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!

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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!

10 Hilarious Road Signs That Actually Exist

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*

Um… What?

How helpful… *side eye*

Come on!!

Welp.

What does this even mean?!

Or nah?

Obviously.

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!

Where To See Fall Foliage in Texas

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!

Durango, Texas

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!

It’s Time To Talk About…Snacks!

Whenever I’m about to depart on a trip, be that by car or bus, I must have two things: music and snacks. That’s got to be pretty universal, right? I mean, who doesn’t like snacks? Exactly. So I asked a bunch of people that I know conducted a very scientific survey and asked people what snacks they absolutely had to have when they traveled.

The consensus seemed to be that the snack had to be easily consumed in a moving vehicle. Because duh. It was really interesting to see how much we all have in common when it comes to our road trip snacks. Food is a great equalizer.

If you’re going to go the healthy(er) route:

Nuts

Trail Mix

Sunflower Seeds

Chex Mix

Fruit

 

 

If you’re just looking for a good (snack) time:

Chips

Sour candy (apparently, it helps keep you awake. I heard this from several people. Who knew!?)

Twizzlers (also heard from multiple people…)

Popcorn

String Cheese (I don’t like cheese but, I guess…)

 

 

The best thing that happened when I posed this question were the super specific snack stipulations some of my friends have:

“McDonald’s french fries…”

“…those really small ready made sandwiches you can find at the store (for when the hunger struggle gets real)”

“…an energy drink and a Whataburger chicken biscuit…”

“Chester’s hot fries (specifically) or hot pork skins, big peach soda, gummi savers, whole dill pickle (kool aid pickle if possible), sour cream and onion Pringles, and a large bottle of water.” <— This was my favorite one.

Happy Snacking!

 

Signed,

Preferred Motorcoach Transportation

How do I rent a Charter Bus?

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. Depending on the country, however, tipping may not be necessary or polite, so look into how and when the driver is paid.

Charter Bus For Group Transport

If you are arranging for group transport, then you definitely need to keep a few things in mind. You need to look for a vehicle that could house the entire group comfortably. It will not be nice to have the members travel separately. The journey will not be as enjoyable as when the group gets to travel together. Moreover, it will be expensive.

Go back to your college and school days. What did you enjoy so much on recreational trips? The answer is simple. It was because so many people got to travel together.

Few people with a good sense of humor can make everyone smile. It prevents boredom from setting in as someone in the group is always up to something making the trip entertaining.

If you are traveling in a small group, then you can go for minibus hire. Other for large group transport, you need to charter buses.

Chartering a bus is not that expensive. Moreover, there are a lot of perks involved. If the group comprises of your business associates and clients, then you should hire a vehicle that comes with internet and conferencing facilities.

One thing that should do is to book in advance. Bus hire is not something that you can leave to the last minute. If you do that, then you can end making the trip a disaster.

You should also check the company’s safety record, and inspect the bus for any flaws. All of this will only be possible, if you make reservations in advance.

If you are flying to a different city, then you should have the chartered bus waiting to pick the group up from the airport. Otherwise, group members will have to wait for cabs to get going, which can be tiring. With a chartered bus, they will have a luxurious carrier waiting to take them away. Charter bus is the way!