We don't think we're brave. We only drive in places where we think it's safe.
In all of the countries we've chosen to drive ourselves, we have felt safe and people were friendly and helpful....
...Including some of the locals who were hitchhiking. (This is really the only hitchhiker we've picked up!)
We think these road trip ideas would make easy, fun driving vacations for you...
You could visit Bruges and Ghent on a driving tour of little Belgium... or as part of a visit to the Benelux countries... you knos, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. As a fun accent, you might want to include finding and tasting Trappist Monastery Beers. Belgium is a country proud of it's beers whether they're made in monasteries or not.
England, N. Ireland, Scotland, Wales
If you feel up to driving on the left, get out of the cities and off the trains and include a bit of British countryside as one of those worldwide road trips. There are plenty of quaint village to see, great B&B's to stay in, and pubs to sample. Explore a specific corner of the UK like Cornwall and Devon.
Indulge in a hobby. Find and ride steam trains... We drove around Wales one time and Mark even got to drive (that's be the engineer) a steam train one time. (We HAD make reservations for that... It was supposed to be the Flying Scotsman, but that's another long story.) Like antique airplanes like we do? Catch an Airshows in England.
Tour the castles and manor houses around the country or do as we did and find your roots. For Mark that was a wee bit of a castle in Scotland. Don't get excited... no royalty here!
Speaking of castles, do a worldwide road trip to see the Chateaux of the Loire. Do a drive through Champagne, or Bordeaux or Burgundy or the Rhone. They're fun drives even if you aren't into wine tasting.
Or just do a Drive Through Normandy... See the Normandy Beaches or Mont Saint-Michel or both. You'll probably be driving from Paris... most likely Charles DeGalle Airport.... so Giverny and Monet's Garden would be a great stop.
And of course, there's always the south of France.... or pick a part of France YOU would like to see.
OK, OK... I'm going to just list some of the other drives we've taken for now. Use them to get road trip ideas of your own. World road trips really are a fun way to travel. And if you can combine them with friends or family members all the better.
The Rhine River - Castles and River Cruises
On a driving trip through the Baltics... Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania one of our stops was to see the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania.
For more cities to visit and road trip ideas in the USA we've listed some thoughts on Travel in America.
This is a continent that may not come to mind when you think of road trips, but we have driven ourselves around Namibia for a self-drive safari in Etosha Pan National Park.
We've also driven around South Africa. A safari can be do-it-yourself with the roads and comfortable accommodations in Kruger National Park. And the Cape and nearby wine country are great destinations.
If you want to see the little counties of Lesotho and Swaziland that are nestled within South Africa... you really need to take a road trip. With all the border crossings we encountered, you might want to do what we did and leave most of the driving to tour guides. Collecting Passport Stamps was just part of the fun and adventure on that one!
Well... if you don't find inspiration in any of these road trip ideas, check back often. I'm going to try to get more of our adventures up as I can, and maybe one of our future stories will get you driving in a foreign country.
Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark
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