Most of us have dreamed of taking a road trip at some point in our lives, but how many have actually gone through with it? We picture a Thelma and Louise-esque escapade, minus the being-on-the-run part, of course. The witty camaraderie, sleeping in strange motels, seeing the sights, just you and the open road. Of course, life on the road is a little different to what we see in the movies. Road trips are awesome, but they come with some downsides.
If you love to travel and you are planning to visit a country that you have never been to, a road trip is an amazing way to see it. You have an on-the-ground view of life in this new place, and have a first hand view of the landscapes you’ll be driving through. Hiring a car is also a cost-effective way to get around a country, and allows you to take your time, stop as long as you want in each place, and have an overall more personalized experience than if you took a guided tour.
Like any abroad trip, there are risks that you should take into account before you go ahead with the trip. Here are the key things you should know about.
Safety. In every country in the world, there are safer places for tourists to visit alone, and places that should probably be avoided if you don’t know the area, or even the language. When planning a roadtrip in a foreign country, pick your route, research it and stick to it like glue. The gung-ho approach might sound like fun, but if you drive into an unsafe area or get completely lost you could be putting your safety at risk.
Basic language skills. If taking a trip in a foreign country, particularly if you are driving across it, make sure to pick up a phrase book and learn some basic words and phrases of the country’s language. If you need to ask for directions, get gas, or book into a hotel, these will come in handy.
You might be thinking, which countries are the best to drive across? Here is a list of suggestions for amazing road trip destinations from around the world!
The USA. If you aren’t from the USA – or even if you are! – this is the perfect place. From the rockies, to the desert, to deep, dense forests, to booming cities, the USA’s landscape is vast and varied.
Italy. Idyllic and sun-soaked, the landscapes of Italy will take your breath away. Italy is a small country which can be easily driven across; from the Northern mountains to the blistering south coasts, you’ll have the time of your life.
Ireland. The Irish landscape is nothing short of epic, with staggering cliffs, green as far as the eye can see, with crashing waves to top it all off. There’s no better place to drive across the land, clear your head, and be at one with nature.
No matter where you go for your road trip, use this essential guide to combat any risk factors before you set off!
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