An unanswered question as to "What is better, a road trip or flying?" still remains a topic of discussion for many. And if you’re one of those seeking the same answer, then this article is for you. Here are the pros and cons of traveling on a plane and via a road that will help you figure out the best option for you. So get buckled up.
Pros and cons of road trips
You’re in charge
One of the greatest advantages of traveling by car is that you are in control of your journey. It’s the impulsive choices and last minute stopovers that make a vacation special. Traveling in your own car and without the burden of a set itinerary, you can explore on your own pace and have a lot of fun along the way. You can even carry outdoor gear for a surprise canvas tent camping adventure.
Meet new people
At an airport, no one is enthusiastic to talk to new people. But on the road, you’ll come across some of the friendliest people. You’ll meet some genuinely nice people on gas stations, cafes, and motels who would share their stories with you.
It may get tiring
Traveling by air takes around half of your day (including airport and flight time), but driving might take anywhere between 24-48 hours. Plus, you need a professional driver who can handle driving for long periods of time. As we mentioned earlier, children may get whiny and tired on a long drive. No one has fun when they are tired and cranky so weigh your odds before you hit the road.
Pros and cons of flying
You save time
You won’t experience a long scenic route or the opportunity to explore new places while flying, but you’ll definitely save a lot of time. Flying by a fast-moving commercial airliner is the only solution if you plan to visit a far-off destination, or you have to reach a work-related conference in another town or if you’re traveling with a bunch of children. So the next time you are figuring out “how much does it cost to travel to Paris?” know that you have to pay for the air tickets!
Might seem expensive
Even though it seems like driving might save you a lot of money, but often it makes more sense to fly. A road trip can also be very expensive but it all depends on various factors like where you’re planning to go, how much time do you have, vehicle type, etc. If you embark on a road trip without proper research and calculation, you might end up paying more than an airline ticket!
You’re allowed to carry limited baggage
The downside of traveling in an airplane is that you get to bring limited baggage. And if you are traveling with lots of clothes to make summer vacation fun, you might have to pay extra bucks.
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