Britain is a small country, packed with so many things to see and do that it makes sense to pop in a car and go on a little tour. Whether you already live here or are thinking about travelling from abroad, I can’t rate a car holiday any higher. You take your car, rent one, or get a motor home and just go on a round trip, taking in everything from Land’s End to John o’Groats and all the magnificent wonders in between. It is quite a lot to think about it and can be quite tiring, though, so here are some tips that I have learnt that might help you make the most of it.
We might as well start with the most important factor of a driving holiday: the actual driving. Now, if you’re coming from abroad, you might want to make sure you’re prepared for driving on a different side of the road. Using a gear stick with the wrong hand can feel awful, so it’s best to either get an automatic, or practice in a carpark before you get on the road properly. If you’re a local you should be a very competent driver as driving the length of Britain will throw challenges at you that you might not have faced yet. My advice would be to brush up on your theory knowledge, by doing a couple of mock exams on toptests.co.uk, just to brush the cobwebs off, as you will find road signs and all sorts of situations that you might not see in your local area.
This is obvious to me, however you won’t believe the amount of people I’ve spoken to who just got in their car and went where the mood took them. It’s best to draw out a very specific map and time line and stick to it. This will mean that you will get to all the areas you need to get to and experience as much as possible. And on this topic, you should plan to see a variety of different areas, so don’t just stick to major cities, but go hunting for quaint Cotswolds villages and rugged highland lochs. There’s more to Britain than Birmingham, Manchester, and Glasgow.
A lot of people think that a car holiday would be cheaper than a regular holiday, but this isn’t always the case and so you will need to plan costs and try to find ways of doing this cheaply. Planning hotel stays in advance can be helpful as you will get good deals, or go with the motor home idea, which will drastically cut down on costs. It is also a good idea to drive a diesel car because even though it is more expensive for fuel, the fuel lasts a little longer for long journeys and so I would personally recommend it. Food is also another issue and you should be looking to buy as much food from supermarkets as possible and bringing it with you wherever you go, although don’t miss out on the local restaurants. If you want to try as much food from the various places as possible, I would check places like Trip Advisor first, just to see if people have already found bargains.
That’s the three main bits of advice I can offer you, but the biggest advice I can share is that you should see everything and anything as you never know when this little isle will throw another hidden gem at you.