Things haven’t exactly been going the way we hoped they would this year, have they? All of our plans have been put on hold, we had to start working remotely, cancel all of our parties and gatherings, and postpone pretty much all of our international holidays. This being said, we would like to point out that this might be a perfect chance for you to hop into your car with your family (or your special someone) and get to know your own country a bit better. Here are some of the world’s best road trip tours that you could take this (or the following) year.

Australia – The Great Ocean Road

Australia is full of wonderful places and hidden gems, but the Great Ocean Road will allow you to really get a “taste” of this amazing country. The road itself leads you through several lovely historic seaside towns while allowing you to travel alongside gorgeous national parks and beaches. The drive begins some distance from Melbourne, takes you close to Bells Beach – one of the world-famous surfing heavens, and allows you to take a detour to see several waterfalls hidden in the Great Otway National Park. The views of the ocean are truly breathtaking, and you will even get to see the rock formations called the Twelve Apostles. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that summertime in Australia is unforgiving, so it might be a better idea to go on this trip in winter.

China – The Silk Road

The Silk Road is not only a sight to see, but it’s also one of the most important parts of the world’s history that kept China and the Mediterranean connected for hundreds of years. Covering more than 4000 miles, the Silk Road will allow you to really get to know magnificent Chinese landscapes and wonderful cities. Visit the Great Wall of China, explore Buddhist cave temples, go and see national parks as well as the Rainbow Mountains. China has a lot to offer, and if you have a chance to get to know this country a bit better, you’ll be amazed by its food, history, culture, nature, and its amazing roads.

New Zealand – Te Anau to Milford Sound

New Zealand in itself is pretty spectacular, and for years people have been traveling here to catch a glimpse of its natural beauties. The two-hour drive between the town of Te Anau and Fiordland National Park, where Milford Sound is located, doesn’t sound like much, but it’s so beautiful that you’ll likely spend your afternoon taking photos. Also, you should be ready to camp unless you want to spend a small fortune on accommodation. The road itself is long and winding, and you need to make sure your vehicle is in good condition, so order car parts before you start the trip. Having quality camping gear and spare car parts in your car will give you peace of mind while exploring one of the most spectacular locations in New Zealand.

Canada – Sea to Sky Highway

Canada is full of amazing places to visit, but Sea to Sky Highway will leave you breathless no matter when you decide to travel there. The good thing is that you can cover the route in only a few hours, so you can drive here all year long. The road will take you from the Pacific Ocean to the small mountain village of Whistler, and along the way, you will be able to make a pit-stop in the mountains and enjoy the scenery, if the weather allows it. That being said, the time of the year when you can make the most of this trip is between June and September.

As much as it saddens us to change our plans and postpone (or even cancel) our exotic holidays, #COVID19 is no joke, and we should be careful and responsible. Road trips can be perfectly safe if you do them the right way: practice social distancing, stay outdoors, and use this opportunity to get to know your own country a bit better. Road trips offer you a wonderful chance to explore hidden nooks and crannies of different countries (or even counties), so pack up your things, prepare your vehicle, and go on an adventure.