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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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!

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?

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

Thoughts You Have When You Roadtrip With Your Best Friend

Thoughts You Have When You Roadtrip With Your Best Friend

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.)

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!

The Family That Vacays Together: Destinations Sure to Please Everyone

When you decide to take a family vacation, there are a lot of things you must take under consideration. Will the kids actually have fun? Will the grown folks be miserable and bored out of their minds? And what if the kiddos are different ages; will everyone be satisfied? Lots ‘o things to think about, eh? Here’s the thing: choosing a destination for a family trip isn’t always so easy. So I figured I’d give you a little inspiration.  You’re welcome.

 

Vail, Colorado
Home of popular the popular Vail Ski Resort in Vail Village, Vail is a perfect destination for a winter themed family getaway. Designed to make you feel like you’re smack dab int eh middle of the Swiss Alps, there are plenty of things to do here that everyone in the fam can enjoy. There are plenty of restaurants, shops and entertainment and if you’re not feeling like skiing, there’s also snow shoeing, tubing and other activities to partake in off the slopes.


 

 

Anaheim and Los Angeles, California
Contrary to popular belief, Disneyland (the Most Magical Place on EARTH) is not located in Los Angeles, but actually about 25 miles south of LA in the resort city of Anaheim. The close proximity of the cities (they’re both a part of the same Metro area) make them a perfect ‘kill two birds with one stone’ situation. Hit up LA and see the all the Hollywood landmarks or Universal Studios, and take a few days to check out the fun Anaheim has to offer like Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney (my favorite part). Everyone will have a BLAST. Seriously.

 

 

Washington, DC
I am a self proclaimed nerd. I have always loved museums and historical sites. But I think even kids who aren’t as into the museum life as I was (and still am) would have so much fun in the nation’s capitol. There are the obvious tourist stops like the National Mall to see the monuments, duh. But my favorites are the museums like The National Children’s Museum and any of the really cool things housed in the Smithsonian museums. I mean, where else can you see the flag that inspired our national anthem, Prince’s yellow cloud guitar and the Muppets (!!) all in one place?!

 

 

Las Vegas, Nevada
Hold up! Hear me out. While many of the resorts in Vegas have programs and activities to occupy the kids while the parents…play, my opinion is the best place in Vegas for kids is Circus Circus Hotel. I’ve been and let me just say: SO. MUCH. FUN! There is a literal theme park called Adventuredome inside the hotel, not to mention a pool and aracade! Vegas also has numerous shows the kids will enjoy and lots of fun on Fremont Street in Downtown.

 

 

Big Bend (and surrounding areas), Texas
Located in the desert of West Texas, Big Bend is a perfect spot to take the family if you’re looking to unplug and truly retreat. Home to Big Bend National Park, there are plenty of activities to get in touch with nature and get your outdoors on like rafting, swimming, fishing, and horseback riding. There are also plenty of lodging options in case you want to really rough it and pitch your own tent or whatever, or just come to a hotel room at night. It’s up to you, though the park itself is pretty remote so you will have to have a car. A perk: at night, the skies get super dark (something that doesn’t happen in the city), so this it like a star gazers Mecca!

 

 

So what do you think guys? Ready to get the family together? Let me know in the comments!

Signed,

Preferred Motorcoach Transportation