i do AMes, Iowa to Daytona beach straight through every year for the holidays.
Flying on the holidays sucks, and this year will be worsethan last because many of the carriers are going to be hit by "sick-outs" just like Delta was last year.
i drive it (1500miles) in a little over 24 hours, and i leqave at 9 at night so i get there in time to go to sleep, which works out perfectly.
Flying is more stressful than driving, and actually tires me out more, plus it's a pain in the ass to fly from Ames (Des Moines actually) to anywhere. DSM to Atlanta to orlando or jacksonville then someone needs to pick me up and drive back to daytona, plus i get to fight the crowds in the airport.
Here's a hint if you want to fly; send your clothes via UPS or Fed-EX ahead of time. Then you dont have to check any bags or presents at the airport. Makes getting the hell outta the airport tons quicker.
thats what i do when i go to conventions. Send my clothes with the convention shit.
my boss still forgets to do this, so while I'm relaxing, he's struggling with getting all his shit...