The school holidays are almost here, and like many other families, you’re surely in desperate need of a break. If you’re planning a summer escape, you could be feeling overwhelmed with the wealth of options that are available to you, with price, duration, and type of holiday being key deciding factors.

For a holiday that offers freedom and puts you in control, you can’t beat a driving holiday. Read about some of the benefits of a driving holiday for families and start planning your summer break.

More freedom and flexibility

Unlike package holidays that put you in one place for a set amount of time, a self-drive holiday offers a lot of choice, and gives you the freedom to make your own itinerary. When you’re not bound by flight times, you can travel as and when you please – which is great when you’ve got kids in the car.

Driving holidays also allow you to visit multiple places, so if you plan your trip right, you can take in many destinations you might not visit otherwise and get to see some of the less touristy areas of a country. A driving holiday in Europe, for example, offers plenty of choice of destinations the whole family will love.

A price to suit your budget

Going on holiday during the school break can be tough for families. The costs of flights and accommodation skyrockets, leaving you paying over the odds for a holiday. With a self-drive holiday, however, you can have greater control of your budget.

Driving offers a cheaper alternative to flying or the train, while cheap accommodation options can be found easily on Airbnb or even hotel websites like Trivago. It makes sense to plan your route in advance and look at the potential stops you could make to help you get the best holiday for your budget.

It’s handy for the kids

As much as you might hate to admit it, travelling with kids isn’t easy. On a flight or packed train, there’s no escape – and no option to take a break to help them calm down. With a driving holiday, however, you’re able to benefit from familiar surroundings and no crowds, which can make it easier to get to where you want to go. It might take longer to get there, but it’ll be worth it to enjoy some stress-free travel.

You’ll need to make sure your vehicle is up to scratch to cope with a long journey. If not, you might want to think about investing in a new car. Use a car loan payment calculator to see if it’s affordable for you and your family. Think about investing in some new accessories such as in-car TV screens and media systems to help keep the kids entertained on those long journeys.

A family road trip makes a great holiday that will create some wonderful memories for you and your family. If you’re worried about the distance, why not start with a short journey in the UK first? A visit to Newquay in Cornwall makes a great family trip, so test the water and see if a driving holiday is the right choice for your family.

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