Do We Prefer Flying Or Driving Holidays? Here’s Some Help To Decide.
If you’re travelling as a couple or a group, there might be a discussion about the best way to reach your destination.
Some might be firm advocates of flying, whereas others might be fans of driving and enjoying the scenery and sights on the way, but there are plenty of arguments for and against each method of travel.
Logically, the math may indicate that it might be cheaper to drive when travelling in a group, while a solo or even couple traveller may be better off flying. But price isn't the only factor to consider.
Read on to discover the pros and cons for each so that you can weigh up whether air or car travel will work best for your next adventure.
The Good Points
Road trips offer a great opportunity to stop off and see far more along the way than you would if you were flying to your final destination. It can be a good way of squeezing in a multi-destination journey at a reduced price. With a little forward planning, you can seek out a few noteworthy detours and really make the most of your travel time.
Sitting in a car for hours may not be fun, but at least you can get out and stretch whenever and with a “window seat” each, everyone can enjoy the scenery and shout out for a stop at any time.
You also do not have to worry about baggage allowances and hand luggage restrictions if you're travelling by car either, so you're free to take those extra few pairs of shoes, full sized toiletries or your own hairdryer if you want to.
Another bonus with taking the car is that you can travel at your own speed and set your own schedule, you are on holiday after all!
The Not So Good Points
Sadly, putting more miles on your car and adding wear and tear to your vehicle is one of the main downsides of travelling to your destination by car, as is being at the mercy of fluctuating fuel prices. Dependant on how far you'll be going, it can be far more time consuming than flying, especially if the trip requires you to travel through one country after another. With this in mind, overnight driving and number of drivers can be issues.
While driving is usually considered cheaper than air tickets, that is not necessary always the case. Cheap air tickets within Europe can easily be sought nowadays especially when one can be more flexible with timings.
Traffic should be given some consideration. Dependent on where and the time of planned travels; this can sometimes be a serious deal breaker for some routes.
The Good Points
Flying to your destination is potentially faster than going by car, especially if you’re travelling from the UK to anywhere more than 7 - 8 hours away like say Spain or Italy.
It’s also far less hassle to fly as you won’t have to deal with different driving regulations which can make it a stressful experience for the driver. With flying, you simply bring your luggage and passport and you’re done!
You also won’t need to worry about finding fuelling stations and places to eat along the way as the airline will take care of everything and ensure that you are well fed and watered during your journey.
The Not So Good Points
First things first, planes go faster than cars, but air travel isn’t always faster. We must not forget the time spent getting to the airport and going through security. A supposedly quick flight can easily end up taking more time than a long drive.
In a good case scenario, give yourself about an hour to get to the airport, 15 minutes to check-in, 30 minutes to clear security, another hour to wait for boarding and take-off. PLUS on arrival, 30 minutes for clearing passport control and luggage pick-up if you’ve got check-in bags, car rental pick-up or transportation to your accommodation can easily take another hour, if the airport is not far. This process can take anywhere from 4 – 6 hours on top of the actual flight time. Not to be forgotten, delays and cancellations can be heightened especially during the holiday season. However, the farther you go, the more time you “save” but bear in mind you are making comparisons with destinations “within driving distances”.
Whether or not you are able to keep within the set luggage allowances, you will normally need to pay for check-in bags and could even find yourself being hit with a hefty excess luggage fee if checking in too much.
Plane tickets can also be costly, especially when travelling as a family, so it’s a good idea to work out if driving would save you money, without taking up too much time, before you decide to fly. Bearing in mind, once you get to your destination, without a car you’ll still have to make arrangements to get around may it be hire car or public transport.
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