Local or global – which road trip is best for you?

Roads trips are often considered to be filled with spontaneity, letting you experience an adventure on the go. After all, the general idea behind a road trip is taking to the open road and seeing where it takes you, allowing you the freedom to stop, explore or stay in a place anywhere on your own terms.

Here are some of the things you will need to consider when planning a road trip locally or one abroad;

Travel costs and logistics

Whether you’re taking the smooth open road or taking the rough and rugged route, you’ll need the right car for your journey, be it a stylish and comfortable sedan or SUV, or an off-road vehicle built to handle rough terrain.

Embarking on a road trip in a foreign country, however, involves more planning than would be required when planning one on home soil. It’s always best to get travel advice from an expert when planning a trip abroad, as they have first-hand knowledge of the country or region and will be able to provide helpful insights as to what you will need, the best places to visit and what to explore.

You would also need to have the necessary knowledge of international driving laws, as well as a valid international driving permit, currency, visas and travel documentation.

Remember that even though taking a road trip is about having fun and adventure, you also need to ensure that your planned route is in fact do-able in a vehicle, what the local conditions are and whether there is any border control in place.


Travelling in your own country means you may have first-hand knowledge of local accommodation spots and peak holiday periods, so it’s probably best to book ahead when in a foreign country to ensure you’ve booked somewhere practical, comfortable and picturesque.

Whatever your preference or location, road tripping can introduce you to remarkable unexpected accommodation unlike anything you’ve ever seen before – from treehouses and glamping sites to cave accommodation and quirky hotels.

If you’re picky when it comes to the type of accommodation, or want to experience something unique or different, it’s best to consult a travel expert.

Cultural experience

While an overseas road trip will enable you to experience different cultures and unique encounters, you can also learn a great deal about history and culture travelling in your own country.

So, whether it’s locally or abroad, no two road trips are ever the same and it’s really all about enjoying the company and creating unforgettable memories together.

– Flight Centre

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