Flying vs driving in the United States

@carlaabt (3508)
United States
January 18, 2007 3:57pm CST
My siter is getting married in June and my son and I will be going home (about 1000 miles) for the ceremony. We always drive when we go home as a family but I'm wondering if I should drive this time by myself (with my 1 year old son) or fly?
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@bsabers (668)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Having a youngster in the car for that long could get a little interesting, but it could also be very hectic if you were to hit delays at the airport, and who knows how your son would react to flying. Tough question, but if I were in your shoes, I would probably drive.
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@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
18 Jan 07
The point about delays is a valid one. We will be going in June so the chance of it being a weather delay are much lower than say, flying tomorrow, but there are many other reasons for delays, too. Thanks, I hadn't even considered that. :)
• United States
18 Jan 07
It really depends on how much time you have. If you can afford the time to drive time-wise, and assuming your car is in good condition, driving may be the option. However, when you're flying within the country, it usually costs about the same as it would to drive with less time to get there. As far as your son being in the car for 1000 miles, that's how you feel about that because every child is different. If you think he could withstand 1000 miles, it would be a great way to bond for some time and it may be a hassle to go through security and have your son go through security at the airport as well. I know, by myself, security is a hassle. It really depends on if you have the time, money, and patience.
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@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Thanks for the response. The time issue shouldn't be a problem. I only work 2 Saturdays a month so they won't miss me much even if I take off longer. :) I haven't flown in over seven years so I really don't have a clue about what security is like now and how hard it would be to go through with my baby. I think he might would do better in the car. Less people, less loud noise, ya know?
@rachelcaron (1682)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I would prefer to fly with a 1 year old. My son is 9 months old and I cannot imagine having him in the car for 1000 miles. If cost is an issue then it probably makes since to drive, but if you can get a pretty cheap flight, I'd go for it. good luck
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@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Thanks for the response. Generally, my son does okay in the car. We went home earlier this month and he only cried in ND (who can blame him LOL).
@quispy (573)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Personally, I don't fly well. But I do it. And I have done it with my 3 kids (at the time they were 9, 3 and 2), and we went to Disney. My husband didn't come and I couldn't imagine driving with them all that way (24 hours). The flight wasn't bad, the kids loved it, and I only had to occupy them for a total of 5 hours. I would go that route. It would also give you more time with your family.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
If you don't have any flying problems then fly as for myself I don't want nor do I care to fly. But traveling that long with a 1 year old would be difficult. I would still drive it with a 1 year old if I had to make a choice between driving or flying.
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