The world’s best road trips of 2018

These days there are so many ways to see the world. From planes, boats to rail travel and cars, each one offers a unique perspective and view of our world; it’s no wonder then why travelling has become even more important to our lives. With so much variation, you’re guaranteed to find something to suit your budget and travel-style.

If, for you, there is nothing better than the open road with its unlimited possible end-destinations and pit stops, then you’ve parked in the right spot. As we, at Pixal, are going to delve into some of the world’s best road trips. If you’re looking for some questionably slim roads planted on a mountainside or seascapes that perfectly mirror their surroundings – then, buckle up, as this ride is about to begin.

world’s best road trips

1. Cabot Trail, Canada

The Cabot Trail is nestled on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, and it combines the rugged beauty of the highlands with endless sea views. Wind down your windows and breathe in the fresh air as you cruise along this island’s backbone. Be prepared to stop, and often, if nothing else than to appreciate the sheer beauty you’re surrounded in. This route steers you through many a wonder, including Cape Breton Highlands National Park – home to three species which in and of themselves perfectly depict Canada: the bald eagle, moose and black bears.

This is a trail that is best witnessed at your own pace, where exploration meets a truly memorable road trip. Locals to the area state that the best time to travel is in the fall (autumn), where your view is pieced together by earthy, rusty and golden colours – though, arguably this trail offers unique views anytime in the year, which is why it is easily one of the world’s best road trips.

Cabot trail

2. Gobi Desert, Mongolia

From the easy, driveable roads of The Cabot Trail to an off-roader’s haven: meet the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. If comfort and amenities are high on your list of priorities then perhaps it’s best to move the Gobi Desert further down your places to travel to list till you’re ready. Most off-roaders end up in a hired old-fashioned Russian military use vehicle. Which, in all honesty, were not made for comfort. But this is outweighed a hundred times by the rough, jagged and raw wilderness that makes up Mongolia.

Your road trip will begin and end no doubt in the capital, Ulaanbaater. However, when you’re out in the desert you’ll be met with cliffs that are enflamed in a reddish glow from the sun, caves, sand dunes and other marvels. The best bit, however, will be the families you’ll meet dotted along your route. Witness traditional nomadic customs and a welcoming nature that make you fall for this country every time.

Mongolian yurt

3. The Garden Route, South Africa

Close your eyes and in your minds eye, what do you envision with the name Garden Route? Does a route which encompasses epic scenery, pocketed with adventures, great food and people come to mind? Well, it should. As this is exactly what this spot in the world offers. Often depicted as the most beautiful part of South Africa, this 300km stretch closely keeps to the ocean – so, be prepared for salty sea views to accompany you on your road trip. This trail gets its name because it flows through the Garden Route National Park. The best, and most popular, time to drive off on this route is summertime, between November and March. However, if you want to avoid crowds try late summer, between February and April.

The Garden Route not only begs you to enjoy your road trip but to also make regular stop-offs, so that you can really appreciate and breathe in the atmosphere of South Africa. It truly is one of the world’s best road trips, packing in beach breaks, hiking opportunities in forest trails and so much more. What you discover will change every time. The Garden Route: what an introduction to South Africa!

Garden route

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get into gear and set off to experience the world’s best road trips. Steer through views you’ll no doubt never forget, experiences that’ll change you and all at your own pace. After all, you’ll be in the driving seat of your travels.

Mongolian landscape

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