Post # 1
What would you do in this situation?
I live what should be a seven and a half hour drive from my parents’ house, but given traffic, it’s always closer to eight and a half. Because I hate driving at night (I have to leave after work), I usually stay over somewhere about halfway, and then do the rest of the drive the next morning. So with hotel and gas costs (tank and a half), it’ll be $180 or a bit more there and back. AND I can bring my cat.
If I fly, the flight is just under two hours, and then I have another hour of a bus to my hometown. The flight cost is $280, the bus is $36 (roundtrip for both), and leaving my car at the airport will be about I don’t know a thousand dollars. $34 in real life. So the total is $350.
The problem I see is that while flying is more expensive, and I cannot bring my cat, it is much quicker. The visit will only be four days. But I really love bringing my cat because she gets to run around my parents’ big house. The hotels I know to stay at allow cats, so that’s not a problem.
I think I’ll drive because it’s cheaper…but what would you do?
Post # 3
My parents live 5-6 hours away depending on weather and traffic, and I always drive. I think I flew once, but by the time I drove to the airport (1 hr) arrived 2 hours early, flew for an hour, and then got my bags and drove the hour to their house, it just wasn’t THAT much time savings, especially since I don’t mind driving straight through.
Post # 4
@SapphireSun: I’ve been leaning toward driving. I realized, too, that I can drive the whole way back in one day since I can leave earlier in the day, so that saves another $60 to $100 off the cost, depending on where I stay on the way up.
It’s just…when we drove up for Christmas, it took eight and a half hours to get there, and ELEVEN hours to drive back. Traffic was AWFUL.
Post # 5
That is right on the bubble of my fly vs drive decision, so I totally get the difficulty!
I would probably fly out of my town, because the airport is a breeze. When I lived in a big city though, the airport and parking SUCKED, so I would have driven. Can your parents pick you up instead of the bus? The bus sucks.
Is an Amtrak available? Probably not but thought I would throw it out there. I LOVE Amtrak, one of my favorite methods for mid-range travel so I don’t have the stress of driving or the expense of flying. No pets allowed though.
Post # 6
If you think bringing kitty along would overcome your hate for traffic and driving, then totally do the driving thing 🙂 I myself would prefer a flight!
Post # 7
8 hours in a car with a cat, that alone would make we want to fly! It sounds like you have driven with your cat before though so maybe he/she is good? Anyways, it sounds like you are leaning towards driving.. I hate the car so my answer probably won’t help.
Post # 8
When my nephew graduated high school I decided I would save time by flying instead of driving the 7.5 hours. The nearest airport “back home” is about an hour away so my parents were picking me up. My plan backfired…
There was a storm so all flights headed west were delayed. I was flying out of Baltimore…headed west. We sat in the plane on the tarmac for about 3 hours.
By the time I made it to my connecting airport I had missed my flight. It was the last flight headed to the airport “back home” that night. I started asking about other airports and was able to fly into another airport that is about 1.5 hours from my parents home. I called them and had them head to that airport.
Then I ran through the terminal, caught a bus to the other terminal, and jumped on the plane because it was getting ready to take off.
I made it to the other airport. My bags went to the original airport. All I had were the clothes on my back and my purse. I washed what I was wearing and wore it to my nephew’s graduation the next day. My bags were delivered while we were at graduation.
My time saving trip ended up taking as long as if I had driven. I’ve never done it again. Oh and By The Way…on my flight back the plane was too heavy so my bag was removed from my plane and flown to another airport and then to my arrival airport the next day. It was truly the trip from hell and my family and I still laugh about it. LOL
Post # 9
Hmmm, would you have access to a car while you’re there? If not, I’d drive. Otherwise, I’d probably fly to spend more time with the parents especially considering the trip is only 4 days.
Post # 10
I personally would fly because I hate being in the car for that long (especially since I’d rather spend the 4 days with my parents instead of driving), but if you really want to bring the cat and it does ok in the car for that long and you can handle the drive then do it!
Post # 11
I would ask a friend to drop me off at the airport therefore eliminating the cost of leaving my car there. We do that when we fly anywhere, lol. It just saves money because it costs so much to leave it parked there. If you asked me a couple years ago I would have said drive but now that I’ve flown places….it’s so much better. It’s quick. I see why you would prefer driving i you were gonna bring your cat.
Post # 12
I’d leave the cat at home and fly. I dont like to drive more than 5-6 hours.
Post # 13
If you left the cat at home, who would take care of him/her? Petsitting is also another cost to tack on.
However if you fly, you can also take the cat with you, depending on your airline’s policies. Most do transport pets. But again, thats just more cost.
Just throwing some options out there regarding the kitty. If money is a big factor, then just go with whatever is cheaper. An eight hour drive is not too bad if you have snacks and something to listen to.
Post # 14
I wouldn’t drive. I used to travel every other weekend from Sacramento to San Diego, and three hours versus eight was a no brainier for me. For me an extra
That said that bus ride is seems expensive, can’t your parents get you at the airport?
What about leaving the next day so you don’t have to stop somewhere? Or just pull over for an hour or two instead of a hotel room?
Post # 15
The thinking behind driving halfway one day, and then stopping, and continuing early the next morning, is that I would arrive to see my parents at about the same time I would get up, anyway, after flying. So that is the same amount of time, really.
My parents cannot pick me up from the airport — it’s a ridiculous drive. It really takes about an hour and a half. I wouldn’t expect them to drive so far, anyway. The bus is really convenient, has free wifi, plays movies, gives out free water and newspapers — it’s not just a city bus.
I think driving makes the most sense because of the cost difference. My friends all work past 5pm, so none of them can drive me to the airport. The flight I would take leaves at about 5:15. I’d have to rush to leave work, anyway, and probably would have to ask to leave early, which I hate doing. So driving it is! But it’s a stupidly difficult decision. =)