So what is it like to drive 17 hours to Orlando, Florida with about 4 hours of sleep between two people?
Like anything at first, it starts as this major adventure. Until it gets dark, you are tired, it’s pouring rain, and you just want to get there.
We initially decided to drive through the night to Florida because the first night of our stay would be the last night we could use the Spring WDW discount. We took naps after work, and even set off a little early. Armed with snacks, books, and music, the drive really didn’t FEEL like 17 hours. But after awhile, time had no meaning. It felt like noon when it was 8 a.m.
For those who are curious about details: we basically took I-95 straight to Orlando. Pretty clean cut drive. Here are a few other questions you may be dying to ask us:
Did we save money driving instead of flying?
Yes. This was only circumstantial though. Flights were so expensive during this popular Spring Break/early Easter weekend to every locale we researched. Even the added expenses of hotels on the way back still made our trip that much cheaper. (Crazy, I know.) Sure we lost almost a day of sleep but once we got a really good one the night we arrived, we were pretty much back to normal.
Was it fun?
Yes and no. It was not fun when it was raining torrentially for the last three states of the trip. But it was lovely to see the sun come up in North Carolina and come out in Florida, and pass the state lines! Of course, nothing beats driving through the Walt Disney World entrance.
Did you stop a lot?
I’m actually surprised we didn’t stop a lot at all. Few bathroom breaks, a rushed breakfast break. We basically stopped for coffee, gas, and to walk around for 2 seconds. Maybe five times in 17 hours? I say that’s a triumph!
Should I road trip to Florida?
I think this is fun for everyone to do at least once. You’ll certainly be patting yourself on the back for a long time afterwards a.k.a. I can’t believe we did that! I never thought I would do that, etc. It’s actually quite gratifying when you get over the boring highways.
Oh and a casual warning: you will feel all kinds of gross when you make it to your final destination. I promise.