When flying becomes too expensive, don’t just cancel your trip! There are other ways to make your trip a real possibility and at a fraction of the cost.
When my buddies in New York wanted to have a reunion at our Alma Mater, Notre Dame, we spent weeks searching for flights on web sites like Kayak, Expedia and Orbitz. The lowest rate we could find from NY was $279 dollars per person, including taxes and fees. For one person, this was a bit of an expense. For 15 people, we were looking at a total cost of $4199.25. Although we love Notre Dame, this was too much money to spend on a flight for a weekend getaway. We needed another alternative to make this trip cost effective and not have our significant others question why they are still with us.
I decided to search other travel alternatives and came across a rental that saved our trip. It was a 15 Passenger van rental and I didn’t need a special license or permit to drive it. It had passenger plates and could sit all of us comfortably. We also had the luxury and convenience of all sitting together in the privacy of one vehicle without having to deal with screaming babies and unruly strangers. The rental for the weekend was an astonishing $879.95. This was so much less than flying! We all couldn’t believe it.
To be very honest, we had a wonderful time in South Bend, but we also had a really great time traveling there. The ride allowed us to reconnect and share old stories in a group that we would not have been able to do on a flight. If you’re looking to save money and have a real bonding experience with your family and friends, look into renting a 15 passenger van. Our trip was absolutely perfect.