TOUR BUSES CAN SEEM about as adventurous and educational as watching a week’s worth of infomercials. With the slumping world economy putting the squeeze on travel plans everywhere, however, many backpackers are starting to reconsider.
The steep discounts on lodging, food and transportation that tour operators offer can make traveling much more affordable. And it is quite possible to squeeze a memorable trip out of even the most brain-meltingly bland bus tour. To do it, you’ll have to go undercover: it’s time to enter the world of the tour bus ‘rebel.’