Tips for chartering a bus rental to explore the US with your group
Taking a properly planned road trip is one of the best bonding experiences any group of people can collectively have. On a trip like this, you spend a lot of hours on the road with a few beautiful people creating amazing memories and lifetime relationships. However, as fun as it sounds, planning this can be very strenuous and might eventually not be fun for the planner.
The U.S. has a lot of fantastic sites and beautiful scenery to bask in, and you don’t want to miss enjoying yourself on a trip like this because it seems like something isn’t exactly going according to plan. You also don’t want to put the stress of driving on yourself as you would most likely end up too tired to enjoy your trip. This is why a bus should be hired. You should consider a charter tour bus rental as an important part of your planning process. However, before you eventually select one, also consider the following:
Specific Bus Size
This is directly dependent on the number of people that will be on your trip. Before you make a booking, you should go through all the options available and try to see pictures if possible. This will help ensure that the bus is large enough to convey everyone and also make sure everyone is comfortable during the long journeys. Do not compromise on this. If people aren’t comfortable, the journey becomes tiresome very fast. A minibus for example, is a great option for 20 or less people. However, if there are more people, consider other options like the mini coach bus, a coach bus, or a school bus. Traveling by bus is a great alternative. Even according to Forbes, Netflix-Of-Transportation app reduces car travel and boosts bus use.
Plan Your Route
Your planned route might also affect the type of bus you choose. If you intend to go through a few bumpy roads around hills to add to the sight-seeing experience, think about that when making a choice. Do some research, choose one that is less likely to breakdown on roads because the last thing you want is for your bus to breakdown in the middle of nowhere.
Planning your route also involves choosing specific stops along your route. This takes a bit of time and research so you should start as early as possible. The places you would like to visit along the way can largely inform the route you decide to take but you should also have a secondary route. If, for some reason, you can’t follow your primary route, you’d be glad you have an alternative. Weather conditions can be unpleasant and might cause you to change direction.
Do an Advance Booking
Even with a small group, planning a tour like this would naturally take a lot of planning time. One of the best ways to make sure you get the best options for buses at the best prices is to make a booking in advance. This might also help you with planning because the bus you choose for your advance booking will have a fixed number of passengers it can comfortably carry, and when you reach that number, you can stop letting more people indicate interest.
Discounts are not as hard to find as you might think. Large groups of people are a lot more likely to get a discount from a bus rental company. These discounts are also possible with some of the sites you’re visiting. There are quite a few of these tourist attractions and parks that might also offer a discount. Finally, large groups of travellers can easily get discounts for accommodation. Book your accommodation in all your stops before you embark on the journey and make sure to note to the hotel, hostel, or AirBnB that you’re a large number of people.
With all your planning, don’t forget to have fun. The job of a planner is a pretty tedious one, but you must make sure you also enjoy the trip instead of spending all your time being the overseer.
TIP: Here’s an article about my top 6 destinations in the US. They are my favorite, so far 🙂