Whether Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years, traveling back home for the holidays is a dreaded experience we’ve all been through. I am one of the tens of thousands of college students in Chicago who return home for Thanksgiving weekend, just to come back for three weeks before leaving once more for Winter break. Aside from the painstaking inconvenience, I have to consider time, cost, and luggage when in transit. My immediate options? Buses vs. planes.
Planes seem like the obvious first choice, except many considerations are wholly unaccounted for. Transportation to the airport, printing out tickets, checking in bags, frantically removing belts, shoes, and electronics from separate containers, waiting at baggage claim upon arrival, finding transportation from the airport to your final destination – all tedious tasks with time or money spent per activity.
Charter buses on the other hand? Pick you up at a prearranged location and take you to your final destination, passenger pricing is on average half the cost of airfare, and no pesky regulations for carry-on luggage is required. Short, sweet, and sincere – one less bucket list of details to worry about. Now that is time and money well spent.