“Educational” group trips for school: this phrase, while one of the most exciting phrases for students to hear, is one of the most stress-inducing phrases for a parent- or teacher-turned-chaperon to hear. If you happen to be in this chaperon position and you’re in charge of some planning, here are a few reasons why your first plan should be to consult your local charter bus service for transportation:
- Every parent knows the frustration of hearing “Are we there yet?” at least three times per child, per hour, on a trip — so just imagine how many times you’ll hear this on a school trip, every time someone gets bored or hungry or has to use the bathroom. Luckily, most bigger charter buses today come with great amenities like on-board bathrooms, entertainment systems (including wifi), and reclining seats (perfect for sleeping!). Keeping kids entertained and comfortable is definitely goes a long way.
- Since the trip is probably supposed to be an educational one in some way, using charter bus services for transportation is a great opportunity to teach kids about the importance of environmental consciousness. Coach buses are currently the most eco-friendly and accessible vehicles on the road today, according to government data: while the average single-passenger car gets about 27 passenger miles per gallon of gas, charter bus services use vehicles that provide about 206 passenger miles per gallon, on average, and they also have lower carbon dioxide emissions than other public transportation options.
- Last but not least, you can’t ignore that the price of a trip is major factor determining where you go, how long you stay, and what activities you can do — and with a school trip in particular, you probably want to get in as many activities as possible in a very short amount of time. Not only that, but you have to consider that some students’ families may not be able to afford pricey hotels, transportation, or tourist attractions. Luckily, many businesses in the tourism industry — charter bus companies included — have great group rates that allow each individual to pay as little as possible.