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Spain, France or Italy - Where Will You Holiday This Year?

With Christmas and the New Year well out of the way, most of us are already thinking of the next holiday season.  Summer holidays is the busiest time for the tourism industry and Spain, France and Italy have all been firm favourites with UK holiday makers for many years.  With budget airlines offering countless routes to many of the European top sun holiday hot spots, never has mainland Europe been so affordable and accessible.  Did you know that more than 4 million passengers made the trip from the UK to Malaga airport alone in 2010!

Cheap airlines and extensive accommodation direct from owners has made holiday makers a little complacent, whilst we can save on the Travel agents fees and book our own 'package holiday' are we guilty of losing our sense of adventure when it comes to getting away from it all? 

There is another way however, making the pain staking decision of choosing which country to visit so much easier, simply go to them all!  Would it surprise you to know that if you start out with a Ferry to Bilbao, Northern Spain, you can drive across the Pyrenees, into southern France, take in the wonderful coastal roads of the Cote D'Azur, cross the border into Northern Italy, maybe take in Milan for a city stop and spend a few days lounging around Lake Garda and then make your way back to Calais for a short ferry hop back to Blighty all in less than 2000 miles?

Granted it may not be the cheapest option, with budget airlines flying further for under £100, but you would not get 3 holidays in one!  You can pick and choose where you want to stay and how long you want to stay there before packing your bags, loading the car and heading off into the sunset again.  There are endless routes you can take, but here is just an example;
1. Portsmouth to Bilbao- approx 600 miles
2. Bilbao to San Sebastian - approx 50 miles
3. San Sebastian to Barcelona - approx 300 miles
4. Barcelona to Montpellier - approx 250 miles
5. Montpellier to Nice - approx 200 miles
6. Nice to Milan - approx 200 miles
7. Milan to Verona - approx 100 miles
 8. Verona to Bern - approx 250 miles
9. Bern to Reims - approx 250 miles
10. Reims to Calais - approx 200 miles.

You can of course still make use of the budget airlines and city hop from country to country and arrange your own car rental along the way, or take advantage of one way car rental from major international airports within the same country.  Why not treat your sense of adventure this summer and plan a road trip to remember.
Kellie Hodge
Posted: January 21, 2011 by Kellie Hodge 0 comments
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Travel writer, customer service guru, Kellie knows the ins and outs of car rental and always happy to share her knowledge on our blog. Favourite country to visit: Spain.

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