By Andrew Liszewski
Flat folding seats and semi-private mini berths in the first-class cabins of some airlines have made traveling on an international red-eye as comfortable as spending the night in a hotel. But let’s face it, those seats are not priced for travelers on a budget. So hopefully these Rotel Tours buses are.
Think of them as a combination of a Greyhound bus and a motorhome, minus any of the luxuries of the latter. Each passenger is privy to a 6 foot long bed, though each bunk is only about 3 feet wide by 3 feet high. A single bathroom is located on the bus, but as you’ve probably already guessed, there are no shower or bathing facilities, so apparently every tour makes periodic stops giving travelers a chance to ‘freshen up.’ At least there are plenty of windows to open. According to Jalopnik the company has been operating these tours since 1959 and has around 3,400 of these buses! But it’s no wonder I haven’t seen one before given they don’t seem to operate in North America. And you know what? I don’t really feel as if I’m missing out.