Sitting by a tree in Myersville, MD talking about trip/project planning.
Now that I am back home, here are the actual numbers:
If I went by plane (one way):
- 1.5 hours for the actual flight between DC and Toronto
- Take taxi to airport (anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours – dependent upon DC traffic)
- Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before the flight
- Pick up luggage and rental car – about 1 hour
- Get to destination in Southern Ontario – 2 hours
- Total travel time – 8 – 9 hours
Going by car (one way direct to final destination):
- 10 hours, including stops.
Then there is the experience in a car vs. the plane:
- I don’t have to worry so much about packing toiletries
- My seat is significantly more comfortable
- I can listen to whatever I want without getting interrupted
- I am free to stop whenever I want
- I am not disturbing anyone or climbing over people to use the bathroom
- Even with gas prices, food, and wear and tear on my car – the car is significantly cheaper.
Fundamentally – I spent 1-2 extra hours for significantly more satisfaction and happiness. I think that’s a great ROI.
Really, the only “disadvantage” of driving myself places is that I am not able to work (or at least do stuff in front of my computer). Honestly, I don’t see “not being able to work in front of a computer” as a disadvantage. I managed to get a lot of work done during my road trip – the videos are my evidence 🙂