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View Poll Results: Fly or Drive
Drive 14 24.56%
Fly 28 49.12%
Both 15 26.32%
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:05 AM   #41
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Depends. If it is over about 6 hrs I would rather fly.

If I have someone to roadtrip with it doesn't bother me, I can go forever.

Otherwise, I'll take the bus.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:09 AM   #42
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I prefer to drive up to 8 hours. Anything more and I would rather fly.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:35 AM   #43
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Road Trips all day... hate having to deal with airports. I love flying, but everything to go along with it is over the top annoying. I have no problem with 14hr drives.
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:18 PM   #45
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:21 PM   #46
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:46 PM   #47
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id rather fly anywhere, I hate driving to even la from oc and that's like 45 min
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:11 PM   #49
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Depends on where, when, and with who.

I love flying. I never take more then a backpack when traveling anyways so airports aren't that bad for me.
However if its holiday season, eff that I'm not sleeping in an airport.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:58 PM   #52
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What sucks about flying is the stress of achieving like 8 different tasks by 8 different deadlines in order to get to your destination. Especially if you're travelling with a kid.

Typical flying trip:

Wake up at the right time or else you're screwed - usually something stupid like 4 am if I'm trying to get a morning flight.

Leave the house at the right time or else you're screwed. Last minute packing mistakes will ruin your day.

Get to the airport on time or else you're screwed. Hope for no accidents, weird traffic, car trouble, etc.

Park, remember where you parked, try to get to the airport without getting freaked out by random people stalking the parking lot at 5am.

Hope that check-in is smooth or else you're screwed. Go in expecting an easy kiosk check-in and get told that sorry, today everyone has to stand in line . .fffuuuhh

Security - hope it goes smooth and that you don't have to run for a flight with unlaced shoes jammed on your feet and your belt in your hand.

Find the gate - wait for 45 fvcking minutes trying to keep yourself amused as you check the time every 3 minutes.

Hope that the roving security guys mad-dogging you don't decide to to a random interview/interrogation while you're waiting for your flight.

Figure out how to eat something that doesn't cost $25 or isn't just a bag of corn nuts because you forgot to eat at home.

Boarding -dealing with random jackasses and bags and butts and "oh can I get by" and intense claustrophobia until everyone gets settled.

The flight - can actually relax, except for hoping that the plan doesn't get delayed or rerouted mid flight.

Arrival/Luggage/rental car - Hopefully they didn't lose any luggage. Get all your crap to the curb and figure out where to take the shuttle to the rental car place. Bags on the shuttle, bags off the shuttle. Deal with some fvcked up situation that involves standing in line for 30 minutes and getting a car that's different than you ordered. Get luggage loaded into car.

Drive to your destination. Drive a rental car the whole time you're there.

And then at the end repeat it all over again.

Compare that do a road trip:

Wake up whenever. Meant to wake up early and overslept by 1 hr? No biggie.

Pack - pack extra if in doubt, you have a whole car to fill if you possibly need it.

Leave whenever.

Drive drive drive drive . . see cool stuff . . . eat beef jerky . . play some music you haven't heard in a while . . drive drive drive .. pull over at a scenic overlook or two . . . drive drive - no real deadline.

Arrive whenever. Get to drive your own car while you're there.

Rinse and repeat.
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Any car trip that is gonna take over four hours I'm flying.

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Old 05-13-2013, 10:23 PM   #54
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I just don't get those who would rather fly than drive . For me, i cannot be happy when flying and at the airports. I'd rather have a smile on my face and the sunroof open.

Friday, i'm leaving for a 'short' road trip with a friend. Chicago -> Knoxville, TN -> Charlotte, NC -> Kershaw, SC -> Charleston, SC -> Chicago, IL

Next year, summer of 2014 i have a 9,000 Miles road trip planned. Chicago -> Philly -> NYC -> Boston -> Charlotte -> Atlanta -> Miami -> NOLA -> Devner -> Salt Lake City -> LA -> San Francisco -> Arcata, CA -> Seattle -> Minneapolis -> Chicago.
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I just don't get those who would rather fly than drive . For me, i cannot be happy when flying and at the airports. I'd rather have a smile on my face and the sunroof open.
Different strokes, different folks. I enjoy road trips, but I definitely enjoy airports and flying, as well.
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Different strokes, different folks. I enjoy road trips, but I definitely enjoy airports and flying, as well.
The ONLY thing i will ever enjoy about flying will be the takeoff and the landing. Fvck, if i could drive to Europe i would.
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Also I can get bombed on a plane. Can't behind the wheel. I don't have kids so airports are yet to become absolutely torture. Frequent flyer miles baby!

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The ONLY thing i will ever enjoy about flying will be the takeoff and the landing. Fvck, if i could drive to Europe i would.
I enjoy the actual airports, the process of take off and landing and the time in between.
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Typical flying trip:

Wake up at the right time or else you're screwed - usually something stupid like 4 am if I'm trying to get a morning flight.

Leave the house at the right time or else you're screwed. Last minute packing mistakes will ruin your day.

Get to the airport on time or else you're screwed. Hope for no accidents, weird traffic, car trouble, etc.

Park, remember where you parked, try to get to the airport without getting freaked out by random people stalking the parking lot at 5am.

Hope that check-in is smooth or else you're screwed. Go in expecting an easy kiosk check-in and get told that sorry, today everyone has to stand in line . .fffuuuhh

Security - hope it goes smooth and that you don't have to run for a flight with unlaced shoes jammed on your feet and your belt in your hand.

Find the gate - wait for 45 fvcking minutes trying to keep yourself amused as you check the time every 3 minutes.

Hope that the roving security guys mad-dogging you don't decide to to a random interview/interrogation while you're waiting for your flight.

Figure out how to eat something that doesn't cost $25 or isn't just a bag of corn nuts because you forgot to eat at home.

Boarding -dealing with random jackasses and bags and butts and "oh can I get by" and intense claustrophobia until everyone gets settled.

The flight - can actually relax, except for hoping that the plan doesn't get delayed or rerouted mid flight.

Arrival/Luggage/rental car - Hopefully they didn't lose any luggage. Get all your crap to the curb and figure out where to take the shuttle to the rental car place. Bags on the shuttle, bags off the shuttle. Deal with some fvcked up situation that involves standing in line for 30 minutes and getting a car that's different than you ordered. Get luggage loaded into car.

Drive to your destination. Drive a rental car the whole time you're there.

And then at the end repeat it all over again.
wow, looks like you're describing the first time you traveled on an airplane.

first, if you fly often (even once a year is worth it imo), pay the $100 to join global entry (5 years membership) and walk through TSA pre-check which means don't take off your hat, jacket, belt, or shoes, and leave your laptop and liquids in your bag...and just walk through the old-school metal detector like a boss. oh, and hardly no line-up so just laugh at the people lined up for an hour for security.

parking--if you're at one of the major US hubs, buy your parking spot online so you know exactly which number you're parking in...the most simple and efficient experience one could have parking.

join the frequent flyer club of the airline before you buy the ticket; maybe even plan 1 month before you know you have to buy the ticket and apply for the credit card for that airline so you get bonus miles, double miles for the ticket you purchase, receive priority boarding, and a free checked bag.

do this and you will be among the first on a plane and not worry about any butts or bags as you complained. with regard to claustrophobia, the airplane fuselage has way more room than your car so not sure how to help you there--you've got spatial awareness problems, too.

renting a car? again, join the Hertz/Avis/Alamo/National loyalty club. Hertz Gold and Avis Preferred are automatic. You will know what car you have before you get there and if you don't like it, go to your VIP line and ask for a free upgrade which is included with those statuses. I've never received a car I paid for. If you want to go even further, call the location in advance and find out who the manager is...try to speak and explain this is a special trip and you want to impress your in-laws; these people are cool and always play ball if they can. Follow up the day before you get there and guaranteed you will get what you want when you're at the desk and ask for the manager who you've already established a relationship with.

finally, don't be such a rookie.

ps. bonus points if you pay up to $50 to use the facilities one-time, or if you have Platinum Amex card ($450 annual fee) go to ANY domestic lounge for free (US Airways, AA, Delta, United). do this and you will want to come early so you can drink free beer/wine, eat free bar snacks, and watch tv. maybe ask one of the servers to give you a bj too, while another tosses your salad.
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