Planning A Road Trip Around the UK

September 23, 2016

I always say that I want to go on a couple more trips around the UK. I’ve never really explored anywhere below London. With Brighton, Cornwall and Devon high on my tick list – a little road trip may be in order. Britain has a range of vibrant cities, seaside towns, and country landscapes. There are so many amazing destinations around the UK so why not just travel all over?

One of the benefits of the UK is its compact size. You can drive all over the isles in a few days. Going from one town to another can even take less than an hour. Because it’s so easy to get around, the best way to see it all is on a road trip. Pack a small suitcase, invite some friends along and check out all the undiscovered gems you’ve never had the chance to see. Here are some tips and things to consider for planning a road trip around the UK.

Tips for planning a Roadtrip around the UK - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

Get The Right Vehicle For The Job

While you could take a regular city car all around the country, you might want something more practical. A large utility vehicle such as an SUV will give you more space for baggage and offer a comfortable ride. You might have a friend with a suitable vehicle who’s willing to be the driver. If not, you can always turn to short-term rentals.

While driving from city-to-city can save a lot of costs, there are some expenses you’ll have to consider. All of your group should be willing to chip in for petrol, as you’ll likely need regular refills. Also, keep in mind you may have to deal with some maintenance. Be sure to have some spare 4×4 tyres in case of a puncture and make sure to get your vehicle serviced first. You’ll want it to be prepared for a long ride, after all!

Plan Out Your Route

There are a lot of places worth seeing, so you might want to plan in advance where you’re going and when. I’m a massive planner and need an itinerary to get the most of my trip. I’m thinking about doing a whole other post about planning itineraries, I’m quite the expert – Let me know if it’s something you would like to see. 

There are many things to do in London alone, but smaller towns and cities also have plenty to offer. Bristol and Leeds are highly underrated spots for nightlife. You could also see the beautiful beaches Brighton and Bournemouth have to offer. Be sure to check out some of the scenic spots too, such as the Lake District.

Check out some of the best places to visit in the UK and plan your route around this. Create an itinerary so you know where you’re going to stop and how long for. Sites like let you map out your path, as well as finding hotels and attractions close by.

As well as staying in great locations, you might want to take in some nature. Consider travelling along some of UK’s most scenic drives. Also, remember that you aren’t just limited to England, Wales, and Scotland. You can always take a ferry over if you want to see what Northern Ireland or the rest of the British Isles have to offer.

Tips for planning a Roadtrip around the UK - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

Find Accommodation

Unless you’re planning on sleeping in the car the whole time, you’ll want to find places to sleep. While you can look for hotels in all the destinations you’re visiting, there are other options for accommodation.

Sites like Airbnb are ideal for finding short-term stays. Many people offer to host travellers in their own place. This can be cheaper and more comfortable than using hotels.

When you’re out in the countryside, you might even want to consider camping! It’s easy to pack up a portable tent and some camping gear in the boot. This way you can experience nature in some of Britain’s best camping spots and also check out some of my camping tips here!

Download Some Travel Apps

Your smartphone is your best friend when taking a road trip. Make sure you have a car charger so you can use your phone for practical apps and fun travel games while on the road. The first thing you’ll want is a GPS app. Google Maps is a popular choice, but there are plenty of other options. You can also find various travel apps that inform you of fun things to do in the location you’re in.

Clear up some storage on your phone and pack it with some of the best apps for road trips. You’ll also want space on your smartphone to take pictures of all the places you get to visit. You ought to buy an SD card for some extra gigs.

Have you been on a road trip around the UK? Where are your favourite places to visit in the UK?


Photo Credit: Pixabay

13 comments so far.

13 responses to “Planning A Road Trip Around the UK”

  1. Azu says:

    These are great tips! It’s super important to plan a big trip like that…and that’s something I’m not too good at lol.

    xo Azu

  2. Sounds great! Definetly agree with planning your route, although sometimes you can stumble across the most amazing places when lost 🙂

  3. Milli grace says:

    You absolutely must got to Devon, Cornwall and Brighton! They are three of my favourite places in the uk! I always went camping in Cornwall as a child and went to uni in Devon – Brighton has recently become a firm favourite! You have fan statistic tips though!

  4. Phill says:

    It’s so underrated in the UK. There’s some amazing sites that just need to be seen. The lakes is one of them 😉 but yes a decent car is a must

  5. Ela says:

    There are so many amazing places to see in the UK! I haven’t been anywhere below London as well, I really want to see Brighton and also the north of Scotland, highlands… All the photos I saw are amazing and it makes me want to visit there. I love going on long car journeys, you can explore more and see more. I love Lake District, Snowdonia and Edinburgh!

    Ela BellaWorld

  6. I’ve never really thought about road tripping around the UK, i’ve always planned to go around different countries but here just slips my mind! I think my new favourite place to visit in the UK is Ben Nevis in Scotland. I hated the climb but the views were amazing x

  7. I really want to do a UK road trip soon – there are so many cool places to visit! I’d love to do Scotland, as I’ve only been to the cities there but the countryside is stunning!

  8. I would love to do a road trip in the UK, there are some great places to visit.

  9. Sarah says:

    What fantastic tips! They are amazing places to visit in the UK!

  10. Jennifer says:

    Great post, I think a lot of people overlook travelling in the UK and there is so much to see, I’ve done quite a bit but my list only continues to get bigger it seems. I too love a good itinerary and would enjoy a post on that because I love a good nosey into how other people do things!

  11. Amy says:

    Oh I wouldn’t rent an SUV, some of the lanes we drove along last week in Devon were a little narrow and parking is often limited in the towns and villages. Or maybe it’s just me that can’t handle larger cars! I’ve visited many parts of the UK but some areas I just haven’t at all, such as South Wales, East Anglia and Scotland. Scotland especially just looks gorgeous on photos though, but I wouldn’t know where to start, it looks a big country!

  12. jenna farmer says:

    After living abroad, I absolutely love traveling for the uk now we’ve returned! can’t beat it!

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