Road trips are a great way to see places that you might usually just fly over, or pass by on a boat. They will let you mix with local cultures, try some delicious cuisines and give you some breathtaking views that you will never forget.
The secret to successful road trips is preparation. Always have water and some snacks in case you cannot find anywhere open if you arrive somewhere late. Make sure your vehicle is in tip-top condition. Have a spare tyre that is ready to be used if you need it. Carry paper maps and a compass in case you get lost and have no reception on your phone to be able to use the digital maps.
Some people prefer to hire a car for these long and exciting journeys. One benefit is that if they have a problem they do not find themselves with a huge repair bill. You can compare car hire prices to see if this would be the best option for you. There are lots to choose from.
Cabot Trail, Canada
Along this 298km road, you will see the island of Cape Breton and drive through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, which is home to bald eagles, black bears and moose.
If you take the road at a leisurely pace you can also enjoy the small villages that were influenced by the French and Scottish.
The Garden Route, South Africa
On one side of this road you will be able to view mountains and vineyards, while on the other there is beaches with rocky shores. It runs between Mossel Bay and Storms River mouth and is said to be the most beautiful introduction to South Africa that anyone could have.
It is also worthwhile parking your car and walking some of the trails along the coast.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
This is a road trip like no other you will experience. It is the world’s largest salt lake, and sometimes will look as though you have gone to another planet.
After rain, the salt flats are like an enormous mirror with all the surrounding mountains reflected in it. When they are dry, especially at night, they are so white it looks like ice. When the moon shines on the salt flats they take on an eerie glow. It will be like nothing you will see anywhere else.
The Karakoram Highway
This highway connects China and Pakistan across a rocky mountain range that separates the two countries. It is the highest paved road in the world and undoubtedly one of the most stunning.
Your road trip would take you through some truly awe-inspiring scenery. Towering, white, snow-capped mountains. Rocky gorges and pale blue rivers. You will also get to see numerous pieces of rock art. Amazingly, some date back as far as 1000BC.
These are just 4 suggestions of what could be great road trips, there are many more all over the world.