If you are considering a family summer or ski holiday in France, driving to our closest European neighbour is a lot easier and cheaper then you may think. Samoens is only 780km (485 miles) from the port of Calais, and with the vast majority of the journey on a motorway, you can arrive from the ferry to your chalet in less than 8 hours. With the need for social-distancing likely to be with us for a while, travelling by car also allows you to avoid congested airports and your own space to travel in.  [...]