Traveling During The 50’s
After WWII, America began a transition from the Poverty Flats of the 30’s to one of prosperity. The retuning soldiers had combat pay, factories were no longer in war mode and rations were lifted. A new chapter was unfolding; Travel was no longer restricted to the rich or the tramps. Now middle class America had surplus money.
To indulge in country wide tours was now within the grasp of most everyone. The bus was not restricted to rails like the trains were. By bus one could travel the country a a leisurely pace and be driven to the front door of the lodging. Bus companies like Greyhound, offered personalized tours of America’s natural wonders and its unique features.
It was a new experience for the folks that had survived the depression of the 30’s. Like the rich, Joe Citizen could travel to and experience America’s playgrounds. During the 50’s, bus travel was accommodating and semi-luxurious. A freedom that few had only dreamed of, was now a reality.
Adventure off to exotic places, such as New Mexico and see the pre=historic villages of the Indians. Maybe visit the sight of the big bomb or soak in the culture of the artists. New vistas were now available to the average person.