And it was worth every penny!!! We arrived at Newark airport around 12:15 pm on Sunday after our flight from Dublin and that descent was BUMPY. Maverick does not enjoy flying and I hated the feeling of bouncing around we had at the end of that particular flight. It was probably my 14th time flying, but I have never had that level of terror. It didn't seem to bother most people as much, but we just couldn't face getting on our next flight to Raleigh on a much smaller plane with FAA wind advisories in place. No thank you.
So we walked away from the gate, found a rental car, and drove home for 8 hours. My parents had no issues taking the flight, so they informed the airline we weren't flying and they beat us home by about 6 hours. It worked out nicely for some other folks because the flight was overbooked and had standbys.
It was fun. We had an adventure. We listened to podcasts, listened to music, admired the view of big cities we don't visit very often, and we talked a lot.
The rental, gas, tolls (WTF New Jersey?), and additional night of boarding for the dogs wasn't cheap, but we traded a very stressful flight (my parents confirmed the wind was intense) for a romantic road trip. And we had the peace of mind knowing it was covered by our emergency fund. ❤
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