Why You Should Use a Charter Bus for Your Next Family Reunion

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A family reunion can be a very rare occasion or a very regular occasion, but the ultimate goal is to spend as much time as possible with the people you don’t get to see on a daily basis. It’s also a trip down memory lane where the oldest members of the family get to see the newest members of the family, and what better way to accomplish this than by taking the journey together to a family reunion destination?

Caravans: Stop and Go

One of the ways to get to your reunion destination is by forming a long line of cars, trucks, station wagons, minivans, SUVs, motorcycles and other vehicles and heading out on the highway. This initially sounds like a good idea—everyone is independent and those with kids can stop as often as they need to—but there can be problems.

  1. Not everyone has a GPS – Someone needs to provide directions to the family reunion and not all parties will be able to plug the address into a GPS. Also, not everyone is familiar with the location you’re headed to and trying to keep all of those cars in line and paying attention can be difficult. Think about the dangers of having multiple drivers and cars in an unknown location trying to follow directions, follow other cars and follow the needs of the all the people in their vehicle.
  2. Breakdown – The more cars you have, the more chances of a breakdown there will be. You may have an ace mechanic in the family who can double back to assist the car that’s having trouble, but it will still slow down the caravan and prevent everyone from arriving on time for the family fun.
  3. Bathroom breaks – Not everyone is going to be on the same bathroom break schedule and though you could arrange scheduled stops to solve this problem, inevitably, there will a need to stop when it’s not planned.

Charter Bus: A Smoother Ride All Together

There is an alternative to coordinating 10 to 20 cars for a family reunion trip. A charter bus can help remove a major concern for your family reunion planning: getting there.

Everyone all together, charter buses can accommodate as many as 56 passengers and have all the modern features needed to make your ride comfortable.

Here are some other good reasons to choose a charter bus:

  • You can get everyone excited about the trip by showing family videos on the buses equipped with DVD players.
  • Charter buses often have a bathroom, which means everyone is free to use it when they want to without slowing down the group.
  • Charter buses can also accommodate lifts and wheelchair securements.
  • The bus driver is well-equipped to get you to your destination safely and on time. If there are any mechanical problems, another charter bus can quickly take everyone on to the family reunion.
  • Bus companies are also aware of traffic patterns in your destination area since they frequently travel the roads there. This can be especially helpful if you are having a reunion at a destination not in your neck of the woods.
  • And the last reason, perhaps one of the strongest, is everyone is together on the bus. You’ll all laugh and marvel in the sites seen along your journey. You can sit next to that aunt/cousin/granddaughter/grandpa you haven’t seen in years but are eager to speak with, and then swap seats to talk with someone else. It creates yet another opportunity to catch up with your family, because although reunions are filled with events, they don’t last forever.

Above all, consider all of your options, but you’ll quickly realize the benefits of renting a charter bus and how affordable of an option it is for you and your 20 or more family members.

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