Let's not try to get ahead of ourselves but it seems like the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel could be coming. If all goes to plan, this summer we may be able to head out for a getaway, after more than a year largely confined to home.

With the pandemic being handled differently in other countries, it's unclear how foreign travel could work, so many of us will be hoping to go in search of summer sun at home.

One of the best ways to do this is to take a road trip, and with British love affair with the convertible, we've put together a list of the best models for a variety of budgets...

Up to £5,000 - Volvo C70

At the lower end of the scale, we're looking exclusively at the used car market. There are tonnes of choices at this price point, from the sporty Toyota MR2 to city-focused Minis. However, if you're road-tripping, you want space and comfort.

There are plenty of choices, but we're going to go for a more interesting option than something predictable like the BMW 3 Series Convertible. The Volvo C70 is large and fairly practical, while also being comfortable with great styling. It's no sports car, but it's a useful and handsome all-rounder.

Up to £15,000 - BMW M3

Again, you're looking at the used market here, but your options are far more diverse with this kind of budget. With this extra cash you can get into something sportier, such as the hardcore Honda S2000.

If you want more of a compromise between performance and comfort, a BMW M3 Convertible is a great shout. It has all the practicality of a standard 3 Series, but with a much more powerful engine. For this budget you're looking at the E46 generation from the early 2000s, which is a gorgeous-looking car.

Up to £25,000 - Mazda MX-5

The undisputed top dog in the affordable convertible world is the Mazda MX-5, and £25,000 will get you into a new one – just. For this cash, you're looking at the entry-level trim with the smaller 1.5-litre engine.

That's no bad thing though, with many enthusiasts saying this is the optimal MX-5 combination for the purest driving experience. Want more? Look at the nearly new market and you'll find higher trim levels, as well as the more powerful 2.0-litre engine.

Up to £40,000 - Audi TT Roadster

We'll make a bit more of a leap this time to a budget of £40,000, because that gets you in the Audi TT Roadster. Prices start about £2k under budget – and you could push yourself into a sportier S line trim if you drive a hard bargain.

Do this and you get a fantastic-looking convertible, that's fun to drive and is packed full of equipment.

Up to £50,000 - Porsche 718 Boxster

If you're looking for open-top thrills, it's tough to beat a good Porsche, and a Boxster is one of the best. There was a time when people looked down on this 'entry level' Porsche, but now it's considered a fantastic car in its own right.

Its sleek, stylish looks ooze class, and while the new engines don't have the character of classic models, they still pack a performance punch.

Up to £100,000 - Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Prices increase rapidly now, and while it's entirely too predictable to pick another Porsche, the German firm is considered one of the best in the business for a reason. If you're looking for change from six figures, you can get yourself into a 911 and can even choose the four-wheel-drive Carrera model.

The 911 is one of the most iconic sports cars on the planet, and is so brilliantly designed that you could feasibly use it for day-to-day driving, as well as saving it for spirited weekend jaunts.

Over £100,000 - Bentley Continental GT

We're reaching money-no-object prices now, and if that's the case, there's nothing better than a Bentley Continental GT. There are more focused sports cars such as the Audi R8 Spyder, but that can be quite cramped for taller drivers.

The Continental GT, however, will get you around in supreme comfort and comes packed with all the technology you could ever need. The price of near-perfection? In excess of £173,000...