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Would You Rather Travel by Land or Air With Your Tots?

As much as parents fret about flying with their wee ones, some prefer the stress of a shorter flight to the hours it takes to travel by car. On the other hand, there are moms and dads who'd rather drive for days than worry that their tykes are going to melt down in mid-air. Which type of tot travel do you prefer?

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Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I understand.. we couldn't always take vacations either especially when we were first starting out. I'm glad you are able to do what you can do. you're making memories either way :-)
Greggie Greggie 8 years
We don't actually do full family vacations, we can't afford them. We do a lot of short weekend trips for my husband's races, and I visit my parents in Wisconsin.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I got that Greggie. All of our vacations prior to this year had been done by car. 11 and 13 hour drives - we'd stop for the night somewhere in the middle. This year we went to Hawaii.. can't drive there lol. Next year we're going to the east coast to visit family.. if we had the time we'd drive it (from NV) but we don't so we'll by flying for that one too. For us anything that can be done in 2 days or less is driven... so I completely understand a 4 day trip by car being shortened by taking a plane :-) oh and for the most part we choose our vacations by whether or not they can be driven to within 2 days. it's just what works for us... plus it's cheaper (even with the gas prices the way they are, since we are a family of 6).
Greggie Greggie 8 years
For something that would be within a day's drive, I'd prefer the car. My response was for visiting farther away.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
car. we have it down now. when i drive between our house and grandpa's it takes about 9 hours. we sing songs and play games and stop for treats a few times. they are good travelers :)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Car.. breaks, snacks, toys etc. are more easily transported and available to the children.. plus there is so much to see when driving, many learning opportunities and fun car games! Or sing a longs. :-)
cuddles115 cuddles115 8 years
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Greggie Greggie 8 years
Plane. There may be a tantrum the whole way, but "the whole way" is much shorter than by car. Even if they cry the whole 4 hour plane trip to my parents', it's better than crying the whole 3 day trip to my parents'. Or making the trip take 4 to 5 days because of frequent stops, shortening the amount of time we see them.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Ok so I'm not a parent yet, but I would imagine it would be better to take a child in the car. The noise is self-contained, there is more room to spread out (usually), and you can make stops whenever you want.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
LOL Ims my daughter is going on 2 and 1/2 soon and she's just'a talking away in the backseat now.. Oh what I have to look forward to! =D I'd say neither plane nor car really.. I get SO nervous going anywhere with her. I'm so scared I'll lose her at the store or something or that we'll get hit and killed on the way to where ever we are going. Even just driving from her school (like 3 miles from my house maybe) I get so scared and am wayyyy more cautious. If I was alone I could total my car and care less. But if I have her with me I just get so nervous.
lms lms 8 years
I chose plane. My daughter talks non-stop. We drove 8 hours when she was 3 and she spoke the entire time. She rarely sleeps on planes but at least she talks less.
jessie jessie 8 years
car....we can take breaks...theirs the wonderful dvd player...we can toss snacks around...they can yell if they want..i can yell if i want...if we wanna pull over somewhere to give everyone a time to stretch..then we can
keiren63 keiren63 8 years
Car or train. Train because there is room, car because you can stop at any time and stretch your legs, find a place for the kids to run, buy them a quick treat.
macneil macneil 8 years
I'd always choose a train if a train is possible. You can get up and walk around, there's lots to see out the windows, more space to spread things out, it's noisy so you can talk happily, and I feel very safe. The only drawback is having to carry a lot of stuff.
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