Although we travelled by car in many places, several of them could just have easily been visited by other means of transportation. We’ll focus here on the three where having a car wasn’t just a must, but was a true and exceptional part of the experience.
It’s hard to beat the classic loop around Iceland’s ring road, which can be done in as little as 7-10 days, and the interesting sights are more or less evenly spread out all over the country and not just near and around Reykjavik. These sights include moon-like landscapes, jaw-dropping national parks, refreshing hot springs, giant glacier lagoons, and an endless supply of waterfalls.
Namibia is a unique collection of fascinating landscapes including the largest canyon in Africa to the giant red dunes from the world’s oldest desert, the Namib. Etosha National Park, is the perfect place to live a self-drive safari, where you can visit the variety of wildlife inhabiting the park with your own car. The main caveat are the very long distances between towns, which at the same time, is also part of the fun!
Gros Morne National Park has some fantastic scenery to offer and driving is quite simply the best way to enjoy the park given the scarcity of alternative options.
- Kauai was fun to drive around, but the distances were so short it hardly qualifies as a road trip per se.
- Also a shout-out to driving in Croatia, particularly between Dubrovnik and Zagreb, where the new A1 motorway, because it traverses rugged mountainous and coastal terrain, has required 376 bridges, viaducts, tunnels.