The sun is shining, the inflatable rubber animals are waiting in the back of the car to be used in the pool and the children are sitting excitedly on the back seat. The journey is about to begin. Holiday travel by car is more popular than ever: according to the ADAC travel survey, 20 percent more Germans travelled by car last year than in 2019. To ensure that the good mood is not over after just a few kilometres, it is important to plan the journey time and route well. "It's best to set off Monday to Thursday, but not during rush hour. If you start on Saturday or Sunday, you should leave early or late in the day - well-rested," explains ADAC traffic expert Jürgen Berlitz.

Boy shaped out of plasticine with a bag of chips in his hands
Illustrations: Andi Meier // Text: Alissa Selge

Food for the ride

Pack enough surprise bags with healthy snacks and a few sweets that may be opened after certain motorway exits or after country borders. To keep your child comfortable on longer trips, make sure they are wearing comfortable and breathable cotton clothing.

Games for the road

When the popular question "When will we be there?" comes up, answer it by pointing at your homemade road trip countdown. To do this, write the names of cities and route markers on slips of paper before the trip, attach them to the ceiling with a string and let the children tear them off one by one.

Take a break

If you are tired while driving, you will react more slowly: take a break every 1.5 hours, take turns behind the wheel and, if possible, do not drive more than 500 kilometres a day. It is worth getting off the motorway for the break. Especially on holiday routes, you will often find attractions nearby, for example the Lüneburger Heide Game Park on the A 7 northbound or the Kristallwelten in Wattens, Austria, on the Inntal motorway.

A break like this takes time, but it raises your mood. In a relaxed and happy mood, you can continue towards your holiday.

You can read the whole story in the ADAC Motorwelt issue 02/2021. More information about the new Motorwelt can be found on the ADAC website.

Cover of the ADAC Motorwelt issue 02/2021
Read the whole story here ADAC Motorwelt 02/2021

Four times a year the ADAC Motorwelt offers information and service, reports, columns, tests and celebrity-interviews on the topics of cars, travel and mobility. The magazine is available in around 9,100 German Edeka and Netto subsidiaries. Club members can take it free of charge at the checkout.