How do backpackers and travellers get from point A to point B when they are travelling? No, it’s not all 5-star hotels and flights, when it’s a year long trip. So, let us give you a day in the life of Ombi and Alex on the road: making our way from Quebec City to Toronto, Canada. Before I go on however, I would like to mention that, direction wise, I have NO IDEA as to how I used to do this alone….I do not have a bad sense of direction at all…I simply do not have one! Alex is definitely the GPS in our team. I have delegated myself to the mouth-piece of the duo.
6.00am Wake up, shower, pack backpack, have breakfast.
7.15am Josee drives us to “Allo Stop” stop (remember that I mentioned this system, which is like car share). Although relatively close by, we are all worried that we will miss our 8.00am departure. We make it….just. Car leaves at 8.03am.
10.30am We are dropped off at a metro/ subway station in central Montreal. We know that the next two buses going to Toronto are at 11.30am and 1.30pm….will we make the earlier one? Remember…we have to get to the bus station.
10.45am We catch the subway to the bus station….it’s looking good – only 7 stations away, and we were able to catch the train immediately.
11.05am Made it to the bus station, also close to the Montreal city centre, and are able to get tickets for 11.30am. Yes!
11.30am Sharp! The bus leaves. It’s a 6 hour and 50 minute ride to downtown Toronto.
6.20pm We arrive in Toronto!
7.00pm We are picked up by our friend Annie (she was one of my best friends when I lived in Ecuador, and she now lives in Toronto), and we take a taxi to her place, which is about 12 kilometres away from the city centre.
8.15pm We arrive at Annie’s place…in the burbs.
You’re tired reading this….you should have tried doing it! Seriously, it’s not that bad at all. You see a lot, do a lot, meet lots of different people and…….you definitely learn how to sleep anywhere, trying to grab a bit of shut eye here and there.
So, would you do it, or does a direct flight sound easier? Ah, a day in the life of a (transport) traveller!
(Image: Old Quebec City)