After the family decided to go to San Diego California for the family vacation the very next question that was asked, “Should we fly or drive? ” A minor detail in the planning of our vacation, and yet it became a major decision. This minor detail had the most taught and research put into it This decision had many different factors involved in it; such as the cost, how much time will we have to spend traveling, and if it matters if we miss all the scenic sights we will miss if we flown After all this calculation, one might decide to not even go on vacation, because the cost is too expensive or just all together stressful.
Our family consists of two adults and one child and the cost of the airline tickets would be $1,944. 60 for all of us to fly, which is $648. 20 per person (Travelocity). Instead of flying we could decide to drive the 2,131 miles to San Diego (MapQuest). This decision has other things to factor in when deciding the cost of driving. Should we rent a car, or decide to put the miles and wear and tear on our car? Renting a standard size car for two weeks would cost $510. 58 (Travelocity). The cost of gas would also factor into the price of driving.
The average price of a gallon of gas is $3. 63 from Indiana to San Diego (Gas buddy). So driving the family car would cost$740. 52. Going the rented car route and rented a 2013 Nissan Maxima, gas would cost $595. 32 (Fuel economy). Flying would cost a flat total of $1,944. 60. On the other hand, driving the family car would cost $740. 52 just for gas. Renting a car plus gas would cost $1,105. 90. Unless your family does not worry about money, this factor might not even matter. This particular vacation had two weeks allotted time.
Other families might not have that much time, could have just a few days to a week. So then the time it takes to fly there verses driving time becomes a factor. Some prefer to get to their destination as quick as possible or just do not have the time to waste to drive there. So flying is the only option. The flight from Indianapolis Indiana to San Diego California with one layover on an average of four and a half hours (Travelocity). Although, driving there would take thirty-two hours, straight through (MapQuest). Who would make that kind of drive straight through?
Nobody would do that, especially with a child with them. A thirty-two hour drive (MapQuest) would probably turn into a three or four day drive, depending on how many sightseeing places get visited, and time spent at each one. Then the three day return trip also has to be accounted for also. So do we want to spend nine hours roundtrip to fly there, or eight out of our fourteen days roundtrip driving? One last thing to consider, if we fly we will miss out on the scenic drive and other sightseeing attractions we would see along the drive to San Diego.
Flying there would get us to our destination faster, but also could take away a different part of our vacation. Driving could add so much to our vacation by being able to take the scenic route and seeing other sightseeing attractions. On the other hand there is a downfall to taking in all these extra attraction, more money spent and more time wasted getting to San Diego. Flying would eliminate the extra cost and time, unless the family decides that the extra attractions are what they would rather do. A minor detail just became a headache to decide on which is better.
Every little thing becomes a factor on the outcome of each choice. Is it better just to fly to San Diego and get there and start enjoying are vacation? Or is driving and spending more time in the car with the family the best idea? In the long run would it be cheaper to fly? Driving there is the cost of car, if we decide to rent one, gas, food, hotels along the way, and other attractions. Sounds like driving could get pretty stressful and more expensive than what was budgeted. Flying sounds like the best way to go.