Travel: Road trips

Road trips are great way to explore at your own pace. Once you’ve decided where to go, you just need to plan your route, pack your gear and off you go – and if you spot something interesting and unexpected along the way, you can just stop off and check it out.

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If you need some road trip inspiration, have a read of these blog posts on interesting destinations from around the world. I’ve really enjoyed reading all of these posts – thank you to everyone who contributed.

UK

How to explore the Pilgrims’ Way by car

Recently I wrote on my blog Mums do travel about a journey along the ancient Pilgrims’ Way walking route with my daughter. The route links Winchester and Canterbury in the South of England. We only had a couple of days for our trip, so we travelled by car, stopping off along the way to explore. It was a fascinating journey, and I’d like to walk the whole route, if I ever have time.

Planning the perfect Cornwall holiday

Zena Goldman of Zena’s Suitcase has put together this very comprehensive itinerary for exploring Cornwall, in South West England. Zena says: ‘Cornwall is the perfect destination for a family road trip as every inch of this county just says holiday to me. We made a point of covering as much ground as we could on this trip, and this post is packed with ideas of places to stay, where to visit and of course places to eat if you are in need of some inspiration.’

Africa

Tanzania itinerary with kids

Jenny of TraveLynn Family has just completed an epic road trip around Africa with her young children. Jenny says: ‘Tanzania proved challenging due to huge distances, costly national parks and the worst rains in over a decade, but proved to perhaps be our most rewarding country with snow-capped views of Kilimanjaro and an encounter with mating lions.’ Jenny has also written about their experiences elsewhere in Africa on the same trip, and it’s fascinating to read about how it all went.

A two-week South Africa trip itinerary with kids

After picking up a hire car from Cape Town International, Ting Dalton from My Travel Monkey and her family spent two marvellous weeks exploring Cape Town and The Garden Route in South Africa. Ting says: ‘Driving some of the most spectacular scenery – from mountains to the coast, each trip was filled with awe and wonder.’ Here Ting shares a detailed itinerary of what they did and where they stayed.

Asia

Our family road trip around Oman with children

Nichola West of Globalmouse Travels says that she loves road trips. Nichola has travelled all over the place with her three young children, and this post is about their trip around Oman. Starting from Dubai, the family crossed the border into Oman, spending a few days in Muscat before heading into the desert and then to the beach. It sounds like a wonderful adventure, and reading about it has made me want to go to Oman.

Driving in Japan: Practical Tips for a Japanese Road Trip

Kirstie Pelling of The Family Adventure Project has a great post packed with useful tips for driving in Japan. It sounds like road tripping in Japan is a little different from other family driving holidays. At 60km/hr on main roads, journeys can be long if you are trying to avoid paying tolls. And you need to navigate using phone numbers! But Kirstie says that the amount of quirky stops, cultural treats and astonishingly beautiful landmarks make it all worth it.

North America

California Pacific Coast road trip itinerary with kids

Cathy Winston of Mummy Travels shares her itinerary for exploring the iconic Highway 1 route along the California coast. I drove this route years ago, pre-kids, and would love to go back there one day. Cathy says: ‘Driving the Pacific Coast highway is one of the classic US road trips – and a great one with kids, as there are all the attractions of San Francisco, beaches galore and the fabulous Monterey Aquarium for starters.’

10 do’s and don’ts for the great american road trip

Jen Howze of Jenography has years of experience of US road trips, with and without kids, and she shares some really great advice in this post. Her tips are helpful for road trips in general, so it’s definitely worth reading this even if you’re travelling outside the US.

Next time

Have your buckets and spades at the ready – the topic for the August travel round-up is beach holidays! Please do send me links to posts about your coastal adventures, with a couple of introductory sentences, by 23rd July by email to [email protected] I’ll include a maximum of the first 20 relevant links which I receive. Thank you!

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About Gretta Schifano

Gretta Schifano is an award-winning blogger, journalist and social media manager. Gretta writes about luxury, cultural and active family travel with teens, and trips when parents escape without their kids. Winner of the 2016 Women in Marketing Award for Best Social Media Campaign and the 2014 BritMums BiB Award for Best Travel Blog, she lives with her husband and teenage kids in the Surrey countryside, near to London. Gretta previously worked as a BBC radio producer, has lived and worked in Italy and Spain and loves exploring new places, chocolate and kindness.