Top Five Reasons to Hit the Road Versus Travel by Air

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By: Lauren Fix
June 21, 2015

Top Five Reasons to Hit the Road Versus Travel by Air

It’s a quandary many travelers contemplate when traveling for the busy travel season: “Should I drive or fly?”  It’s a confusing choice: driving versus flying?     

The Car Coach Lauren Fix lists the top five reasons why traveling by automobile is the way to go.

5. Money Matters:

When considering travel for more than one person, ‘The Family Fun-Mobile is clearly more economical.  A family of four traveling from New York to Florida can easily spend upwards of $1,200 or more just on the plane tickets.  The trip to Florida by car at nearly $4 per gallon and 25 mpg still totals only $360, according to Travel Math.com.

4. Enjoy the Time: 

Instead of rushing to your destination, make the drive part of your vacation.  Plan stops along the way that the whole family would enjoy and visit historic and quirky attractions.  There is so much you miss when flying that you never knew existed along the highways and byways of your route.

3. It’s Your Schedule: 

Unless you really enjoy a Home Alone-esque trip to the airport to catch a plane… take the car!  Do you really want to wake up at 5 a.m. to catch an 8 a.m. flight?  Nope!  And what if you oversleep? Sure a flight might take less time, but think about all the extra details and stress you don’t need, such as… is everyone present, IDs and documents in hand, transportation to and from the airport, rental car when you get to your destination, long lines at baggage check, the list is endless.  By taking the car you eliminate most of the stresses of travel.

2. Flying is a Pain:

Facing off with a TSA agent over “enhanced pat downs” or radiation-producing X-Ray machines is not a great start to a vacation.  Plus if you drive, there is no stale, recycled air or other people’s crying children.  Neither are there kids—or rude adults—kicking the back of your seat and no need to worry about the coughing and sniffling person next to you spreading his or her germs and the real bonus; no uncomfortable, claustrophobic seats.  If you drive, you get to ride in the comfort of your own car.

1. FAA Furloughs:

Planning on getting out of town for the summer?  Good luck with that.  With the furloughs “as a result of automatic budget cuts” the family vacation may turn into the family-stays-at-the-airport-and-waitcation.  Besides, with fewer air traffic controllers and the ones on duty probably getting overworked, who wants to take the safety risk?  Furloughs might be reason enough to save your money and drive your car on vacation.