How Not To Be “That Guy” on a Charter Bus

Some of my earliest memories of group travel took place on charter buses. And every single time, there’s a few in the bunch that don’t seem to realize there are unspoken rules that everyone knows (It makes perfect sense when you think about it) and then do things that drive everyone crazy. I’m going to help you out a little bit. It doesn’t matter how long or short your trip is, whether you’re taking a charter bus from Dallas to Austin or from Austin to New York. These things will be true.

Be (ready and in your seat) on time.


When you’re going on a group trip, especially on a medium like a charter bus, there is going to be a time predetermined for departure. Don’t miss it. I promise you, if everyone has to wait to get their fun going because you had to stop at that donut shop you love called ‘Donuts’ to get that bearclaw you just had to have? The remainder of your ride will not be that fun. Mostly because everyone will be giving the ‘stank eye’ because you held them up. People are petty. I’m one of them. We won’t forget. So don’t be late.

Control your kids.


Look, you are the parent. You are in control. I promise. And you know your kids. You know them well. So if you already know that your kids have an attention span shorter than a Vine video, bring stuff for them to do. Enough stuff. Coloring books, movies on your tablet, etc. There are a lot of options in this arena. No one is saying it to you, but you’re the only one who thinks it’s “cute” or “funny” when your kid shows their tail in public.

Abide by the schedule.


When that inevitable moment comes where everyone is getting all restless and needing to stretch their legs, then your next stop is probably going to be at a rest stop or gas station or something like that. Now, when the driver or who ever is in charge tells you to be back at a certain time, then do it. Again, no one will forget it if you’re not.

Your music is your music.


So there are these things that were invented a long time ago. They come in all different sizes and types. Some of them larger and completely fit over that opening on the side of your face where you process sound waves. Some fit right on there. They’re called headphones. Use them. Just because you think your Beyoncé album is the bomb.com (and trust me, I’d agree with you) doesn’t mean everyone agrees. Just turn up to yourself, boo.

Mind those food smells.


Anyone who knows me knows that I love Chinese food. Some of the most delicious cuisine ever introduced to the human race. However, it is not acceptable on an enclosed space like a charter bus (and while we’re at it, plane, car, train, etc.) Foods like that with strong smells have a tendency to linger. And once it has lingered, it doesn’t smell as delectable. At all.

Use the trash bags.


One of the most annoying things to experience on a bus trip is when you’re just sitting in your seat, minding your down beeswax, and a plastic bottle rolls down the isle and under your seat, or hits your foot, or the lid isn’t all the way on and a little liquid comes out. Like, how hard was it for you to just deposit that bottle in the trash when you were finished? It wasn’t. Now the floor is all sticky. Gross.

Get your feet off the seat in front of you.


Don’t do it. No one likes it. Why do you need to swing your legs? You don’t. Why do you need to prop your foot up on the arm rest on the seat in front of you? You don’t. Don’t. Kick. My. Seat.

Personal space. Ugh.


See this book I’m reading? It’s mine. You should’ve brought a book. This movie I’m watching? Same story. Don’t read/watch/look over your seatmate’s shoulder. They don’t like it.

Be nice to your driver.


Duh. They are transporting you around all these places. Show some respect. And say thank you!

Agree? Disagree? Did I miss any etiquette tips? Let me know in the comments!

Signed,

Preferred Motorcoach Transportation

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2015 Spring Roadtrip Playlist

Spring has officially sprung! And let me tell you, spring break is officially in full swing! This is a perfect time of year to hop in the car or charter a Preferred Motorcoach to whisk you away to your spring getaway. Spring had near perfect weather because it’s not too hot and it’s not too cold. It happens to be one of my favorite seasons! As always, you will definitely need the perfect music to be the soundtrack of your Springtime travels. For me, the perfect Spring road trip playlist will make me want to dance in my seat, sing along with my girlfrans, and just have a great time. Here are some tunes to get you started!

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (Fergie)

7/11 (Beyonce)

Boom Clap (Charli XCX)

Walking On A Dream (Empire of the Sun)

Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars)

Jealous (Nick Jonas)

Radioactive (Imagine Dragons ft. Kendrick Lamar)

California Gurls (Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg)

All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor)

Valerie (Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse)

What are some songs you love to have on your spring road trip playlist? Let me know in the comments!
Signed,
Preferred Motorcoach Transportation

Five Perfect Movies for a Road Trip

We all know the feeling; a big group of us are all going to hop into a chartered bus and head out on a long adventure across the state or country. I know I spent MANY a trip on a chartered bus in my life. I happen to love them. They’re comfy, spacious, and best of all I don’t have to drive (I hate driving). One of the best things about these trips is that most of the time there are TVs available to play awesome movies. And you’re on the bus long enough to probably watch several. So I’ve complied a short list of some movies you should watch on your next trip with Preferred Motorcoach Transportation 🙂 Each movie is perfect for all ages so you don’t have to worry about that. Happy Trails!

The Harry Potter Series

The classic story about the boy wizard who lived is perfect for a long ride. There movies are so entertaining and magical plus each one is easily around 2339.87 two hours long.  Just start at the beginning and go. I mean, there are eight films in the series so this will definitely give you something to pass the time.

The Incredibles

It’s a movie about a family of superheroes so what more could you ask for? It’s funny, witty, and downright good. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t enjoy it! It runs just under two hours so it will definitely take a nice chunk out of the travel time.

A Goofy Movie

This movie follows the loveable goofy and his son (yes, his son) Max on the father-son trip from hell. I LOVE this movie. It is a classic in my eyes and no one call tell me differently. It isn’t quite the big hit that the other films on this list are and it is a bit older than most of the others; it came out in 1995 at the height of Tevin Campbell’s fame and when I was about [redacted] years old. But it is great with AMAZING songs! This one is especially good because they’re actually taking a road trip through the film!

The Sound of Music

Wait, hear me out. I actually really love musicals so I’d be all for watching this on a trip, but the good thing about this movie is that it seems to even draw in those who don’t like musicals. It’s the timeless story of the von Trapp family and their time in Nazi occupied Austria. The Sound of Music is also an older movie (it just celebrated its 50th anniversary) but like I said before, it’s timeless. The songs are catchy and believe me, you’ll enjoy it more than you think! And plus, it’s nearly three hours long so you won’t even notice the time go by.

Finding Nemo

Because, obviously. This is one of the best movies that Disney/Pixar ever released! This is the story of an overbearing dad/clownfish who goes on an epic journey through the sea to find his son. Everything gets even better when the loveable Dory pops up. It is so funny, so adorable, and so brilliant. It’s not quite as long as the others (just over an hour and a half), but it doesn’t matter. It’s great and deserves this spot!

Thoughts You Have When You Roadtrip With Your Best Friend

Thoughts You Have When You Roadtrip With Your Best Friend

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a quick overnight road trip with one of my best friends. She is one of those friends who you’ve known for so long that she’s pretty much like a sister now. And when you travel with your bestie, these thoughts are bound to happen.

“Yay! This is going to be epic!” (Because you love your friend and you guys always have fun!)

“We’re going to have so much fun!”

“What in the world are we listening to?” (I never have this issue when it’s just me.)

“You need to stop again?!” (Because we’ve already stopped once but they won’t stop drinking things.)

“Isn’t it your turn to drive?” (Because you hate driving so you you don’t until someone realizes your turn was two hours ago.)

“I don’t want to be in charge of the radio anymore. Too much pressure.” (Because everyone has an opinion.)

“I don’t want to be in charge of Google maps anymore. Too much pressure.” (So it’s my fault we got lost?!)

“Are we there yet?” (I mean…seriously.)

“Yay! We made it!” (LAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

“That was so much fun! Let’s do it again soon.” (Because regardless of how much we get on each other’s nerves, we still love each other.)

Overcoming Homesickness on Vacation

Overcoming Homesickness on Vacation

Hey guys! If you’re like me, you’ve definitely experienced homesickness while on vacation. I know it seems kind of backwards, after all, you go on vacation to get away from home. But it happens all the time; you’re super excited to get out there for a new adventure and BAM! You see something a loved one would like and all of a sudden you find yourself wondering what you’re missing at home or what your family is up to. This can be especially hard if you haven’t gone far from home before, but there are things you can do to combat that feeling of longing and enjoy your adventure with Preferred Motorcoach Transportation!

Pack a picture of favorite thing to keep with you. This can help keep you  comfy in your temporarily new environment. A stuffed teddy or a family photo can really do the trick. This is something I do because it just makes me feel better. Don’t judge me.

Like ET, phone home. But not too much. If you don’t get the balance just right, you could end up missing home even more than you already do; wondering what’s going on and completely missing what’s going on around you. If you’re on the phone too much you also run the risk of missing out on opportunities to meet new people or make new friends!

Try to immerse yourself in the new city. Go to the popular cites and get to know the city for yourself. You could also establish a “daily ritual” like going to a local coffee shop every morning. It can be very comforting when you walk into a place out of town and you’re recognized. Trust me! Make new friends!

Share some photos and videos on social media with your friends and family. Let them live vicariously through you. When I am out and about, my mom really loves to see my pictures. One of the pictures I took during some time in New York is her screen saver on her phone. Moms like that kind of thing.

Just like the phone, you shouldn’t spend too much time on social media. You don’t have to post every single picture you take. Save most of them for the special folks waiting for you back home. When your head is buried in your phone, you’re not aware of your present. You want to make sure you enjoy your time away and you’ll have some epic stories to tell everyone when you get back home!

So, how do you deal with homesickness when you’re on vacay? Do you even get homesick? Let me know in the comments!

Tips For Road Tripping With Your Pet

Tips For Road Tripping With Your Pet

This lovable pooch is Sage.

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Sage inspired me to cover this topic. See Sage gets car sick. When we used to travel across Dallas to my parents’ house poor Sage would usually get sick to her tummy. A friend of mine recently traveled with her dog and worried about the same thing. There are a lot of questions that can come up when you travel with a pet. You want to take your furry bestie along but will they be ok? Well, I’m going to help you out with a few things to keep in mind.

1. Make sure Fido is secure in the car. This is something I never actually thought to do. I got lucky that Sage wasn’t the type to try and pace the seats but it could happen. It’s recommend to use a travel crate, a pet seat belt (apparently these are actual things) or a pet barrier. And your pet should never ride in the front seat. If there’s an accident, the airbag can really hurt them. Oh and just FYI, it’s very unsafe for Fido to ride down the highway with his head out the window. So let’s not do that.

2. Make sure you pack the essentials for Fido. Food and water should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. You can find spill proof water bowls at any pet store and you also want to make sure you have their favorite chew toys on hand. If your pet has medications or things like that, you’ll want to remember to bring that as well as any medical paperwork because you just never know if you’ll need it.

3. You know how you want to be comfy during a long road trip? Well, so does Fido. Keeping you pet comfy can actually help ensure they aren’t barking, whining, screaming, etc. the whole time you’re on the road. If your pet is prone to car sickness, your vet can give you a prescription to help and let you know some other things you can do to soothe their tummy. If also heard of a garment you can put on your pet that basically makes them feel like they’re being hugged. I’m not sure how it works and I’ve never used one but I know some folks who swear by them so I think it’s worth a shot.

4. Remember to stop so Fido can, um, relieve him or herself. Keep and eye on them and when they start getting restless, or circling or sniffing, it’s probably time to make a rest stop. You can somewhat minimize the amount of times you have to stop by kind of limiting the amount of food and water you give your pet. Make sure they’re getting what they need, but don’t over do it. The more they eat or drink, the more likely they are to relive themselves in the vehicle. And no one wants that. At all.

5. I think it’s a good idea to take Fido to the vet before you embark upon your road trip. The doctor can help and answer any questions you might have and even give you more tips. And always remember to check that your accommodations are pet friendly. You don’t want to do all this stuff and get turned away from your hotel or something because Fido isn’t welcomed there. That would be wack.


Happy trails, Fido and Company!

7 Unique Hotels That You Can Actually Stay In

Hey y’all! Welcome to 2015!

I don’t know about you, but one of the best parts about a trip is the hotel I stay in. I know there are lots of folks who say things like, “the hotel isn’t really that important. You won’t really be there much anyway!” Well…speak for yourself. I really like hotels and I want as much comfort and my little money can buy. Now, we all know the standard accommodations that come with traditional hotel rooms. And those are great. But there are some really unique (and some downright quirky) spots that you could take into consideration for your next adventure with Preferred Motorcoach Transportation (wink, wink).

1. El Cosmico – Marfa, Texas

Staying here is actually on my bucket list. Composed of repurposed trailers, teepees, and tents, this is one of the coolest and most unique “hotels” in our great state of Texas. I mean, Beyonce’ has been here so of course I now need to see it for myself.

2. Dog Bark Park Inn – Cottonwood, Idaho

Let’s see how I can explain this. Dog Bark Park Inn is an inn for real human people. When you pull up, there are two giant dogs that will greet you. One is 12 feet tall and that is where you will be sleeping. Inside the giant dog. There’s even a loft in the dog’s head. Also, there are small and regular sized carved wooden dogs everywhere. Not creepy at all…

3. Settler’s Crossing – Fredericksburg, Texas

This quaint bed and breakfast lands on my list because it’s not your typical b&b. It’s made up of several dwellings – two cottages, three cabins, a farm house and a barn. A bonus? A “resident, native deer roaming free.” So, there’s that.

4. The Queen Mary Hotel – Long Beach, California

A decommissioned luxury cruise ship, The Queen Mary kind of resembles the Titanic to me. It’s massive and all of the cabins have been converted into hotel rooms (though, as cabins, they kind of already were guest rooms. But I digress.) Also, the ship is haunted, including a spirit that looks like Kevin Spacey. They even have tours. Happy Haunting!

5. The Curtis Hotel – Denver, Colorado

This hotel is a pop culture fanatic’s (like me) dream! Like, seriously, I just want to go to Denver simply to stay in this hotel. There are themed rooms (like KISS and Jimmy Buffett), plus pop culture references all over the place like rubix cubes, giant jacks, and nostalgic board games. I could live here.

6. The Antlers Hotel – Kingsland, Texas

So. When you come to The Antlers, they do have a traditional hotel. BUT, you can also stay in a train. Yes. A train. There are three train cabooses that have been made into luxury rooms. There is also a railway depot that has been made into a small guest house that can accommodate up to eight people.

7. Jules’ Undersea Lodge – Key Largo, Florida

I think the name says it all but in case you don’t get the point, this is a lodge that is under water. You can make reservations for overnight stays and people can dive the lodge and look at you through windows like you’re a goldfish. Also, not weird at all…

So guys, are you particular about the hotels that you stay in? Let me know in the comments! Happy Booking!