For McCool Travel’s 115th travel profile, I am thrilled to present Robin Draper of Authentic Florida. At a recent travel conference in Florida, several travel journalists asked me, ...
To get suggestions for road trips around the world, I enlisted help from some online travel friends.
My only “rules” were a favorite road trip outside the United States, a description of up to 75 words, and one picture.
I was thrilled to receive responses from five continents with submissions of some places I have not visited and roads I have yet to drive. One road trip was a bicycle trip (love it).
All text and photos were submitted by the listed author(s).
This gives me some excellent ideas for future road trips.
16 Fabulous Road Trips Around the World
Cape Town, South Africa by Lance and Laura Longwell of TheTravelAddicts.net
Our new favorite road trip is the famous Cape Point Route—a stunning one-day drive from Cape Town, South Africa. It features the winding road of Chapman’s Peak Drive, breathtaking views of Hout Bay, stunning vistas of the South Atlantic and Southern Oceans as they meet, greeting African penguins up close, and enjoying delicious wines at local vineyards. The Cape Peninsula is some place special.
Kruger National Park, South Africa by Shara Johnson of SKJTravel.net
It may be the slowest road trip ever … with a 25 MPH speed limit, you can’t travel too far in one day, but crossing the African wildlife preserve of Kruger National Park in South Africa, which encompasses an area larger than some countries, delivers extraordinary TPH (thrill per hour). Copious wildlife crossings and lions bellowing into the night around the campgrounds create an experience unparalleled and unforgettable in the annals of road trips.
United Arab Emirates by Jennifer Melroy of Made-All-The-Difference.com
One of my favorite routes is the two-hour drive from the city of Abu Dhabi to the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort. The first 1.5 hours is straight flat roads made for speed. The last half an hour is curve after curve that leads into the dunes of Rub’ al Khal. The sand blows across the road leading into the nothingness of the Empty Quarter. The road ends when Qasr Al Sarab rises from the desert.
Vietnam by Elaina Bird of TheFreedomTravellers.com
While travelling though South America I read a book about a guy named Steve who walked around the world. That book inspired me to take my travels to the next level so I decided to cycle from China all the way through Vietnam and into Cambodia. The road trip was full of unknowns. I couldn’t speak the language or read road signs but it was so much fun! Cycling was an incredible way to experience the culture of these amazing countries.
Alps, Europe by Ana Astri-O’Reilly of AnaTravels.org
My husband and I crossed the Alps from Switzerland to Italy in his 1965 yellow Alvis via the Chamonix-Mont Blanc road. There were a lot of trucks, which made the going a bit hairy at times, especially because the Alvis is a left-hand drive. We took the Mont Blanc tunnel. I had high expectations but it was just a long tunnel, one of the many we had to go through on our way to Genoa.
Bulgaria by Erin Bender of TravelWithBender.com
Bulgaria was quite the surprising road trip. Endless fields of sunflowers, historic buildings and snow-capped mountains with beautiful grassy slopes. The best 5 places to visit? Varna, Veliko Tarnarvo, Plovdiv, Govedartsi, and Rila. You’ll find great food in Veliko Tarnarvo, scenic lakes in Govedartsi and a 10th century monastery in Rila. Driving is easy with most signs in English and most of the roads were fairly well kept. It’s all relatively close together as well, so hit it up in one week or take your time and spread it over a month.
Scotland by Viktoria Urbanek of Chronic-Wanderlust.com
Start your road trip in Edinburgh, Scotland’s vibrant capital and make your way to your first stop at Stirling Castle. Enjoy a throwback in time as you visit the castle before you continue towards Loch Lomond National Park. The endlessness welcomes you with wide arms. Your next stop should be around Fort Williams to catch a glimpse of the Glenfinnan viaduct where a scene of the second Harry Potter movie was shot. Prepare yourself for Nessie when you arrive at Loch Ness and feel the magic that surrounds the lake.
Mallorca, Spain by Betsy Wuebker of PassingThru.com
The road to Sa Calobra through the Escorca region of Mallorca will reward you with breathtaking vistas that are worth the white-knuckle hairpin turns up and then down again. Avoid the coach tours in the middle of the day and don’t miss the Escorca Restaurant for authentic “comida de campo” (country food) such as roasted goat (delicious!), rabbit, lamb, or suckling pig.
Nova Scotia, Canada by Cory deHaan of InspirationalLifeAdventures.com
My favorite road trip in the world is the Cabot Trail, on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. You just cannot get enough of the scenic trails, and the wildlife that go with it. Offering stunning views of the ocean on one side, and the mountains on the other, you won’t want to leave quickly. Pictures only tell part of the story on the winding mountain road trip that is, Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Ontario, Canada by Alouise Dittrick of TakeMeToTheWorld.com
One of my favourite road trips was driving the TransCanada Highway in Ontario from Wawa to Sault Ste. Marie. While there are no towns on this drive there are several places to stop and enjoy the scenery, including two provincial parks. Driving alongside Lake Superior, the largest fresh lake in the world, made me feel like I was driving alongside the ocean, even though I was thousands of miles from the coast.
Mexico by Claudia Tavani of MyAdventuresAcrossTheWorld.com
My first time in Mexico was in 2011, when I went there with my sister. We rented a car, and drove all around. I particularly loved the drive from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque, on perhaps the bumpiest, curviest, hilliest road I have ever seen. It took us all day and several breaks, including a stop to swim at the natural pools at Agua Azul. After so many hours of driving, it really felt like paradise!
Grand Cayman Island, Caribbean by Laura Lynch of SavoredJourneys.com
The best way to truly discover the charm and beauty of Grand Cayman Island is to take a leisurely road trip around the Island, starting in Hell and ending at Rum Bay. The island is only 22-miles wide, so the entire trip takes only about an hour without stops, but you’ll want to spend the whole day stopping off at all the pristine deserted beaches and idyllic snorkeling spots along the way.
Australia Bush by Paula McInerney of ContentedTraveller.com
The Australian bush at dawn is both stunningly beautiful yet fraught with danger. Dawn and dusk are the most perilous times to travel in the Australian bush, as this is when kangaroos and wombats come down to the roadside in search of moisture from the grass alongside the road. Yet, it is at this time particularly, that you get to see how beautiful the light is here in Australia.
Grand Pacific Drive, Australia by Jen Seligmann of TheTrustedTraveller.com
My favourite road trip just happens to be right on my doorstep. The Grand Pacific Drive stretches from the Royal National Park in south Sydney to the town of Nowra on the New South Wales South Coast. Follow the clearly marked signage as the 140 kilometre drive winds along the coast past picturesque beaches and through quaint small towns. Popular stops include the Sea Cliff Bridge, Wollongong Lighthouse, and the sleepy seaside town of Kiama.
Great Ocean Road, Australia by Lyn Lindfield of TheTravellingLindfields.com
The Great Ocean Road winds for 255 km along the south-east coast of Australia, hugging the tempestuous Southern Ocean in a series of long, undulating curves and sweeping views. Thousands of years of erosion have left spectacular limestone stacks abandoned off-shore by the retreating coastline. On shore are koalas, kangaroos, emus, penguins, and the site of Australia’s most intriguing UFO mystery.
South Island, New Zealand by Kelsey Ohleger of RouteWords.com
The South Island of New Zealand has long, desolate roads that hug the rocky coastlines and snake through astonishing mountain ranges. It’s sure to take a bit longer to travel from place to place because every turn reveals more jaw-dropping, photo-worthy scenery. Hike through glaciers, relax on the beach, get your adrenaline rushing and kick back at the wineries. The only traffic jams are caused by sheep and you can stay in budget by camping throughout your trip.
Wow, these are fantastic suggestions. I send a special Thank You to the travel bloggers who contributed to this post.
Please let me know if you have a topic for a future collaboration (or would like to participate).
Have you been on any of these road trips? Do you have a different favorite road trip?
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