This is the season that most of you will go somewhere. As the airline prices and security measures take to new heights, more families are taking to the road. This can be a good thing or a bad trip to remember. Most travel is prompted by unexpected sickness, new births, weddings, birthdays, funerals, work and hard to get vacations.
On October 30, 2010, the federal airport security screeners have the go ahead to do a closer and more thorough inspection of passengers. The screeners are now allowed to search in areas they were not allowed before.
Now, do not get panicky, not everyone is searched with this method. It will be random and if Homeland Security should happen to put out an alert, they will use the new regulation. Most importantly, some airports have started using the body scanners. Passing through the security checkpoints are most troublesome besides, amount of carry on allowed, plus cost of extra bags and wait time if there is a delay of some kind. The upside goals of traveling by air remains the same, it is a time saver.
Traveling by roadway is much more beneficial if you have the time to take breaks every few hours, stop for rest over night and take in a few sights of places you want to visit. Depending on the reason for your trip, it might be possible to extend one to two days to allow extra travel days to really enjoy life. Real travel plans will take you straight into Animail Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.. If by chance something should happen to alter your plan A, you have that cushion and can move easily into plan B.
Two ways you can make plans. First, look at your planned route and consider stopping at a family member or friend’s home that you do not get to see very often. This is more valuable than saving time. Who knows when you will get to enjoy laughter with them again? Since you are returning, you may take one route up, visit family/friends and stop to visit with others on your return trip.
The second way of planning your road trip is, search out points of interest along your route that will not be more than 150 miles off your course. In the past, someone may have mentioned a special place they visited and you would like to see it too. The truth is, most likely you can.
Here is how you can do it; you may have seen the wild ponies on the news and think that is cool. Traveling from Florida to a state in the north along the east coast are tons of exciting places to see. A quick search on the Internet will give you two locations to see wild ponies. They are in Virginia on Chincoteague Island and in Maryland on the Assateague Island.
While you are watching for your roadway signs, look for information signs that tell visitors about historic things or markers in the area. A sign like the America’s Smallest Church may peak your curiosity enough to take a break from driving. Learning things that took place 100 years ago can be very educational for the entire family. You may even be open to learning about another culture.
You do the math. Yes, the plane is faster and you are at your destination within hours. As long as you pay the price, carry limited items, do not want to see anything, gamble with the service, your time, deal with the stress and rent a car (plus gas) for your stay, you will be fine. Hope you are traveling with adults if you are accompanied by someone else.
On the other hand, leave home in your well maintained vehicle, plan a route and schedule stops, visit loved ones, take in the sights, less stress and enjoy life. Oh yeah, if done correctly, you should be saving one hundred dollars or more for a 3,000 mile round trip.
Holiday season is near so expect higher airfares and gas prices. Just type in your destinations on your GPS and away you go.
Rick Bagley – Tampa Bay Event Photography