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I have always loved the idea of going on a road trip. I remember way back when I went to America with my family and my Dad drove us from Los Angeles to San Francisco. It was incredible. I remember stopping at all sorts of places on the way, looking at the incredible views and surroundings. We did an overnight stop in a hotel (which was unfortunately a bit gross), but I remember driving into the little town – where there was absolutely nothing, but it felt like such a massive adventure.
And then I remember a few years back (ok, a bit longer in reality), when my friends and I hired a camper van and went to Reading Festival. It was the first year that we hadn’t gone and camped in a tent, and the whole camper van aspect made it so much more exciting. I felt like we were on a serious road trip!
So when I was asked to write this post about the best road trips of Europe, I had a lot of fun exploring the various places that are out there. I am not sure that I could deal with a road trip quite yet. The children are too young (I am sure people do it with young children but I just don’t have it in me!), our car is a bit too small, and we don’t have the money! But I can dream right?
Of course, there are a few things that we drivers must do before making a journey like a road trip and one of those things is to make sure the car is ready for it. I know that my car is used to quite small journeys, and whilst it goes in for a regular service, I am not the best at keeping on top of things except for how much screen wash there is left! So if I was going, I would be sure to first head down to my nearest Kwik Fit (which as it happens is at the end of our road – it was very handy when I once started driving and discovered I had a flat tyre!), to have them check that everything is ay ok.
Checking things like tyre tread depth is super important. The legal requirement is that the tread depth of your tyres shouldn’t fall below 1.6mm. And if you are expecting to drive through harsher conditions, it is recommended to replace a tyre that has less than 3mm of tread depth. Which if you are driving through the snowy regions of Europe, would be a safe precaution.
Of course, alongside this, things like oil, tyre pressure, screen wash and working lights, should all be checked before any kind of road trip. And don’t forget to make sure you have a spare tyre – it is much easier to deal with a breakdown if you have one!
Now that the car is safely ready to deal with some miles, here are three road trips that I would love to explore!
Romantische Strasse, Germany
The Romantic Road (whose name is a winner from the start), is a 220 mile stretch of road which links a number of picturesque towns and castles. I would love to add a picture right here but copyright and all that jazz! If you do want to have a look, then I suggest you head over here as you will see the utter delights that line the route.
Apparently, this route is be driven over several days to take full appreciation of the scenery and it’s best to be done during the lighter months.
Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Ireland is one of the places that I think would be perfect for a road trip. Such beautiful scenery and not too far from home – it has so much to offer. This route encircles the Iveragh peninsula and offers a wealth of beauty, including lakes, mountains and beaches. It is 110 miles so long so can technically be done in a day – but with all that stopping for photography, it’s probably better off to have an overnight stop point or two.
This road looks absolutely epic! Full of hairpin bends, twisting roads and steep inclines, it is not for the faint hearted! Along the route there is scenery galore. Waterfalls, mountains and bridges can all be viewed from the road and also from the several viewing platforms along the way! It is only four miles long but you’ll need longer to take advantage of all those photo opportunities – and to navigate those roads!
So there we have it. Three stunning routes for the future! Have you ever been on a road trip? Or do you have a dream one in mind?