When it comes to road trips, it’s never about the destination but the journey to get to your destination. Growing up we didn’t go on many road trips until I was a young adult in the UK. I miss the journeys we took as a family before I left home and went off to university . There is nothing like family road trips, you’re guaranteed laughter, fighting but overall happy.
As a family we’ve been on a lot of road trips across England, Scotland and Wales. One road trip we never undertook was across Europe on one of Europe’s most scenic road trips. I have however been on an incredible European road trip with a former flame, a memorable trip it was. But before one can jump onto the scenic road trips there are certain preparations to be made.
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Tips on preparing for Road Trips
Whenever we had a longer than usual road trip, dad always made sure to prepare the car. This is something I only saw him do but didn’t understand until I started driving.
- Inspect the car tyres – its easy enough to check tyres but its better to have it professionally checked. I have a local *Kwik Fit garage that I can use to check my tyres in advance of a long drive.
- Clean the car – during a road trip you’re bound to make a mess of sorts. It’s important to have it cleaned before hand, no one wants to be cooped up in a smelling tin can for hours.
- Fuel up – this is a no brainer but the amount of times I have seen people forget (sigh). Always fill up before leaving as opposed to when you get on the road.
- Prepare some snacks – whether traveling alone or with others you’re bound to get hungry. I always pack snacks to eat on the road especially on long journeys where stopping is a waste.
- Pack Drinks – often I try not to drink before any long road trips as I have a small bladder. But during road trips you can get dehydrated, its important to have fluids to top up on your liquids.
With tips on preparations out-of-the-way, lets look at some of Europe’s most scenic road trips.
Europe’s Most Scenic Road Trips.
Kwik Fit has put together a lovely e-book with some of the most scenic routes in Europe. Browsing through the book, I knew I had to share these scenic routes on here to the road trip enthusiasts. Whilst flying has become much cheaper and train advancements are through the roof, road trips still hold a space place. The following routes are considered to make for Europe’s most scenic road trips;
- Austria – The Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse is a high alpine mountain pass that winds through the iconic Austrian Alps.
- Germany – Route 500 road through Germany’s incredible Black Forest is ideal. It is also the older and most treasured road in Germany, this is one I would like to experience one day.
- Norway – The Trollstigen route is a one-lane road which has been carved from the lofty mountains and supported by stone walls.
- Italy – the country’s most treasured gems is the scenic stretch between Spoleto and Norcia.
- Ireland – Circling Ireland’s picturesque Iveragh peninsula, the Ring of Kerry offers quintessential Irish scenery and an unforgettable journey through some of the world’s most impressive landscapes.
- Iceland – the spectacular Route One road trip is always high up on any bucket list, who can resist views of the blue lagoon.
Having been to the first five countries I can definitely see why these routes are considered scenic. Whilst I am not too keen on driving on the other side of the road, for these views I think I can manage.
Have you ever driven in Europe on any of these scenic routes? What’s your fondest memory when it comes to family road trips?