Hire a Car and Fly Away

By: J Tillotson

If you need to get away but want something a little bit different, why not think about a Fly-Drive holiday? It's a great way to experience a country at its best, and see some amazing scenery that may not otherwise be accessible.

A Fly-Drive holiday is generally suited to the more adventurous, and above all confident drivers. It takes a lot of guts to drive on what you perceive as the wrong side of the road! Add to that the unknown quantity of foreign driving, and it can be a nerve-wracking experience.

But if you feel you can cope with all this, then a Fly-Drive may well be an ideal holiday for you. You have the freedom and independence of being able to go wherever you wish, and really explore the country of your choosing.

With it's wide-open highways and beautiful scenery, America is one of the most popular destinations for a driving holiday. Car hire is relatively cheap, as is the price of gasoline, and there are plenty of motels and roadside diners scattered along any given route.

When choosing a car rental firm, bear in mind that if you're planning on driving great distances and covering a lot of the country, it would be easier to find a company that allows you to drop off at a different location than your pick-up point. If you pick up in Texas and plan on driving up to Oregon, you don't want to have to cut your holiday short and double back on yourself in order to return the car in Texas.

But car hire isn't the only thing to consider in a driving holiday. If you are planning on a cross country trek, you'll need to book flights in and out of different airports. Remember to familiarise yourself with the local road signs, which you can do on the internet, and also any road rules which differ from the ones in Britain.

There are some companies which can organise a complete fly-drive package for you, which will include the cost of flights and car hire, and any particular stops along the way. However, these usually follow a set itinerary which may not suit your tastes, so you could even book the whole holiday yourself, making it a truly unique getaway.

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