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Old 01-22-2015, 09:10 AM
 
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I hate the car. After 5 years of driving, you 're not even halfway where with the airplane you are already landed since 4 hours. The rain on the windscreen , the stops at windy (did you notice highways are always windy?) petrol stations which all look the same and where it stinks of...petrol, and where you are expected to buy overpriced junk food.
Environmentally also cars (esp SUVs) are a dead end. And efficient electrical cars are not going to happen before a long long time...
Expected to buy overpriced junk food? Maybe in ones own mind, but otherwise, I have never felt obligated to do anything other than pay for the fuel.

BTW--My husband just hit 200K miles on his Prius--averages 45 mpg.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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animalcrazy:

...you totally crack me up. You know the Steve MIller Band song Jet Airliner??:

"...As I get on the 707
Ridin' high I got tears in my eyes
You know you got to go through hell
Before you get to heaven.."


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGF_0AcHaGs

Perfection Nailed it.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:01 AM
 
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I think its a pain, especially with more going than just me. So if we do a family trip, even if its a long drive, we tend to think about doing the long drive. I like being on my own schedule.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:30 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I Luv flying and do several trips / month.

Domestic via SWA, cuz I like to get on and go! Domestic is so short, no need taking the time or hassle to 'find-your-seat'. SWA Employees seem to have / be more fun.

International prefer Emirates, NZ, SIA, Thai. (But often end up on Tiger or Air Asia to get those $50 fares!) I'm insured...

I could fly everyday and enjoy it. I just like going places,

Bad case of wanderlust. No vaccine available yet.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:37 PM
 
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I've enjoyed traveling by plane, though I find certain airlines to have more comfortable seats than others (I always fly coach).

I have encountered both rude and friendly flight attendants, helpful and unhelpful airline customer service reps and a variety of personalities in security personnel, though I haven't been treated poorly by any security staff members (knock on wood).

Can't say I'm a super-casual flyer and it does cross my mind what could happen, but I do greatly enjoy being above the clouds and looking out at the sky; also love the sense of adventure at the beginning of any long-awaited trip.

I've also enjoyed getting places by train and car, but if I decide to spend more time at my destination and less time getting there, I can't beat flying.

The biggest change I notice in flying over the years is, of course, the additional security. The flights themselves seem about the same, though perhaps with a few less meals offered than years ago. I remember being served breakfast on my very first flight; the meal was pretty darn good and the nonstop flight was only about 1.5 hours; I doubt any airline serves a meal on such a short flight now.
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:47 AM
 
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I actually do know people who have flown such short distances. They have their reasons even though they sure don't make sense to me!
Used to fly 25-minute domestic in Denmark for business all the time - but in all fairness, the layout of the country (islands) forced a huge detour and with a 1-hour ferry ride thrown in, total driving time was realistically 4 hours.

Then this got built and eliminated the ferry ride:



- driving (or train, if you want to use the time a bit more constructively) became an option.
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:54 AM
 
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Ummmm drive?
I was assuming unless you are 17, the interesting places worth visiting within comfortable driving distances have been all visited.
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Old 01-23-2015, 12:22 PM
 
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I was assuming unless you are 17, the interesting places worth visiting within comfortable driving distances have been all visited.
Unfortunately neither is the case (age or places visited). My dream is to do an extended driving tour of the US. I do love to drive and driving 10+ hours in a day is enjoyable and liberating to me (I've done 14 hrs before but that included a couple of exploratory stops along the way - something I can't do by plane). I tend to hit the roads less traveled vs the traditional tourist traps. I often drive to a location with very little plan in mind - just kind of make it up as I go along. Then I find I want to do more exploring than my time allows and want to go back.....

I'll bet every person here has something in their own state they haven't seen.

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Old 01-23-2015, 01:54 PM
 
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I'll bet every person here has something in their own state they haven't seen.
No doubt.

I lived in Arizona 23 years before visiting the Grand Canyon!

Made up for lost time though; got back two more times after that.
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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I'll bet every person here has something in their own state they haven't seen.
Yup! I plan to explore areas of the the state I live in (Oregon) that I have never been to before. This summer I plan on taking a trip to Eastern Oregon to camp and hike and visit a couple hot springs.

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I also am thinking about going back to Florida in Nov/Dec. There was so much I wanted to do but did not get a chance to do when I was their last month. I am not a big fan of flying, but I am getting better. But Seattle to Orlando in 4.5 hours makes the hassel worth it.
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