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Riding the buses™ is about real people sharing real travel experiences. It’s about believing in the value of travel and finding ways to inspire it and making it easier.

This website is not about ‘travelling by bus’, despite its name. ‘Riding the buses’ was an expression I used to describe what I would be doing on my time off. It meant that I was getting away from everyday life and experiencing something new, another place, and that I wasn’t quite sure what was before me.

Sylvia, old time traveller

Sylvia, old time traveller

I’m an old time traveller. I’ve been doing this for a long time—hitchhiking up the Alaska Highway with a British cook at age 18, backpacking across Europe on less than $5/day, travelling along the hippy trail through Asia in the early 1970s. If I had an extra $100 then I would spend it on travel.

I did settle down, got married, had kids, took on jobs running Canadian programs. But still I travelled at every opportunity.

Jessica Sunter

Jessica Sunter

I prefer travelling independently, aided by local suppliers, and I started a blog to encourage others to do so. That was about 5 years ago. A year later I talked my daughter, Jessica Sunter, into joining forces and together we started this website. Jessica doesn’t care so much about monuments but a lot about people. She rarely takes photos as she finds it takes away from the moment. She also has good friends who travel and were agreeable to sharing their journeys here, as were many others, a few who have become regulars.

We have done almost zip promotion but as I write this (August 2015) I note that in the past month we had visitors to the website from 107 countries and I feel good that we are part of such a broad travel community.

Sylvia and Jessica today (or almost)

Sylvia and Jessica today (or almost today)

I didn’t plan to include articles on Canada because we’re Canadian and we travel here all the time: from coast-to-coast-to-coast, as we Canadians like to say. And so I didn’t think it was ‘exotic’ enough, which is ridiculous. When an article I did on the Maritimes consistently received 2000 visitors a month I conceded that we knew stuff that was worth sharing. So we are now giving Canada a special focus especially given its 150th birthday in 2017.

So that’s what we are about. If you are interested in partnering with us, particularly on Canadian initiatives, then send me an email ( and we can go from there.

Happy travelling,

Sylvia Fanjoy
Co-founder and editor, Riding the buses™