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How expensive is your road trip?

(photo: Mauricio Rubio/Baltimore Sun)

Still wondering whether you to go road trippin' this weekend? The Sun has an excellent fuel cost calculator to help you gauge how much you'll spend on fuel if you load up the kids for a weekend getaway. (Updated: AAA also has a fuel cost calculator that automatically plugs in estimated distances and fuel costs --- more of a ballpark figure.)

Of course, this doesn't include tolls, lower gas mileage due to AC/idling in traffic, and any number of other contingencies ... like if you add a detour to see Tulsa's Giant Oil Man to your itinerary.

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Then again, you could always get someone else to drive ...

Baltimore's home to more than one discount bus line these days, such as MVP, although their best deals are usually secured a few weeks out.

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Either way, the road trip calculator can be helpful information to have when comparing bus, train and plane fares. I wonder at what intersection of time and distance the difference between flying and driving becomes a wash.

If it all seems too much, you could always decide to "staycation" at home, although you'll be the one making your own bed each morning.

So, tell us ... what are you doing this weekend?


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