I love to travel but these days flying is getting to be impossible. I live within an 8 hour drive of beautiful beaches or one hour's flight time. That's in the air time. Why would anyone drive for 8 hours when it only takes an hour to fly. Well here's why.
It takes an hour to drive to the airport and of course you don't want to cut that too close so leaving an hour and half for drive time makes sense. Checking baggage and getting boarding tickets takes another 30 minutes to 45 minutes. Going through security takes an hour. fly time for an hour. Landing and collecting baggages take 30 to 45 minutes and finally driving to the final beach destination takes from 30 minutes to an hour.
So it's really comparing 8 hours driving from my doorstep to the beach to 5 hours for flying and I have a car when I get there, save on car rental and save on airfare.
No matter where you live you can holiday in a place close to you and not spend extra time or money getting there.