With the convenience of air travel and the relatively low cost, it’s easy to see why many people turn to the airlines when it’s time to take a trip. The idea of a road trip seems to have lost its allure. It’s time to change that way of thinking. A plane might get you there faster, but there are plenty of reasons to hop in the car for your next getaway.
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When you’re driving in your car, you get to really experience the natural beauty of the planet, and your position on it. You can feel how small you are next to a mountain or a canyon, and truly see just how flat the plains can be. You just don’t get that experience flying miles above everything.
In the car, you have a great opportunity for bonding with your family and friends. On an airplane, you’re too concerned with bothering the strangers all around you, but in the car, you can let loose and be yourself. Roll the windows down and sing along with the radio. Ask deep questions and expect deep answers. What happens in the car, stays in the car.
When you’re in the car, you can meander on your way to the destination. It allows you to stop at other cities along the way. In an airplane, not only is this significantly more expensive, it’s also troublesome to have to get to the airport and go through security multiple times.
Though plane trips can definitely be affordable, it’s almost always less expensive to travel by car, especially if you’re traveling with other people. You can use the money you’d save on airfare to do a few extra fun activities at your destination. Also, don’t forget to insure your vehicle just in case!
Perhaps the best thing about traveling by car is that it gives you the opportunity to stop at some of the lesser-known attractions that the country has to offer. As you’re driving, for example, you might see a sign for something that looks interesting, like “The World’s Biggest Ball of Twine” or a “Mystery Spot”. It doesn’t take long to take that exit and spend an hour or two off the beaten track.