We love a road trip and have travelled as far and wide, all the way down to Western Sahara and Morocco to Eastern Greece and a whole lot in between. Here are a few suggestions to whet your appetite. Also check out our How to go on a road trip and Quick Links pages for more practical information.
Bruges, Belgium - beautiful little place with canals, cobbled streets and chocolate. Get the ferry from Dover to Dunkirk and then it's just over an hour along the coast.
3 - 5 days
Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Ghent and Bruges - Get the ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland and head to Rotterdam where you can check out the stunning architecture, museums and Art. Motor up to Amsterdam for some more masterpieces, fine dining and chilled out cafe culture. Head home via Ghent for some riverside fun and amazing Medieval architecture and stop off in Bruges (see above).
Honfleur and St Malo - Get the overnight ferry to Le Harve and head to the Norman port in Honfleur for some art, mooching around the cobbled streets and people watching from a waterside cafe. A 2.5 hour drive will take you to the spectacular Mont Saint-Michel where, if you get the tide right, you can reach the island and climb to the top of this ancient abbey. At the end of the day you can snuggle down on the overnight ferry from St Malo and be back in the UK the next morning.
1 week +
A great amount of time to start exploring France and possibly further. A couple of trips we've enjoyed are exploring the West coast of France - get the ferry to any of the west coast ports and meander down the coast. There are lots of great places to stop along the way - Biarritz, Arcachon, La Rochelle -and then you can come home in style on the Brittany ferry from with Bilbao or Santander (both of which are lovely to explore first).
Alternatively, with a bit more driving involved, (and a favourite of ours) is a Collioure and Arcachon combo. Both lovely towns with lots to see and do and great beach life too. A side trip from Arcachon to Dunes du Pilat is also brilliant fun for everyone!
With 10 days you could easily see a bit of Germany perhaps take in a few cities along the Rhine. The river offers some great cycling and cruising options and there are lots of interesting and beautiful places along its banks to visit such as Cologne, Koblenz or Düsseldorf.
2 to 3 weeks
2 to 3 weeks gives you the opportunity to go a bit further from home and even find some sunshine out of season. Southern France is in easy reach and as well as the sparkling Mediterranean coast you could stop off in the Ardeche National park and try a bit of kayaking in the amazing gorges. Troyes makes a great first stop off before you head further South.
This is a tour I'm yet to do, but a circuit of Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Munich looks so much fun. These incredible cities offer something for everyone with an overwhelming mix of history, culture and fine dining. A 3 week trip would give you plenty of time to explore each one for a few days and you could even make it to Budapest too!
One trip we have enjoyed was grabbing a Brittany ferry to Northern Spain where we travelled westwards visiting Santander, A Coruna, Santiago de Compostela and Vigo. We then dipped into Portugal to visit Viana do Castelo ending up in the beautiful city of Porto. We cut back across to Bilbao where we checked out the Guggenheim museum before catching our ferry home.
Finally how about Slovenia and Croatia? Both offer up amazing adventures to be had. In Slovenia Lake Bled is set in the most breathtaking scenery and Triglav National Park is a great place for hiking, climbing and a whole host of other activities. Next head into Croatia and the Istrian Peninsula where you can find a Roman amphitheatre in Pula and pretty towns such as Rovinj and Novigrad. With a bit of extra time you could visit the stunning Plitvice Lakes and take in an island or two. On the way home you could pop in on Venice before you head through the Italian lakes and into Switzerland.
3 weeks +
With 3 or more weeks you can really go for it. Greece is a wonderful option for ancient history and stunning beaches. Head to Venice and get the ferry to Patras or Igoumenitsa. Consider staying on the mainland to save ferry costs to lots of different islands. It is beautiful, great value and full of ancient sights. If you have time come home along the coast through Albania, Montenegro and Croatia.
The Mediterranean islands of Sicily, Corsica or Sardinia are all worth visiting if you have 3 weeks. All have stunning beaches, wild interiors and lots to see and do. Ferries leave from Southern France and Northern Italy and will whisk you across the Med in no time.
How about a Scandinavian adventure? With Ferries zig zagging across the Baltic Sea there's loads of opportunity to enjoy nature and culture throughout this region. If you time it right you might even get a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
4 weeks +
With a month or more you will be truly spoilt for choice as to where to go and what to see. We did an amazing 3 month road trip to Morocco last year and it was so satisfying reaching another continent without flying! Turkey is now high on the list for our next big trip and the chance to dip our toes into Asia
And remember just cos you've got more time doesn't mean you have to go further you could just get to know a smaller area really well.