Road trips are becoming a thing of the past thanks to the conveniences of air travel. But is that a good thing? Today, it’s possible to get flights to a range of different countries from the UK for as little as £10-20 one way, so it’s no surprise that most people would rather just hop on a plane rather than spending hours or days stuck behind the wheel of their car. However, road trips provide an experience that you’ll never be able to match when you fly. Here are some good reasons why everyone should take at least one great road trip in their lifetime.
Visit More Places
Although taking a road trip is undoubtedly more time-consuming than flying, if you have the time for it, it can be a wonderful way to broaden your experiences and take you to cities, towns, and villages that you would never have visited otherwise. Flying may get you to a destination quickly, but when you drive, you’ll need to take breaks and make overnight stops in a whole range of different places along the way. Since many flights will land you in popular destinations where you can often find many tourists, taking a road trip is the ideal choice for anyone who’s hoping to get off the beaten path and do some exploring. Can't drive? If you want to learn and get out to see the country on the open roads, check out Top Tests where you can find free driving theory practice material to get you started.
Avoid Flying Anxiety
Although not everyone is afraid of flying, it can be a nerve-wracking experience for many people. Even passengers who do not suffer from aerophobia will often tell you that getting on a plane can still be a very stressful experience where anxiety levels are high. Packing suitcases that need to be under a certain weight limit, going through security, getting to your gate on time, and finding your luggage once you arrive at your destination - or not! - are all things that can make flying pretty stressful. When you’re driving, you’re fully in charge, and you can enjoy the experience, sans sweaty palms.
Have Fun Along the Way
Lastly, one of the best reasons to plan a road trip is that they can be immense fun. Whether you’re heading off with family, your partner, or a group of your best friends, taking a road trip can be a great time to chill out, have a laugh, and get to know the people who you’re travelling with even better. Don’t forget to take your favourite music for nostalgic moments, and have a list of must-sees and must-dos not only for once you reach your destination, but along the way as well. When it comes to taking a road trip, it’s not only about where you’re headed, but the journey along the way!
If you want to travel more and see as many places as possible, taking an epic road trip should definitely be on your bucket list. I've still yet to cross it off mine, though driving from Northumberland through the Scottish Highlands up north to Dufftown for a childhood friend's wedding was a breathtakingly beautiful start!