The Pros and Cons of Travelling by Car

If you don’t like using public transport and prefer to travel by yourself in your own vehicle, then this article is for you. Today I’m sharing some of the pros and cons of travelling by car that might help you decide whether or not this way of exploring is suitable for you.

In reality, everything in the world has its ups and downs, and if you want to make the best decision, you should weigh up the good with the bad. So lets have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of travelling by car .

Pros of Travelling by Car

Let’s start with the advantages for travelling by car, since it is more fun to find the good in things than to criticize!


Flexibility is one of the biggest pros of travelling by car. You can stop as much as you like, drive at your own pace, and simply enjoy the freedom of a road trip.

No one is dictating where you can and can’t stop and you can choose how much you want to drive in one day before stopping overnight.

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Another benefit of travelling by car is that your beloved pets can join you if you choose this mode of transport. Pets are not usually welcomed on planes or trains, and when they are it is usually pretty stressful for them. 

Car rides can be fun for your pets, so nothing is stopping you from taking your pet to have an adventure with you! Just ensure you prepare your car appropriately in order to keep everyone safe.


Unlike on a plane there’s no baggage limit, you can take almost the entire house with you. Well, not literally, but you can definitely pack everything you think is essential for such a trip.

No worrying while in the queue at the airport to check in if your bag in underweight or not, just simple throw everything you think you may need in the car and off you go.

Better Views

A better view is another of the great advantages of travelling by car. When you travel by plane your view is limited and sometimes covered in cloud. If you choose to see the world from a ship, all you will see is water in every direction. 

But if you pick a car as your transport, you will be able to see many beautiful villages, hills, and small towns along your drive. And you will always be able to stop and take some pictures.

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Money Saving

Another great benefit of travelling by car is that it can save a bit of money. This works when you are travelling with a bunch of friends who can all chip in for gas. And, if your car is large enough, you can even skip renting a room and just simply sleep in your car.

Driving is considered to be a much cheaper way to travel, because you can control your finances easier and simply be more flexible when it comes to spending your money.

Read More: 12 Car Rental Hacks on Grey World Nomads

Cons of Travelling by Car

Now let’s get to the biggest disadvantages of travelling by car.

Long Distances

Well, let’s be honest. Driving takes a hell of a long time. You can sometimes drive for hours, and still not reach your destination. You can’t reach every part of the world with a car. You can’t drive through the ocean to travel to Australia, for instance.

In general, if you choose a car as your way to travel, you will have to travel only where you can drive your car, and that means you might not be able to travel everywhere.

If you choose to fly somewhere overseas, you always have the option to rent a car when you arrive, turning this con into a pro. Hertz has great car hire options with comparative prices, keeping your costs down while also allowing you to explore an overseas destination by car.

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Bad Weather

Another disadvantage of travelling by car is that bad weather can have a serious impact on your trip. Rain, snow and storms can all change driving conditions and might even ruin your whole road trip if you’re not prepared.

Consider the weather before taking off on the road and be honest about your driving skills, too. Driving under these conditions can be a challenge for some and can be dangerous not just to you, but others on the road if you’re not properly prepared.

Hidden Costs

Finally, the last con of travelling by car is that before any kind of road trip, you definitely need to prepare your car for the long haul, and that might require additional finances and time. Ensure you spend some time checking your car for road worthiness.

Also, consider investing in a few car essentials, especially if you are planning to hit the road long term or with your children. And don’t forget the small but helpful gadgets you can use in a car, like phone or cup holders, a GPS, or sun visors. These all make your road trip that little more enjoyable!

Over to you!

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