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Finding best road trip ideas

Going for a drive

Few days ago I went on an unexpected road trip with my brother. While ours was more of a fool’s errand and not a planned getaway, it made me think of the many road trips I have taken in the past. A road trip is more like a rite of passage. Something everyone has probably done at least once in their life. So where do you get your road trip ideas? What elements makes the best road trips?

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Memories of childhood

I think every person has gone on a road trip as a kid. Long drives with one’s parents might not always seem like fun, but they are part of our childhood. It could have been a trip to visit relatives. Maybe a school trip or something fun to do with your friends. Some might have been long than the others, but we have all done them.

We used to go on frequent day trips from Toronto when I was younger. It was a great way to see new places and more affordable than flying somewhere. We have travelled quite a bit , even if it didn’t seem that fun at the time. I think today’s road tripping is a bit more fun than it used to be. There was nothing to watch in the car in those days day and I always had to argue with my dad over the radio. I think we all have stories of best and worst road trips with our parents.

Best road trips

I think that the best road trips are the unexpected ones. There is something fun about just getting in the car and driving away. When the sun is shining and the roads are clear, that little voice whispers in your head. Let’s go somewhere!

It wasn’t always the case. People didn’t go on road trips for pleasure in the past. With the creation of cars, came the wish to go elsewhere. To get away from the hustle and bustle. Those were mainly reserved for the rich, as not many could afford cars. But as they became more affordable, our fascination with road trips grew.

Road trips have even invaded Hollywood. With so many movies made about them, who wouldn’t want to go on one? They always make road trips seem fun and adventurous. After all, it’s a good way to see the world.

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Excursions can make great road trips

Road trip ideas and planning

Some people are fanatical about road trips. They plan them for months. They seek out places so they can go on a road trip. That’s what great about this mode of travel, you can make it what you want. For me, there are few elements that inspire my road trip ideas.

Companionship

Best road trips are the ones you enjoy. That has a lot to do with the company. Being in a car with someone for hours can be hell or it can be fun. So unless you are into solo travel, finding the right companion is number one priority. I’ve been on many road trips with Alex, my brother, friends and even coworkers. Luckily, I’ve not had any bad ones and I hope it stays that way.

The trips I took as a kid are not as vivid in my memory, so I assume that they were all good. Either that or my mind has blocked them. Ha!

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Destination

They often say that it’s the journey not the destination that matters most. While that might be true, you do need a destination. Often, it’s what provides us with the reason for going in the first place.ย  ย Like, come on.

There are many place in the world that can inspire great road trip ideas. I personally would like to drive around Ireland, from castle to castle. Or go on a safari – to me that counts as a road trip. Perhaps even drive around salt flats in Bolivia or somewhere in Australia.

It seems that no matter where you are, you can make a trip of it.

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Duration

The longest road trip I’ve done was a week. It wasn’t a continuous seven-day driving and w did stop every night. I’ve also done road trips that lasted more than a day and those that were a few hours. I’m not sure that I have a preference on an ideal length of a road trip. It really depends on where I’m going and with whom.

Entertainment

While talking to you companion(s) is a big part of the trip, you need other forms of entertainment to get through. I love to sing in the car so the music selection is always a big part of the trip. You can’t always count on the radio, so having your own music can save your life. Or at least make the drive less boring.
Snacking is always a huge point too. I’m the type of person who will want to eat or drink something after being on the road for a bit. Candy? Chips? Healthy snacks? Sometimes they all come along with water and tea. After too much libation frequent bathrooms become a thing, but hey, it is what it is.
I’m not into watching anything in the car as I think it’s not fair to the driver. I’ve tried reading, but that was also a bust. Most often if all else fails I take a nap. ๐Ÿ™‚
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So much inspiration

My fave road trips

I don’t think I can write about road trips without reminiscing about some of the best ones that I have been on.

Iceland

The first time I went to Iceland, it was a pure road trip vacation. We drove around the island for seven days. We stopped at a different place every night, which was needed after spending most of the day in a car. I loved driving in Iceland as every day was a different landscape. Some days we drove through lush and rainy mountains. On other days we drove through something that looked like the moon. There were waterfalls, rainbows and sheep everywhere. Pure happiness.

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Seljalandsfoss waterfall

East coast road trip

For a while, my brother lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia and we visited there several times.ย  I have made the 16+ hours road trip driving from Toronto and back. We usually made an overnight stop, which made the trip fun.ย  It also allowed us to see other parts of Canada. It makes you realize just how big this country really is.

New York state of mind

When we decided to go to New York City, we opted to make a road trip out of it. This was about an eight-hour journey. It was September, which meant that the leaves were changing colours and fall was in full effect. Driving from Toronto to New York City was the quite spectacular. Almost as much as NYC itself ๐Ÿ™‚

Across Italy

We have done many road trips in Italy. There was the Amalfi coast, the trip to Calabria and that time we were going to Rimini. After driving from Naples to Rome, we headed east across the country. It was quite a drive. Some parts of the road went through mountains and cut off the radio. We didn’t end up making it to Rimini. Instead, we ended up in a place called Alba Adriatica. Quite amazing in itself.

Bringing it together

Road trips are a great travel option. You can visit any place along the way, make as many stops as you want and take as much time as you need. For those short on funds, road tripping provides a lower cost alternative to getting away. It also provides offers an opportunity to visit foreign places at your own pace.

What was your most memorable road trip? Let me know!


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8 thoughts on “Finding best road trip ideas

  1. Russell

    Great read, thanks for sharing!

    I absolutely hear you about driving through Iceland, that would have to be one of our favourite all time road trips! Would absolutely recommend it to everyone!

    How was the road trip through Italy? The photos look awesome but don’t think I’m game enough to drive through Rome….

    Couldn’t agree with you enough, Kasia. A road trip can just be the perfect travel memory ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. kasiawrites Post author

      So glad you enjoyed it! The drive was mostly through Rome so you avoid all the tricky streets. Canโ€™t go wrong with Italian country side ๐Ÿ˜

      I totally agree with you about Iceland! It was magical ๐Ÿ’•

  2. Nasib

    Road-trip such an amazing idea specially now after winter. Mountains undressed from white snow, impressive sights of the blue sky, and green field.

    1. kasiawrites Post author

      Road trips in the mountains are pretty special. I love seeing the mountains ๐Ÿ˜

  3. Dippy Dotty Girl

    Whoa, a road trip that last 16+ hours! Your mind is made of steel, lady ๐Ÿ™‚ I can do no longer than an-hour-and-a-half at a go though I have done 16 and felt my brain disintegrate into tatters right before my eyes. I think what I love most about a road trip is the informality of it, and oh yes, the singing along. xx

    1. kasiawrites Post author

      We didnโ€™t do that trip in one go. ๐Ÿ™€ I couldnโ€™t have made it. ๐Ÿ˜• Somehow I do see you as a car singer ๐Ÿ˜‹ after all, it takes one to know one ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ

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