My dad's sister, and brother passed away last week within two days of each other. While they were in their late 60's, their death's weren't expected.
My dad, and I live in Connecticut, while his siblings, and the rest of the family resides in Alabama (our original home state), and the funerals are planned for next Friday. My father, age 61, asked me to travel with him by bus because he has balance issues due to a hip replacement, neuralgia, arthiritis, and other various health issues.
We decided to travel by bus because we assumed it was the cheapest way to travel. He's in SSI, and I'm unemployed. While traveling by bus is the cheapest mode of last minute travel, it still costs a few hundred dollars. I can't believe it!!! I checked Greyhiua last nigmy), and a round trup ticket was $345.....345?!?!?!
The last time I had to take a bus was 10 years ago when Greyhound was running their $99 anywhere promotion.
So I ask:
-Any suggestions on other bus companies (other than Greyhound) that provides travel service between CT, and AL?
-Any suggestions on saving money for bus tickets?
-A friend suggested a charity program ran by the states welfare dept. (we both receive food stamps due to our low income), but after calling my case worker I discovered the program is for people who are looking to permanently back to their state of origin, to never return. Obviously that wouldn't work for us, were just looking to go for 5 days
-I've considered Craigslist ride share section. But the thought of traveling across country with a total stranger is frightening.
My dad is so desperate to go home, eventhough he only receives a $900 SSI check as his only source of income, he's even considering applying for a payday loan with those huge interest rates.
I never saw my dad cry in the 32 years I've been alive, but all that changed this week. To watch someone you consider to be the strongest man on earth cry on a daily basis is hard to watch, and he keeps saying he wants to go home because he wants to say goodbye.
Sorry for this oddball post. I didn't know what to do, and I just had to vent my frustration.