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How to Spend Awesome Summer Holidays on the Ferries

How to Spend Awesome Summer Holidays on the Ferries

There’s nothing worse for a globe-trotter than a summer holiday wasting away. If you have nothing planned for this summer, we have an exciting plan for you. How about spending a summer break on a ferry?

When it comes to ferries, there’s plenty of choices but the Channel has the most frequent crossings, perfect for impromptu breaks. France is the most popular choice, for food, culture, architecture and of course French beaches are legendary.

Take a car, jump on a ferry and drive through France across a 3 or 5 day break, booking Airbnb’s as you need them, maybe camping, be adventurous!

If you are catching one of the ferry services to France such as Newhaven to Dieppe, gone are the days when the ferries consisted of packet-sized cabins, which were claustrophobic enough to make anyone sea sick. Now, you can laze around on your comfortable bed on the cabin. You can snooze while the cruise takes you places. This is just the tip of the iceberg that why people are ditching their highly-priced business class comforts to go via ferry.

Let’s explore one by one why summer ferries are way better than flying

While an airplane just take from you one place to another in shorter time, a ferry will give you a more wholesome experience. There’s something very romantic about seeing the sky and sea roll past as you travel to your destination.

Ferries also allow you to bring your pets if they have a valid pet passport. So in case you don’t want to leave your furry friend behind, there can’t be another option than ferry. Instead of leaving your pets at kennels, take them with you. Isn’t that great?

What’s better than being able to stretch your legs on a comfy bed while travelling? This facility is possible only if you travel by business class that burns a hole in your wallet. Or it can be made possible if you travel by a ferry on the longer routes.

black dog on grey floor

Comfort

You can laze around in your cabin or catch a film; everything can be explored on a ferry. There are a number of restaurants as well as on a ferry to feed you with your favourite sumptuous cuisine.

If you don’t want to get down on your destination tired then ferry is the option. If you are sailing from Dover to Dunkirk or Dover to Calais, the ferry journey is less than 2 hours. If you’re on the longer routes such as Portsmouth to St Malo you can enjoy a good night’s sleep in your cabin and rush to some sightseeing on your arrival.

This way, you can make the most of your holiday. Air travel is mundane and most of the flyers hate flying for the obvious reasons. Unless you’re travelling in a business class, there’s not much to do in an aircraft. Lack of comfort is another reason why flying leaves you tired.

There are no hand luggage rules with the ferries and you don’t need to fill your body wash in 100ml bottles while travelling in a ferry. You can bring along anything you want except explosives! Eggs, ginger ale, mojito, anything’s game on a ferry.

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Flexibility

On a ferry, you get to spend more quality time with your family. On a plane, the seating arrangement is not conducive enough to start conversations or play board games. But in your ferry cabin, you can enjoy the travelling while spending time with your loved ones.

How about taking your motorbike or bicycle? Yes, even that’s possible. What’s better than having your own wheels on holiday? You don’t have to rely on expensive car hires or public transport for sightseeing.

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What Next?

Have a think about where you would like to go and decide on what route would be best. It’s not uncommon for travellers in the North of England to drive down to take the Dover ferries – they can be considerably cheaper – and make their way to France from there.

There are a number of cheap Airbnb’s around the Dover area that can make this a little bit more of an adventure.
Whichever way you go, have fun!