Desert road trip, winding mountain passes or zooming around national parks? Wherever you’re headed, the only thing between you and freedom is nailing down your car rental. So how do you find the car hire gems among the clapped-out rustbuckets, and navigate the fog of fine print?
From a trans-African odyssey to the glamour of Amalfi by way of the wild western fringe of New Zealand's South Island, these magnificent routes will leave you yearning to hit the highway.
Travelling these routes inspires wonder and awe in those willing to shrug off the discomforts and heart-in-mouth moments that they entail. Whether you’re gazing through a dirt-smudged window on a clapped-out bus, its engine revving desperately to clear a narrow pass, or grinding through an endless expanse of sand in a 4WD, these roads have gained a reputation for being among the most brutal in the world.
I hate road trips. I hate being in cars, even as a passenger. Even if I’m asleep, which is almost impossible because, based on non-jealous personal observation of friends and acquaintances, only mental defectives can sleep in moving cars. Clearly, barring permanent relocation to Liechtenstein, I can’t go on like this. So, I began pulling together tips on how I might make road trips tolerable – or even actually enjoyable.
London, Paris, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Sydney: all great cities. But let’s say you’ve just landed and want to get away from their urban sprawl as quickly as possible; get out into the surrounding region where you can explore towns and natural treasures at your own pace without hassles of traffic, congestion and finding a place to park your car. These routes will get you out of the airport and away from urban coagulation as quickly as possible, giving you more time to explore.
As I've candidly admitted in the past, my enthusiasm for road trips is dismal. I'd rather go to a cat fashion show hosted by golf commentators than sit in a car for more than 45 minutes. However, being an avid traveller and professional travel writer means that I have little choice but to submit to long drives on a semi-regular basis, so I was thankful for the opportunity to dig deep, beyond the obvious, for US road tripping tips.
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Desert road trip, winding mountain passes or zooming around national parks? Wherever you’re headed, the only thing between you and freedom is nailing down your car rental. So how do you find the car hire gems among the clapped-out rustbuckets, and navigate the fog of fine print? Grab the best car rental deals with our tips.
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