Family trip 815 miles, fly or drive?
We are planning on going to St. Louis for a family reunion at the YMCA center. We live in Raleigh, NC and will be driving with our only son who will be 18 months at the time (June). If we drive we will take a Honda CRV, which should have enough room. If we fly it it is $200 per ticket and then we have to rent a car for a week ($200-300). We would definitely get a ticket for our son so total transportation costs would be $800-900. I'm not sure where we are going to get this money.
The other option is a 16-17 hour trip. That means gas ($100), hotel stays out and back ($200) and wear and tear on car. I want to drive becasue it might be cheaper. She thinks are sweet child will either go crazy or drive us crazy on such a long drive. I think hauling all our stuff+ car seat on a plane is also a big hassle. Though we can fly direct.
So, what would you do? We will probably do what the boss wants, fly.