Don’t have anyone to go on holidays with right now? Are you going to let that stop you exploring? Of Course not! A road trip is a great solo escapade.
You can go where you want, when you want and change your mind whenever you want. If you’re worried about getting a bit lonely, the warm friendly environment of campgrounds is a great way to go home with lots of new friends.
Making the right decisions before you go will ensure you have a memorable experience
Campervan v Motorhome
A campervan – have a look at the Apollo HiTop as an example. Easy to park and drive but only the basic facilities. No bathroom facilities might be a deal-breaker, it means you always have to use a campground, but you still have cooking facilities, hot and cold water and a fridge. If you want the size of a campervan but some ‘basic’ bathroom facilities, for emergencies, have a look at the Apollo Euro Tourer which has a basic bathroom, but it is a bit bigger.
A motorhome will be much more spacious, they are also easy to drive but quite a bit bigger where parking is concerned. You don’t need to rent a large 6 berth vehicle, have a look at the Let’s Go Jayco Cruiser. All the luxury of the bigger motorhomes, with cooking, bathroom, fridge facilities and air conditioning on a smaller scale.
Decide what your priorities are and put those requirements into the search filter, you will then be able to compare the costs and brands available and make a considered choice.
It’s important to choose to travel in safe regions that are not too remote, but more ideas on that below in ‘Areas for road-tripping’. Some of the other considerations you need to make:
- Because you can’t share the driving you need to make sure you’re not too ambitious about the distances you travel each day, always rest every 2 hours. It’s always good to spend more time in the back than the driver’s seat.
- Always call ahead to book your campsite and let them know you are a solo traveller so they can consider what site to assign you. You will find that campgrounds/holiday parks are very considerate of your needs.
- Your mobile phone is your best friend. Make sure you have the right charging equipment so your navigation, phone and campsite apps are always at hand. Have some paper maps as well.
- Have someone at home that you check in with each night.
- Use the services of the regional Information Centres wherever you are travelling, they can make sure you don’t go astray.
- Join guided walks and group tours were available, it’s a great way to enjoy the comradery of other travellers, you will even find free tours at regional Information centres.
Great areas for solo road-tripping
What you’re looking for in a good itinerary on a solo trip are:
- overnight stops that are not too far apart
- popular regions for holidaymakers, not remote regions
- areas that suit your interests
- the right time of year for the weather of the area
Here are just a few ideas to start you off
Tropical North Queensland – Cairns roundtrip
Tasmania – Hobart to Launceston
Western Australia – Perth, Margaret River, Albany
Vancouver – Calgary
Just about anywhere but the Cotswolds, Cornwall and Devon, Ireland and Scotland are particularly good.
Wherever you are travelling across the world don’t forget to pay your respect to the traditional custodians of the land, elders past, present and future.