One of the most important aspects of any trip, both business and personal, is the method of transportation you use to get to your destination. There are many pros and cons to both flying and driving, and both can be beneficial and enjoyable depending on your destination, budget, and trip itinerary.
Here are some things to consider when determining whether driving or flying is right for your family’s vacation.
One of the most obvious things to consider when making this decision is the cost of both options. It can be fairly easy to find discounted rates for flights, especially if you are a frequent flyer or are booking your trip far in advance. The cost of airfare is also one cost that you can pay once ahead of your trip, whereas gas will have to be purchased multiple times throughout the duration of your travel, and prices can vary.
Airfare can be costly, however, and often costs more than just the price of the ticket; flyers should consider the cost of baggage, parking, rental cars or rideshares at your destination, and more. Driving costs little more than the price of gas (and the often marginal cost of tolls) and will ensure you have a car at your disposal and do not need to pay surcharged prices for transportation at your destination.
A major advantage to flying to your destination is that you can arrive much quicker, allowing you to spend more time enjoying your vacation, and not sitting in the car. If your vacation is scheduled to be 5 days or less and your destination is over 5 hours away, you might consider flying to avoid wasting time that could otherwise be spent with your family, enjoying your trip. If flying is more expensive but would cut your travel time in half, it might be worth it to spend a little extra.
If you are looking to splurge on your family vacation and want to make the most efficient use of your time while choosing an option that is more comfortable for everyone, consider a private jet vacation from a company like Access Jet. This is an especially great option if you are traveling with a large group or multiple families who could help to split the cost.
Ultimately, the method of transportation you choose to take is up to you and what is best for your family. If you are traveling with children who are afraid of flying, that is something to weigh as heavily as the total cost and time vs. driving. Alternatively, if you have family members who would hate being cooped up in a car for a long period of time and would rather fly to get it over with, that is something to consider as well. Vacation should be a time to relax and enjoy your time with your family, so be sure to consider what option would be best for them.