Poll: How far would you drive for a weekend trip?

posted 5 months ago in Travel
  • poll: How far would you drive each way for a weekend trip?
    0-2 hours : (7 votes)
    5 %
    2-3 hours : (23 votes)
    16 %
    3-4 hours : (53 votes)
    37 %
    4-5 hours : (38 votes)
    26 %
    5+ hours : (23 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    4492 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    Probably 3-4 hours if we’re talking about leaving Friday night and returning Sunday (so 2 nights). Though if it was somewhere I really wanted to go, I’d push it out longer. We did do a 3 night trip once that was a 9 hour drive. That was totally worth it (New Orleans) and the drive wasn’t too bad since we still had two full days in our destination. 

    Post # 3
    Member
    2383 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    My hometown is 2.5 hours away from where DH and I live.  We go up to visit my parents and do things regularly – about once every couple months for a weekend.  So that doesn’t seem like much of a drive at all to me.

    We have also done weekend trips a couple times to the town I went to college in.  That’s a 7.5 hour drive.  It’s long, but it’s really fun to do.  We’ve done that about once every couple years.  Not worth it exept that it’s a special location.

    I’d say the sweet spot is somewhere in the middle.  3-4 hours seems perfect to me- we are actually going someplace different, so that makes it special, but it’s not a crazy amount of time in the car.

    Post # 4
    Member
    2397 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I’ve driven 4 hours one way for just a day trip, so doing that for a weekend would be fine. For a weekend trip it would just have to be less than 7 hours each way. But I also really enjoy driving.

    Post # 5
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    5591 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Kate127 :  My parents had a cabin 5 hours away and even though it was beautiful and relaxing, I really needed a few days there with that drive. It felt like you get there and you turn around and come home. I voted 0-2 hours!

    Post # 6
    Member
    578 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    DH’s family lives 7.5 hours away by car (and no good way to get there by plane) so we frequently get stuck doing this for family get togethers and events. We’re used to it at this point, but it definitely feels like you get there and turn right around. I wouldn’t even think twice about driving 4-5 hours to do a weekend getaway.

    Post # 7
    Member
    979 posts
    Busy bee

    Would totally do 5+ hours. DH family lives about 5 hours away. When we visit we leave after work on Friday and for some reason with it being night, it makes the drive go by twice as fast. Then we will leave sometime Sunday to come back home. If I was driving 5+ hours to get away and could not rest at all the next day, then I would probably think twice because I wouldnt want to go back to work on Monday feeling like a zombie.

    Post # 8
    Member
    5105 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Kate127 :  For a weekend trip no more than an hour or 2.  I don’t want to spend a good portion driving.  thinking about traveling and the time I’ll be asleep so I don’t want to travel 3-4 hours just to get to a place.

    Post # 9
    Member
    537 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    I voted 3-4 because that’s the distance to the city where a lot of friends live (3 hours) and my hometown (4).  To me that is comfortable and something I do frequently, and would probably be okay driving up to 5.  FI’s hometown is 8-9 hours away which we only did once in one weekend (leaving Friday and returning Sunday), and will never do again, it was too much.

    Post # 10
    Member
    638 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    For me it honestly depends where I’m going. I live in California so we do Vegas quite often normal drive is 3.5 but we’ve hit traffic before and it was a 6.5 hour nightmare and had to go back to work the next morning. Honestly anything more than two to me is exhausting, we only drive to Vegas because we live 30-45 mins from airports and it’s not really saving us time to fly. I also hate driving though lol.

    Post # 11
    Member
    1215 posts
    Bumble bee

    3-4 would be my max if just doing a quick getaway with no other factors.  But to visit a friend I’d go up to 5, maybe even 6 hours.

    Post # 12
    Member
    904 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel

    Kate127 :  DH and I took a mini vacation last year (thurs – Sun) we drove all the way from Florida to the mountains in Georgia. It was about 12hrs each way. For us it was totally worth it, we got up really early on Thursday and started driving, our check in was at 4pm we made it to Georgia at around 7:30pm. Then we had Friday and Saturday to enjoy the trip. Sunday we left really early as well and made it home before 9pm. We were exhausted, but it was an awesome trip!

    Post # 13
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    3355 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Kate127 :  I visit mine and my DH’s families for weekend trips multiple times a year and they are 9 and 12 hours away respectively.  I’m completely exhausted after these trips, so I wouldn’t do it for everyone, but I have a higher tolerance for driving than many.

    Post # 14
    Member
    5462 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I will preface this with saying that I love driving. My DHs grandparents are a little over 8 hours away and we’ve drove down several times and only stayed for like 24-36hrs. So I’d say around 8hrs. 4 would be nothing for me and I’ve done Day trips for that.

    Post # 15
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    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    I actually just got back from a weekend trip and the drive was 6 hours. We left Friday morning at 6am and got there around 12. Then, we came back on Sunday at around 6pm and got back at midnight.

    Totally worth it! It was for a friend’s 30th birthday party, though, so we were there with a large group. Not sure if BF and I would do it if it were just the 2 of us. We’d probably wait until we could take more time.

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