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.
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.
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!
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.)
So. If you happen to be traveling on I-45 in Dallas, Texas between I-20 and I-35 you will see a sign warning against picking up hitchhikers because there is a prison in the area. Seriously. Now, I moved to Dallas from Kansas and I don’t recall ever seeing a road sign like this one. This both fascinated and intrigued me. Now, when I’m on a road trip, I will actively look out for weird, strange and funny road and street signs. Here are a few that actually exist in real life, y’all.
Oh. Ok. Thanks.
So let me get this straight… A COW might fall on my car if I drive here?
I want no parts of whatever this is. *Turns car around*
How helpful… *side eye*
What does this even mean?!
Keep your eyes open for this hilarity, guys!
What are some crazy signs you’ve seen while on the road? Let me know in the comments!
So I’m in New York right now and one of the biggest draws to this area this time of year is to see the changing leaves. That is one of my favorite things about fall. All the gorgeous and robust colors make me think I’m Annie Leibovitz. I’m snapping pictures left and right! Now, I don’t really do outside. I am not too keen on bugs, or sweating, or many outside things. That’s just not my steelo. (No, it is not 1990. I’m bringing that word back, btw. Don’t judge me.) And I know when someone is planning a fall getaway to take in some fall foliage, the Great State of Texas is not the first thing that comes to mind. But walk with me, people! Texas actually has some great places to see some amazing views! Even I would consider a little ‘roughing it’ to see some of these spots!
From my research, it seems that your best bet will be to head east for some of the best leave shows. East Texas, specifically Tyler and Highway 14, are famous for their scenic views and driving tours. Nacogdoches and Athens are also good bets. The Athens Department of Tourism has a great interactive map on the website!
Athens, Texas – GORGEOUS!
Your next best bet will be to head to the center of the state. The state parks in Texas are also great places for epic foliage views. Some of the best are Lost Maples State Park right outside of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country, Caprock Canyon State Park in the panhandle, and Lake Bob Sandlin State Park near Pittsburg, Texas. You can come any of these and see a brilliant spectrum of colors, plus, each park is equipped for activities like hiking and camping.
Lost Maples State Park – Vanderpool, Texas
Lake Bob Sandlin – Pittsburg, Texas
A great tool to use is the Texas Fall Foliage Report. This will let you know how much the leaves have turned in the state parks. You can find it here.
So pack up your family and pile into the car, or hop on a Preferred Motorcoach Transportation bus, and go check out some of these stunning fall leave shows!
To rent a charter bus, choose a type of bus and place a reservation as soon as possible. The type of bus you need depends on size and necessary features. Placing a reservation guarantees the bus will be available on the dates you need it. In addition, look at the bus in person before making a final decision, because it might not look as great or as large in person. You will also need to learn about the company’s tipping policies to not get unexpected charges later.
Sometimes it is not possible to rent a charter bus on a whim. As soon you as realize you will need a bus, make a reservation. Without a reservation, a charter bus cannot be guaranteed for your event or trip because all available buses might be entirely booked for weeks or months in advance. How far in advance a reservation must be made largely depends on how many buses the company has and what type of bus you wish to rent. Reservations usually require a deposit to ensure the company does not lose too much money if you cancel.
Keep in mind how many seats you need when deciding on a charter bus. Full-size charter buses range from 35 to 56 seats, but some companies have miniature buses better suited for small parties. Available amenities are a concern secondary to size, but almost all modern charter buses have heating and cooling. Other amenities vary from vehicle to vehicle; for example, some buses have many televisions while others have none. To avoid extra costs, amenity requirements should be decided before you rent a charter bus.
Many companies allow people to rent a charter bus over the Internet. You can browse the types of buses they have, choose the preferred dates, and put down a deposit. This can be very convenient, but you might want to look at the buses in question before placing a non-refundable deposit. There is little guarantee the bus shown in the website’s pictures are the same bus you will be getting. Even if it is the same vehicle, the photo might have been taken some time in the past, when it was in the best shape.
Part of renting a charter bus is taking responsibility for the driver’s lodgings. In addition, once the trip is over, you might be expected to tip him or her a specific amount.