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Old 12-18-2014, 09:21 PM
 
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Yes, it's cheaper to go from the East Coast to Europe BECAUSE IT IS CLOSER.

I lived in WY for many years and travel expenses weren't too bad. Airfare @ $250 is pretty cheap for mid/long-distance flights in the continental US.

And yes, on vacation things tend to add up. When one has to eat all meals in restaurants, things add up. Throw in souvenirs, lodging, rental car, souvenirs, attractions, etc and $100 a day is pretty darn cheap.

I don't think travel in the western US is particularly expensive, you are just cheap/bad at travel planning.
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:29 PM
 
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Yes, it's cheaper to go from the East Coast to Europe BECAUSE IT IS CLOSER.
I'm not talking money at all, I'm talking length of the trip. I don't like planes and would not want to be on one for 15 hours, but I want to go to Europe so living on the East Coast is better for me.
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:55 PM
 
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If we're talking travel across the Atlantic (namely Europe) then yes it does. When I went on a trip to Italy, one couple in our tour group was from Los Angeles. The plane ride from Newark to Rome was 8 hours, back it was 9. Imagine having to go 6 more hours? 9 was enough for me. I remember pitying them for having to be stuck on a plane for so long.

But to some this may not be a big deal. Asia and Australia are even longer plane rides than that, they're even pretty long from the West Coast. To me, though, an additional 5/6 hours cross country would have sucked. And my jet lag was bad enough living on the East Coast, forget the additional 3 hour time change of the West!

At the same time, the West IS closer to Asia, Australia/NZ/Pacific Islands, Alaska, and Hawaii than we are. It depends on where you're trying to go; someone will always have an upper hand travel-wise. But me? I'm happy to live on the side of the country closer to Europe because that's where I would like to travel most.
it's not 6 hours longer. Seattle to London is 9.5 hours only 3.5 hours longer than going to NYC which takes 6 hours.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:04 PM
 
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it's not 6 hours longer. Seattle to London is 9.5 hours only 3.5 hours longer than going to NYC which takes 6 hours.
Well, it depends on where exactly you are in Europe and where exactly you are in the West. The couple I am talking about from Italy landed in New York, I believe, after flying from Rome and got on another flight to LA. Even if it was direct, it still would have been a little more than 14 hours.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:14 PM
 
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it's not 6 hours longer. Seattle to London is 9.5 hours only 3.5 hours longer than going to NYC which takes 6 hours.
Seattle's non-stop routes to London, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen fly over the Arctic to get to Northern Europe.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:53 PM
 
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Which is exactly why it's not 6 hours longer.
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Old 12-19-2014, 12:33 AM
 
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Which is exactly why it's not 6 hours longer.
It's still 3-4 hours longer, and that is just one example anyway. Again - LA to Rome is over 14 hours. NJ to Rome is 8ish.

I don't really know what point you're trying to make. It's still true that the East Coast is closer to Europe and travel time is thus shorter, whether it's by 2 hours or 7. My original post was about travel time, and as someone who hates planes, I'll take those 3 fewer hours. I'd especially take those 6 fewer hours.
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Old 12-19-2014, 06:29 AM
 
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LA to Rome is not a direct flight.
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Old 12-19-2014, 08:44 AM
 
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Let's face it. Travel from west coast to continental Europe sucks, unless you are flying business class. Seattle to Frankfurt is easily 10.5 hours, non-stop on Lufthansa. That's the shortest it'll ever get, not to mention that many people have to do a lay-over in Newark/JFK/IAD in between, which will be an additional 3-5 hours on top of the 10. Been there, done that. No thanks. The NE is just closer to Europe geographically, and also culturally to some extent.
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Old 12-19-2014, 09:07 AM
 
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This thread has basically done ZERO except to confirm that points on the earth that are further apart take longer to travel between than do those that are closer together. Amazing chit, this interwebs.
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