Summer Out West: Transportation

Deciding the method of transportation for the road trip has been more challenging then planning the road trip itself.

Option 1: Amtrak Train

My first idea was to take a train across the US. Sitting back and watching the world go by. The idea seemed so romantic in my head. Sitting in the lounge car, reading a book, sipping coffee. The reality of the train would take more days to cross the country and leave little room for site seeing.

PROS

  • No driving involved.

CONS

  • Cost
  • Length

Option 2: Renting a RV

My second idea was to rent an RV. The idea of traveling the open road in an RV seemed like the best way to go. I used two RVShare and Outdoorsy to look for a rental. The RV would be a good option if I owned it, had lots of money to fill up the tank, and more vacation time. After driving through the winding roads between Nevada and California, I am thankful we did not have an RV!

PROS

  • Prep meals, save money on eating out

CONS

  • Gas costs
  • Learning curve for driving

Option 3: Car

I would consider renting a car or driving my own.

PROS

  • Renting a car saving wear and tear on personnel vehicle
  • Flexibility in luggage, lodging (ability to bring tent or stay in hotel)

CONS

  • Distance to get to desired destinations

Idea 4: Air Plane

PROS

  • Quicker

CONS

  • Baggage fees

Final Decision: Combination

The final decision was made by looking at all the options and figuring out what fits best within the time we have to complete the trip and within budget.  We will be traveling by train, plane, and automobile.

PROS

  • Quicker to further destinations, southern states to be revisited in another trip

CONS

  • Limited baggage