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An open road to your holiday horizons

The opportunity for real flexibility and freedom is one of the greatest appeals to heading out on a road trip. No need to stick to a standardised tour, you can experience what you want at your own pace and maybe catch some interesting sights that would otherwise be missed on a more straightforward package tour or city break. Drawing up an itinerary that caters to your expectations and desires is part of the fun and the prior research can give you a good sense of investment in the adventure to come.

The temptation to head out and see what’s there has driven many on their quests for exploration, inspiration and new experiences. The Great American Road Trip is a very popular concept in film and literature, both informing and being integral components of the works of many writers, including John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac and Cheryl Strayed. For a neat look at some of these, the website Atlas Obscura has an interactive map showing 12 great literary American road trips in detail.

If the thrill of the open road and sights to be seen gets your motor running, the Flexicover Teamlooks at some routes to consider for your travels.

Switzerland, France and Italy

There are plenty of nice routes within these countries, from the Amalfi Coast to La Route des Grandes Alpes or the Klausen Pass. However, for a grandly scenic trip that takes in a bit of all three countries, start out at Geneva's elegant Lac Léman waterfront and head all the way along shore until you enter France before turning south. A gorgeous alpine climb brings you into Chamonix then you’ll drive through the Alps’ highest peak using the Mont Blanc Tunnel to emerge in the commune of Courmayeur in the beautiful Aosta Valley of northern Italy.

Ring of Kerry, Ireland

The Irish countryside is considered by many to be some of the most beautiful in all of Europe and the Ring of Kerry in south-western Ireland can offer you a lovely snapshot of it. This 179km loop takes you past some of the Emerald Isle's most picturesque mountains, beaches, lakes and rivers. To get a real feel for this country, a road trip really is one of the better options. Long empty roads and beautiful vistas make it an excellent road trip destination taking in the Iveragh Peninsula, Killarney National Park and Moll’s Gap. Plus plenty of interesting castles and ruins are waiting to be explored!

Route 66, USA

Starting in Chicago and ending in Los Angeles, this classic route is the driving force for many wanting to hit the road and is probably the most iconic of its kind. Crossing three time zones through eight states, you’ll see retro petrol stations and old school diners galore on your drive following the migration route many took during the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s. Sights you may not want to miss include Cozy Dog Drive (Springfield, Illinois), birthplace of the corn dog, Meramec Caverns (St Louis, Missouri) for Jesse James’ hideout and Wigwam Villages (San Bernardino, California).

Garden Route, South Africa

Impressive coastlines, wild animals and beautiful nature are what await you if you decide to drive this southern stretch between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. There is a huge amount of biodiversity on this route with lagoons, mountains and forests on one side and the dramatic ocean on the other. It’s probably the only place where you can see elephants on land and shoreline whales within a short distance of each other. It’s not the easiest drive as several parts are riddled with potholes and wild animals tend to cross suddenly. But just keeping your wits about you and having a wary eye is bound to ensure this road trip is a success!

South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand, even today, is one of the most beautiful and picturesque countries in the world. The small population means that there’s a significant amount of uninhabited space and huge scenic expanses of untouched landscape for one to explore. And the variety of magnificent landscapes to behold will ensure that you won’t be bored as you drive. Several routes exist across the island such as the TranzAlpine, taking in Christchurch, the Fox Glacier and Lake Wanaka, or the western Heritage trail for the Otago vineyards and architecturally superb Dunedin.

So if your travels this year include taking the long and winding road, or something else entirely, we at Flexicover are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.