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View Poll Results: At what minimum distance does flying become more practical over driving for you?
Less than 100 miles 0 0%
100 to 300 miles 5 5.00%
300 to 500 miles 30 30.00%
500 to 800 miles 41 41.00%
800 to 1000 miles 11 11.00%
Over 1000 miles 13 13.00%
Voters: 100. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-09-2016, 03:24 PM
 
Location: S.W. Florida
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I like to drive so putting several hundred miles behind the wheel is no biggie. I avoid airports unless it's a must. Don't like the whole process of security checks and long lines. Plus,I'm a talker and I find that most people on flights are more interested in their devices than carrying on a conversation with someone they don't know.
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Old 11-09-2016, 04:48 PM
 
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I put over 1000 since I like driving and taking my time. Really, unless I have reason to rush, I don't mind taking 2-3 days just to get there.


From a purely practical standpoint, anything up to a day is quicker than flying unless you live really close to an airport. By the time you drive to the airport, park, security, wait, the flight itself, get luggage, rent a car, and still get to the final destination, it takes a full day. Esp if you have to change planes somewhere.


I remember a few years back where we had a big meeting at about the one day travel distance. The meeting ended about noon, so folks headed home and we decided to time it to see who made it quicker -- the drivers or the flyers. The drivers were actually home and in their own beds before the flyers got to the home airport and then they still had to drive to their homes.
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Old 11-09-2016, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Starting a walkabout
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Or maybe I will reconsider, if they finally ditch Arpaio!
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Old 11-09-2016, 06:38 PM
 
Location: London U.K.
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I like to drive so putting several hundred miles behind the wheel is no biggie. I avoid airports unless it's a must. Don't like the whole process of security checks and long lines. Plus,I'm a talker and I find that most people on flights are more interested in their devices than carrying on a conversation with someone they don't know.

The thought of driving several hundred miles makes me reach for red hot needles to stick in my eyes,
but when I'm on a plane, I like to read a book, chug a couple of Crown Royals then drift off to sleep.
If I had a talker next to me, I'd think of jumping out, parachute optional, and forcing myself to drive.
I note you're from Punta Gorda, great place, Dean's, Hurricane Charley's, River City Grill, Jacks on Marion,
it's worth the flight from London to Tampa, then the 100 mile drive, or London -Atlanta-Fort Myers, short drive.
Many times we've rented at Rum Quay, walked around 8 minutes to Fishermans Village, got loaded, and spent 20 minutes walking back unsteadily.
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Old 11-09-2016, 08:17 PM
 
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I can't think of any reason I would fly now unless I had to cross an ocean and even then I think I'd consider a ship. For long land trips, I'd take Amtrak.
I also prefer the train (ATL to NYC), but I miss the good old days when they let us shoot buffalo or whatever from the window.
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Old 11-09-2016, 08:43 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU -> DAL
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Don't care so much about mileage but time. For me, really it would have to be at least 10 hours before I seriously considering flying unless I'm just in a time crunch. Other than that, give me the lower cost and lower hassle of driving. Of course, I suppose it matters where I'm driving. 10 hours driving the BoWash corridor would be pretty aggravating compared to 10 hours of open road.

Really, if I can I'll drive anywhere and everywhere unless I just can't due to time constraints. I'm flying from Philly to DFW this weekend and if I had more time I'd be driving that.
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Old 11-10-2016, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Long Neck , DE
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I have no problem driving 800 to 1,000 miles, and it's always more practical as long as gas is still under $3 and at least two people in the car. If just me, I'll usually fly if more than about 500 miles, basically one tank of gas.
Great if you don't have to use a rental car at the destination.
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Old 11-10-2016, 09:17 AM
 
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There are too many variables to give a definitive answer. What's the traffic like between the two endpoints? What is airport access like at the two endpoints? If it's leisure travel, what's the cost? If it's business travel, how much can I spend before finance chokes on it?

A year ago, I was hopping in a Hertz Local Edition rental car and driving 220 miles to a customer site pretty much weekly. I was able to time my drive to avoid some really awful Northeast Corridor traffic. That's way better on my system than dealing with airports.

I'm not going to drive 10 hours for business. I'll do 300 miles of light-traffic cruise control driving in a rental car for business. If there's a traffic jam in the way, I'll fly or do Amtrak. For leisure, I don't like spending much more than 6 hours in the car unless the flight cost is outrageous and there is no Amtrak service.
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Old 11-10-2016, 09:22 AM
 
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Great if you don't have to use a rental car at the destination.
I just use my corporate discount. Rental cars are never a big expense for me. The only exception is if I'm likely to face snow driving. I'd rather drive my AWD car with good snow tires than skid around in a FWD rental with stock all season tires.
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Old 11-10-2016, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Boise
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I choose to drive whenever I have the time.

The hassles of flying and the way airlines treat people is my reason for driving.

I've crossed the country many times by car, and there isn't a better way to see our nation than to take a few days driving it.
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