I don’t know about you, but now that the last traces of summer are gone, and the new academic year is in full swing, my little family are already on countdown until our next holiday.
Before having children, my husband and I did a fair amount of travelling, and would think nothing of jet setting off for a long weekend abroad. I once travelled to Australia to be a surprise bridesmaid for one of my besties, and was there and back within a week. The trip was amazing, but the jet lag was no joke!
Once you’re a parent, holidays can come with the additional stress of worrying over the travel. Flights themselves are notoriously stressful, and if you are going further afield than a few hours, the kid’s jet lag could seriously hinder your holiday fun.
Have you considered travelling by ferry?
As a self proclaimed eco-warrior, I love the idea of travelling by ferry, and by all accounts it sounds super easy to head over to Western France this way. Approximately seventeen million British people visit France every year – it’s proximity to the UK making it an ideal holiday destination. One method of family travel that has really gained popularity over the years is the ferry.
The cross-channel ferry from England to France using a ferry company such as Brittany Ferries boasts a variety of advantages for travelling families.
Pack as much as you want. You’ll never get caught short by the airport 100ml liquid rule again. You won’t have to carefully pick and choose clothes or toys either, and especially with small children, you really can never have too many extra clothes on hand. If you go over your allowance, airline luggage fees can quickly add up. Travelling by ferry saves you the hassle of trying to condense everything into an airline acceptable amount.
Avoid all the waiting around in long queues. Nothing can be more frustrating than trying to sooth a crying baby whilst standing in a boarding or check-in queue. Or when your older children are tugging at you asking to go to the toilet, or saying that they’re hungry when you’re almost at the front. With a ferry, the entire family gets to cut out these lengthy wait times.
Relaxing way to travel. Perhaps the most glorious advantage of ferry travel is that you’re able to sit back, eat a good meal from one of the restaurants on board, and gaze out across the sea. If you’re travelling overnight, you also get an en-suite cabin to catch up on your sleep. This alone is a major selling point for me, we all know how little Zzzzz’s I get most nights!
You have your own car once you arrive. If you’re a driver, there is no need to hire a car once you’re there. You’ll have your own car from the get go, which will save you a lot of hassle. No more trying to figure out how to drive a foreign car, or how to get hold of appropriate child seats. You can even put the family bikes on the back of your car so you don’t need to hire those either.
Only downside is the time factor. The obvious drawback is that travelling by ferry takes longer, but if you’ve got little ones in tow, the open and relaxed atmosphere should make the voyage a worthy trade-off.
Take a look at this fab infographic which compares a family of four travelling by ferry from the UK to France versus flying. It’s definitely given me some food for thought!
Image source: Brittany Ferries – Ferry VS Plane to France
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