[this is a ymoyl update.]
my sister is hosting a family gathering at her home in north carolina over columbus day weekend. here’s how the travel methods broke down this time:
|method||cost (round trip)||trip time (one-way)|
the cost of the trip by car was estimated using these figures:
- car rental with insurance:
- $221.28 (cheapest economy car from bwi)
- 900 mile roundtrip / 30 mpg = 30 gallons * $3/gallon = $90
so, good news on the train front this time! it’s hardly more than the bus, and even if i owned a car, it’s only $32 more than the cost of gas and at least 32 times more pleasant than driving.
not owning a car is leading me to more options and more pleasant options than owning one has. if i had a car, i would just drive down by default like i always have. not having one has made me research the options and find that, for roughly the same cost, i can have a much more pleasant trip, one on which i can see a lot more scenery, don’t have the stress of driving, and can sleep or get up and walk around whenever i like. and bring my laptop and get a lot of work done on the trip, instead of working to catch up when i get back.
looking forward to traveling for a change!