All About Charter Bus Etiquette
Customer preferences have been changing when it comes to transportation. Private car ownership has become more expensive than ever while air travel is getting less comfortable by the year. As a result, more and more people are giving bus travel a try – and obtaining quite positive experiences!
Now, with this increasing number of passengers, it’s good to keep in mind that bus travel has some guidelines to follow. Nothing difficult, of course; we can name them “bus etiquette” because their main goal is to ensure that all passengers have the same opportunities to have a pleasant bus trip.
No one wants their excitement to be turned into anger because one person’s delay is affecting the entire group. It’s essential to respect the times to board the bus whether at departure or at the rest stop. That kind of problem can be addressed with actions as simple as setting alarms on the phone.
Having one person’s problem affect the others is already enough to make this guideline important. However, there’s also the fact that being late can make the group miss some of the activities that were originally planned. That would be a sure and fast way to make everything worse in your trip.
Choose snacks wisely
You know what happens at movie theaters. All it takes is one person eating smelly and/or crunchy food to ruin everyone’s experience. Having that in mind, why would anyone want to replicate such a scene in an even smaller room which you’ll share for several hours with people you’re close with?
It’s also important to clean up once you finish eating. Besides being a matter of basic hygiene, such a gesture will prevent bad smells and won’t expose others to the risk of getting dirty by accidentally touching your garbage. You can keep a plastic bag with you to make everything easier to throw out.
Don’t leave children unattended
We all know your children are perfect in your eyes. However, their nature can make them difficult in a bus trip. Children can’t stay focused for a long time, tend to wander, and can be incredibly loud when they want something. Even if everyone else brought children, they simply don’t deserve that.
The best thing you can do is anticipating their needs. Have snacks ready for them in a bag and bring all types of activities for them to do while they’re in the bus. And make sure they use the bathroom whenever there’s an opportunity. Otherwise, you may end up with a whole new problem to solve…
Read the room
Keep your arms and legs within the space of your seat. Store your baggage in the appropriate areas. Play music only through headphones and keep the volume appropriate. And it goes without saying that you should not touch other people’s belongings unless it’s a situation where they allow you.
Sadly, some situations will be out of your control. For example, it’ll be hard to take a nap if you’re in a bus with many children. You should not try to play a game if only a few people are interested, and so on. What really matters is that you’re considerate to the group’s needs before your own ones.
When you book a charter bus with BCS, you can ask for help with that. We can provide buses with extra baggage room, tinted windows, a built-in kitchen, and many other amenities. It’s a pleasure for us to give you all the resources to have a wonderful travel experience with your entire group.