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Flying Versus Driving: Which is Better for Your Vacation?

Oct 31, 2007
When planning a vacation, one of the decisions you will need to make is how you plan on arriving at your vacation destination. While it may be possible to travel by train or by bus, most people struggle between the options of flying or driving.

When deciding between flying to your vacation destination or driving, there are several factors you should take into consideration. One of these factors is the cost. If it is just you that is traveling on vacation, it may actually be cheaper for you to fly than it would be for you to drive. This is particularly true if you are traveling a very long distance that will require putting a great deal of gas into your tank. If there are two or more people in your traveling party, on the other hand, it will likely be less expensive to drive.

In order to determine which of these two methods is the least expensive, you will have to know the driving distance to your vacation destination. Then, determine how many miles you typically get from a gallon of gas and divide the number of miles you will need to drive by the number of miles your vehicle gets per tank of gas. This will tell you how many tanks of gas you will need to drive to your destination, which will help you determine how much you will have to pay in gas.

Of course, there are more expenses to flying than purchasing the ticket. For example, if you want to have the freedom to travel once you arrive in your destination, you will need to rent a vehicle. This can also be quite expensive.

Although flying will most likely cost you more than driving to your vacation destination, another factor you will need to consider is time. A vacation destination that takes 24 hours to drive to will probably only take three to four hours of time in the air. Of course, you will have to arrive at the airport a couple of hours early and obtaining your luggage after the flight can also be time consuming. Nonetheless, if your destination is far away, you will still save time when you fly. In addition, some destinations simply cannot be reached by road and will require a flight to get to them.

If you are traveling with children, driving will be a far less means of transportation but can be difficult for the family to endure. Therefore, if you decide that driving is the right choice for you, be sure you have plenty to do while on the road.
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