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By Andrew Collins
Contributing Travel Features Writer
When people find out I'm on the road six to
eight months of the year, they nearly always
want to know how many frequent-flyer miles / #
I've racked up.
"You must spend half your life in airports,"
they muse, suddenly Imagining the flip side of
my job as a travel writer. I'm always happy to
report that, in fact, I fly no more than three or
four times annually, usually when air travel is
my only practical option (for example, to
Europe or Australia). For North American des-
tinations, I travel by car. There is no activity
more exhilarating to me than taking to the
Car travel is not for everybody. If time is
tight, you're better off flying. With the most
ambitious itinerary you need to factor in at ^
least a full day of travel for every 500 miles you §|§|
plan to cover by car. It takes at least six days to
drive across the country, above and beyond the
time spent exploring each destination.
And the best way to experience the terrain
is to avoid the superhighways and stick to
slower but more scenic roads. I crisscross the
continent at least once a year, typically taking
in 30 to 40 cities and passing through 15 to 25
U.S. states and Canadian provinces. I take
three to five months on such a trip and still
usually wind up feeling rushed. myriad hazards you might encounter on the
The most important decision to make road,
before setting out is whether to use your own Sedans are roomier than coupes, and rear
car, rent a car or fly to a given destination and passenger doors make it easier to get to lug-
rent one on arrival. I use my own car, partly gage stored on the back seat. A trunk is better
because as a travel writer on assignment I'm than an open-bed storage space like the back of
able to deduct most automobile expenses. If a sport-utility vehicle or a station wagon,
your trip isn't work-related, using your own because it's protected from the sun (which can
car may not be cost-effective. The money you damage film, food, beer and wine and many
spend on gas, tolls and parking, combined toiletries) and is hidden from the covetous
with the wear and tear on your car (or the extra eyes of potential burglars. A mid-size sedan,
miles if you lease your car), can amount to a while not as handy and cost-effective as a corn-
tremendous expense. pad car/ gets much better mileage than a sport-
The best car for a long road trip is a late- utility vehicle, is fairly easy to park and
model (still with its full factory warranty), maneuver and ensures the smoothest and
mid-size sedan with a large trunk and a most comfortable ride,
dependable car alarm — I drive a Saab, which If the car you own fails to meet most of the
I chose largely because of its excellent security above requirements, consider either renting
features and its enormous cargo space. A car one locally for the entire trip or flying part of
with an expired warranty is a risk, given the the way and renting a car once you arrive. The
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