A bit of the Bard to begin and a rollicking railroad ride at the end, with one of New Zealand’s most isolated villages, reveling in a jaw-breaker of a name, Whangamomona, in between. The Forgotten Highway is worth discovering. State Highway 43, a 151km road from coastal Stratford through the heart of the North Island hill country to Taumarunui in the north, is one of the great adventure road trips in New Zealand. It follows the line of an ancient Maori trade route. In the 19th Century a bridle path was cut through, and later the government of the day, […]
Hi, I’m David Morris and I’m not sure whether the road trip dreamer is me or you. Probably both of us. I love planning and exploring the world by road. To me there is no better way of getting the most from an adventure than doing it by car.
If what you want is fluffy, frilly, overblown descriptions of the landscape, the people, the food etc. then maybe I’m not your sort of correspondent.
I’m more into the practical lessons I and others have learned the hard way – by seeing it and doing it – so that you can see more, do more, enjoy more and pay less than otherwise.
The guys at Hand Luggage recently posted their “17 beautiful Places in Southern England”. One thing I certainly agree with them: It’s hard to select the “best of” anything when it comes to road trips in Britain. But here’s their take on the south. If visiting these places has any appeal – and it absolutely […] Read More
Not being an avid football fan I probably wouldn’t be interested in taking a tour of the West Ham United stadium which was built as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium in London. But take a look at the adrenalin-rush-inducing ArcelorMittal Orbit. Designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond for the London 2012 Olympics, it is […] Read More
Warning: This post contains images that are sexually explicit and will offend you. They certainly offended me. The deviants who own this campervan company, Wicked Campers, should be put out of business They once said a bit of sexual violence never hurt anyone. Can you believe that? This photo of a Wicked Campers van […] Read More
Would you be surprised to learn that wine production has been part of English history for nearly 2,000 years? Vines have been growing there ever since the Romans introduced them to the countryside. More recently, vineyards have sprung up across England and in this blog post from Visit Britain are five you can visit. All […] Read More
Veteran travel blogger Nomadic Matt has posted an excellent article on buying travel insurance, including recommendations on the best insurers. The most important advice I can give you on this topic is to buy your insurance as soon as you buy any travel product – air fares, a cruise, accommodation, car rental, coach tour. […] Read More
No trip to Ireland is complete without a visit to Belfast. For two reasons, both stemming from dark times in its history: The Titanic Belfast and a tour of the Badlands, Shankhill Road and Falls Road, the frontlines in the worst of The Troubles late last century. Naturally there are other things to see […] Read More
If you are planning to visit Northern Ireland’s northernmost sights then planning must, indeed, be your byword because things are not as simple as they seem. The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede, and the Dark Hedges are popular visitor attractions but there are traps for the beginner or the unorganised. The Dark Hedges If you want to […] Read More
On the first day of a 14 day road trip around the Emerald Isle, Ireland, and it has been one of the most rewarding travel days I have spent . . . and that’s a big claim. Why? Because I visited two of the most important, yet relatively little known, historic sites. The Battle of […] Read More
Looking for a quickie weekend break over Easter? If you are already in Britain, this post from Travel Republic will give you some great ideas. From Suffolk to Pembrokeshire, they explore some of the best places to book a long weekend away. Like Northumberland – known for its rolling hills, unspoiled beaches, rugged moorland and […] Read More