The road trip is a typically American cultural past time, but there are some amazing routes on the other side of the Atlantic. They may not be as famous as Route 66, but you won’t be found lacking for beautiful scenery and important cultural artefacts. Before you set off on your journey, here are some of our top tips for getting the most of your trip.
Prepare to Go Offline
Carry a paper map of your journey. It’s tempting to rely on your sat nav or google maps, but when you’re heading into the unknown it’s good to have a hard backup in case you get caught without battery or signal. I like to have a rough journey planned with room for plenty of deviations to allow for that bit of adventure and spontaneity.
Give Yourself the Best Start
It’s good to know some maintenance basics, but our tip is to get your car fully serviced at a place like Kwik Fit before you leave. That way you minimise the chance of having a breakdown on the road.
Get on Google Translate
It never goes amiss to learn a bit of the local language. It can help you find your way around the places you find yourself in. At minimum learning the basics such as “Hello”, and “Thank you”, will show that you’ve made a bit of an effort before asking for help.
Dig a Bit Beyond the Surface
Doing a bit of research into the history and culture is immensely rewarding for a road trip. A bit of knowledge can help elucidate the context behind any historical ruins or monuments. It’ll also give you some ideas of which sites to plan your routes around.
Three Unmissable Road Trips Through Europe
Route One, Iceland
Iceland isn’t just snow – it’s a hugely diverse site of volcanoes, waterfalls, lava fields and hot springs. This 800 mile route is the best way to see a lot of what the country has to offer, full of breathtaking sights and surprised.
This is a steep and winding route through the impressive fjords of Norway. It’s an experience quite unlike any other, a true masterpiece of nature which is best seen climbing ever higher up the serpentine Trollstigen – translated as Troll’s Path.
3) North Coast 500, Scotland
As the name suggests, this is a 500 mile stretch of stunning open road along the north coast of Scotland. It’s a true showcase of the beauty of the Scottish countryside, through small villages and full of castles, breweries and wildlife.
More to see?
These are just a snapshot of what Europe has to offer, and that’s without even getting into the gorgeous Mediterranean vistas of Italy and the amazing sites of Montenegro. Get exploring and let us know where you’d like to go next.