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.
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!
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 RoadTrippers.com 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.
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!
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?
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