Since our travel dates preclude getting the kids-ride-free rate on the Autotrain and flying (for us) costs as much as the train, we're doing the most economical thing by driving to Florida for our cruise in October. Like probably 95% of the people who drive from MD/PA/NJ, we usually get a hotel in the Carolinas or Georgia. This year, dh has decided instead of booking hotels, we'll book a campsite and pitch our tents instead. I'm confident that with three Boy Scouts (dh being a Scout and the local troop leader), we should be fine doing this. It seems like a good idea. After all, we have the gear and the campsite (since you have to book a 2 night stay even if you're only there one night) is 20.00. Has anyone else pitched a tent instead of staying in a hotel during the drive to or from Florida? Is it really as cheap as it sounds?