Post # 1
So my husband’s family invited us to visit them over Labor Day weekend. We’re in the midst of selling our house and flights were already $400 for a round trip, but we dawdled for a couple weeks on deciding who would go.
Today, we realized that there was a huge change in circumstances (we’re not going to visit them in October and will instead see them in December), and decided it would be best for both of us to go on the Labor Day weekend visit.
2 round trip flights that aren’t at ungodly hours is *GULP* $1200!
So I looked up the driving route (13 hours/850 miles) and decided it would make so much more sense to drive. We’d have our car with us, and wouldn’t inconvenience anyone else, we wouldn’t have to deal with the airport & renting a car, and we’d still get to spend the same amount of time with family, but an added bonus of seeing the country along the way.
I grew up road tripping. We’d make weekend drives out to Baton Rouge from Houston, and when we moved to Georgia, all long weekends were road trips back to Louisiana. We’d drive up the East Coast to Canada every summer. When I went to university, it was 800 miles away from home. I’d drive back home in 1 day for Thanksgiving weekend and drive back up in a day. We’d stop over with relatives who lived right in the middle sometimes, but it wasn’t uncommon to just Road Warrior it up and take shifts driving for 13 hours. When the option is pay $1200+ for a weekend or spend 2 days driving, I’m partial to the driving.
Does anyone else see 800-ish mile drives and think “Totally do-able, let’s do that instead”?
Post # 2
My parents drive 1,200 miles to come see me every couple months. 800 is nothing.
Post # 3
Up until a few years ago I would regularly do 800 on short notice for work and usually do it by myself straight through. Now, at over 40, I would still do it but only with other drivers. I’m the type to look up things to stop and see along the way, cool and unusual things that you would never see otherwise. The last road trip to a woman’s conference with some gals, we stopped at the birthplace of James Tyberious Kirk (sp?). We all are kinda closet nerds so it was a blast taking pictures there and we documented the whole trip with vine videos and pictures over Twitter.
Post # 4
My family drives over 1300km (which I think is around as far as your trip) every second summer to visit family. Vey do-able.
Post # 5
My husband and I and a few friends drove to the Florida Keys. From where we live, it was a 24 hour drive. It honestly was not bad at all. And there was a 6 month old with us! I love doing road trips, though. I love site seeing.
Post # 6
tksjewelry: I’d consider doing that. As a kid, we usually had some lookouts we would stop at, but for the utilitarian drives, it’s pretty much just get there, plan gas stops, and make sure the navigator doesn’t fall asleep (because I’ve done it before and we had to make a 30 mile detour).
Post # 7
nadnuk: yep! we live 1500 Kms from the nearest capital city, and it’s nothing to drive up for a weekend 🙂
Post # 8
Not a fan of the road trip. Anything more than 500 km (which is less in miles) I won’t do in a day.
I would rather fork out the $ for the flight, but I really, really, really hate being stuck in a car 🙂
Post # 9
I think it’s totally doable! Just make sure you take plenty of breaks and swap drivers every couple of hours so nobody gets too tired.
Post # 10
You can absolutely handle that. Remember to take turns driving if you’re not used to long distances. Have fun!
Post # 11
nadnuk: i would do it. Darling Husband wouldn’t. Lol
As a kid my parents used to drive every summer from NYC to Miami FL, so i dont mind
Post # 12
With the price of gas and the extra wasted time, I doubt I would do it. But it sounds like you would enjoy it, OP, so go for it!
Post # 13
I hate road trips unless I can sleep through them. Well, my husband doesn’t like me to sleep because he wants me to keep him company. Therefore anything over 6-8 hours, you can count me out. Even my husband who hates to fly would rather not drive for longer than that.
Post # 14
It depends if you can be in a car for that long, my ability to sit in a car and not be miserable drastically declines after about 4-5 hours.
I would much prefer paying for the flight. The amount of time driving that distance would take, with the added cost of gas doesn’t seem worth it to me.
Post # 15
completely doable. my mom always prefered driving instead of flying anyway. she drove from maryland to florida and back many times.