Car driving down country lane in autumn

A fly driving holiday is where you pay for a flight, hire a car and the rest is up to you. You can either follow a pre-planned itinerary or see where the road takes you - the choice is yours.

Some destinations are more challenging than others, especially where there are language and cultural differences.  Classic destinations for fly drive holidays are North America, South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and of course Europe.

Here are our top tips to help you on your way...

1. Plan your route
Once you land at the airport and pick up your car, you're on your own. Some rental companies offer sat nav, but always keep a trusty map with you too,

2. Hire the right car
You'll be spending quite a bit of time in the car so opt for something all your party will be comfortable in, accommodates all of your luggage and allows you to enjoy your trip.  Upgrade to something bigger than you usually would hire if you can.

3. Accommodation
Whether you're planning on staying somewhere for a while or moving on to somewhere new each night, try to book your accommodation in advance so you're not driving around looking for somewhere to stay.

4. Language/Culture
A fly drive holiday in some countries will be more challenging than others. Before you leave the UK, take some time to research any driving laws, cultural differences and if you're in a non-English speaking country try to pick up a couple of local phrases to help you on your way.

5. ID
Don't forget to have your driving licence with you - both the photo ID card and the paper bit.

6. Enjoy driving
If you don't like driving, this isn't the holiday for you. Decide which member of the party is going to be doing the driving and if going on a long-stretch of the journey, take plenty of breaks.

Our directory of companies offering fly drive holidays
Go to Major Travel

Major Travel offer USA holidays from £549 per person, Speak to the dedicated reservations team and tailor make your own fly drive holiday

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Go to Travel Nation

Fly-Drive Australia, NZ, USA, Canada or South Africa from £845pp inc flights!
We can tailor-make your road trip with a car or campervan to suit (with or without accommodation). Check out our great prices and fun itineraries!

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Boston & Cape Cod
Journey from historic Boston to the quaint villages and fishing towns of scenic Cape Cod on this compact fly drive holiday. Golden sand beaches, picturesque fruit orchards and a quiet pace of live epitomise the charming Cape Cod peninsula.