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5 Epic Road Trips in the UK [Infographic] by Gerry Cruz

Road trips can be a great way to quickly discover a large area, and if you’re in a particularly scenic part of the world road trips can turn into a memorable journey that you’ll remember for years to come. And the UK fits the bill perfectly, with stunning views both North and South it’s possible to cover the length of the country in a relatively short amount of time.

But where to start? Well whether you have a week or a day spare, we’ve chosen some great routes that will open to eyes to some of the most spectacular scenery that the UK has to offer. If you fancy completing an entire loop of Scotland or driving the length (or breadth) of the UK, we hope one of the below routes will take your fancy.

Without further introduction here are the 5 UK road trips put together by De Vere Hotels UK for your driving pleasure:

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How to Travel With Your Bike by Paul Devault

Whether you are travelling abroad or within your country; for a vacation, a business trip or maybe a cycling vacation, you may prefer to bring your bike along. But you might be wondering: how do I pack it? Can you send it using one the cargo services to your destinations? How much will it cost? Will it arrive safely?

Well, there are different means you can use to transport your bike including bringing it along on your flight or transporting it using cargo services. The various methods present their pros and cons. Well, for the investment you have made to get the Best Mountain Bike under 500 or the Best Mountain Bike Under 1000, you want to ensure your bike is safe.

This article will highlight the different methods to travel with your bike, pros and cons of each method and also give a guide on how to park the bike to enable you travel hassle free and enjoy your bike rides at your destination.

Options available to travel with your bike
  1. Bike Shipping companies

Many bike shipping companies offer a safe and convenient way for you to transport your bike. These companies have a business account with a cargo or shipping company that allow them to offer cheaper prices for shipping as opposed to if you shipped through the cargo company directly. Their range of services includes packing and shipping.

To ship your bike with these companies, you will visit their website and fill out a form detailing where you are coming from and your destination, the type of bike, whether you need packing services and the company will provide you with a cost estimate and the estimated time of delivery.

Bike shipping companies provide an option to ship from a bike shop, a cargo company location or they may arrange to pick up the bike. In the destination location, you can pick up your bike or indicate your preferred location where the bike will be delivered.

  1. Bikes on buses

Different bus companies have varying policies on transporting bikes. While some companies allow you to bring your bike along in the cargo area, others allow only if the bike is packed in a box, while others do not allow bikes at all. Enquire with your bus company to see whether they will allow you to bring along your bike.

  1. Bike on train

When travelling on train, check the company’s provisions for transporting bikes. Find out whether you will need to box the bike or whether they offer walk on and walk up services. With walk on services you will walk the bike to the cargo area while with walk up the station attendants will take it to the cargo car. Most short distance and commuter trains do not allow you to bring your bike on board while most long distance trains do allow.

  1. Bikes on airplanes

Travelling with your bike on a plane is more ideal for international travels. Different airlines have different policies on packaging and pricing when transporting bikes. Generally, you will be required to package the bike and check it as a bike. The price will depend on the weight of the bike and the packaging especially if it exceeds the free allowable luggage weight.

Some airlines provide specifications on bike package dimensions; otherwise you will be charged extra. In some airlines, if your bike is small enough to fit in a small box it will not be charged as a bike but rather will be treated as regular luggage.

  1. Bike on your car

If driving to your destination, you could decide to bring your bike along in your car. There are different ways of transporting the bike. The first option is that you could dismantle the bike and pack it up in a box, a bike bag or a bike case and put it in your boot.

Otherwise, there are different bike carrier systems for cars. The carrier systems include roof racks, truck bed racks, trunk racks and hitch racks. The type of carrier system you choose will depend on factors such as the size and weight of the bike, number of bikes, personal preference and budget.

While roof racks are best suited for tandems, hitch racks are best for heavier bikes since they offer sturdiness and have a low mounting height. Trunk racks and truck bed racks are affordable, easy to install and uninstall and can be easily shared between cars. It is important to pad the bike before mounting it to prevent damages from bike to bike contact or bike to car contact. It is also recommended that you strip the bike accessories before loading it on the rack.

Travelling with your bike is becoming easier and more common than before. The aforementioned are some of the ways you can travel with your bike. When choosing which method is appropriate for you, consider factors such as whether your travel is local or international, safety of each method and costs of each method against your budget. Ensure you inspect your bike for any damages upon arrival at your destination.

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How to Try Out an RV Before Committing

The RV lifestyle is one that attracts thousands of newcomers each year. Whether it’s the lure of living simply and freely, or the promise of having fewer bills, people all across the United States are trading in their sticks and bricks houses for homes on wheels. However, full-time RVing can be a gamble if you’re not experienced. The thought of packing your bags, ditching your hometown roots, and living life on the road can be an intimidating one for most people. Luckily, there’s a way to try before you buy: renting an RV.

From Corporate to Neighborly – Your Options for Renting an RV

Americans love having options. When it comes to renting an RV, you have options aplenty. So many, in fact, that you might not know where to start. You can rent an RV in one of three ways, and each way has its own strong points:

  • Large RV rental chains benefit from their size. With dozens of branches across the country, rental chains are able to offer one-way specials and other location-specific deals. They’re handy if you want to rent an RV just to get you from A to B, and not back.
  • Local RV rental companies offer personalized customer service and occasional deals. They’re great if you want to have the RV delivered somewhere, or if you’re looking for specials that coincide with specific events, like music festivals. You might also find a few companies that specialize in certain vehicles, like vintage buses or luxury trailers.
  • Peer-to-Peer networks are something like a hybrid between big rental companies and small ones: you have the widespread inventory of a big rental chain, with the individualized offerings and customer service of a small company. P2P networks like RVshare put RV owners and renters in touch with one another using an online platform.

Why P2P Might be The Best Choice For RV Newbies

We like the idea of starting your “trial period” search with a P2P site for a few reasons. For one, you’ll have access to a much larger inventory than you would with any other rental option. Like, seriously large – there are hundreds of thousands of members across the U.S.! Second, you’ll be helping out individual RV owners who don’t have the time to use their RVs as much as they like anymore. Don’t you want to support your fellow RV enthusiasts? In addition to feeling warm and fuzzy inside, there are several tangible benefits of renting from a P2P site:

  • There are a ton of different types of RVs! They have everything from tiny, pop-up campers to oversized motor coaches. It’s the perfect solution if you have a few types of RVs in mind, and want to test each one out before you commit to buying one.
  • You’ll probably find cheaper rates than you would elsewhere. Most RV owners are trying to offset the cost of storage fees with the possibility of making a little extra income on the side. Therefore, they tend to set their prices lower than the competitions’. Keep in mind though, owners can charge whatever they want, so if you find an overpriced RV, don’t get discouraged – just keep looking!
  • You don’t have to worry about feeling safe while you’re on the road. P2P websites offer up to $1 million in liability coverage. RVshare also offers free, 24/7 roadside assistance. You might even be able to buy additional auto insurance directly from the owner for a small daily fee.
  • RVshare offers 5% cash back rewards on rentals, which is quite helpful if you plan on trying out several RVs!
  • The platform has a review and rating system integrated into each listing. You can check out *REAL* customer reviews, without having to search through Yelp or Google Review.
  • Lastly, the biggest benefit from working directly with the owner is the ability to find deals that cater to your needs. You might find discounts on long-term rentals, off-season rentals, unlimited mileage, and more. Or, you can use the messaging feature to try and hash out a new deal with the owner!

Hot Tips for First-Time RVers

Okay, so now that we’ve covered where and how to rent an RV, we thought we’d offer a few tips for beginners. These tips will help you save money and travel comfortably:

  • Always plan your campground stays and travel routes ahead of time. Check with the campground to make sure your RV is allowed, since some campgrounds only accept RVs within certain age or size ranges. The goal is to avoid getting lost or turned away from a campground, which wastes a lot of gas. Use Roadtrippers to plan your route, and Allstays to find nearby campgrounds.
  • Gas is a major expense when you’re RVing, regardless of whether you’re vacationing or living in your RV. The GasBuddy app helps you find the cheapest gas in any given area, updated in real time.
  • If you’ve never driven an RV before, you’re probably a bit nervous. The DMV website has some excellent tips for driving large motorhomes or pulling trailers. If you really want to get into it, you can watch a video tutorial here.
  • The RV owner will show you how to use all the systems in the RV when you go to pick it up. But, knowing how to correctly dump your tanks is imperative, so it might be helpful to bookmark this step-by-step walkthrough in case you need it later.
  • Packing for an RV trip can be a bit of a compromise. You don’t want to bring too much stuff and weigh down the RV, but you also need to make sure you’ll have the appropriate supplies for any kind of situation. Here’s a good list to get you started. Try to bring linens and cooking supplies if you have room since most rental services will make you buy them if you forget.

What Are You Waiting For?! Let’s Hit the Road!

Testing out the RV life has never been easier. Whether you’re thinking about buying an RV for vacations, or you’re considering becoming a full-timer, renting an RV is an affordable, convenient way to try before you buy. We hope to see you on the road soon! Have you rented an RV before? Share your experience in the comments section!

This views and opinions expressed in any guest post featured in this site are those of the guest author, and do not necessarily reflect the views an opinions of Traveling Robert