No-one can deny that being in control of when and where you go whilst on holiday has a definite appeal – imagine: no crowded tour buses, no dingy hotel rooms. So it’s hardly surprising that more and more of us are choosing to create our own slices of adventure by taking a road trip vacation. For those of you who love getting out into the wilderness and enjoying nature, these trips may be just what you’re after:

Cruise New Zealand in a Caravan

New Zealand

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Best travelling time: December – February

New Zealand is, without doubt, one of the most picturesque places on the planet. With a small population and a vast, awe inspiring countryside, this spacious country is an ideal road trip destination. Add to this the major bonus that is New Zealand’s “freedom camping” ethos – which basically means you can pull off the road almost anywhere providing you have a toilet on board and you’re not in a city / protected National Park – and you’re sitting pretty.

Take in the sights in Oregon, USA

Oregon, USA

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Best travelling time: April – October

From the Columbia River Gorge region to the highest mountain in Oregon (Mount Hood – towering over the state at 3427m high) Oregon is sure to give any nature lover plenty to smile about. On a road trip, head eastwards from the city of Portland – said to give off “a neighbourly vibe with a cosmopolitan edge” its well worth checking out.

Keep Calm and Caravan round Cornwall, UK

Cornwall, UK

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Best travelling time: late spring/summer

So much as you’d love to get abroad, it’s just not happening this year. Never fear! You can still experience a great road trip right on your doorstep. Cornwall is filled with incredible things to see and do, and well worth a mention. Start in Penzance and work in a counter clockwise loop to get the best from your “stay-cation”.

Continental Car Trip – the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Best travelling time: September – October or May

If scenic coastline sounds like your cup of tea and you fancy a gander at the UNESCO “outstanding example of Mediterranean landscape”, I highly recommend the Amalfi coast in Italy as a road trip must-visit. Making it onto the World Heritage list in 1997, it offers sweeping views of dramatic coastlines as well as lush gardens and sleepy lanes. Warning: the narrow roads make for a challenging drive, but if you’ve got a sense of adventure and an appreciation of nature, this is your destination.

Heading out Back: on the roads of Provence, France

Provence, France

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Best travelling time: spring/summer

With artisan shops selling everything from regional fabric to foods, and weekends providing various markets and antique shops in almost every village, Provence is the place to go if you’re looking for cultural submersion. Considered the cultural epicentre of Europe, Provence features an incredible array of rural back roads guaranteed to captivate any road traveller. Start in Avignon and work east in a 360km loop to see all that this delightful area of French countryside has to offer.

So if you’re in the mood for a self-directed holiday, or just a more adventurous vacation, what’s stopping you? There are so many campervans for sale that you will be spoiled for choice and with just you and the open road, you’ll feel free to truly enjoy your travel and dive headfirst into the gorgeous world we live in.

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