With the holidays just around the corner, many people are wondering whether they should fly or drive to their destinations. Both options have pros and cons, so it can be challenging to decide which is the best option for you. I recommend analyzing your situation as far as location, destination, cost, time, your health, and anything else that affects your decision. In this blog post, we will look at some basic pros and cons of flying vs driving this holiday season. It’s no secret that the world has changed over the past couple of years. Traveling has changed substantially because of cost, health risk, and simply consumer fear. My hope is that you can make a solid, informed decision, so you can enjoy your holidays!
Pros of Flying
Flying is often a preferred option for holiday travel because it can be faster, especially if you are traveling a long distance. Plus, airports can save you time and money with their efficient check-in processes. Flying also allows direct access to many popular destinations that would otherwise require multiple hours of driving or extra stops along your route. Most domestic flights will take you to your destination in only a few hours, while even the most direct driving route can take all day. You’ll also be able to take advantage of duty-free shops and other amenities at many airports.
Cons of Flying
Airline tickets can cost significantly more than it costs to drive. This, of course, depends on where you’re coming from and where you’ve going. Additionally, flying can be stressful for some people, causing anxiety and other emotional issues. Airlines have strict rules and regulations that can be limiting or cause physical discomfort. Although checked bags are usually included in the ticket price, you could pay extra for larger carry-on items.
Do also consider the current landscape of our world since the Corona virus arrived. Being on a plane poses a greater risk of contracting viruses than driving. If you are at a higher risk for serious illness, it might not be a good idea to put yourself on a plane full of potentially sick people.
Pros of Driving
Driving is another option for holiday travel, especially if you’re only going a short distance or want to take some scenic detours along the way. With driving, you have complete control over where you stop, how long you stay there, and when you arrive at your destination. Gas is typically much cheaper than plane tickets, however, it has been fluctuating lately. Renting a car can also save fuel cost if you get a vehicle with better gas mileage. When you drive, you can easily stop whenever and wherever you want to take in the sights or just stretch your legs. You can also bring along as many items without worrying about airline restrictions.
Cons of Driving
Depending on your destination, a road trip could take all day, or even multiple days if you don’t do well on long trips. This also means that it might not be feasible for those who have limited vacation time or need to be at their destination quickly. Additionally, driving for long periods of time can be tedious and boring for some people, especially children and teens.
There is also a greater risk of accidents during the holiday season because of inclement weather, drunk drivers, and an increase in traffic volume. Truck and car accidents can be devastating even when they’re minor, so it’s important to make sure you drive safely and pay attention to the road.
When deciding whether to fly or drive this holiday season, there are several factors that should be taken into consideration such as cost, travel time, convenience and flexibility. You might also think about other forms of travel like the train or bus if you aren’t keen on flying or driving. Both of these options have there own set of pros and cons but are viable and affordable modes of transportation.
No matter what method of transportation you choose, it’s important to plan ahead and consider the worst case scenarios. Doing this helps you to prepare for any situation, especially an emergency. Do also make sure you have all of the necessary documents and items that you need for your trip. That way, you can arrive at your destination safely and happily!