An epic road trip bucket list: UK & Europe
It’s no news that I love a good road trip.
The freedom to explore and go wherever you want, whenever you want, never, ever, gets old for me.
Some of my favourite memories have been a result of a road trip adventure. The constant moving pace and connection to the outdoors opens so many doors for conversation, for wrong turnings and for unexpected discoveries. Road trips encapsulate everything that I love about travel and I just cannot get enough.
See all my road trip adventure posts here.
I’ve also recently bought a van to renovate, and I’m hoping for a summer exploring Europe in my new baby. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve put together a bucket list of places I’d love to take my van, and I thought I’d share it with you here to inspire you to take an epic road trip through Europe. Some of these are road trips I’ve loved and want to do again, others are road trips I’ve had my eye on for a while, and some are in countries I’m yet to explore – so there’s inspiration for all of us here!
(PS – I need to give my van a name! Suggestions in a comment below!)
So, in no particular order, here is my epic European road trip bucket list…
1. Trollstigen, Norway
Norway is somewhere I’m yet to adventure through. The ‘troll’s path’ is said to be home to a million dreamy photo spots. With hairpin bends and steep inclines a plenty, it’s perhaps not one for your first road trip but definitely one if you’re feeling adventurous!
2. The French and Swiss Alps
One of my favourite road trips ever, I could come back to this area of Europe again and again and again. Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc, Veyonnaz (Switzerland), Chamonix, Annecy and Epernay (France) were my destinations of choice this time round, but I can’t wait to return and explore even more. I spent 8 days in the area, but if you went to fewer towns you could spend less time, or if you wanted to spend longer there’s so much more of the Alps to explore! (including Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, and Liechtenstein). In fact, I’d love to do a road trip that goes through all seven countries!
3. The Amalfi Coast, Italy
With family from Italy and friends living there, it’s a country I’ve been meaning to visit for a long time. Said to be one of the best road trips in Europe, South Italy is a beautiful area to explore. With it’s perfect balance of good food and wine, stunning scenery, warm waters, amazing architecture and fascinating history, it’s not one to miss. You could easily spend a week exploring the little towns and villages you come across on the coastline!
4. Romantische Strasse, Germany
With it’s stunning medieval architecture, and a route through the heart of Germany’s beautiful country, this road didn’t earn its name for nothing. This 220 mile route is worth exploring over a few days to allow for plenty of stops for wine tasting and sight seeing!
5. Cornwall, UK
One of my favourite areas in the UK to explore, especially in the summer when the sun is shining! Think beaches, coastline, chilled vibes, and someone you care about to share that all with!
See my Cornwall road trip here.
6. Transfagarasan, Romania
(Transfăgărășan) The supposed “world’s best driving road” goes straight through the middle of Romania. Waterfalls, lakes, mountains and stunning views – this is another trip that gives you everything and another one I’m looking forward to!
A country I didn’t expect to fall in love with, but absolutely did. Definitely one of Europe’s hidden gems. All the wonderful things about Croatia (it’s just south) but without the tourism. Go see it and uncover the seemingly undiscovered.
(You can see more about my trip here.)
8. Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Having only been to Dublin and Belfast, I can’t wait to see more of Northern Ireland and Ireland. This trip gives you mountains, lakes, rivers, beaches and countryside across the 200km route in the southern part, so there’s something for everyone.
9. Vorarlberg, Austria
Another region that completely stole my heart. Completely. The hikes between Alpine huts were my favourite, stopping to sample cheese made on site at each one. I’m hoping to host a WMGT adventure here one day.
See more about my trip to Vorarlberg here.
10. The Military Road, Isle of Wight, UK
Another UK based one – you really don’t have to go far from home for an adventure! Short but sweet (and so perfect for a half day out if you stop somewhere for a coffee or some food), this one takes you round the southern tip of the island giving you sea and cliff views.
11. The Lake District, UK
Another beautiful area in the UK for you to explore, and one I’d like to head back to very soon. Nothing stopped me enjoying the mountains and beautiful views you find in this area – even the terrible weather!
I’m an ambassador for Visit England and determined to show you all how beautiful the UK can be on my ‘microgap’ adventures. Check them out here!
See all my UK based adventures here.
12. Route One, Iceland
Treating you to volcanoes, coastline, geysers, waterfalls, and the opportunity to whale-watch, this is a trip that I’m really looking forward to when I next get the chance to go to Iceland. It’s 800 miles, so give yourself plenty of time to explore! The Golden Circle road trip that I did only covers the southern part of the country, but Route 1 is a ring road that goes all the way round – amazing!
Check out my adventures in Iceland here.
13. A European Christmas Market road trip!
Another one of my favourite road trips and one of my dreamiest Christmas trips to date – definitely one you should try out some time, and definitely one I will do again! Mulled wine, snow, mountains and excellent company… just perfect!
See my Christmas market road trip post here.
14. Estoril Coastal Drive, Portugal
This trip takes you along the coast of Portugal, another country I can’t wait to explore more of – in fact, one I’m exploring very very soon (watch this space)! Epic scenery and fascinating history make for an awesome drive.
15. A complete Europe round trip!
This one from Culture Trip has inspired me so much… hoping I have the time to do a complete Europe road trip one day soon, perhaps aiming to include every country in Europe in one really long trip!
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Have you been on a European road trip?
What were your favourite places? I’d love to know!
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