I decided to reach the South of France driving exclusively on free-toll roads. This means of course more time on the road but also more fun and more cool things to see. Unlike in Germany or Holland, France’s highways require drivers to pay toll fees.
Driving only on national roads allowed me to save more than 60 euros and it didn’t really take more petrol. The surprising thing is that even on free road speed limits can be up to 110/130 km/h which reduces travel times, given one cleaverly chooses to avoid peak times and rush hours. When you are a musician it’s easy to do so: you mainly will have to drive on week days plus being allowed to wake up a bit later that the average commuter makes it easy to drive when there’s not too many people on the roads. The main reason why i go for the no-tolls option is not merely about timings or budget: by driving on regional roads i have the chance to really see the landscape and the small towns i go through.
Instead of having to concentrate on driving straight and athigh speed, i can slow down whenever i want and even stop for a picture or a cup of coffee, often in amazing spots where the only protagonist is the blue sky and the green fields of the French countryside.