With vote weary Britons facing another seven weeks of political claim and counterclaim many could be forgiven for planning a road trip away from it all?
And jumping in a car or campervan, heading out across the country or – dare we mention it – Europe and taking in local culture, sights and people, need not break the bank.
Comparison site Gocompare.com has developed an interactive tool to identify 48 of the greatest road trips around the globe.
If you’ve ever wanted to tour the great sights of the world in a roaming camper van, visiting the millennia-old architecture, 2,000ft drops, or vast forested landscapes along the way, all on a budget, the site has some answers.
The tool offers a complete guide to each journey, with not only cost, temperature, and length, but also level of English spoken (in case you need directions), flight times and costs for overseas trips, the altitude and incline of the roads, and some information on the local stopping points and scenery.
“We wanted to find some of the biggest, most unforgettable road trips in the world,” said Matt Oliver, from Gocompare.com van insurance.
“Each trip has its own personality – there are trips through snowy mountains, flat deserts, dense forests and across beaches, there really is something for everyone. We wanted to provide a tool to make the adventures more accessible, so anyone can tackle them.”
These are the highlights.
- The Atlantic Highway, North Devon and North Cornwall, UK – Here in the UK, the Atlantic Highway offers up to five days of scenic villages, as well as Exmoor National Park, and some wonderful sea views. It’s also one of the most affordable options, with no costly flights.
2. The Road to Mount Nebo, Madaba, Jordan – As well as being a fascinating trip in terms of religious significance – as the mountain itself is said to be the final resting place of Moses – it’s also a beautiful trip of up to eleven days of rolling landscapes, for trip costs of £735 – sun lotion not included.
3. Romantische Strasse, Germany – One of the world’s most famous road trips, the Romantische Strasse (or “Romantic Road”) is a journey through some of Germany’s most idyllic locations, including the walled city of Dinkelsbühl and the Danube. It’s impossible to put a price on the gorgeous views, but if we were to try, it would be £689, across food and travel costs.
4. Northern Ireland’s Coastal Route – A great option for Game of Thrones fans, this route takes drivers through the Dark Hedges used in one episode, as well as by the Giant’s Causeway and a cliff path built out of basalt rock with hammers and hand tools.
5. Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, Austria – The Austrian Grossglockner “High Alpine Road” is a mountainous road trip with pine forests, snow, and vast glaciers. A short trip, but stop in cosy lodges to really make the most of the journey.
There are other trips from all over the world, covering Canada, Iceland, Australia and beyond.
Biggest Road Trips
There are also some more extended road trips for the truly adventurous:
- The Pan-American Highway, which will take you from the tip of one America to the ends of the other, if you’ve got the better part of a year to fully appreciate the whole 48,000 kilometres.
- The 5,000km Ruta 40 in Argentina, with everything from salt flats, national parks, and the Andes, as well as the highest altitude on a national road in the world.
- Route 66, 3,945km, which prompted the ultimate road trip song. The road itself might have been decommissioned, but travellers can still follow the route.