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Is it better to travel by ferry or by plane for family holidays to France?
Some of our best family holidays when the kids were small were spent either camping or in holiday rentals in France. We never considered travelling by plane and always drove to France on these trips. This was because the things we needed for a relaxing holiday with small children would never have squished into a suitcase and hand luggage (although we did manage to squeeze Baby Born and her pushchair into our daughter’s luggage the first time we went to New York as a family).
By driving to our holiday destination we were able to take things like our youngest’s own, familiar travel cot, a supply of vegetarian sausages for the barbecue, our eldest’s special blanket, and buckets and spades and a sun tent for the beach. These are minor things which we could and would have managed without had we travelled by plane but they are all things which made our holiday more relaxing. It was also great to put everything we needed into our car and then not have to unload it until we reached where we were staying.
Another reason we preferred to take our own car rather than flying and hiring a car on holiday with young children is that we then had our own car seats. Booking car seats with hire cars can be a risky business because you never know what you’ll get, and it’s a drag taking children’s car seats on a flight.
My kids always seem much happier on a ferry than on a short-haul plane trip. (Although they love long haul flights because they get food and entertainment on board.) On a ferry you can, obviously, walk around and even go outside on deck which is much better for energetic children than being stuck on a plane. There’s usually somewhere to buy hot meals and snacks as well as shops to check out. Best of all, many ferries have free WiFi these days as well as play areas for younger children. If we were planning a family holiday to France again I’d definitely choose to drive there rather than fly. Whatever age your children are it’s great to be able to take a car load of stuff on holiday rather than narrowing it down to what you can fit in your suitcase.
This infographic from Brittany Ferries comparing ferry travel with plane travel for family trips to France explains everything really well:
Image source: Brittany Ferries – Ferry To France VS Plane
What do you think? Do you prefer travelling by ferry or by plane when travelling with kids in tow?
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Brittany Ferries.