There’s nothing quite like exploring somewhere yourself, getting in a car (Pad drives – not me!) and just seeing where it takes you. We usually fill the car with snacks, and put Hans Zimmer on full-volume.
Here are a few of my favourite road trip routes and the road trip destinations that got my seal of approval…
Amalfi Coast, Italy
We did this road trip on our honeymoon this year and it was simply stunning. On of the most beautiful coastal roads I’ve ever seen, with incredible views and vistas around every corner. It’s quite a risky road (and does get a little nerve-racking at times) – but if you’re not a confident driver, there are plenty of local companies who will do the driving from you. Along the route you’ll be able to stop at some of Italy’s most beautiful coastal towns too; Amalfi, Ravello and Postiano.
Loch Lomand and other Scottish Highlands
Another road trip we did this year. Sure, you don’t get the sunshine in Scotland, but you don’t really need it. It was dreadful weather when we were exploring, but the bad weather actually made the views more epic and the landscapes much magical. We started in Loch Lomand, and explored the roads going west and north of there, up to 3-4 in each direction. It was so gorgeous.
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
After all the places we’ve visited and all the roads we’ve driven on, this particular road in Southern Australia probably has the most awe-inspiring views. Famous for the little stretch where 12 Apostles reach out of the ocean, it’s popular with tourists, but well worth the traffic or the crowds you might run into. You could spend a week doing this route, or you could just spend a couple of days – it depends how much you want to explore and how many stop-offs you want to make. My favourite bit? Climbing down the steep cliffs into and finding hidden beaches. More Aussie road trip ideas here.
Route 66, USA
Route 66 is one of the USA’s most famous roads. I’d say, if you’re a beginner to road trips, maybe this is a good route to start on! A lot of the roads on this route are pretty straight and wide (as opposed to a few of the ones above). The road itself is HUGE so there are loads of amazing places you can stop off at. They actually have a pretty useful website which will give you plenty of ideas.
LA to San Francisco
I don’t think this is really a famous route, but it’s one I have travelled, and I loved the changing landscapes and the views. There’s also something kinda special about driving in San Fran, rather than flying in. Crossing those bridges… just wow!
Queenstown to Auckland
I could rave about New Zealand for weeks without stopping. It is the most beautiful place on earth, and travelling by land there is so much better than by air, because you get to soak in all those views and incredible scenery. It doesn’t really matter where you’re driving in NZ, but a route I’d recommend is Queenstown to Auckland – that way you get to see the changing landscape from South to North, and you get to see some of the epic mountains and huge lakes along the way.
A few general tips:
- Stock up on snacks – in rural places you might not find regular stop-offs points. Always take food!
- Obviously before setting off ensure you have any car parts or spare parts you might need. Especially in some of the more rustic routes, you don’t want to be stuck without something you desperately need. Check out www.bestpartstore.co.uk for more info.
- Take a ‘proper’ map, not just your phone GPS! What if your phone dies or if there’s no signal? Yeah I didn’t know either but places like that still exist.
- read up and do your research! More tips for roadtrips here!