Don’t forget the mixtape…
Mixtape, hmm – these days it’s more likely to be a flash drive or a bluetooth connected smartphone, but whatever your music choice, everyone loves the idea of a road trip – anything from going to the beach to travelling through continents and discovering new cultures.
Staying on the ground instead of flying lets you see and feel how the landscape changes as you travel. The old adage of it’s about the journey, not the destination is the very foundation on which a road trip is built, so let’s explore some of the most popular road trips of the world.
Route 66 – United States
‘The only place to really get your kicks‘ according to the Rolling Stones. Route 66 takes you from Chicago all the way down to Los Angeles. It takes, roughly, 30 solid hours of driving, spanning three time zones and eight states. The first ever transcontinental highway of its kind, this is still a well known and loved route today.
Sicily – Italy
Although not as well-known as Route 66, a road trip through Sicily takes you through a beautiful mixture of cultures and culinary delights, all set in a stunning backdrop. This two day trip will allow you to explore beautiful ruins in Syracuse and journey through some of the country’s most picturesque streets.
North Coast 500 – Scotland
From warm picturesque towns to bracing northern Scottish highlands. Starting in Inverness this five hundred mile route will demonstrate Scotland’s untamed natural beauty with white sandy beaches, icy lochs and magnificent mountains.
Cowboy Trail – Canada
An activity filled road trip, this route will take you through the badlands to where the Rocky Mountains meet the great plains and provide visual stimulation in abundance. With ranches and national parks to explore you will not find any boredom on this trip.
The Mongol Rally – Worldwide
The mother of all roadtrips, this tasks you with finding a car with less than 1000cc and giving you only an end destination this is a true adventure. Make your own route, find your own way and simply get there.
There is no back up vehicle, there is no sat nav, there is only you and your team. On top of this, you are required to raise a minimum of £500 for their charity Cool Earth to enter. The ethos behind this is pure adventure.
A virtual road trip through China
Road to Guangdong is a story-based road trip through China, so why don’t you have a road trip adventure of your own?
Article written by Will Stallibrass