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The Worst Thing About Holidays

With DWDavisRSL posting about his road trip, my thoughts have also turned to travel.

To me, the worst thing about travel is not the itself, although journeys can be pretty tiring. It's the out afterwards. But making a trip and arriving somewhere in the wee small hours can be pretty disheartening, even though the roads are clearer so the chances of seeing the correct turning or junction are higher.

We've arrived at places at around or even after midnight several times in the last few months when road trips have not gone entirely to plan. Bearing in mind we roam pretty widely through five EU countries on a fairly regular basis, we seem to have this down pretty pat now, except for the timing question, of course.

  • Pack everything the night before.
  • Book the day of travel off work if possible (auditors excepting!)
  • Travel with a fully charged phone, a car charger, a snack or two and a bottle of water.
  • Book the day after return off work as well if possible.

In the last year, we have travelled to or through Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France and England. Generally on arrival there or back here, we tend to collapse into bed as soon as decently possible, then sleep for as long as possible. Our are rarely under four hours, and quite often more than that, broken down into manageable chunks to account for leg stretching and toileting requirements. I can't sit still for very long without getting uncomfortable so my husband likes to stop every couple of hours to allow us both to move around a bit. I can, and occasionally do, over here, but on the Continent and in the States, driving is his job.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on July 28, 2015, 3:18 PM

I like to stop every 2 or 3 hours when we take a longer trip. It is refreshing to get up and move around a little bit

LeaPea2417 wrote on July 28, 2015, 4:02 PM

The worst part of a holiday is when it is over and the trip home and when the drive is real long, it ads to the sad feeling.

Paulie wrote on July 29, 2015, 12:07 AM

These are good tips for road trips. I also like to take breaks every two ore three hours especially when I am the only one driving.

AliCanary wrote on July 30, 2015, 6:06 PM

I would feel sad sleeping, like I was missing out!