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Old 05-20-2019, 04:01 PM
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My wife is talking about another trip to Fl from NJ, 2 adults, 2 kids. Airfare and money isn't a problem, right now tickets are about $275 PP RT., Rent a car for $60 a day modest hotel and were done.

This year for some reason she says, why not drive down, the kids are a little older now, at 30 mpg it would be about 80 gals of gas RT an extra night each way for a motel $125 x 2 but you save on the rent a car which is $350-400 for the trip.

Would you listen to your gut and take the flight like usual or try the adventure of 4 in a car for 16 hours of drive time each way?
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:13 PM
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If the wife says let's drive, take her up on the idea. You can pack a lot of personal stuff for her and the kids in your vehicle. You can even fit a fishing rod in there somewhere.
I like to fly and be across the country in a couple of hours vs two days, but I hate the airport and rental car hassle.
You're on vacation. It's a win win either way.

How far down in FL are you going?
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:20 PM
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My wife is talking about another trip to Fl from NJ, 2 adults, 2 kids. Airfare and money isn't a problem, right now tickets are about $275 PP RT., Rent a car for $60 a day modest hotel and were done.

This year for some reason she says, why not drive down, the kids are a little older now, at 30 mpg it would be about 80 gals of gas RT an extra night each way for a motel $125 x 2 but you save on the rent a car which is $350-400 for the trip.

Would you listen to your gut and take the flight like usual or try the adventure of 4 in a car for 16 hours of drive time each way?
Take the road trip but stop and do something on the way.....a day at the Maritime Museum in Newport News and/or the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.

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Old 05-20-2019, 04:24 PM
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If the wife says let's drive, take her up on the idea. You can pack a lot of personal stuff for her and the kids in your vehicle. You can even fit a fishing rod in there somewhere.
I like to fly and be across the country in a couple of hours vs two days, but I hate the airport and rental car hassle.
You're on vacation. It's a win win either way.

How far down in FL are you going?
This trip would be Jacksonville/St.Augustine, so not too deep.

She's thinking of leaving home 8 PM and driving 8 hours, the kids will fall asleep until we get a room at the halfway point, the 2nd day is when they'll be awake and going nuts, not sure about the return home, she hasn't thought that far in advance yet.
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This trip would be Jacksonville/St.Augustine, so not too deep.

She's thinking of leaving home 8 PM and driving 8 hours, the kids will fall asleep until we get a room at the halfway point, the 2nd day is when they'll be awake and going nuts, not sure about the return home, she hasn't thought that far in advance yet.
I love St Augustine......Jacksonville is......okay?Maybe.

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I'm an old man that has never had kids, but 16 hours in a car........no way. Florida ain't that interesting, especially Jacksonville and St Augustine.
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:38 PM
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Personally would not want to drive with 3 other people. Will run midwest to SWFL straight through nonstop (20 hours). I could not imagine them wanting to stop / bathroom / food breaks. I took one person with me and it turned into a 3 day trip. I started to get super annoyed as only stop for gas. Would fly if I had a big crew with me.
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We take multiple 1500 mile trips a year in our Suburban, 3 kids and the dog. Put in 1000 miles the first day, then 500 the next. Then again I drove my 9/10 sec race car 850 miles each way, raced heads up 3 days in a row then drove back. I hate flying with the commoners in scum class, so I drive.
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We take multiple 1500 mile trips a year in our Suburban, 3 kids and the dog. Put in 1000 miles the first day, then 500 the next. Then again I drove my 9/10 sec race car 850 miles each way, raced heads up 3 days in a row then drove back. I hate flying with the commoners in scum class, so I drive.
Yeah, nothing like the high class of people at gas stations and roadside stops.
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Put me on a plane thank you.
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:52 PM
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My wife is talking about another trip to Fl from NJ, 2 adults, 2 kids. Airfare and money isn't a problem, right now tickets are about $275 PP RT., Rent a car for $60 a day modest hotel and were done.

This year for some reason she says, why not drive down, the kids are a little older now, at 30 mpg it would be about 80 gals of gas RT an extra night each way for a motel $125 x 2 but you save on the rent a car which is $350-400 for the trip.

Would you listen to your gut and take the flight like usual or try the adventure of 4 in a car for 16 hours of drive time each way?
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We do the trip all the time and drive straight through. We work all day, come home and go to sleep. Get up around 11:00 pm, shower and on the road by midnight. Start getting a little tired around 5:00 am then the sun comes up. South of Washington before morning rush hour. No long stops for breakfast, just gas and go. We will be at The Sandbar in Cocoa Beach for fish tacos & beers by 4:30 pm +/-.

If we leave earlier, we can make it to sun up. If we leave later, we hit traffic in Washington.

Just my two cents, it works for us.
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I have Family in Ohio and live in Naples. I have done both flying and driving, Now my Daughter is 18 and my son is 13. My son is very interested in history. We Make it a 3 day trip and he and I find historic places to stop.
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I made the trip straight through to just north of Tampa a few weeks ago. Easy trip but a whole lot of I95. Took us around 14 hours from South Jersey.

My my wife and I are having the same discussion about the end of July. I think we decided we are going to drive down. Leave after work and the kids will sleep a good portion of it.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:26 PM
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Have you ever taken the route 81 trip?
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Can't count how many times I have driven to Florida from Maryland we normally go to the keys as long as it's not a holiday weekend it's fine problem portion is between Richmond and Washington coming back north unless you hit that area between midnight 4 am we leave around 8 pm and stop in Florence nc start out the next day and is relaxing. Cracker Barrel is a clean place to stop and grab a bite unless you get a sandwich or a omelet food isn't much watchword you stop for gas have been in some less than desirable places by mistake. I have seen too many people get off a plane sick and ruin a weeks vacation. I know my car is germ free.
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Some of my fondest memories as a kid were road trips from FL to TX, siblings and I brought games to play, stuff to do, books to read, ran around at rest stops and gas stations on the way there. I think boredom can be good for kids, or at a minimum we were trapped in the car with our parents for hours at a time and we'd enjoy music together, talk for longer than we would have otherwise, etc.

I'm not a "drive everywhere" guy, because we can do a lot of that same stuff on a plane with my kids, but I do think there can be something unique and exciting about a road trip.
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Originally Posted by CruiseToFish View Post
We take multiple 1500 mile trips a year in our Suburban, 3 kids and the dog. Put in 1000 miles the first day, then 500 the next. Then again I drove my 9/10 sec race car 850 miles each way, raced heads up 3 days in a row then drove back. I hate flying with the commoners in scum class, so I drive.
​​​​​​I hate when people I don't know try to talk to me on a plane. You must be one of those people.
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Old 05-21-2019, 04:55 AM
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Originally Posted by YFMF View Post
This trip would be Jacksonville/St.Augustine, so not too deep.

She's thinking of leaving home 8 PM and driving 8 hours, the kids will fall asleep until we get a room at the halfway point, the 2nd day is when they'll be awake and going nuts, not sure about the return home, she hasn't thought that far in advance yet.
I've made way too many trips from FL to Long Island. That's what I do now. I drive through the night, straight through. Where in NJ are you? It use to take me about 90 minutes to get to where I had to go on LI from the NJ turnpike. My best time was 15 hours.
You will have to make sure you go through the DC area at O dark thirty on the way back.
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