One of the disadvantages of joining an organized group tour is travelling along with different people to tourist attractions, at the same time having a limited amount of time to appreciate the views. Not to mention spending time in the confined coach with limited leg room or in a bus or a train with people you just met and have nothing in common with. These are just some of the reasons why many prefer self-drive during holidays. It offers the flexibility to get to different places off the beaten track, without having to worry if you can spend as much time as you want to take pictures or just admire the surroundings.
If you think you’re ready for this one-of-a-kind adventure, check out these 10 steps to help you prepare for a self-drive holiday.
- Do a lot of research – No matter how popular and safe the location of your next self-drive adventure is, it still pays to do a lot of research before embarking on your new journey. Although speed restrictions and road signs may vary from one country to another, it is safe to assume that all rules and regulations will be enforced strictly. Ensure you know about any significant differences in traffic regulations in the country you will be driving for your safety.
- Choose a country or area that best fit your driving skills – If you’re coming from a country where cars are driven on the left side of the road, then you might want to book a flight to Scotland, South Africa Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and UK. These countries are also known for having well-paved roads and clear international road signs, so you wouldn’t have a hard time adjusting with your driving.
- Get a travel insurance – Wherever you prefer to spend the holidays this year, you should never forget to ask if your travel insurance covers you abroad. Talk to your travel insurance service provider and inform them your travel route in advance so they can inform you of the coverage and services that you will be receiving should something unexpected come up. Having issues with your travel insurance service provider should be the least of your worries during holiday breaks.
- Pack properly – You will be travelling at your own pace and you have a car that can accommodate your personal stuff. But this doesn’t mean that you can bring everything that you can think of in your luggage. Remember to still travel and pack light. This will save you all the trouble in case you need to transfer from one vehicle to another or bring your personal stuff inside a guest house.
- Consider the people you’re travelling with – In case you’re not traveling alone, you need to be more careful in choosing what to bring, where to go, and where to stay. Spend more time on the internet for research, especially when travelling with kids. Remember that they may not be able to take the extreme adventures that you are willing or excited to endure.
- Ensure that your documents are up to date – Make sure you and your family’s visas and passports are up-to-date to avoid unnecessary delays during travel. Check for multiple entry just in case you need to cross a country more than once.
- Choose the right car rental company – Check online reviews and choose a company that is known for offering efficient and reliable services. People tend to choose the cheapest option when renting a vehicle, but that’s not always the best way to go. You also have to check if the service provider is known for delivering great customer service or not.
- Be ready for emergencies – Be sure that you know what to do in case your vehicle gets stuck or overheats. At the very least bring materials that will make these kinds of emergencies easy to deal with by having a shovel, a winch, or a sand mat. You also want to make sure that a fully charged mobile phone is always available for your peace of mind.
- Stuck up on food – Don’t forget to bring plenty of food and water. Aside from saving money, this is also great in case you have to stay in a camp site for longer hours than you expected or if you don’t see nearby restaurants or cafes in a tourist attraction.
- Bring a medicine kit – Regardless of your preferred destination, it’s a must to assemble and carry a travel medicine kit. The types of medicine you’re bringing should also be tailored to your family’s needs as well as the type and length of travel.