There are times when you simply need a break from work stress, the daily grind, and personal commitments. Whether you decide you want to hit Disneyland in Florida or go visit your snowbird parents in Arizona, many families often struggle with ideas on how to travel: fly or take the car? There are many advantages and disadvantages to flying versus a road trip, so here is an overview to help weight out the pros and cons before you take the plunge.
Flying the Friendly Skies
Obviously there are many different benefits that are attached to flying when you are deciding to go on vacation. First and foremost, flying enables you to really go anywhere you want in the world, and your options are endless. Unlike road trips, you can travel overseas, or book a destination vacation somewhere warm within an all-inclusive resort. Flying also provides you an opportunity to book a package for accommodations, car rentals, and food; which ultimately saves you money in the long run. Another benefit is time. If you only have a set amount of days for vacation, the last thing you want to do is waste it on travel. Flying for the most part will ensure you make it from point A to point B, as soon as possible. However, depending on how many people you are travelling with, and what your budget is, flying might not be as cost-effective as piling everyone into a car, and hitting the open road.
Taking The Open Road
Whether you are deciding to travel with kids, friends, or your partner – there are tons of benefits to road trips. The first one is money. For many families of four or more, driving simply fits their budget. Road trips can also be the cornerstone of what many family memories of made of. Secondly, it provides a piece of mind. Flying anxiety is a real issue that many struggle with, and driving to your vacation destination point is an easier process and option for those individuals that simple dread the idea of being on an airplane. Another factor that deters people from flying is the actual processes involved: being at the airport two hours ahead of your flight, checking in can be a nightmare, and there’s always a chance the airline could lose your luggage. While driving might crack into your vacation time, and limits where you can travel too; driving across the country can be fun. There are those who love to soak in the scenery, and stopping along the way provides an opportunity to meet new people, shop, and try a diverse set of restaurants and cuisines. A road trip can be a vacation in itself for many. Things to consider before a road trip: food along the way can add up, so ensure you allot a figure in your budget for this when planning your road trip vacation. Depending on where you go, and the length of the trip, you may need to stop, and rest up at hotels, multiple times along the way. While gas may be cheaper than airline tickets – all the extras can add up at the end of the day.