If I am honest, I could name a lot more than one hundred great road trips worldwide, but for the sake of brevity, I have chosen but a few of my very favourite road trip destinations.
Those who enjoy driving will love road trips and there is little to worry about as long as you are in good health, have good driving skills and are open to lots of adventure. Driving abroad is challenging, but ultimately rewarding and most pleasurable. Carefully planning your trip, from car selection, to route choice and right through to the preparation, you will need to put in a bit of work before setting off.
Of course, if you are planning a road trip on the other side of the world, you will have to organise a car first and it goes without saying that the purchase of a roadworthy vehicle that is going to go the distance is an absolute prerequisite. You may also like to prepare for the sale of your vehicle at the end of the trip and obviously, insurance is top of the to-do-list for all driving holidays. Depending on the length of your road trip, and, of course, your budget, hiring a car may also be an option.
When you are packing your bag and getting essential supplies together, make sure to include a good map and camera and remember to bring a friend! If you are planning to cover long distances, sharing the driving will allow you to do so and a co-driver can prove invaluable when driving on roads you are not familiar with. Also, make sure to inform someone regularly about your whereabouts, just in case, and most importantly, check out some general information on driving at your destination of choice so that you will know what to expect.
Asia – Khardung Pass, India
People say that driving in India is hugely challenging because of the disregard for traffic laws, but if you are up for a test, the road over Khardung Pass will not disappoint. This road is the highest road in the world, over 3 miles above sea level, and you will find that it is extremely busy. You will encounter horses, camels and tons of people, but this what appears to be chaotic natural beauty will stay with you forever.
Africa – Namibia
Great roads and stunning scenery make Namibia a perfect destination for a family road trip. You can go on a self-drive safari and see wildlife in Etosha National Park and Damaraland and the Sossusvlei sand dunes will take your breath away. The infrastructure is top class and it is a safe place for the whole family. Don’t forget to make it all the way to the coastal town of Swakopmund where you can try out some sandboarding, quad biking, hop on a camel or take a boat trip and catch a glimpse of some stunning dolphins.
America – From Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee to Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Thousands of people go on road trips in America and I have just selected one of many great options. The 496 mile long trip along Blue Ridge Parkway connects two National Parks and features stunning views, mountains to hike and historic sites to see. Many people spend several days on this trip and the natural beauty of the flora and fauna are world renowned. Make sure not to plan ahead and book accommodation, let the trip itself guide you. This way, you can spend a little longer whenever you come across something you like and proceed quickly if that’s what you prefer.
South America – Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
If you are up for some 4×4 adventure and don’t mind possibly getting lost, the salt flats in southern Bolivia make for a great trip. You will be driving across smooth, snow-white salt flats and driving here most certainly makes for a unique experience. Most tourists end up at the Incahuasi outcropping and enjoy eating at one of few restaurants available in this stunning part of the world.
Europe – Driving along the Ancient Highways in Greece
Regardless of whether you are a sun worshipper or history enthusiast, taking a road trip from Athens along the coast is a great way to do both. Stunning beaches, breathtaking ancient sites, most likely good weather and excellent food along the way will ensure that you will have a great trip. Greek drivers haven’t got the best of reputations, but if you come to expect that, your trip won’t disappoint. Make sure to allow yourself between five and ten days for the trip.
Australia – Driving Through The Lonely Outback
If you feel like driving through the little populated outback and not encounter a single soul for miles and miles, I would advise you to drive from Darwin to Adelaide. You will drive through mountains and pass through the red rock of the famous central desert and the stunning valleys of the north. This trip is not for the faint hearted, is nearly 3000 km in length but makes for an unforgettable journey, and remember, a kangaroo can cross the road at a moment’s notice.
Of great road trips, there are many and this is a minute selection that might just serve to inspire you to consider going on a driving adventure. Driving holidays are unpredictable by nature and that’s what makes them so much fun!