When the topic of road trips is mentioned, it would be fair to say that the UK doesn’t usually make the grade. After all, road trips are stereotypically designed for Route 66, and all the other famous routes of the world.
However, in the current climate, now might be the time to change such an approach. Sure, it’s a small country, but the options are endless. Urban can quickly meet suburban, and while the cliché of rain can sometimes get in the way, it at least falls alongside picturesque views.
Today’s guide is all about adding some practicality to your road trip. We’ll now mull over some key points to take into account if you are planning on spending a few days, or more, on the road.
Book accommodation on the way
One of the main reasons why so many people take to road trips is the versatility. If you’re not really feeling a day in the city, it’s easy to reshuffle the schedule and head to the countryside.
As soon as you start booking accommodation a long time in advance, such flexibility is thrown out of the window. Try and be flexible with your accommodation choices, booking as you go along. There are so many hotels along famous road trip routes that you’ll find, especially in a place like Swansea that’s very popular. In some cases, you don’t necessarily need to book months in advance.
Be wary of your parking choices
There’s a high chance that this next point is going to apply to anyone who isn’t overly familiar with UK driving laws. In some areas, parking comes at a real premium. The general rule is that spaces are marked out with white lines, and anything with any form of yellow (or blue in some urban areas) should be avoided.
Make sure you don’t fall into such a trap as the repercussions can be significant. It’s not just a fine and a slap on the wrist, in some areas cars are towed away which naturally means an end, or a prolonged dent, in your plans.
Toll roads… and central London
First and foremost, if you are planning to take your road trip into central London, it’s a brave and bold move. Sure, you’ll get all the benefits of the big city, but it will come at a cost. You’ll be locked in traffic for prolonged periods, while you’ll also have to pay the dreaded Congestion Charge. In some ways, it’s a move that seems to go against all of the road trip protocol (if it formally exists anywhere).
By a similar token, toll roads are worthy of a mention. In the UK, we’re pretty lucky in the way that we don’t have that many. It means that there is rarely a need to use them and instead, take the scenic route and bask in the glorious views that the Great British countryside has to offer.
It doesn’t just have to be about your car
As we’ve already said, the UK is by no means a large country. One of the benefits of this is that a road trip doesn’t necessarily have to be just about your car. You can find a port (Dover is the main one, although there are several others scattered around the country), and then drive into Europe. For those of you who crave spontaneity, this can be something which transforms your trip.