K: I didn’t grow up taking many road trips. During my childhood, I was raised in Georgia, yet most of our family was still in Texas. Occasionally, we’d make that drive but it wasn’t even a once a year thing and we ended up flying the majority of the time. Fast forward to when I met Brandon: he had big ideas about traveling the country and quickly pulled me into those plans. Of course, I couldn’t resist! The other factor that occurred was that we realized we could go places a lot cheaper if we drove, rather than if we flew. For instance, this last trip to New Mexico cost us approximately $250 in gas for the full trip (over 1600 miles total). Comparing that to airline tickets for each of us, and we saved over $1,000.
If you’re a long time reader, then you know that we do small trips here in Texas frequently. A quick trip to Fredericksburg or a weekend in Port Aransas is just a car ride away. Getting out of Texas is where the real road trips come into play, and we were honestly a little nervous about spending eleven hours in the car in order to get to Santa Fe. If you’re debating whether to fly or drive to your next location, Brandon has assembled our thoughts on the road trip and developed a pros/cons list for you to consider, based off our experience.
- You’re going to save money. This was the ultimate deal maker for us and we loved not having to budget airplane tickets into our trip cost. Depending on your location, you could easily save over $1,000.
- There’s so much more bonding time. We had some excellent conversations during our car ride and even received clarity on a few big topics that had been in circulation between us. When you spend hours together in the car, you’re guaranteed bonding time with that person and Katherine and I loved that element.
- You have the ability to stop and explore. There’s nothing stopping you from pulling over for a bite to eat or to take the scenic route. We love happening upon a cool location and stopping for a moment to enjoy.
- Road trip snacks are essential. We enjoyed picking out our snacks beforehand and munching on Bare apple chips, jerkey, and yogurt covered pretzels. A plane ride will offer you pretzels or peanuts if you’re lucky, but a road trip can offer so much more!
- You may get stuck in traffic. This is a huge con to any road trip and one that we were lucky enough to not encounter this time around. If you’re choosing a route on major highways, factor in typical traffic times and do your best to avoid them.
- Driving can get old. It’s no secret that you can quickly grow tired of being behind the wheel. To avoid this, we recommend splitting the trip up (we did five hours, stayed the night somewhere, and finished the last five hours the next morning). Additionally, be sure to split up the driving time between the two of you so that one person isn’t tackling the whole trip.
- You may not be in a pretty area. Everyone has this vision of their ideal road trip and it probably includes a very picturesque setting. I envisioned us driving through the New Mexico mountains, and while we did do that, the majority of our drive was spent getting out of a very flat part of Texas. I’ve got to say, we spent miles and miles looking at dusty, minimal landscape and we grew very tired of it!
- Boredom may set in. After a while (particularly on the drive home), the boredom can set in. To combat this, Katherine and I tried playing road trip games, listening to podcasts, talking, and anything else to help pass the time. Just remember that the longer your road trip is, the easier it is to grow bored on the drive.
Hope this helps you consider your next road trip! Leave a comment and let us know the best destination you’ve ever road tripped to.