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Why Roadtrips are the Best Way to Travel

Athabasca Glacier, Canada

Getting our luggage into this little bubble on wheels was an interesting start to our trip around Northern Italy

We love roadtrips. They’re the perfect way to combine several aspects of what makes a holiday so memorable. You have the ability to explore freely; go your own way, do your own thing, in your own time. Stop, wander, see more. You can do it on a budget through Couchsurfing and Airbnb or you can go all out with high-end stays and organised activities. Then of course, there is the company you keep. There’s no better way to get to know the best (and worst) of someone than to hit the road together. When you spend virtually 24hrs a day in close confines with someone for any extended period of time, your future is set. Either you are friends for life, or you’re done.

Ross and I have been setting off on roadie adventures since the day we got our driving licences. If we didn’t have time to go far, we’d stay close to home. Hell, we’d make time if we had to. Who else asks permission from the teacher to skip class so we could start our roadtrips early enough to beat traffic? Just FYI, she actually let us go! True story.

A beautiful morning drive along the shore of Lake Tahoe, USA

Now in my experience, places change with the seasons. Visiting somewhere in summer doesn’t mean you’ve ‘seen it and done it’ in our book. Autumn, winter and spring will all offer something else in the same spot which is magical in its own right and worth seeing. Yes, we know what we are saying. Travel is a life-long ambition. You’ll never reach a point where you’ve seen enough, or done enough, or been enough places. We’ve been to over 80 countries on 6 continents over the last 10 years, and our wanderlust is nowhere near satiated. We still have places we feel we must go back to.


Over the next month…

Join us as we retrace our steps and share some of our best road trips, from South Africa to the States of New England, USA. Check out some of our favourite destinations from our journey around Northern Italy in our previously posted articles. We especially loved discovering Bologna.

Join the conversation @whistle_stops and tell us where you want your next roadtrips to take you!

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  • Reply
    15/09/2017 at 23:19

    80 countries! That’s so impressive I cannot wait to reach that amount. Also YOU DO get to know someones true self when you’re trapped with them. I’m so thankful my boyfriend and I survived two months alone together haha
    The Fernweh Wolf / Travel & Lifestyle Blog

    • Reply
      16/09/2017 at 08:15

      Thanks for getting in touch Shelby! How wonderful that you and your boyfriend had the opportunity to travel like that. May you have many, many more such journeys!! xx

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    Joy Sheehan
    17/09/2017 at 02:21

    That little “bubble car” is hilarious for road trips! I bet the parking was easy haha!
    I love road tripping around New England as I went to college in Maine! Another great road trip area is where I live now – California!
    Great article!

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      17/09/2017 at 02:52

      Thank you Joy! Yes parking was easy and it’s actually an ideal car for Europe. We did an amazing road trip around 6 states for New England in fall, so we know why you loved it. Lucky you, living in beautiful Cali. Hope to do a road trip there soon! X

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