This is probably one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. Usually, I try to find ways to avoid traveling by taking vacation days.
This year is different.
My travel week started out yesterday by flying to Washington DC. Then today, off to Portland, Oregon. On Wednesday, I return to Washington DC. On Thursday, it's back home again in Orlando, FL.
Of course, this isn't the end of my holiday/work travel schedule.
Then, there is the "TRUE" holiday travel. I plan to visit my Dad on Christmas day. So, this is a 10 hour 500 plus mile roundtrip that I'll start on Christmas Eve and return home on Christmas day.
On Monday, 26 DEC, I'll drive to Valdosta to pick up my son for visitation the last week of December. This is a round trip of 560 miles and about 11 hours or so.
I return him to Valdosta on 02 JAN. But, I'll fly him there in a Cessna 172, so that will only take 4.5 hours total.
Totals for commercial air travel:
Orlando to Washington DC - 760 miles (2 hours)
Washington DC to Portland - 2350 miles (5.5 hours nonstop)
Portland to Washington DC - 2350 miles (6 hours 15 minutes, one stop O'Hare)
Washington DC - Orlando - 760 miles. (2 hours)
TOTAL: 6,220 miles (15.5 hours, not counting airport waiting times)
Totals for driving is:
Christmas Eve: 250 miles (5 hours)
Chrismas Day: 250 miles (5 hours)
26 DEC: 560 miles (11 hours est)
Totals for flying private plane:
02 JAN: 520 miles (4.5 hours est)
Commercial (6220) + Driving (1060) + Private Plane (480) = 7,660 miles
Total Hours = Commercial (15.5) + Driving (21) + Private Plane (4.5) = 41 hours
So, I guess I should quit my job as a webMethods guy and become an over-the-road truck driver, as I am used to the hours...