Post # 1
i’m torn at how to travel. My brother is graduating from Army Basic Training on Dec 7th near Columbus, GA. I initially thought making a roadtrip down there would be better than flying at 33 wks but my Midwife suggested flying instead in case i’d become uncomfortable during the traveling time – flying would be faster than driving. Driving would turn a 14 hr straight drive into almost 16-18 hrs since i’d have to stop every 2 hrs to get up and walk around. I don’t mind the drive and Darling Husband and I love taking roadtrips but flying does sound way easier than driving. Especially since i dont know exactly how comfortable or uncomfortable i would be.
My issue is money. 2 plane tickets for me and Darling Husband around that time is looking to be about 400 ea person and up – no matter what criteria i put in, i’ve tried making it a 2 day or 3 day trip, switching different airports, etc…i’ve even tried different sites like travelocity, priceline, kayak, orbitz, etc……the cost is making me uneasy since we will be expecting a lil more than a month after the trip plus with the holidays too…. Driving would be more uncomfortable and time consuming – but way cheaper….i dont mind putting the milage on my suv but i’m afraid of being extremely uncomfortable and just feel worried about it after my midwife suggested flying being the better choice.
i’m planning to go to his graduation either way…the question is how to get there…what would you do?
Post # 3
You may also want to check with the airlines as many of them impose restrictions on pregnancy and travel.
If you do end up driving, could you break the drive up over 2 days instead of trying to go straight through? Midway would be around… Virginia/North Carolina? You can find inexpensive hotels along the way fairly easily. That way you’d have a break, have a chance to get a good meal and a decent night’s sleep.
Also, take a copy of your records with you just in case you have any issues during your trip.
Post # 4
Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’m 32 weeks and drove about 4 hours last weekend to a wedding. I had to do all the driving myself and I found it to be a little uncomfortable but very tolerable. It would have been easier if I could have been a passenger and could have stretched more. As it was, I had to stop and get out to stretch/pee at least 2x each way.
The gas for an SUV isn’t going to be cheap for that long of a drive… plus meals along the way… maybe you could calculate those costs to see what the true difference would be. Will you need a car when you get to your destination? My sister flew to her shower last year at 33 weeks and flying at that point was fine with all the airlines she looked into… of course you should double check though.
Ultimately, I voted for flying, but I think you could do it if you had to drive.
Post # 5
@DaneLady: Ditto; I’d drive.
That way you can get to a hospital quick’ish if anything goes wrong, and you’ll have a car so you can be on your own schedule. And then, if you’re feeling awful, or god forbid, something goes wrong and you’re on bed rest or something where you just can’t go, then you’re not out on the plane tickets.
Break the drive up into 2 days, resting/walking as needed.
ETA: If you do choose to fly, definitely get the trip insurance or refundable flights just in case. I was put on immediate bed rest at 31wks through full term, and was unable to attend events during that time that had been planned, so I know from experience that anything can happen.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I am 27 weeks pregnant, and I’d already rather drive. I have to fly next weekend and I’m not looking forward to it, but in this case it was cheaper and will take about 45 minutes in the air vs 6 hours in a car and Darling Husband needs the car while I’m gone (we share).
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Flying into Columbus or Atlanta? Should be cheaper to fly into Atlanta from Philly or Newark, rent a car, and drive the final 2 hours to the base.
The base may even offer a shuttle to and from Atlanta/Hartsfield Airport.
Post # 8
Can you take the train? Might be the best option.
Post # 9
Either way make sure you buy compression sleeves for your legs!! (and take frequent breaks to walk around if you drive, or get up often if you fly).
I voted for flying ultimately (less time sitting the better), but I think that ultimately you can make the choice based on your pocket book. I don’t think you HAVE to fly.
Post # 10
@DaneLady: so far the airlines i’ve checked wont let you fly after 36 wks. we could possibly break up the drive over 2 days but then it means more time off we would have to take as well and Darling Husband is concerned with taking too many days off so close to christmas and our due date…
@78h2o: you are right, i should consider the other expenses and then compare…
@inspiredcreations: those are pluses for me as well about driving…we’d have our own car with us and could get around easily in case anything happens…if flying, i also was planning to definitely get insurance or refundable tickets just in case as you mentioned.
@beachbride1216: i’ve looked into both columbus and atlanta, and yes, atlanta is cheaper but then i’d need to rent a car as well to drive to the graduation which means more cost on top of the airplane tickets and it wasn’t cheaper by much…
@ahavah: i have looked into train tickets and its slightly cheaper than driving ourselves…still the same amount of time to get down there but then we’d still have to rent a car, at which point i’d almost would rather take my own car….not sure but i suppose it’s worth looking into again.
@iRun2004: thanks for the suggestion! i’ll look into those compression sleeves…
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
The train is nice. I used to take Amtrak from Orlando to Jacksonville and if you get the business class car you can plus in your laptop and watch movies (and use the Internet if you have a wifi/network card.) Plus you would be able to walk around. The downside is that it does take just as long if not longer than driving. Does the base offer transportation to and from the local train station? Or can other family attending the graduation pick you up?
Post # 12
i am now 31 weeks pregnant and i would wanna drive. i am a good traveler though, and plane tickets are expensive and thats extra money to have around the holidays. if you need to, stop and make a little trip out of it.
Post # 13
@MamaHusky3: My SUV gets terrible gas mileage (10-12 mpg), so if the trip was 800 miles each way (1600 RT), it would cost me around $600 in gas. Then you have to consider tolls, etc. – it’s worth looking into… Hopefully your SUV gets better mileage than mine! If not, it might be worth renting a smaller car, though it wouldn’t be as comfortable. If you choose to fly, maybe consider Southwest? You can change without a fee (though you pay the difference) or cancel all together and at least retain the credit for a year (or two?) without paying more for the inital tickets.
Post # 14
@78h2o: my suv gets about 24-26 miles to the gallon so i think maybe it wont be too bad. i estimated about $300 in gas roundtrip but i could be wrong…thanks for the tip about Southwest, i’ll look into that…