Looking to plan your next big holiday? Why not take the adventurous path and plan a road trip! The world has become a much smaller place with easy access to distant lands just a click and flight away. However, we love our old-fashioned road trips. Calculating a route through different maps, packing a vehicle full of supplies, flexible schedules and unexpected surprises around every corner of the drive; the list is endless. Here’s our pick on the best road trip destinations in the world to add to your bucket list.
Great Ocean Road, Australia
Touted to be one of the most scenic drives in the world, the excursion along the famous Great Ocean Road in Victoria is just an hour away from central Melbourne. Take in the best of Australian wilderness on the Great Ocean Road that stretches across 250km of spectacular rock formations, sandy beaches, waterfalls and rainforests. Some highlights to schedule in during this road trip will include the iconic 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell National Park, Bay of Islands and Triplet Falls at Otway National Park. A road trip across the Great Ocean Road is suitable for all types of travellers, even families with children, as there is plenty to see and do along the way. Remember to pack hiking shoes and camping gear in case you would like to explore the terrain on foot, as well as rain gear for any unexpected showers. A comfortable journey along the Great Ocean Road can be completed in 3-5 days.
The Wild Atlantic Way - Ireland
Spanning a remarkable 2500km down the west coast of Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way is possibly the longest defined uninterrupted coastal route in the world. A true Irish wonder, the route offers plenty to see and do with spectacular natural views. The journey can take any time between 2 to 4 weeks or more depending on what you are interested in and what surprises may come your way. Travellers will be left in awe at the sight of quaint villages, wildlife, beaches and more. Due to extreme weather conditions during different parts of the year, it is advisable to make frequent stops and pack plenty of supplies. Some key attractions to see on the Wild Atlantic Way road trip will include Mizen Head, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, Kylemore Abbey and Slieve League. For those looking for even more adventure, there are night-time kayaking experiences, horseback riding, coasteering and even castle stays available along the way.
The Garden Route - South Africa
The stunning Garden Route starts just a few hours from Cape Town and depending on how far you want to venture off to can stretch anywhere from 200km to 700km. The Western Cape Province and Eastern Cape Province are both coastal and offer spectacular views of the beach, ocean, mountains and farmlands. We recommend a week-long road trip with plenty of coastal stops like the town of Knysna for some elephant spotting and Plettenberg Bay for whale and dolphin watching, as well as inland attractions like Oudtshoorn to see the world’s largest ostrich population. The Garden Route is popular for its vineyards and farmlands, offering travellers a serene haven for relaxation.
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