If you’re umming and ahhing over whether you should drive to your holiday destination (and make a on the road trip of it!) or fly, we’ve assembled a list of pros and cons of Driving Versus Flying to help you make your decision.
Driving Versus Flying
Pro: you’re in charge. By and large, people enjoy their holidays more when they have greater freedom. It’s the impulsive choices that make a vacation truly special. With a car in your possession, you’re not lumped with a set itinerary – you can find your own fun and take things at your own pace.
Pro: no airplane food. Although it’s not always possible to find a good eatery on the road, you’ll almost certainly do better than the meals you get mid-flight; especially if you want a snack – on an airplane, you’ll end up shelling out a small fortune for a Snickers bar.
Pro: better sights and discoveries. Driving through countries is an immersive experience that broadens your horizons. You’ll make unexpected discoveries on the way and get to see some fantastic scenery.
Con: driving takes a lot of time. Normally, you do spend many hours at the airport (plus flight time), but driving is a real time sink, and if you just want to get to the beach as soon as possible, driving may not be for you.
Pro: you can take as much luggage as you like. Flight companies charge a ridiculous amount of money for holiday bags. On the flipside, you can fill your car to the brim with suitcases, if you like, and you won’t have to pay a penny.
Pro: you may be able to save money, if you’re going with a large group.
Con: you can’t just sit back and relax; you have to put in the driving hours to get to your destination.
Con: driving can be expensive, with fuel charges and parking.
Con: you don’t want to get trapped in adverse weather conditions. You could get into an accident and you’ll need to fork out for motor lawyers.
Con: driving for long periods of time really takes it out of the old girl, so you have to make sure that your car is in top nick before you try to take on an entire country. You could wind up with quite a few garage bills, if you’re not careful.
Pro: bonding time. Word to the wise: take someone you can stand for long periods of time, otherwise, you’re going to be at each other’s throats…and it isn’t going to be pretty. Driving through a country is a great way to become close to someone you’re travelling with, but expect silly arguments about muffins or who gets to drive next.
Con: unless you make pit-stops to do some strenuous physical activity, you’re not going to get much exercise on your road trip. You will spend a lot of your time sat down.
Pro: total radio control. You can sing along to your favourite songs or listen to a story tape comfortably.
Con: you can’t nap at the wheel.
Do you prefer Driving Versus Flying?