The benefits of driving instead of flying

Driving is often overlooked as a way to travel abroad; however, it can be an amazing addition to your holiday! In order to help you know all of your options, we have compiled a list of the top reasons why driving is a great alternative to flying.

1. Spend quality time together

It’s a known fact, driving generally takes longer than flying. However, delays happen and when you factor in the transfers and waiting time there’s a high chance that you travelled for longer than you thought. By driving to your destination you will have more time to reconnect with your family as once you arrive at the resort you will be spoilt for choice with the range of activities and clubs you will all want to do. During this valuable car time you can talk with each other, play games or even share your taste in music as you all sing along to your favourite songs. Nervous about taking your children on a plane? With driving there is no need to worry that they might disturb others and, of course, there is no chance of cabin pressure hurting their ears.

2. Make the drive part of your holiday

You will definitely need breaks throughout your journey, so why not make the most of them and plan them before you leave. You can work your way through quirky attractions and scenic viewpoints before you have even begun your proper holiday! This road-trip will allow you to see beautiful, and hidden places that you would have otherwise missed. Why not adding a stopover to visit some friends or family you have not seen for a while? You can also plan to spend a night in a new city halfway through to discover a new place and make the journey easier, especially if travelling with little ones.

Here are some places you could visit:

Futuroscope – this futuristic theme park is a great place to visit with the kids and is on the way to La Palmyre Atlantique from Calais!
Lyon – This historic city is filled with beautiful architecture and delicious cuisine; and is only a short detour on your way to Club Med Val d’Isère, Les Arcs Panorama and Peisey-Vallandry.
Palace of Versailles – If you’re a history fan, then a stop at the Palace of Versailles should definitely be on your list. Marvel at the grand rooms and stunning gardens as you explore this important historical site.
• If you’re planning an overnight stop why not stay in the Burgundy region where you can take part in various wine tasting experiences. Or if you don’t fancy drinking, why not take part in some cheese tasting, after all it is what France is famous for!

3. Greater flexibility

When you are travelling via car you will have greater control over the different aspects of your journey. Airlines often offer early departures or late arrivals; when driving you can choose the time that is best for you and plan your journey around that. Everything is in your own time so there is no need to be stressed about timings, being late or forgetting anything. Airports can be stressful environments so avoiding these can take a lot of hassle out of your holiday.

4. Not restricted by airline requirements

Always find yourself overpacking and paying additional fees while flying? Well no problem, you can pack as much as you want as long as it fits in your car! With no unexpected charges for extra luggage and no limit on liquids, you can ensure you have everything you need for your perfect holiday.

5. Safety first

With driving there is no concern about being surrounded by strangers in a confined space; you are in a car with your household. Driving can be seen as carrying a lower risk than flying however, you still need to plan ahead to make the journey safe while stopping for food or bathroom breaks. Make sure to pack a toolkit with hand sanitiser, wipes, face masks and your own snacks. A road-trip with your family would also mean that there’s no requirement for you to wear a mask while in the car. This would definitely make the journey more comfortable for everyone and easier if travelling with kids.

Before You Travel

Before you set off on your road-trip it is important that you are fully prepared and have taken all necessary precautions. Firstly, in order to guarantee that you have a parking space when you arrive at the resort call us on 03453 676767. You will also need to ensure that your car insurance covers you while driving abroad in case of an emergency, and it is important that you check local driving requirements.
Requirements for France include:
• Carrying a hi-vis jacket for each passenger
• Carrying a warning triangle
• GB sticker on rear windscreen

Additional information can be found on websites such as the AA and Eurotunnel.

Here are some of the best resorts to drive to

Grand Massif Samoens Morillon

Including the Eurotunnel from Folkstone the overall journey time to Grand Massif Samoens Morillon is 8 hours and 40 minutes. This resort also has a car park with up to 222 spaces so there will almost always be one with your name on it!

Alpe d'Huez

The overall journey time is 9 hours and 15 minutes and with the car park a short 15 minute walk from the resort this is an ideal destination to drive to.

Peisey Vallandry

The overall journey time to Peisey Vallandry is 9 hours and 30 minutes and with a resort car park of 280 spaces you are always very likely to find a space.

Les Arcs Panorama

Including the Eurotunnel from Folkstone the overall journey time to Les Arcs Panorama is 9 hours and 39 minutes and with a car park on site it is very convenient.

Serre Chevalier

The overall journey time to Serre Chevalier is 9 hours and 58 minutes. It has 2 resort car parks with a total of 336 spaces so there will always be spaces available.

Val d'Isère

The overall journey time to Val d'Isère is 9 hours and 55 minutes and with a resort car park of 90 spaces there will almost always be a space for you.

La Palmyre Atlantique

The journey time to La Palmyre Atlantique is 5 hours and 17 minutes. There is a resort car park with 410 spaces so it is highly likely a space will be available for you.

Opio en Provence

It is a journey time of 11 hours and 30 minutes to this resort but with a prime Southern France location it is definitely worth it.