As we all know, the travel industry has turned on its head in recent times. Once upon a time, it was all about sun, sea and sand. Then we delved into city breaks. And now, as we all know, we do as much as circumstances allow.
Something that has crept between all of these holidays is the classic road trip. This is something that has garnered plenty of attention over recent years; it allows you to spend precious time with your fellow travellers and see umpteen places in one trip.
In truth, there are some fantastic guides out there which outline how you should approach these trips. Today is instead going to look at some of the more minor changes that have come into play over the past 18 months to show you how you can still make the most of your road trip in Britain.
Check the rules between “countries”
If you’ve travelled from abroad, this point is crucial. Most foreign visitors class the UK as one, forgetting that it is separated into several different countries.
Over recent times this has become very important, with the likes of Wales and Scotland having completely different rules and restrictions compared to England. It means that if you are planning to travel between countries, which is entirely plausible considering the lack of borders, you need to make sure you are following the right sets of rules.
You can still arrange pit stops
Pit stops, or overnight stays, are a vital element of a successful road trip. Despite what may have happened over the last 18 months, you can still book into hotels, especially if you’re keen to investigate some parts of the UK that remained undiscovered by tourists like her Southampton in England or Dundee in Scotland.
In fact, like all the classic road trip guides, this is something we can’t recommend enough. Book this accommodation a long time in advance, so you know that your days are going to be broken up.
Bring your own supply of snacks
Again, the vast majority of restaurants are open. However, if you’re travelling on a remote road, there’s a chance that some of these restaurants might have restricted hours based on recent events. Bearing this in mind, make sure that you have an easy supply of snacks in your vehicle, just to keep you going.
The weather hasn’t changed
While there may have been plenty of other changes that have affected your road trip, one thing that has remained constant is the weather.
In short, it is still utterly unpredictable – perhaps even more so this year. Particularly as we are penning today’s article at the peak of winter, it pays to be vigilant. Make sure that you set off with all of the right equipment. While winter tyres are not a legal requirement in the UK, it might be an idea to invest in making your trip easier to handle in the worst-case scenario. The AA has a great guide outlining more thorough requirements for winter travel in the country as well.