Three of the Best Road Trips Worldwide
Picture the scene; you’re driving a Ferrari, the roof’s down, music’s blaring, and ahead is an open road with breath-taking scenery to your left and right.
Hitting the open roads with little more than a suitcase on the back seat and the wind in your hair is for many of us a dream that seldom turns into a reality. However, the world has become smaller, and accessing some of the most spectacular places on earth is becoming more and more possible, without it costing a fortune.
So, it you’re planning your road trip of a lifetime, here’s a rundown of three of the most awesome, picturesque and magnificent roads in the world for you to consider.
The North Wales Way, Wales
The spectacular welsh scenery will not disappoint if you chose to take in this 70-mile drive in North Wales. As with any road trip, it’s not about getting from A to B in the quickest time it’s about enjoying the trip, stopping when you fancy and gaining an insight however small about the country, the people and the history. Wales is full of amazing castles – in fact they boast over 600 – with wonderful legends and enchanting tales surrounding many of them. For this road trip you’ll travel across the top of Wales starting in Mold – a haven for foodies – ending on the beautiful island of Anglesey.
The Great Alpine Highway, New Zealand
New Zealand is one of most beautiful places on earth. It seems wherever you go, whichever corner you turn, magnificent views await. The Great Alpine Highway in the South Island will take you through Arthur’s Pass which at 900 metres is the highest and most spectacular pass in the Southern Alps. Starting in Christchurch, you’ll travel west across the Canterbury plains, traverse Arthur’s Way over the Alps and then head down to the West Coast. Expect to stop frequently as you’ll want to soak up the dramatic scenery. But be warned the winding mountain road has sharp bends, blind curves and hairpin switchbacks which can test the nerves for even the most experienced drivers. Check the weather before heading out, as it is not advisable to travel this road in extreme weather conditions.
Leh – Manali Highway, Himalaya Mountains, India
Possibly not for the feint-hearted, the Leh-Manali Highway is a 479km long highway located in North India. It’s only open for about four and half months a year, from May to October when the army clear the road of snow so check before you travel to make sure you won’t be disappointed! You’ll start in Manali and finish in Leh. Plan for the trip to take 2 days so you can enjoy the journey and of course as with all road trips it will be weather dependent. You’re advised to take extra petrol with you and with a mean altitude of 2 to 3 miles above sea level, altitude sickness can occur. It’s advisable to stay for a day at least in Manali before starting so that your body can adjust to the high altitude. Cars can be driven along the road, but you may find a jeep more comfortable as there are water crossings and badly broken parts of the road. Deemed as one of the most complicated and challenging roads in the world, make sure you plan thoroughly before embarking on what will no doubt be a truly memorable trip.