If you’re a car-lover, or if you just love the thrill of an exciting and adventurous holiday, then an extreme road trip may be perfect for you. If you’re planning an extreme road trip, then you may be looking for inspiration, advice, or just a few top tips; and you’ve come to the right place!
1. Western Australia
Some parts of Australia feel like the wild west, with only a few small towns, surrounded by dusty wilderness. In some parts of the country, you can drive for days and never see a soul. If you love peace and quiet, but want to experience a real adventure, then Australia may the perfect destination for you.
Bolivia is home to the ‘Road of Death’; an extremely dangerous road with sheer drops down huge cliff faces. Hundreds of people are killed annually on this road, so only attempt it if you’re a very confident driver.
The drive from Chania in the north to Paleochora in the south is full of stunning views across mountains and gorges. Most of the roads have no barriers, and the twists and turns can cause your stomach to drop! Small cars are best for this journey, to help navigate the winding narrow roads.
The Siberian highway in Russia is immense; covering a huge expanse of the country, this road trip could last for weeks. Much of the land is unpopulated, so you may want to take some supplies just in case you get cut off from civilisation! A reliable car is also a must, as it may be very difficult to find a garage.
Fans of the show ‘Ice Road Truckers’ will have seen the extreme conditions that drivers face on this road. With incredibly cold and icy conditions, drivers have to be extremely skilled to keep the car on the road. This is another trip that is only for seasoned drivers and road trippers. It’s not for the faint-hearted!
Things to Consider
The main thing to think about is possibly the most obvious: the car! If you’re staying in your own country, then you’ll probably be taking your own car. Make sure it’s up to date with its MOT; the last thing you want is your car breaking down in the middle of nowhere. If you’re visiting a foreign country, then it’s likely that you’ll be renting a car. In this situation it’s vital to think about car hire excess insurance. If you’re driving a hire car, you may not be used to the vehicle, and if you’re driving on the opposite side of the road in extreme conditions then some scrapes and bumps may be inevitable. If you’re protected by insurance, then you can relax.
Whatever your destination, your extreme road trip will be the holiday of a lifetime. Pick the perfect spot, get the perfect car, and drive off into the sunset!