ashleigh robinsonDriving holidays are increasingly becoming a popular choice for Australian travellers so travelBulletin recently caught up with Driveaway Holidays’ Ashleigh Robinson to get her insider’s tips.


Which are more popular for Australians: overseas or domestic drive holidays?

We’ve found that while a lot of people still hire vehicles for domestic travel, international car hire is on the rise.

Which destinations are most appealing for drive holidays?

Destinations that have popular driving routes, beautiful scenery, and ease of road use make up what appeal most for driving holidays. Our top three destinations for international driving holidays are the USA, UK and New Zealand.

What are the biggest selling points when it comes to self-drive itineraries?

Having the freedom of creating your own itinerary and exploring destinations at your own pace are what makes a self-drive holiday the best holiday. Knowing where to go and researching locations depending on the time of year you are travelling reallyhelps. A self-drive holiday offers your clients the ultimate freedom.

What should an agent consider when selling drive holidays?

The size or category of the vehicle. When you have five passengers travelling in a compact Ford Focus or similar, each with a suitcase and carry-on bag you are in for a tight fit! Travelling in Europe has its own set of regulations. Each country has its own rules so hiring a car in France does not mean you can take it into Germany. Additional charges and fees often apply. Travel from Western to Eastern Europe is also highly restricted. If travelling for a longer duration (21 days or more) the value, comfort and ease of European leasing can’t be missed.

What are the biggest challenges for agents in selling drive holidays?

Driving in a foreign country can be achallenge for clients but as an agent, your reassurance that these challenges are manageable is key in selling a drive holiday. Insurance when taking a rental car is an often discussed factor and something your clients will ask. Although it can seem challenging, DriveAway Holidays has great solutions. All our rates include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), Theft Protection (TP) and basic roadside assistance (though an excess will apply).

What kinds of travellers are taking drive holidays?

The self-drive market has evolved over time. Families tracing their overseas heritage in the United Kingdom, honeymooners enjoying a drive through Tuscany or a group of friends driving Route 66 in a Ford Mustang. Travellers of all ages are enjoying the freedom of a self-drive holiday.

Subscribe To travelBulletin