Planning a trip to enjoy the autumn foliage or go wine-tasting? According to a recent TripAdvisor survey, 86 percent of travelers are planning a leisure trip this fall, and those are the top activities.
For those who traveled on Labor Day, 60 percent expected to drive, and 34 percent planned to fly. (Guess the other 6 percent were either taking trains or boats.) But how often is driving a better option than flying?
In the video below, Money Talks News reporter Jim Robinson takes a look at that question, using a trip calculator to weigh the costs and benefits. Check it out, and then read on for more.
Here's the tool Jim used: BeFrugal's fly or drive calculator. Plug in some travel dates, locations, the number of people going, and some other optional information to get a side-by-side comparison. Regardless of how the money shakes out, though, Jim's right that both modes have their pros and cons. Here are a few things to consider before you decide:
Bottom line? The choice between flying and driving isn't always obvious. If you weigh the benefits and plug some numbers into a flight calculator , you might be surprised. If you are going to fly, take some advice from Money Talks News travel expert Jason Steele. He's a licensed pilot who knows all the tricks, from flying business class cheap to the best frequent flier programs and maximizing bonus miles.
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