On Time, Resources and the Desired Experience

Sitting by a tree in Myersville, MD talking about trip/project planning.

Now that I am back home, here are the actual numbers:

If I went by plane (one way):

  • 1.5 hours for the actual flight between DC and Toronto
  • Take taxi to airport (anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours – dependent upon DC traffic)
  • Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before the flight
  • Pick up luggage and rental car – about 1 hour
  • Get to destination in Southern Ontario – 2 hours
  • Total travel time – 8 – 9 hours

Going by car (one way direct to final destination):

  • 10 hours, including stops.

Then there is the experience in a car vs. the plane:

  • I don’t have to worry so much about packing toiletries
  • My seat is significantly more comfortable
  • I can listen to whatever I want without getting interrupted
  • I am free to stop whenever I want
  • I am not disturbing anyone or climbing over people to use the bathroom
  • Even with gas prices, food, and wear and tear on my car – the car is significantly cheaper.

Fundamentally – I spent 1-2 extra hours for significantly more satisfaction and happiness.  I think that’s a great ROI.

Really, the only “disadvantage” of driving myself places is that I am not able to work (or at least do stuff in front of my computer).  Honestly, I don’t see “not being able to work in front of a computer” as a disadvantage.  I managed to get a lot of work done during my road trip – the videos are my evidence 			</div><!-- .entry-content -->
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