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Old 02-04-2013, 11:55 AM   #46
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We drove the 16 hours from Houston and swore unless we absolutely couldn't afford it we would never drive again. The kids were fine, they had movies to watch, books to read, etc...but the drive home was killer for us. I got a speeding ticket in Florida for going 5 miles over the limit, then it was ad downpour for the final 5 hours. Just a nightmare.

We are heading out this Fall and flying for sure.

Depending on when you are going keep an eye on the airfare. Southwest especially can run some rates that make it a no-brainer. I am waiting for the late October flights to come out and have $2000 - $2500 budgeted for our family of 5 to fly, but noticed when playing around that for Mid September we could all fly round trip for $1000!
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:05 AM   #47
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We toyed with same idea this time (our drive is about 10 hrs give or take depending on traffic through Atlanta mostly). When we figured up the cheapest rate we could find for the 3 of us to fly was about $1100 (plus parking at airport for week), we then considered that in addition to cost would flight really save us that much time? When you figure that we have to drive about 1.5 hrs to airport, get there about 2 hrs before flight, then time in air, time to get off plane and to board ME, it really was only going to save us 2-3 hours and to us 2-3 hours wasn't worth the $1100+ cost. Personally, I'd much rather spend about $300-350 on fuel and drive. When we drive, we also leave the afternoon before and stop about 6 -7 hrs in and find a decent price on a hotel (sometimes we pick a stopping destination ahead of time and use hotwire--got great deal in Tifton, GA last time for $52) just to break up the drive.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:10 AM   #48
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What are some benefits of flying?
I think not being in a car with a 4 and 6 yo for 12 hours is the only benefit I would need to consider. My kids are great car travelers and we drive a few hours to the shore every weekend in the summer - but 4-5 hours is my limit. Anything over that requires a flight.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:29 AM   #49
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We have made the 22+hr drive down to Fl on numerous occasions when I used to be reeealllly terrified of flying. When you only have a week and a half of vacation time it really sucks up a good number of days. Now that I make 5-6 RT flights a year to various places, I have learned to only get mildly nervous. I can't imagine being trapped with my husband and nearly adult daughter in a car for 2 days each way. However, if I had an 8-12 hour drive I might do it.... if the cost savings made sense. Also you need to weight out the fact that the airport can be a debacle, especially if you haven't flown in a long time.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:36 PM   #50
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It would be about a 24 hour drive for us (Southeastern Mass) and is nothing I'd truly be exciting doing, especially on the way back. We're lucky in that my mother works for Southwest so we're able to fly for free and that lets us do a lot more when we're down there.

Even if we had to pay we could still fly round trip from Providence for under $500 since it's just the two of us. If our distance was 10 to 12 I'd strongly consider it though.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:02 PM   #51
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We've done both, and it only took one tantrum on an airplane to make me reconsider ever getting onto an airplane with my kids again.

This year, we're driving (We're from north of Toronto so it works out to about 3 days, depending on the number of potty breaks needed).
The last time we drove, the DD's were 3 and 6mos. Now they're going to be 7 and 4! If they get tired or cranky, we don't mind pulling over and running around a rest area, or exploring a cracker barrel gift shop (seriously, my kids love these). We try not to eat meals in the car, just to break up the monotony, and we choose hotels with playgrounds and/or pools so the little ones can get some exercise in at night.
It comes down to different strokes, I guess. I love flying by myself, but with my kids it becomes a very expensive hassle. Flights for the 6 of us going down would be around 3000 dollars - driving will be half that, including hotel rooms, gas, and food.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:05 PM   #52
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We drove last year from Illinois with a 7 year old and 1 year old. We really liked having our car with us, and for us it was alot cheaper then flying down. We are planning on driving again for the next trip!
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:53 PM   #53
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We flew the first time we went to WDW in 2009. It was an awful experience!!! The trip there was fine, BUT...

On the way back home our flight was cancelled, then we got a new plane, but the pilots had too many hours and we had to exit the plane. We were about to taxi. Idk why that happened....Not sure why we were even able to board. So then we were put up in a hotel near the airport for the night. But our luggage was ???? So we had nothing except our carry-ons. We had to get up at 4:30 am and be shuttled back to the airport. We had to fly home on a MUCH smaller airplane and it was a rough bumpy flight. When we finally got to the Houston airport, they couldn't find our luggage. After looking for what seemed like eternity, they were able to locate it. Then we were shocked at the cost to park!!! Then I was sick from the flight and had to have my husband pull over so I could puke!!!!

We've never flown again! Lol driving is the only way to go for us. It's about 14 hours. But gives us the sense of control that both dh and I need!! Lol
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:58 PM   #54
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We've driven most of the time, but I can cash in some miles with Delta and get the four of us round trip out of GSP for just a little over $500...gotta love that!
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:59 PM   #55
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I like flying because after such a long drive i feel like you lose a day trying to recover.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:02 PM   #56
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I live in Michigan so the drive is about 24 hours nonstop. I have a relative in northern Tennessee who I've stayed with before if we needed to stop for a night. Flying is just a huge pain in my butt, and I've never even done it with kids before. I've done the drive enough times, plus it saves so much money that unless I got a crazy good deal on a flight I plan on driving.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:10 PM   #57
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The other reason I like to drive is because we usually go down in the winter months. And flying it always feels like there is sickness in the air. people hacking up a lung, sneezing etc.

I rather not get sick while on vacation. Doesn't mean you won't catch anything on the road but a little easier when cooped up in the cabin.
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