The one problem with buses, if you're concerned about money, is the driver. Essentially you have to pay for the driver's services plus his lodging and everything for how ever many days you're out. We found that renting 2-3 large vans is substantially cheaper as an alternative, especially if you can get the rental company to give you a discount as a donation to the team.Cypressfalls_Robert might be aware of this, but we (at LASA and Kealing), have generally taken a bus. Since I've been around, both have made it to nationals, so we'd share a bus (half for each school). A few people who need to leave later for whatever reason or who don't fit may fly. Also, we flew to GW, as that would be a really unpleasant bus ride (24 hours according to Google Maps, compared to 15-18 for Bloomington, Urbana-Champaign, and Augusta). The trips under 20 hours work out to about one day, a night, and then waking up near the destination. On the bus, you have time to study. And you pretty much have to study (there isn't much else to do). Definitely good for getting stuff done, plus busses (especially when split two ways) are a lot cheaper.
we didn't make itWho's flying and who's riding a bus, last year we took a bu 17 hours to georgia...it was a pain, this year we will fly, I hope we make it!!!!
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