Saturday, March 09, 2013

Preparing for another epic family road trip

This is a sponsored post but that doesn't stop it being fun to read

I don't know how he did it but my husband has talked me into another epic family road trip this summer and our preparations are already taking place.  Last summer I blogged about our road trip from Berkshire to Poland and back with a 3 month old baby and a just-potty-trained preschooler.  This year we are already making preparations for our next family road trip through France to Geneva and then down to the picturesque Cote D'Azur.

This year we are likely to be taking our own car.  In fact, we have two family road trips planned this year in our trusty Audi - one to France and one to Cornwall (which in itself is quite a trek!).  And because of this, we want to make sure that we do plenty of preparation before we travel such as safety checks, car maintenance and checking that our car insurance and breakdown cover will cover us when we travel abroad.

First on the list is to check the route.  We've done quite a few calculations to make sure we understand how expensive it will be to take our trip.  Fuel, ferry crossings, meals on the move and an extra night in a hotel all add to the cost of the trip.  After lots of number crunching we worked out that it would cost us almost exactly the same to drive to the south of France as it would to take the plane but with the added bonus of getting to visit family in Geneva.

Next up, in the coming weeks we need to ring our insurance provider to make sure that they will cover our car abroad - we may need to pay an additional premium for the period of our travel.

Then we need to take out european breakdown cover for our trip to france and then renew our UK breakdown cover for Cornwall.

Our annual car service isn't due until late Autumn so we plan to get a quick check done before we travel.  I can't think of many things more stressful than breaking down en-route to your holiday when you don't speak enough of the language to explain to the people trying to help you, what is wrong.  We are also considering a new set of tyres for the car.

We also have a ferry to book.  Last summer we booked the cheapest ferry crossing we could find but this summer, with the wisdom of experience behind us, we are going to opt for a more flexible return journey so that we can get an earlier ferry crossing if we need it.  Calais in the rain for more than an hour or two is pretty miserable!

It sounds like a lot of organising but in fact I think that these are small things that will make our trip a success.
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