wanted to give you some ideas of things to start gathering for an emergency travel supply kit. Head to the store and get a container to put everything inside. Here are some things to get started:

    1. 1. Flashlight
    2. 2. Batteries
    3. 3. Mini/waterproof radio
    4. 4. First-aid kit
    5. 5. Road flares if you traveling by car
    6. 6. Waterproof matches
    7. 7. Extra set of house and car keys
    8. 8. Back up phone battery – we’ve heard great things about the Mophie brand!
    9. 9. Everyone traveling with you should have their own identification with them (driver’s licenses, state ID’s or passports), as well as photo copies of their ID’s safely stored somewhere in a ziplock bag for backup and safekeeping. You should also have a AAA (or other roadside assistance) card with you, your health insurance card, and any other important documents you think you might need in case of emergency, like emergency contact phone numbers… and no, we don’t mean only the ones stored on your cell phones. Hard copies are important!
    10. 10. Don’t forget to bring with you medications that you take on a daily basis – bring a few days extra with you just in case. We also recommend taking Advil or other pain relievers, this also might be in the First Aid kit.
    11. 11. Duct tape -you can use it for pretty much anything.. seriously!
    12. 12. Non-perishable food (granola bars, etc).
    13. 13. Bottled water
    14. 14. Water purification tablets are great to have on hand to use if you run out of water; they can be purchased online or in-stores at popular sporting/camping stores.
    15. 15. Toothbrush and toothpaste
    16. 16. Extra outfits – we recommend bringing 1-2 changes of clothes just in case. Bring clothes that are easily collapsible and can fight into a tight space.
    17. 17. Blankets! Get a regular blanket, and an emergency blanket. If you purchase a first-aid kit that comes with an emergency blanket (they are usually silver-colored), great! If not, we seriously recommend purchasing one separably to include with this kit, as they help to prevent hypothermia.
    18. 18. Ponchos- we’ve all poked fun at ponchos before, but when it comes down to it, we would be thankful for having one of we really needed to stay dry!
    19. 19. Swiss Army knife or similar type of combination “survival” knife. There are countless possibilities to shop for, and many are customizable depending on what you are purchasing it for. For example, Swiss Army makes special fishing combo knives, hunting knives, and more.
    20. 20. Ziplock bags of different size to keep your belongings dry.

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As you can from this list, there are many possibilities of what to include in your emergency kit, but the most important thing is to pack only the essentials! We hope you enjoyed our list, and that it will inspire you to get your own emergency travel kit started. Don’t forget to also visit GotoBus.com to book your bus tickets to destinations across the U.S. – save even more when you book your bus and hotel stay together!

Green Travel & Living – Here’s What You Can Do!

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We hope you’ve had a great new year so far! We wanted to try something a little different with this blog, and write about various ways you can be a little more green-friendly. Helping our environment starts with you! Here are some tips on how to live and travel more green!

  • At home, try setting your thermostat a few degrees higher during the summer months and a few degrees lower during the winter months. This will not only save energy, but money as well!
  • Conserve water by taking showers instead of baths and turning the faucet on only as needed when you are brushing your teeth.
  • Instead of using disposable bottled water, purchase a refillable water bottle; they’re extremely convenient to tote between work, school, the gym, and for traveling purposes. Having one also cuts down on the amount of discarded plastic bottles cluttering up your trash/recycle bins.
  • Pack light, leaving unnecessary items at home, and bring refillable shampoo bottles etc. with you, instead of using disposable, store-bought brand bottles. We recommend purchasing refillable bottles in government-approved sizes. Check the Department of Homeland Security‘s official website for the latest information on this. Tip: Many of your local stores will even carry TSA-approved bottles that are also dishwasher safe!
  • Respect the environment you are in – don’t try to touch any wild animals (land OR sea) you encounter. Another important rule to follow is to not touch coral when scuba diving or snorkeling. They are sharper than they appear, and can leave you with nasty, infected cuts. Coral is a living animal; when touched, it can get sick, and ultimately.
  • When choosing dining options, consider eating and buying locally to assist the local economy.
  • Staying green should continue as you travel. Please remember your efforts while you are away. A little can go a long way! Clean up after yourself, and please do not leave any trash behind.

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Everyone here at GotoBus.com is always looking for ways to help keep Mother Earth GREEN! These are just a few suggestions we came up with; there are many, many ways you can help! For other ways you can contribute, including using environmentally friendly transportation, check out our Green Travel Page!

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun!

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving is a busy time for travel. A lot of people will be trying to get home to spend time with their loved ones. If you’ll be one of the many weary travelers this year, you should visit GotoBus.com, one of the web’s leading marketplaces for affordable bus tickets, to find the route that will get you where you need to go. Thanksgiving dinner tastes great, but it tastes even better when surrounded by those closest to you!

New York

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the most anticipated event on the holiday, and this year, marks the 89th year the parade has been running. Not only do crowds of people line the streets of Manhattan to see floats of their favorite cartoon characters, like Snoopy and Spongebob, but there will also be performances from talented marching bands, cheerleaders, dance teams, and more! This year’s parade will also feature musical performances from crowd favorites like Jordin Sparks, Prince Royce, Train, Andra Day, and Shawn Mendes. Be sure to check out the official website for the complete list! Even though thousands of people line up on the streets of Manhattan to watch the parade in person, even more people tune in on their televisions to watch from all around the US. Be sure to book tickets to New York to see this huge celebration in person before they sell out!

Boston

The very first Thanksgiving was held in the Greater Boston Area in Plymouth, MA when the Pilgrims broke bread with the Native Americans who lived in the area. Plimoth Plantation is a living museum (actors will be in costumes and acting out what life was like back then) where you can see a replica of the original community they established in 1620. We can’t think of many better ways to celebrate Thanksgiving than by reliving the history that is behind the holiday. Book bus tickets to Boston for an authentic Turkey Day experience!

Chicago

New York’s not the only major American city that hosts a parade! Chicago is another huge urban area (and it’s cleaner than NYC!) that knows the best way to get down, hosting the annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade. Beginning on State Street downtown, the parade runs from 8 to 11 AM. Though it’s been held since 1934, McDonald’s became the first title sponsor in 1984. The mascot is Teddy Turkey, a plump, fun-loving bird who goes around spreading holiday cheer. Hang out with Teddy by booking bus tickets to Chicago now!

Florida

The Seniors First Turkey Trot 5K has been a Thanksgiving tradition in the Orlando area for the past 25 years. It’s a race around Lake Eola to help benefit the area’s senior citizens. Participants are invited to wear Pilgrim attire or turkey costumes and race to the finish! This is definitely a great opportunity to take some pictures of people in ridiculous outfits! There are also countless theme parks in the Orlando area to help keep your family entertained. Book your bus tickets to Florida now at an unbeatable low rate!

Los Angeles

On November 29th, Los Angeles will host the Hollywood Christmas Parade. OK, we know, it’s not for Thanksgiving, but that seems a little early for Christmas, doesn’t it? This year, magician duo Penn and Teller have been selected as the Grand Marshalls for the parade, so it’s sure to be a magical experience. The parade begins at 5 PM on Hollywood Boulevard. Book your bus tickets to California now!

Detroit

After a few tough years, it finally seems like Detroit is back on the upswing. This is great news for the automotive capital of the US. You can join the local community in celebrating and show off your patriotism by joining America’s Thanksgiving Parade. It’s the second-oldest parade in the country (after Macy’s), and features similar floats. The climax of the parade is the arrival of Santa Claus, who announces the beginning of the Christmas season. Book tickets to Detroit from cities all around the around the country!

Thanksgiving dinner

These are just a few of the events happening around the US this Thanksgiving. If you don’t want to travel far, you should go online to find parade and events closest to you. With GotoBus.com, not only will you have access to affordable bus routes to cities all across the US and parts of Mexico, but you will also be able to book your hotel, so a nice, warm room will be ready for when you get there. Safe travels and happy Thanksgiving!