Route Less Travelled – Ferry to France rather than Flying

 

When you decide to take a holiday, transportation is one of the biggest considerations based on the amount of time you have and money – there are so many options out there it’s tough to know which one to choose. Taking a trip between England and France though is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned, as one compliments the other beautifully, but how do you get there? I’m here, as a lover of the alternative, to recommend taking a ferry across the English Channel ahead of flying not just because it’s different but because it is the hands down winner for cost and convenience. Here’s why:

White Cliffs 2012The Ferry is More Affordable

If you’re anything like me, you want to be able to save as much money as possible when traveling and transportation is one of the biggest expenses of a trip. A lot can be said for the discount airlines as there are some amazing deals to be had if you plan everything just right, but if you don’t, be prepared to pay – and that doesn’t even take into account the expense of taking a shuttle or paying for parking to get there. Taking a ferry on the other hand is laughably cheap – for a family of five, you can get from Dover to Calais for 25 GBP. I don’t care how cheap your flights are, they can’t beat that price.

Many Options for Departures

You would think there would be a traffic jam out there in the open water if there were too many boats, but surprisingly there are dozens of departures a day for France and, bad weather aside, there are no hitches for making it across on time. Contrast that with flying and the delays and relatively limited number of departures and you would be forgiven if you avoided the airport altogether.

More Scenic Route

This is a major selling point for me, as airports tend to be the most uninspiring settings in the traveling world. It’s not their fault – we need space for the places to operate, be stored and emergencies. Ferries though operate out of ports along the water, which allow for great sightseeing on the sea and the coast as you leave or depart, which can be beautifully rugged and windswept.

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Less of a Headache

Travel is filled with enough of the unexpected and frustrating, so when I have the opportunity to cut some of it out, I take advantage of it. Getting to a ferry port is far less obtrusive than an airport and the whole check in process is almost non existent in comparison. You don’t have to worry about packing too much (particularly if you’re bringing your car) and the overall atmosphere is just more relaxed than an airport. Say what you want about your preferred method of travel, I’ll take a ferry every time.