Driving to Florida may fit within your budget, but there are some extra costs here that you need to anticipate, as well. First of all, you have to purchase gas. And while gas prices in the U.S. are no longer approaching $4.00 a gallon, it can still be expensive to drive all the way to Florida, especially if you live on the West Coast. Even living in the Mid-U.S. – Texas, for example – you’re still looking at a two or three day drive. During this drive, you’ll need a place to stay, which adds more hotel costs to your trip. However, if you’re willing to stay at budget hotels or take along your camping gear and camp out, you may not have to spend that much money while driving.
However, you’ll also need to consider the wear and tear on your car if you’re planning a Florida road trip. If your car needs thousands of dollars in maintenance just to make the trip, or if the drive would put you over your mileage limit on your lease, you may want to look at renting a car to get there. Of course, this is yet another expense that you need to consider in your budget. After adding in gas, a rental car, and the extra lodging costs, you may find that it really is cheaper to fly to Florida. Of course, driving is its own adventure, and you can see other sights on your way to Florida.