As I have put my learning to drive on a hold for the foreseeable future, naturally I can’t stop thinking about all the different road trips I could take if I had passed my test. Typical, huh?
I feel like being able to drive would give me so much more freedom when travelling, especially when there are so many different road trips you can take across the globe.
So, where do I want to go?
Five Road Trips I am Dying to Take
? Pacific Coast Highway, America – I have done parts of Pacific Coast Highway in California, which has made me want to do the whole thing as it is SO BEAUTIFUL. Going from San Francisco to San Diego along California’s coastline, you can stop off at stunning places such as Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Malibu, LA and Long Beach.
There’s lots of places to stop off to enjoy wine, seaside villages, untouched forests and some of the BEST coastal views you’ll ever see (trust me).
I can’t wait until I can finally tick this one off my bucket list, as I think it is probably my dream trip.
? Route 66, America – Again, I have been to the end of Route 66 (Santa Monica), but I would absolutely LOVE to be able to do the whole of it. Going from Chicago to Santa Monica, this is a much longer road trip than Pacific Coast Highway, but so so worth it.
Some of the stops include Missouri, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona (Vegas, anyone?) and Oklahoma – all States I haven’t visited before.
? Ring of Kerry, Ireland – I have never been to Ireland and I have heard so many people say that a road trip is one of the best ways to see the most beautiful parts of our neighbouring island. If you’re not taking your time and doing overnight stays, you could actually complete the 110 mile Ring of Kerry in a day, something I think would be great if you want to see other parts of Ireland too. Starting and ending in Killarney, this is definitely a trip I want to do when I finally get the chance to visit Ireland. Don’t forget that motor insurance is a mandatory requirement to drive a car in Ireland and other countries. You should reserve your insurance in advance and check out AA Car Insurance for more information and advice.
? North Coast 500, Scotland – For a long time I have wanted to do a road trip in Scotland as it just look SO SO SO beautiful. It wasn’t until recently that I heard about the North Coast 500, but as soon as I did it immediately made it into my top five road trips I want to take.
The North Coast 500 starts in Inverness and takes you on a circular trip around Scotland. You’ll see castle ruins, smuggler’s caves and a whole bunch of distillers along the way – perfect right?
? Sydney to Brisbane, Australia – Isn’t the dream for most to pack your bags and head for a year backpacking around Australia? I’d LOVE to be able to do this but as it really isn’t feasible now I have far too many adult responsibilities, I would be happy settling for a shorter trip.
The drive from Sydney to Brisbane (the Legendary Pacific Coast) is only 10 hours in total, but with lots of stops along the way you could easily spread it across a week.
Someone get me to Australia ASAP.
Preparing for a Road Trip
Although it’s easy to get carried away in the excitement of planning a road trip, you need to make sure you prepare properly, especially if there are going to be long stretches of road where there is nowhere to stop.
Here are some top tips for preparing for a road trip:
- Make sure your car is safe before you travel – There are lots of different things you can do to ensure you car is safe before you leave, however the most effective way is MOT Testing. If you’re travelling in your own car it’s vital to make sure everything is up to date and safe beforehand. Not only can it be costly to get things fixed while on the road, but it could be incredibly dangerous.
- Pack a medical kit – This should be an obvious for any trip you take, but as you will have a little more space in a car to store things, packing a larger medical kit is definitely possible. If you’re in the middle of nowhere and have a medical emergency, this kit could be vital whilst you’re waiting for help.
- Stock up on food and drink – Taking food and drink on a road trip not only keeps everyone happy, it also helps if the car breaks down in the middle of nowhere (are you noticing a theme here?). Having a stock of food and drink means you don’t have to worry about dehydration or getting hungry whilst waiting for roadside assistance.
- Plan as many stops in advance as you can – As much as choosing where to stop whilst on the road is fun and exciting, planning your stops and booking hotels in advance not only saves money, but it ensures you’re not driving for too long before taking a break.
What road trips are on your bucket list?