No-fly alternatives for travel to France.

If you’re not in the mood for staycationing, France is the closest place to enjoy a complete change of scene, but you don’t need to fly there. Whether you’re an eco-minded traveller with a conscience, suffer a fear of flying or are simply fed up with the airport crush and flight cancellations, remember that if you’re planning a trip to France, there are no-fly options, with competitive prices and seats that are arguably more comfortable.

Train travel has a certain charm and Eurostar's (www.eurostar.co.uk) fares to French destinations can be quite reasonable. For example, travel in comfort from London to the southern town of Avignon, changing at Paris or Lille, from just £109.

If you prefer to take your own vehicle with you, giving you the freedom of touring but avoiding the expense of car hire, there are some good ferry deals around now that the summer rush is over. P&O Ferries (poferries.com) cover the short hop route from Dover to Calais with Sunday to Thursday returns from just £39.

Brittany Ferries (brittanyferries.com) operate crossings from Poole and Portsmouth to Cherbourg, including a high speed service that will get you to Cherbourg in two and a half hours. Returns for two with car cost £258, that’s just £129 per person AND you have no luggage restrictions. Other routes will take you to St Malo and Caen and you can also sail from Plymouth to Roscoff.

Check Condor Ferries (condorferries.co.uk) and LD Lines (www.ldlines.com) for further options and special offers. A five-day return for a car plus two passengers between Newhaven and Dieppe with LD Lines, costs from just £89.

With prices like these, it’s tempting to just throw your bags in the car and board. Have a good trip!

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