Noelle's First Trip to the World: a PTR
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Ok that is not so much the news but a lead in as to what the news is. I had been looking at gas prices climb (and climb and climb) and I began to cringe when thinking of how many times we would need for fill on our trip down. My car is good on milage but with gas becoming painfully close to $4.00 a gallon no car is good enough to make up for that burn.
Then a thought occured to me. My daughter requires a bit more stuff then us. Plus she takes up room in my car. My Hyundai Sonata.....that only seats 4.....Now my trunk is big, but so is our stroller......... So I started to really think about the logistics of it. Could everything really fit?
Between the stroller, my suit case and my DH's (no we cannot share I bring too much crap lol ) then the bag for my daughter I thought this might not work. I did not want to jump the gun though and abandon our plans of driving. I do like driving for a couple reasons and the potential for it being more expensive was definitely a turn off.
Then I did some reseach. Plus a pros and cons list (type A personality that I am I love my lists, I am sure others here can understand that ) and saw that it was actually cheaper to fly.
With gas prices, plus a hotel room, plus wear to my car it turned out a better choice to fly. Plus I really did not think I could comfortably be in that car for 9 hours then 4 hours the next day, if I could fit at all.
So I talked it over with my DH and he seemed perfectly happy not to drive for 13+ hours (who whould have thought ). I then texted my BF. I knew she had planned on flying but she lives in Philly and so she was only 45 minutes from that airport. I did not know if she wanted to just fly from there or perhaps come to my house that Saturday and fly down with us Sunday morning. Well I got the text back from her and she said she would much rather fly with us! If anyone else here knows, Philly is famous for delays (Hint of rain, Philly delays, someone spilled coffee on the runway, Philly delays, a dog barks, Philly delays) and she was scared she would get delayed and we would be waiting around for her. Plus I do not know anyone who actually likes that airport (sorry if someone here does ).
So new plans are this! Fly out of Norfolk at 9:40am Sunday September 23 and arrive in Orlando around 11:35. We then leave Orlando at 2:30pm Saturday September 29 and arrive back in VA at around 4:30pm. I had a fear the flight prices would go up (along with gas prices) so my BF and I actually booked our flights tonight! No time like the present. It makes the vacation feel MUCH more real now.
I just hope Noelle does ok on the plane. I do not want to be the person who has a screaming child for 2 hours on the flight Any tips for flying with a 9 month old?
Congrats on the flights! We've have always driven down to WDW which is approx. 20hours of driving for us. While we don't mind the drive and how long it takes to get to WDW, sometimes it's just better to fly. With the rising gas prices lately, and then money you spend on the motel (if you plan on not driving straight through), food and other misc. things, not to mention the wear and tear on your vehicle, flying is sometimes a better option. Especially to know that in a few hours we'll be immersed in the Disney bubble vs still many hours of driving ahead of us. We always like to compare apples to apples to see which would be best for us.
I've never flown with an infant, sorry I can't help you there.
congrats on the flights! I haven't flown with an infant but everything i've heard said bring a pacifier for take off and landing. Not sure if you use them but if she starts to cry she might take it if it brings relief.
If you have a washer and dryer in room why not pack 1/2 of what you will need clothes wise? This can help you save on baggage or you can always ship a box to the resort instead. There are lots of tips floating around for traveling with small children. I'm sure everything will work out and your beautiful daughter will have a fantastic first trip!