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Fly or Drive

Have you ever been planning a trip and find yourself pondering, fly or drive? I have got to tell you about a website I found that can help you make that decision. We’re planning to visit family in Missouri this summer and in the past we’ve taken trips by car and by air. It seems so expensive to fly a family of four, so driving can be tempting. Especially if you have good car travelers like we do!

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Well, the site travelmath.com is really a great way to help you visualize whether to fly or drive.

travelmath.com to decide fly or drive

You can use their calculator to figure out a lot of options, but the one I like the best is “cost to fly or drive”.

fly or drive

Once you chose “cost to fly or drive” then input your from location and to location, you’ll get an intial comparison for 1 person.

fly or drive comparison

However, the site allows you more access to adjust the “trip” to fit your numbers and needs. Any of the “blue” numbers can be changed. So for us, I changed the number of travelers to 4. I also know that the time I’m looking to fly, I can get a flight cheaper than $449.00 so I changed that too. Other options to add are things like airport parking or transportation, number of hotel nights when driving, how fuel efficient your vehicle is, and the current gas price.

fly or drive adjusted

You can see that for us the “driving” option was better (lower number), however seeing it all listed out made us decide to fly. Once I added in some roadtrip food costs and made our value of time higher, they were basically even. One aspect the calculator doesn’t consider is that when you travel by car you can stop and sightsee along the way. This is one of our favorite perks of roadtrips!

I have no relationship with travelmath.com, they probably have no idea who I am. I just found them on twitter and checked out their site, then I couldn’t wait to share it with my readers!

Happy travels!

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Monica

Thursday 24th of October 2013

Great tool! Featuring at Family Fun Friday. :-) Monica http://www.happyandblessedhome.com/category/family-fun/

Kim

Friday 25th of October 2013

Hi Monica! Thanks so much for featuring it!

Kaylor @ Fisherman's Wife Furniture

Friday 11th of October 2013

I LOVE THIS! Thank you for posting it. We usually fly if it is more than a 5 hour drive but this is a great site to compare everything before we decide. Thanks.

Kim

Friday 11th of October 2013

You're welcome Kaylor. I love being able to see the logic behind choosing one over the other!

Angela

Thursday 10th of October 2013

My husband and I do this from time to time. I really enjoy the convenience of flying but don't always love paying for it. Great tips! Stopping by from Posed Perfection.

Kim

Thursday 10th of October 2013

Thanks for stopping by Angela! I agree there are always pros and cons with flying and driving. I like the number comparisons so this is a great way to compare your options.

Elise Stokes (@CassidyJonesAdv)

Monday 8th of July 2013

What a great website! Thanks for sharing it. :)

Kim

Tuesday 9th of July 2013

Thanks Elise! I'm really looking forward to sharing lots of tips and ideas with my readers!

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