A guide to taking a road trip internationally

When you’ve got a family to travel with, sometimes it’s easier just to drive, whether that’s domestically or internationally. It sometimes pays both financially and in terms of your sanity to be able to drive off to a destination as and when you need to. It’s more than possible to do this both in Europe and elsewhere around the globe with the right planning. Here are a few important pointers if you are already planning your holiday this year.


Visas and travel documents

Whether you are travelling to continental Europe, the United States or otherwise, all of your family’s travel documents must be sorted out. Remember, too, that not all countries in mainland Europe are in the EU: and we are not set to leave. If you are worried about whether your passports will be valid, do check the government’s website regularly before your journey, or give them a call. Generally speaking, however, your passport will need at least six months left on your passport to travel around Europe.



If you are heading to the United States, you will, of course, need to rent while you are there. This is easy to do, as there are there are brands that offer a premium discount international car rental service. Discount rentals are a life-saver when travelling with a family, as they mean you can get comfort for an affordable price. When you have small children in the back of the car, you want to minimise fidgeting and complaints.



If you are going to be travelling through multiple states or countries, you also are exposed to varying degrees of price differences. For example, if you started your trip in New York, you will be beginning your road trip with the priciest levels of expense when it comes to dining out and grabbing lunch on the go. As you move down south, you will notice that your life becomes somewhat easier in terms of affordability. The best way to avoid experiencing such variation in expense is to self-cater as much as possible. Whether you decide to camp or rent an Airbnb, self-catering is incredibly cost-effective. Bringing some of your own essentials (if at all possible) is also a great way to save money.


Learn some basic phrases

This may sound obvious, but learning a few basic phrases in a country’s language is not only polite for the locals, but it can also help to buoy your confidence. Apps such as Duolingo are perfect for getting your pronunciation down without having to trek out for lessons elsewhere. Ordering a coffee for the first time should be enough to get you into the swing of trying out your new language skills.

Travelling abroad by road trip is ideal if you are planning on taking a holiday with small children. It will help you to see as much of the world as possible, without having to constantly rush for flights. You may also be able to try out some new language skills or cook some of the region’s best cuisine.

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