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!
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