When I am unable to make life altering decisions, I turn to you, internet. (that's just how much I love ya) You skilled parents out there, you givers of fantastic advice, you random crazies who post porn websites. I need help. Everyone must answer- and show your work! Here's the skinny:
We don't travel much. I have a large aversion to traveling (sleeping in strange beds, messing up my routine, etc) and having kids has amplified this by a thousand. However, this summer we are chancing a small weekend trip.
Money and cost is not a factor in this particular decision- my mental wellbeing is much more valuable. We are heading for some fun- a drive that would take normal us 8 hours, but the new, never tested on a roadtrip version of us- (the one with three kids, one under 6 mos, and two walking the potty training tightrope) well, it could take anywhere from 10-12 hours, stopping every three hours to feed, and any time a three year old feels the urge to pee. We considered renting a minivan- to keep prying toddler hands out of each other's toys and carseats. We are also considering flying. Like, in an airplane. Here are some snippets that are essential to your decision:
-Little Man cannot stand to be in his carseat for one single minute. Just driving to the store around the corner elicits wails and screams from the backseat.
-We will have lots of stuff to tote around; pack and play, potty training paraphernalia. We have one actual suitcase- so we'll have to buy luggage to fly.
- If we fly, even when we check the luggage, we will still be dragging three kids, a stroller, a carseat, and two back-booster seats, plus any carry-on luggage through the airport.
- It's one thing if kids are having a fit on an hour long flight, we can just hunker down and survive it. But I'm not sure if we're halfway on our trek in the middle of nowhere...
- I have this kind of ethereal ideal of a "road trip" stopping at kitschy diners along the highway. My head knows this is all a load of bunk, but my heart longs for the idea.
Ok! No go! Calculate the better idea- driving vs. flying!