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Next year, for our annual trip to Napa, Calif., my husband decided we should drive instead of fly. It will be fun, he enthused, a family road trip from Seattle down the West Coast. I countered his enthusiasm with visions of our two boys whining from the back seat, amped from hours of playing their DS games. And besides the time cost, I added, surely it’s cheaper to fly, once you consider gas for the car, a hotel somewhere in Oregon and endless snacks for the road.
Soon after this (unresolved) conversation, I came across a video describing the Fly or Drive Calculator on BeFrugal.com. In this video, the reporter uses the calculator to compare the costs of flying versus driving from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Milwaukee. In this case, my theory that flying can be cheaper than driving is verified: The total cost to fly is $450 versus $859.67 to drive. The cost in terms of time and carbon-dioxide impact – a nice feature of the calculator – is also more when you drive this route.
Eager to find the same for my Seattle to Napa route, I plugged in such details as our car type, number of travelers, estimated cost of a hotel and the number of hours we planned to drive each day. Alas, in my case, driving is less expensive: $729.44 versus $1,644.12 to fly. The calculator’s itemized list reveals the obvious difference: nearly $1,000 for four plane tickets.
For single travelers, then, flying may very well prove the less expensive choice, not only in terms of time but also dollars. Sure, you might have to deal with the hassles of flying – long security lines and crowded planes – but I bet you won’t hear even one, “Are we there yet?”
Kim Lowe, editor of Bing Travel, is warming to the prospect of a long family road trip.
Driving with a car seems to cost less. But unfortunately it's not possible to drive everywhere you want by car.
Leaving for a shoot in the Southwest US on Tuesday. Flights to Vegas were only $150/pp, rental car $400 for 2 weeks. Or I could have driven 19hrs each way spent $440 not to mention the wear and tear on my car. Flight it is. Look for some great images on destination360 next month.
i aggreee with tate better to drive if you can ,
Traveling by driving could be perfect for your trip if you want to save some money. It may take longer time to get to the place you are going to, but it is definitely cheaper than traveling alone with your car or taking the flight. Some people may find the plane for the most convenient transport because it is the fastest transport and there are also promo flights available if you are lucky to avail it. Either way, it needs to do some good planning to save for your trip. Just enjoy your vacation! ~ http://thinkrentals.com ♥ヅ♥
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