Whether you’re trying to avoid blowing your entire trip budget on a pricey plane ticket—or simply trying to get from A to B using the only method available—you’re bound to take an overnight bus at some point during your international travels. Here’s how to make the best of an often-bumpy, uncomfortable ride. If there is such a things as a travel transportation hierarchy, bus travel sits somewhere towards the bottom (right above riding in the back of a cattle truck). It’s not glamorous, or speedy, or particularly comfortable—but it is cheap, and often it’s the only feasible way to get to certain far-flung destinations. The good news? There’s a time-tested formula for making it all manageable.