Dream Drives - Where Does Your Imagination Take You?

Is life all about the journey or the destination? Certainly some of the trips we have to do on a daily basis – rushing for the train to work, driving the kids to school, or getting to that appointment on time can make us feel that life is a series of events to be ticked off a list.

Although…..what if you were given time off from the everyday routine and could choose your dream journey and destination. Where would you want to go and how would you get there?

While you ponder that, here are some options for you to consider while stuck in your next traffic jam:

1. Amalfi Coast

With the sun on your face and the wind through your hair, why not live the Italian dream with a thrilling roller coaster drive through the Amalfi coast? This 28 mile stretch of hairpin bend road is possibly one of the most breathtaking in the world. Best appreciated in an open top car such as the Volkswagen Golf Convertible, its beauty will live with you forever. Just one note of caution - you will also need a good head for heights. Overall though it’s simply bellissimo!

Enjoy the Dolce Vita on the Amalfi Coast

2. Ireland

Surrounded by water, the Emerald Isle has a very dramatic coastline and as a result some very dramatic drives! Be enchanted by the west coast – blanketed and weather beaten by the Atlantic Ocean to create a stunning and magical vista. A road trip could have you enjoy the dramatic cliffs of Moher, Connemara National Park as well as venturing further in and spending the day in vibrant Galway City. Given there is so much to see, this road trip would benefit from being done in a car with increased visibility. How about the Renault Grand Scenic? Perfectly proportioned to make the most of the spectacular scenery and also ideal for all your luggage.

3. Route 66

This iconic route is much revered through America's heartland. Known as the Main Street of America, Route 66 was originally build in 1926 and linked Chicago through to Santa Monica, California. Officially removed from the United States Highway System in 1985, the 2,448 mile stretch of road has become a tourist attraction ever since. Thousands embark on the journey from East to West in the journey of a lifetime. Route 66 is considered by many to be the ultimate road trip. Now given the long and open stretches of road and lack of facilities choose your vehicle very carefully! You will need transport that can hold up to the extreme temperatures, and that can hold supplies and lots of fuel. Perhaps a Winnebago might do the trick?

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

4. French Countryside

If the drama of the above doesn't appeal to you, then why not consider a majestic drive through the French countryside? Full of the sights and sounds of nature, this trip is perfect and not at all taxing. Choose the right season and enjoy some sunshine and blue skies too. Regions all offer something culturally unique – Camargue, Provence, Rhone Valley, Massif Central - and if you can be leisurely then plan a few stops along the way at French boutique hotels – full of great cuisine and wine. What car would you go for? Well, it has to be a Citroen doesn’t it! The C4 Cactus would make a great driving companion – lots of space for luggage and it can even read maps for you too! Well the Sat Nav can at least. Bon voyage!

Bon Voyage!

5. Great Ocean Road Australia

Originally built by returning soldiers of the First World War, this 150 mile single carriageway is juxtapositioned between the towns of Torquay (not that one!) and the very exotically named Warrnambool on the south eastern coast of Australia. Great Ocean Road takes in all the major tourist attractions along the way including the 12 Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks in the Southern Ocean. As if that wasn’t enough there are rainforests, beaches and cliff drops to enjoy too. Local seafood is among the best in the world and would make a 24 hour flight from the UK worth it for that alone! And your vehicle of choice? How about the commanding Land Rover Discovery Sport – well-equipped and stylish , this will ensure you enjoy the journey and the destination!

By Tracey McBain