Fair enough, but in the context of this thread, "MUST" get there, and "VFR" are mutually exclusive. Heck, in the context of this FORUM, "must" get there doesn't apply. As the saying goes: "if you have time to spare, go by air"Right, that's why the "in cases of fixed date/time scheduling" has been stipulated. But this "fixed day/time in the future" requirement exists for most business transportation and a lot of personal/fun traveling, too.
Anyway, I find great utility in my airplane as a serious transportation machine (as serious as a spur of the moment, weekend getaway with my wife can be), and I have rarely found a situation where an instrument platform and rating would have made the difference between going or not. I believe there is great value in an IFR ticket - no doubt, but the point is simply that you can have a very capable, safe VFR only airplane. And for those who choose to remain VFR, a modern EFIS offers incredible SA for minimal cost.