Here in the UK a trip to France is often one of the first trips families make together. Logically this makes sense, it’s the closest country to us, lots of us did this as kids with our parents (and have fond memories), the food, wine and weather is usually very good and you can get there quickly and easily! So when you head to France do you go on the ferry or do you fly?
Our first two holidays with our three children were to the Dordogne in France in 2012 and 2013. We debated and debated and debated some more whether to fly or whether to take the ferry. We even discussed me flying with the kids and the Grandparents, and hubby driving with all the stuff!
On balance and after much deliberation we all flew, but mainly because we had booked, and paid a premium, for a house full of everything we needed to take. (and I mean everything!).
Had we booked the other option the tent, the caravan or the not quite so family friendly house, the only real option would have been to take the ferry, and FILL the car. Had we seen the infographic below (prepared by Brittany Ferries) on timings before we spent hours debating, I actually think we would have decided to drive and take the ferry. We had a disaster at Bordeaux airport when we arrived to find Ryanair flew into a separate terminal with no toilets, not trollies, no food option and it was miles from the car hire. After a stressful flight with 3 babies, this was not what we needed. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t bad enough to put me off travelling, or doing it again, but then I’m not sure much would put me off, but it was definitely not an ‘easy’ experience.
Thinking about simply driving the car on and off a ferry and not going through all the airport rigmarole really does appeal.
What would you do? Fly or get the ferry??? I would be interested to know how either has gone for you?
You can read a review about Brittany Ferries here too:
You’ve can find some Exotic Destinations in France in this great post by Dais Like These
Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!
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