Tips For Finding The Perfect Travel Buddy

I’m a textbook introvert. I enjoy my time alone and traveling is no exception. I love me some solo travel. But sometimes your travel experience can be enhanced and enriched when you bring a travel buddy along for the journey. There’s just something about having company, ya know? You have someone there to pass the time with, laugh at funny stuff, and people watch with. And let’s face it; people watching is ALWAYS more fun with a buddy! But before you choose your travel companion and hop on Preferred Motorcoach Transportation, there are a few things you should consider. I mean, just because you like someone doesn’t mean you should travel with them. #Amirite!? I am! And that’s a lesson I learned the hard way!

If you’re thinking of traveling with someone, and you’ve never traveled with them before, you might want to spend time with them first. Think of it like a pre-interview. Believe it or not, you don’t really know a person until you see their bedtime habits! I recommend a weekend together, so you really get a taste of their habits and quirks and they get a taste of yours. Find out if they snore, if they have insane rituals at night, if they sleep with their eyes open, all kinds of things! I had a roommate (I actually lived with her) who I loved dearly. She and I would hang out all the time and everything. Well, we decided we would go on a road trip together and let’s just say, it wasn’t a good trip. When we were at our apartment, I could go to my space and she could go to hers. But when we were in a hotel room with no escape from each other, that was a different story. Taking the time before to see her in her nighttime habitat might have saved me some very awkward conversations after that trip. I would have learned that that particular homegirl just wouldn’t cut it as a travel buddy. Also, I would’ve gotten some decent sleep at night.

Another thing to keep in mind, and probably the most obvious, is that you should choose someone you actually like talking to. Picture it: you and your companion are on a cross country road trip from one coast to the other. Now imagine the sound of that person’s voice grates your nerves like sandpaper on wood. Doesn’t sound like fun anymore, does it? And kind of hand in hand with this, make sure that you and your buddy don’t have any unresolved issues or beef. Because that’s just super awkward and ain’t nobody got time for that!

Lastly I suggest you make sure you and your companion have similar tastes. Similar tastes in people, entertainment, how money is spent, etc. Again, this may seem like common sense but you’d be surprised! Not that they have to be your carbon copy (because that would be weird) but you should be like minded. For instance you might want to have a similar stance on interacting with unsavory strangers, or whether it’s better in be bed by 10pm or 10am, or if they value flexibility or prefer to go with the flow. Or whether we stop at a gas station for the bathroom or just pull over on the side of the road, a situation I was put in in real life because I didn’t travel with a like minded person. Never. Again.

So guys, any travel companions you wish you’d vetted first? Let me know in the comments!

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Perfect Father’s Day Gifts For Any Travel Loving Dad

Hi guys!

As I’m sure you’re aware, Sunday will be Father’s Day! My dad enjoys traveling. He’s had the opportunity to go all over the world so I was thinking that the perfect gift for him might be something he can use on his next trip. I know some of you are the perfect kids and already have the perfect gift picked out for the special day. Then there are those of us who just can’t make up our minds about what to get! So if you fall into the latter group, along with myself, I have a few gift ideas for you!

A New Set of Luggage

I really like luggage. And I like switching it up every now and then to suit your mood and ever evolving tastes! This would be perfect for Pop’s next getaway! Plus, Macy’s is having a Father’s Day sale on luggage. You’re welcome.

Rechargable Travel Shaver

This is so neat. Sleek, light weight, and you charge it just like you would your phone! Perfect for the guys into shaving stuff! And it’s pretty adorable as well. Get this one here.

Ray-Ban Aviator Shades

These are the epitome of cool. And dad will step into his next destination looking super cool, dad bod and all. Get them here.

An Apple Watch

This is a bit pricey but look, it deserves a spot on this list. This watch does everything! It will even help if he maybe gets lost. Maybe. But the best feature is, in my humble opinion, the ability to speak into it like James Bond! Dad will approve, I’m sure! Pick one up here.

A Digital Camera

Is your papa a budding Annie Leibovitz? Of course he is. For his next trip, you can send him with the perfect photo tech to document his every move! If you want to be really next level, pick that man up a selfie stick, too! Amazon for the win!

Practical Things

Travel adapters. Insulated mugs. Yes, these things may seem boring BUT these are things I know my dad uses on a daily basis. It’s always a great idea to have some extra adapters and what not for dad to take with him. You never know where you might end up! Amazon is the perfect place to find this stuff!

Happy Father’s Day from Preferred Motorcoach Transportation!

So have you picked up your Father’s Day gifts yet?

10 Incredible Pictures of the Flooding in Texas And How You Can Help

Hi guys!

If you don’t live in Texas you’ve probably heard by now that we are experiencing an insane amount of rainfall. For instance in Dallas, it has rained nearly everyday this month. Like I said. Insane. Originally, Texas was in the midst of an intense drought so the rain was welcomed with open arms. But it has gotten old fast, pummeling the state with so much widespread rain that we seem to be under a constant flash flood warning. People have lost their homes and possessions, gone missing, and even passed away. Take a look at some of the incredible photos captured of the Texas flooding.

Houston, Texas

San Marcos, Texas

Grand Prairie, Texas

Austin, Texas

Kyle, Texas

Ft. Worth, Texas

Wimberley, Texas

Wimberley, Texas

Houston, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Did you experience any crazy flooding! Let me know in the comments! And if you’d like to help the Texans impacted by the flooding, or if you’ve been impacted yourself, please visit the following links:

Samaritan’s Purse International Relief

American Red Cross

Salvation Army

Be safe y’all!

-Preferred Motorcoach Transportation

Tourist Spots Actually Worth A Visit: Dallas Edition

Everywhere you go, you will find activities known as “tourist attractions”. They’re in every major city. Often times, they are establishments that draw hordes of people and charge them their first born for admission. A lot of times when I travel, I consciously try to avoid tourist traps. I google fun things to do that the locals actually do. I want to get in that mix. Usually, I can find the best hole-in-the-wall food spots, the sketchier the better, and so much more. But guess what? Sometimes, those “touristy” attractions are actually completely worth a visit! I’m serious. Here are four places in Dallas that have a ‘tourist attraction’ reputation, but are definitely worthy of your attention.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza

It is common knowledge that JFK was assassinated in Dallas, Texas so it’s only natural that there is a museum dedicated to the event. I’m s sucker for museums myself, and I must say The Sixth Floor Museum is a great one. It is located in the former Texas School Book Depository, the very location where Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have fired the fatal shot. There are detailed sections dedicated to JFK’s day in Dallas, the infamous Zapruder film, and the world impact of the assassination. Get tickets and more info at www.jfk.org.

Klyde Warren Park

I remember when it was announced that a new park was going to be built in the heart of downtown Dallas above a very busy freeway. The idea got an epic side eye from yours truly. Well… I’m taking it back because this park is very cool. There are fountains, complimentary pocket sized first aid kits, and a fun kid’s section. But the best part? Everyday, food trucks line the park giving you a variety of delicious treats! Fyi – the street tacos are BOMB. For more info, check out www.klydewarrenpark.org.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

No matter which way you lean, anytime you have a presidential library in your city, that’s pretty cool. Located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, the library and museum has some really neat features. There are temporary exhibits throughout the year (last year there was an Oscar De La Renta exhibition featuring some of the looks he designed for Laura Bush) and there’s even a full scale model of the Oval Office! Peep the current exhibits and get more info at www.bushcenter.org.

Reunion Tower

Ah, reunion tower; the beautiful ball of light that has become the most iconic part of the Dallas skyline. I must say, this is one of the coolest places in the city. There is a revolving restaurant in there! It might be a bit on the pricy side, but you can still go up in the ball even if you aren’t eating. The observation deck boasts some EPIC 360 degree views of Dallas, so you’re bound to have a blast up there. Buy tickets and get more information at www.reuniontower.com.

So, where you’d you like Preferred Motorcoach Transportation to tai eyou on your next trip to Triple D? Let me know in the comments!

Nine Reasons Why Charter Buses Are The Bomb

Welp! If you just look outside, you will clearly see that the weather is getting better! The sun is shinning, birds are out, and the sky is blue. Across the country this time of year, folks are finally ready to shed those winter parkas in favor of swimsuits. So whether you’re heading to Austin, Padre, Miami, or LA, let me tell you why a charter bus would be your best bet.

  1. Safer than other road travel.

The drivers are trained to drive these long distances and because they aren’t in a rush or have to follow a set route, they can take their time. In other words, you’re in excellent hands!

  1. Cost effective for groups.

Trust me. It’s true. There’s a reason so many groups choose to use charter buses instead of air travel (including some of your favorite entertainers).

  1. Flexibility and convenience.

You set the schedule. You pick the destination. You’re in charge! Everyone arrives to the bus and leaves together, all stops are made together, and everyone arrives at the destination together and at the same time right at the front of your destination! That DEFINITELY beats a 10 car motorcade trying to all follow each other down the highway and risking someone getting lost. Because that’s a darn headache.

  1. No delays or cancellations.

You customize your trip, set the schedule, and all those good things. Your driver will make sure you get where you need to be!

  1. Comfort. Comfort. Comfort.

Foot rest. Only two people per row. Restroom on board. Big comfy seats. Large over head bins for all your junk you just had to bring with you. You get the picture.

  1. You don’t have to drive.

Read: No trying to stay awake, no speeding tickets, DUIs…

  1. Friendly drivers.

I have been on quite a few trips on charter buses. That being said, I have never met a bus driver that I didn’t like! They are some of the friendliest people ever and are incredible helpful. For real.

  1. Free time.

Since no one in the group is behind the wheel, you can get things done while on the road. You can have meetings, presentations, etc.

And lastly…

  1. YOU DON’T PAY BAGGAGE FEES! *Oprah voice*

So what do you think, guys? Another other awesome things about traveling by charter bus? Let me know in the comments!

Signed,

Preferred Motorcoach Transportation

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

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