Life is Highway: The World’s Most Quintessential Road Trips

There is no better feeling than driving down a long stretch of road with a good song on the radio and your best friend in the passenger seat. If you love a good road trip, here are 20 of the best drivable journeys the world has to offer.

The Atlantic Roadway, Norway

Some call it a feat of engineering while others call it the most beautiful drive in the world. Whatever you call it, the Atlantic Roadway stretching across land and sea in Norway is an incredible thing to witness.

Driving along this five-mile long series of sea bridges connecting the mainland to a number of small islands in the Norwegian Sea will only take about 10 minutes, but there are plenty of quaint fishing villages to stop at to make the trip worthwhile.

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Route 66, USA

This famed stretch of road running between Chicago and Los Angeles is a two-week, 2,500-mile drive that’s better known as the “Main Street of America.” Follow in the footsteps of the brave pioneers who ventured west to California long before the way was paved or just “get your kicks on Route 66” as the well-known song advises.

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The Garden Route, South Africa

The quaint name doesn’t do the wild, breathtaking beauty of this highway any justice. Known as “The Garden Route,” this 190-mile, 2.5 hour drive between Mossel Bay and Storms River along the Southwestern coast of South Africa offers views of everything from beaches, to mountains, to forests, to rocky coves without a single boring garden in sight.

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Ring Road, Iceland

Travellers are starting to catch onto the fact that Iceland has a lot to offer as a tourist destination, especially when it comes to scenery. Iceland’s main road Route 1 otherwise known as Ring Road will take you all around the island on an 828 mile trip that can take up to two weeks. Along the way you’ll see glaciers, fjords, lakes and coastal views that will take your breath away.

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Transfagarasan Road, Romania

This spooky stretch of highway located in Romania crosses the Carpathian Mountains was declared one of the best road trips in the world according to Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson. This 56 mile long highway takes about four hours to drive and is full of challenging turns, but drivers are rewarded with incredible views of lakes, gorges, and forests. It’s also the best way to reach Penari Castle owned by Vlad III the Impaler, who was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Cultured Palate: Dishes from South Africa

South Africa’s incredible biodiversity and rich cultural heritage has given it a unique cuisine unlike any other place on Earth. There are visible influences from the Dutch, German, French, and Cape Malay colonizers, as well as indigenous dishes that have been passed down for generations. If you’re spending your next holiday in South Africa, here are some amazing dishes you must try.

Culture Palate: Dishes from Ukraine

Typically, Ukrainian dishes are hearty, filling, and made with a variety of cooking techniques. In one dish, it’s not uncommon for cooks to have to boil or fry multiple ingredients before they’re finished together in the oven or in a bubbling stew. If you’re visiting Ukraine, make sure to check out some of these dishes. If you get a chance to taste them in their ideal form, you can easily recreate them at home.