I have my private pilot checkride coming up and I am planning my cross country flight. The examiner wants me to track to two VORs near the departure airport and then navigate however I'd like to the specified destination. I started planing the flight by hoping from VOR to VOR along the route but now I've seen where some people say to stay off victor airways unless you are IFR or in an airliner for various reasons. Some of the legs are indeed victor airways. But I also see people say don't rely on GPS and don't just go direct incase the GPS fails. Those people suggest navigating by VOR so you can use the GPS and the VOR and have either as a backup. Obviously pilotage and dead reckoning are a back up to either method and neither GPS or VOR relieve me of proper planing. On two of my cross countries I've flown inbound to a VOR and outbound to my destination, but neither of those were on airways. I've also flown one GPS direct to. So which is "right"? I know it's not a cut and dry answer but I overthink these things. Is one method overwhelmingly prefered over the other? Do I need to stay away from Victor Airways?