Get out on the highway!
Nothing captures the spirit of a road trip quite as succinctly as Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" lyrics.
Most holidays see us travel to get to a destination but with a road trip it's all about the journey itself.
So fasten your seatbelt (or strap on your helmet) and join us for our pick of places to experience the freedom of the open road!
Route 66, U.S.A.
Route 66, arguably the most famous highway in the world, was affectionately referred to as the 'Mother Road' in John Steinbeck's 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath. This 2,450 mile stretch of asphalt connects Chicago to Los Angeles passing through eight states - Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and finally California, ending at the beaches of Santa Monica. Although decommissioned over 20 years ago, it still remains an important part of American culture with many of the towns and retail establishments still relying on it for business. If you can, head out on this route by car, motorhome or a Harley Davidson - it is the ultimate 'all American' road trip and do as the song says: "get your kicks on Route 66"! Wish I could!
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
Acknowledged by many as one of the world's most scenic drives in the world, the Great Ocean Road winds its way along the rugged south-eastern coast of Victoria. From Torquay (100km southwest of Melbourne) it stretches 190km westward past the windswept limestone pillars of the Twelve Apostles to the historic village of Warrnambool. The coastal parts of the road are a great place to see dolphins, whales and seals, while the inland areas offer opportunities to spot koalas, kangaroos and emus!
Ring Road, Iceland
Iceland's 'Ring Road', or Route 1, is an 830 mile road that circumnavigates the entire country. Driving the Ring Road is one of the quintessential experiences in Iceland as there are countless waterfalls, rivers, lakes, glaciers and volcanoes to admire along the way. In fact it's one of the best ways to explore the 'Land of Fire and Ice' as all the major landmarks are within reach of the road. Take a dip in one of the numerous warm pools along the route, visit the black sand beaches of Vik and The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa – the ideal way to make your trip complete!
Icefields Parkway, Canada
Canada's Icefield Parkway stretches 144 miles through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, so it’s little surprise that the scenery is something special. The road runs from Jasper to Lake Louise through the heart of both Jasper and Banff national parks and offers access to a vast wilderness of emerald lakes, thunderous waterfalls, picture-perfect snow-capped peaks and ancient glaciers. It’s also widely known as one of the best places to see some Canadian wildlife including elk, bighorn sheep, moose, as well as grizzly and (if you're lucky) black bears too!
Coastal highlands, Scotland
This is Braveheart country so be prepared for some of the most stunning scenery in the British Isles. Single-track roads hem Scotland's astonishingly beautiful west coast and en route there's plenty to see and do from trekking in Glencoe, kayaking or sailing in Fort William or go searching for the monster at Loch Ness. For some real fun driving, take the Bealach Na Ba ("Pass of the Cattle") road towards Applecross - it's the highest road in the UK and you will get an amazing view of Skye and, if it's a clear day, even Stornoway.
Wherever you decide to hit the road, Flexicover Direct, the travel insurance specialists, are committed to providing the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away. If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!
If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!