A road trip is often considered the most inexpensive and carefree form of getting away from it all. In popular culture, throwing a holdall in the boot and heading off on a big adventure is the epitome of hedonism.
As any driver knows, however, the reality can be somewhat different.
I’m preparing for our trip down through France in 3 weeks’ time. I’ll be driving our little Mazda MX-5 from Dieppe to Poitiers, where we’ll stop overnight. Then we’ll continue down to Castillonnès the following day.
To help me navigate, I’ve invested in what seems to be the most sophisticated satnav on the market. It’s constantly connected to the internet and will alert me to hold-ups ahead. It will also offer 3 alternative routes to any destination.
“We could have flown to Bergerac instead, of course, but that would take half the fun out of the holiday”
I have had a new set of tyres fitted too. I want to know that we’ll be safe as we make our way southwards. On top of that, the car went in for a service and MOT yesterday. New brake fluid, oil, coolant and headlamp bulbs will help it stay on form.
So, all told, my inexpensive, carefree Christmas away has already cost almost £1,100 – and that’s before I’ve even left England.
We could have flown to Bergerac instead, of course, but that would take half the fun out of the holiday. There’s a good reason why road trips remain popular…