It’s Summer Playlist Time!

The other day, someone recently brought it to my attention that I hadn’t done a new summer playlist…how silly of me! I truly believe that having the perfect background music for your journey is essential. Your musical selections can enhance your travel experience ten fold! Here are some options to get your playlist started for your last minute summer road trips with Preferred Motorcoach Transportation! 🙂

 

Silento – ‘Watch Me’

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I’m sure you’ve either heard this song or at least have seen references to the dance moves. If not, it’s time to move from under the rock where you’ve been living. This is one of THE songs of the summer! Everyone has been dancing along including America’s new national treasure, Riley Curry. Full disclosure: I have a love/hate relationship with this song. It gets on my nerves but I love it at the same time. It’s SUPER catchy. You’ll be dancing right along after just a few minutes.

 

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bad Blood’

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This features Kendrick Lamar. That’s enough for me!

 

Whitney Houston – ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’

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So you know that moment when you’ve been on the road for HOURS and you need a little pick me up because you can’t even anymore? Turn on this song. Immediately. Classic 80’s Whitney always wakes me up! It’s fun, upbeat, and just as that carefree summer feel to it. When you get restless on the road, crank up this jam and thank me later.

 

The Weeknd – ‘Can’t Feel My Face’

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This song has an MJ feel to me. It makes me want to get up, put on some penny loafers and, well, I can’t really dance at all but I jig a little. Anyway, The Weeknd (I still can’t figure out why he decided to ditch the ‘e’, but whatevs) makes EXCELLENT music. And this is one of his one of my new favorites of his!

 

Janelle Monae – ‘Yoga’

Janelle rocks! Everything she touches turns to pure gold. This is a fact. So, her latest single is no exception. This song is so much fun! I’m not good at yoga, like, at all, but that doesn’t matter. I jam this! And it’s perfect for the open road!

 

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’

I LOVE this song. It’s catchy, upbeat, and so much fun! It has summer vibes, a summer beat, and it just screams summer. When it comes on, you will immediately turn up, because those are the rules. Mark Ronson, who produced the song, has a real gift and it shines through on this song!

 

Beyonce – ‘7/11’

Because Beyonce. Any questions?

 

Will Smith – ‘Summertime’

I’ve put this on a summer playlist piece before. I know. Let it go. The song is called ‘Summertime’, for crying out loud! It will go on EVERY summer playlist I ever make. #SorryNotSorry

 

 

So, what songs are in your travel rotation these days? Let me know in the comments!

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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

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!

Can You Handle The Truth: Debunking The Three Biggest Myths About Charter Bus Travel

Hey y’all!

Well, the end of the years is finally here! I have had so much fun during my first year here at Preferred Motorcoach Transportation and I can’t wait for the fun next year will bring! I decided that for my last post of the year, I will revisit one of my favorite pieces from the blog this year. So with out further ado, here it is! Everyone have a safe holiday and a prosperous New Year!

Drum roll please…

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I think most people have taken a trip on a charter bus at some point in their lives. But for some reason, there continues to be these misconceptions and myths floating around about what charter bus travel is like. In my scouring of ‘The Internets’, I found that there are three myths about bus travel that people seem to really be holding on to: 1) Charter buses aren’t as safe as other modes of transportation, 2) Charter buses are expensive, and 3) Charter buses are uncomfortable. Listen, these myths are wrong. I’m about to tell you why.

1)   Myth: Isn’t it true that charter buses aren’t as safe as cars?

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Truth: Charter buses are actually safer than planes, trains, and automobiles! This is due to a myriad of factors but I think the biggest reason for this is that charter bus drivers are highly trained. Like…I can’t just…

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My Texas Bucket List

Spending time away from Texas shown me that I really love Texas. I think growing up in Texas caused me to take my wonderful state for granted a little bit. But I know better now, and I realize that Texas has so many things to offer and see. A lot of times I’ll be doing research for this blog and stumble upon some Texas attraction I had no idea about and jot it down. Well, I’ve developed quite the little bucket list. I thought I would share!

RIDE THE TEXAS STAR

Look. I don’t really do heights. I’m not totally opposed, but I’m the kind of person who has to drink psych myself out before I get on a roller coaster or something. I used to be a lot braver when I came to things like this, but I guess as I’ve gotten older, I’ve also gotten more chicken – don’t judge me. But as a Texan, I feel like I should ride the Texas Star at least once. One of the most iconic fixtures at the Texas State Fair, the Texas Star Ferris Wheel is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere – a fact that I will try not to think about when I’m stopped at the top.

SEE THE PRADA MARFA

I am an artsy girl. I love all of that. Take me to any museum and I’m in heaven. So when I found out about this art installation, I knew I had to se it at some point. Despite the name, Prada Marfa isn’t actually located in Marfa. It’s located in Valentine, and practically in the middle of nowhere. It is basically a Prada store that you can’t go in. It doesn’t do anything but I don’t care. I want to see it anyway.

SEE THE MARFA LIGHTS

I also love the paranormal so the Marfa lights are right up my alley – interesting seeing that I actually scare pretty easily. Visible from a platform erected by the city of Marfa, spheres of light appear to be floating above ground with no explanation (!!) like little light ghosts. The lights have bee attributed to vehicle lights in the distance, but I prefer the other explanation – none.

VISIT THE PAINTED CHURCHES

Vibrantly colored interiors are the hallmark of these famous Texas church houses. Built by Germans and Czech settlers in the area between Houston and San Antonio (mostly), these “painted churches” are now protected historical landmarks. There are more than 20 and there is a popular tour to see them all. I plan to be on it one day.

DRINK A SHINER AT THE SHINER BREWERY

There is, arguably, no beer more ‘Texas’ than Shiner. Named for the town where the brewery is located, Shiner is Texas. So imagine my joy when I found out that the brewery offers FREE tours and FREE beer? Sign me up!

SPRAY PAINT A CAR AT CADILLAC RANCH

Similar to Prada Marfa, Cadillac Ranch is an art installation in the middle of nowhere on the outskirts of Amarillo. The piece was made with old Cadillac models in the 1970s. The cars were placed nose down in the ground with their original exteriors but and as time went on, they became covered with graffiti. And apparently, visitors are encouraged to add more art to the cars which is great because I really didn’t want to end up with a vandalism ticket.

SEE THE RODEO IN REAL LIFE AT THE HOUSTON RODEO

A rodeo is not typically my thing. I’ve just never been interested. I really couldn’t even tell you what goes on at the rodeo, what you do at the rodeo, or what to wear to the rodeo. Basically, I know absolutely nothing about the rodeo. But I feel, as a Texan, I need to go at least once. So at some point I’ll visit the one in Houston (I hear there’s food).

What are some things you think every Texan should experience in our great state? Let me know in the comments!

Signed,

Preferred Motorcoach Transportation

Time and Opportunity!

I’ve stated before that I loathe road trips but for some reason, I love traveling by bus. This probably is because they’re way more comfy than cars and since you don’t have to worry about the driving part, you have much more free time to do things. That being said, charter bus trips are perfect to get to know someone! I mean, you have plenty of time!I was thinking about some celebs who would be great for this. Who are some fascinating folks that would make my traveling time even better? Well, as it turns out there are lots of people who I’d love to hop on a Preferred Motorcoach Transportation bus with and pick their brains. I managed to narrow my list down to six.

 

Oprah
I love her and I love her hustle. I almost bought some tea I don’t even drink at Starbucks just because her face was on it. In my head, she’s my play auntie! I think it would be so enlightening to pick her brain! Plus, I’d have her make an announcement each time I board the bus… (It’s LAAAAAAUUUURRRREEEENNNN!!!!) ← Like that.

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Joe Biden
Uncle Joe looks like SO MUCH FUN. He fascinates me and is one of my favorite people. We would spend the whole trip talking about beer, music and Ray-Bans. Plus, we’d take the best selfie the world has ever seen.

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Shonda Rhimes
Shonda is the creative genius behind a few of my favorite shows. What I love about Shonda is the fact that her imagination seems to be as twisted and as overactive as mine. Since we’d have plenty of time to chat, I’m pitching her as many show ideas as I can! That, or telling her all my storyline ideas for Grey’s Anatomy or Scandal. And she’d have to listen because where is she going to go?!

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Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is one of my favorite actors. Plus, look at him! If you sit next to this guy for the duration of your bus trip, you are BOUND to have the most memorable conversation you’ll ever have in your life!

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Jennifer Lawrence
J. Law and I are besties in my head. She is charming and human (which is rare in Hollywood) and I love it. We’d be on the bus talking about nothing and everything at the same time. All while trying not to laugh too loud and get on everyone else’s nerves.

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Andre 3000
I have several questions Mr. Benjamin. Does Erykah Badu really have magical powers in her eyes? What was REALLY going through his mind during Coachella? Was that green outfit with the fringe from the Grammy Awards as comfy as it looked?

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Who are some people you’d love to hang out with on a bus trip? Let me know in the comments!

 

Signed,

Preferred Motorcoach Transportation

DOT Ask Drivers To Use Caution During Highway Contruction Season

As highway construction shifts into high gear, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is calling on drivers to protect road workers by driving carefully in work zones. 

“We’re asking all Americans to take roadway safety seriously and protect themselves and their passengers by paying attention and slowing down when driving through work zones,” said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. “In April and year round, the men and women working to improve our nation’s highways and bridges deserve to do their work safely.” 

In 2011, the most recent year for which data are available, 587 people died in highway work-zone fatalities, an increase of 11 fatalities compared to 2010. 

April is the traditional start of construction season, when the number of workers on roads and highways increases. Though highway workers are often among the victims of such crashes, it’s important for drivers to understand that four out of five victims in work-zone crashes are actually drivers and their passengers, the DOT says. In a typical five-day work week, an average of seven motorists and one worker are killed. 

Generally, crashes occur when drivers speed through a work zone or do not pay attention to the changing road conditions and run into other vehicles, highway equipment, or safety barriers or drive off the road completely, the DOT says.