Camping with the Kids

Camping is a fantastic way to spend quality time together as a family, as well as educate the kids on the wonders of the great outdoors. Like any outing that involves children, planning is the key to success. To help you pull off a kid-friendly summer camping trip that’s guaranteed to create fantastic memories, we’ve put together a guide covering everything you need to know before hitting the road.

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Top Road Trip Essentials

Hitting the road for a summer adventure is incredible exciting, especially if there’s a sweet set of wheels involved. Like every trip, planning is the key to success and should never be overlooked, no matter how long or short your adventure. To help you pull of a successful road trip this summer we’ve put together a list of essentials that every car should carry.

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Exhibiting 101

Showcasing at exhibitions is a great way for businesses to boost bottom lines and develop a dynamic industry presence. Want to know more about how to ace the art of exhibiting? Read on for our top tips on how to pull off the perfect exhibition.

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Our Favourite Father’s Day Ideas

Father’s Day is coming up fast and across the country Brits will be brainstorming ways to treat dad. While socks, jocks and beer may be failsafe options, we think dad deserves better. To get you inspired we’ve put together a list of unique ideas and activities that fathers are guaranteed to love.

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Road Rule Tips for European Bound Drivers

Brits love to holiday throughout the sun kissed continent of Europe, with Spain, France, Switzerland and Italy all pegged as summer hot spots. Driving is a fantastic way to enjoy freedom and flexibility, however there are a few important points that European bound Brits should keep in mind. To help travellers enjoy a safe and stress-free summer, we’ve put together some handy tips on how to navigate European roads.

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The Strangest Driving Laws Around the World

Thought making the switch from driving on the left to driving on the right was hard enough? In some countries there are some seriously strange driving laws which almost seem too farfetched to be true! Read on and let us know your thoughts…

 

  • In Saudi Arabia women aren’t allowed to get behind the wheel – ever. In fact, it’s the only country in the world that still enforces this law. This is despite the fact that women now make up 13% of the nation’s native workforce, and the fact that young male children are often seen driving.

 

  • If you’re cruising around Cyprus don’t munch on a burger or sip on a soft drink as it could cost you a US $130 fine.

 

  • France may be famous for its wine but if you’re planning on drinking a glass before driving home, you’ll need to carry your own breathalyser kit. Enforcement is pretty lapse however the rule does exist!

 

  • Got a messy car? You may want to give it a spring clean if you’re heading to Russia as driving dirty can result in being issued with a US $62 fine.

 

  • Keep a close eye on your fuel gauge when driving on Germany’s Autobahn as running your tank down to zero is against the law!

 

  • In Sweden drivers are supposed to keep their headlights on 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Even in the summer months when the sun barely sets!

 

  • If you wear prescription glasses while driving in Spain be sure to carry around a spare pair in the glove box. Otherwise you could risk a fine or driving penalty.

 

  • The Japanese are adamant about keeping their roads safe and enforce a law which makes it illegal for sober drivers to ride with drunk drivers.

 

  • It may seem obvious but apparently Alabama needs to spell it out – there’s a rule which states: Don’t drive blindfolded!

 

  • You’re not supposed to drink and drive anywhere however in Costa Rica a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.75% will get you a one way ticket to jail.

 

  • Don’t set off in Denmark unless you’ve checked that there’s no one underneath your car.

 

  • Travelling with a pooch? In Alaska it’s illegal to tether a dog to the roof of your car. We’re not sure who would want to though!

 

  • If you happen to live in Florida and own an elephant, be prepared to fork out for parking!

 

What’s the weirdest road traffic law you’ve encountered while renting a car abroad? We want to hear about it!

International Family Adventures – A Vehicle Voyage

While some holidaymakers set their sights further afield we can’t get enough of the beautiful destinations that are literally right on our doorstep. With regular ferry services throughout summer, it’s never been easier to jump in a car and start exploring the delights of continental Europe! Want to know more? From Spain and France to Belgium and Ireland, we’ve got to lowdown on where to head this summer.

 

Plymouth to Santander

Feeling the urge to sip on sangria while digging into a plate of seafood paella? Make a beeline for Plymouth where you can catch an overnight ferry to the seaside city of Santander. Soak up the sun as you cruise through the Bay of Biscay, explore the medieval cathedrals and drive down the picturesque A67 which leads to the charming village of Santillana del Mar.

 

Plymouth to Roscoff 

Breeze into beautiful Brittany on the Plymouth to Roscoff ferry which sails twice a day during summer. It’s a foodie’s paradise, with the narrow streets of the historic port town lined with delicatessens, cafes, patisseries and the occasional Michelin-starred restaurant.

 

Poole and Portsmouth to Cherbourg 

Whether travelling for business or pleasure the ferries from Poole and Portsmouth to the French city of Cherbourg are convenient and cost effective. The seaside resort of Barneville-Carteret is perfect for a family getaway while it’s also a scenic stopover for Paris bound business travellers.

 

Hull and Edinburgh to Zeebrugge 

At just a one and a half hour drive from Brussels, Zeebrugge is the perfect place to kick off a Belgian getaway. Soak up the nation’s rich culture and history at the many museums and galleries, then indulge in the world famous chocolate and waffles. A stop off in Ghent is also guaranteed to delight.

 

Harwich to Esbjerg 

Explore the islands of the Wadden Sea this summer by catching the ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg. Just 20 miles away is Ribe, Denmark’s oldest city which is peppered with historical landmarks. Adventurous families will jump at the chance to sample local oysters, spot wildlife and even spend a night camping on the southernmost island of Romo.

Fleetwood to Larne

Get a dose of Irish charm by jumping on the Fleetwood to Larne service. Visit the pretty seaside town of Carrickfergus, sample local produce in Portaferry and take the kids on a trip to the hugely popular seal sanctuary. For business travellers it’s an ideal hub for reaching Northern Ireland without the hassle of flying.

 

What’s your favourite European destination? If your vehicle isn’t up to the long journey, why not hire a car for the ideal roadtrip?