11 April 2014

Suitcase. Top 5 Roadtrips

"Are we there yet?" is one phrase that I guarantee will not be coming out of your mouth on these road trips. I have hand-picked the top 5 scenic roads around the world that will have you taking in some of the most breath-taking scenery. Read on for some holiday inspiration complete with roadtrip soundtracks and your mode of transportation. Simply pack your iPod, licence, and a sense of adventure.

Great Ocean Road, Australia

Distance: 253km
Time: 4 hours
Car: A Model Ford
Soundtrack: Forever Young

Head south-east of Melbourne and you'll come across some of the most beautiful coastline that Australia, and the world, has to offer. The Great Ocean Road is an iconic Australian landmark. Along this picturesque stretch of highway you'll find some truly breathtaking scenery, the famous twelve apostles (ocean rock formations) and some quaint little towns offering plenty of culture to boot. It really is a road-trip not to be missed.

Route 66, USA

Distance: 3,057km
Time: 27 hours
Car: 64 Mustang Convertible
Soundtrack: Rolling Stones

"You'll get your kicks on Route 66..." If this isn't the most iconic road trip around then I don't know what is...  Marking the way from LA to Chicago, Route 66 is quite possibly the most famous road in the world, and for many it marks a right of passage as a knowledgeable traveller; you haven't seen the world until you've driven Route 66.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Distance: 56km
Time: 75 minutes
Car: Alfa Romeo Convertible
Soundtrack: Ricky Martin

You'll be zipping around tight corners at the edge of some awe-inspiring cliffs as you travel along the Amalfi coast. This route claims to be one of the prettiest you will ever encounter and the hairpin bends are sure to keep your blood pumping. The stretch between Positano and Praiano is especially beautiful and you'll also drive by Grotta dello Smeraldo which is the perfect spot for swimming.

Whangamata to Ohope via Rotorua, New Zealand

Distance: 225km
Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Car: VW Kombi
Soundtrack: Beach Boys

New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud; this country has some truly beautiful scenery and some of the most amazing places can be seen along this stretch of road on the north island. This trip is perfect for those who love the surfing lifestyle offering the perfect combination of time spent by the sea and inland as well. Make sure you check out Donut Island off Whangamata for a "hidden ocean" experience, climb Mount Maunganui  for breath-taking views and enjoy the volcanic springs at Lake Rotorua.

Cabot Trail Nova Scotia, Canada

Distance: 300km
Time: 4 hours
Car: Willy's Jeep
Soundtrack: Flume

This roadtrip loops the northern tip of Cape Brenton providing killer views out towards the Atlantic Ocean and abundant opportunities to stop at some of the best hiking trails. Be sure to make a pit-stop for a seafood lunch along the way, this area has some of the freshest produce around. Nova Scotia is full of natural beauty and is sure to take your breath away.

Photos courtesy of Wikipedia Creative Commons.