It’s here – Part 3 of the Planes, Trains, and Automobiles series, and it’s all about cars, busses, and all the fun stuff in between. Like I mentioned previously, I usually end up taking a variety of transportation systems to get from place to place when I travel, and while driving may not always be the quickest way to travel, sometimes all you need is a good road trip!
From the autobahn to the backroads of rural Zambia, and safari jeeps to a tiny little tuk-tuk in India, I feel like I’ve seen it all.
There’s nothing like a road trip to take in the scenery and enjoy your company. Driving somewhere gives you more time to appreciate where you are, where you’re going, and who you’re with. I love road trips with friends – we usually end up talking for hours about random topics, laughing until we’re crying, dancing to the most ridiculous music, and snapping fun pictures. Road trips are also optimal for good naps and a ton of reading (if you don’t have motion sickness issues). Vehicles that come equipped with DVD players and screens are also king for long trips (or you can just use a tablet or laptop!). If you opt to take a road trip (check out this amazing list of road trip routes!), just remember to take some breaks to stretch, and split time between drivers (safety first!).
This summer, I’m heading to Europe with two friends, and we decided to do a bus tour (operated by Topdeck Tours) for the first two weeks of our trip, taking us from London to Rome.
Some of the benefits of taking a bus tour when traveling internationally is that you don’t have to worry about getting from one place to the next on your own, and generally accommodations and food (if not all, some) are included in your trip costs.
We used TourRadar (an amazing travel site) to search routes and found one that matched what we were looking for in terms of price, route, stops along the way, types of activities, and age (our tour is for 18-39 year olds – some tours range from 10-70 year olds, so if you don’t want to travel with little kiddos, it’s best to keep your eyes out for that). I’ve done short day trips on busses in Europe but I’ve never done a long tour, so I’ll let you know how it goes! I’m very excited not to have to plan every step of our trip – it’s vacation, after all!
There are so many options when it comes to travelling and transportation – you can rent a car, hop on a bus, hit up the metro, or fly to your heart’s content. When it comes to planning your trip, anything goes because it’s your trip. I hope these tips have been helpful!
Don’t forget to post your #WanderlustWednesday posts on Instagram over the month of February. Tag your pic with #WanderlustWednesday, #hopelesswandererblog, and @katrinasklepowich – you have a couple of weeks to participate and each picture posted and tagged is an entry to win an awesome travel prize pack (details coming soon!). And keep your eyes out for mini cards in all of your favourite travel guide books and accessories.
Enjoy the long weekend, dear wanderers.
Until next time,