The beauty of road tripping is experiencing the freedom that comes with infinite routes and no wrong turns. Just Imagine - you and your friends on the open road, exploring new territories with scenic views you'd only read about in books and see on the internet. It is time for you to sit back and relax as ZUJI take you on a ride through winding roads leading to fairy tale castles, through lush thick forests and down valleys so green, you might never want to leave.
Quy Nhon Drive, Nha Trang, Vietnam (Cam Ranh Airport)
Quy Nhon is a lively and pleasant city virtually half way between the popular cities of Nha Trang and Hoi An. The city is known for its beautiful surroundings, Cham temples, and nearby beaches. Your journey along this scenic sandy coast will be just shy of 2,500km with vast majority of the roads being quiet and scenic.
However, if you’re feeling a little adventurous, take a pit stop at the famous limestone landscapes at Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park as you explore one of the 300 caves and grottos found at this listed UNESCO world heritage site. As you drive through idyllic mountain passes and villages in the central provinces, it is a must to stop over the town of Quy Nhon for a seafood feast. For the freshest shrimp fried in garlic butter, grilled scallops or perhaps deep-fried squid you’ll ever find - find them all at Dong Restaurant just a 15-minute walk away from the town’s centre. Oh what a delight, driving through this cultural paradise!
Kintamani mountain road, Bali, Indonesia (Denparsar Airport)
Bali is more than just beaches, bars, shopping and great food. If you would like to see it all, there is no better way to do it than a road trip. Begin your journey from Kuta and make an inward entry toward the southern part of Bali where you will pass by hectares of coffee and rice plantations. Coffee lovers, you may want to stop by Satri, a coffee plantation to have a sip of Bali’s famous Luwak coffee - Kopi luwak. Also known as civet coffee which is made from the beans of coffee berries eaten by the Asian Palm Civet and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract. It may not sound appealing but would definitely taste so. Kopi luwak is also known to be one of the finest and most expensive coffees in the world with retail prices reaching €550 / US$700 per kilogram. Yikes!
Moving past the plantations, turn on your tropical playlist as the road passes through a lovely pine forest, leading you to Penulisan, a small village home to Puri Penulisan the highest temple in Bali. Don’t brave the cold up in the highlands so do put on a sweater. The drive along the mountainous roads of Kintamani would be a sanctuary for the free spirited at heart!
Ilju Road, Jeju Island, South Korea (Incheon Airport)
Ilju Road is the oldest road in Jeju - a beautiful island and a favourite holiday destination by many locals in South Korea. The drive is noted to be one of the best coastal drives in all of Asia, and on any given day you will see roadsters taking the curves in style.
This road will delight you with pristine views of its unique volcanic landscapes as you experience the romance of traveling on wheels. From the city centre of Jeju, cruise 5.6 km from Mount Songaksan to the base of Mount Sangbansan where you get to visit the inactive volcanoes of Ilchubong – another UNESCO World heritage site famous for its picturesque view of the crater.
If time permits, you could also catch the very respected Haenyos (Woman Divers) in action on your way down from Ilchulbong. Watch in awe as they disappear into the sea, coming back up with fresh catches like abalone, octopus or crabs. The Haenyos perform at 1.30pm and 3pm daily. For a drive to remember, plan for your trip in Spring. Remember to keep your eyes on the road, as you drive past long stretch of Sakura trees in its full glory. Ilju road will have you starry eyed and wondering if you’re stuck in wonderland.
The Catlins, South Islands, New Zealand (Auckland Airport)
New Zealand has many of the world’s best-kept secrets, and The Catlins would definitely be one of them. This incredible drive stretches over 200 miles and is perfect for anyone looking for a peaceful getaway from the concrete jungle.
Skid around narrow bends, bounce over bumps and potholes as you make your way through the spectacular valleys of The Catlins to Nugget Point – where wave-eroded rocks, which are likened to the shape of gold nuggets, can be seen from the viewing platform at the Nugget Point Lighthouse. Psst, here’s a secret – it is also the perfect place to catch the sun setting into the ocean, making this place a top spot for romantics on a road trip.
For a different kind of ride, take a pit stop at Te Taunga Adventures for a horse ride through the flourishing beauty of North Catlins. A tip - try to book your trip ahead of time as the rides are organised by a small family business with a busy working sheep and cattle farm! Did we also forget to mention that this drive would be perfect for a digital detox? There’s hardly any phone service or 3G to be found anywhere in the Catlins, so ditch your phones and devices because at the Catlins, it’s all about quality time and finding tranquillity.
Romance Road, Würzburg, Germany (Frankfurt Airport)
Source: Neuschwanstein Castle
From the vineyards of Würzburg to the foot of the Alps, the almost 400km-long road draws two million visitors every year and is arguably the best known holiday route in the world for a road trip. Romance Road or The Romantic Road sets off from Wurzburg a small city in North Germany located at the heart of the Franconia wine district. The small city makes for an ideal self-guided tour seeing everything from the Marienberg Fortress to the Prince Bishop’s Palace in a half-day.
Cruise pass beautiful half-timbered cottages and feel like royalty as you make pit stops at grand castles like the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, built by King Ludwig II in 1886 in order to withdraw from public life. Located on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau, the Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited castles in Germany and even served as the inspiration for the castle in Disney's Sleeping Beauty. The many dense black forests along the way also deserves a stop of its own for perhaps a short walk into the woods - as long as you don’t wander too far in of course. Fall in love all over again as your begin your journey through the dreamy Romance Road.
Overseas Highway, Florida, U.S.A (Miami Airport)
Source: Overseas Highway
Never heard of the Overseas Highway? We’re pretty sure you’ve seen it in dozens of commercials and probably in one of the many car-chase extravaganzas filmed in action movies. Also known as the "Highway That Goes to Sea, the Overseas Highway is a 181km drive on Highway 1 from mainland Florida to Key West.
Take the leisurely and scenic route from downtown Miami, passing through the attractive neighbourhoods of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. The first pit stop, will surely be at the upper keys where the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is located. They offer guided boat tours to explore the coral reefs and mangrove swamps. Aqua babies will be happy to grab their snorkelling gears and swim with tropical fishes lurking in the sunny seas of Florida.
The next 30 miles towards the middle key will set into a slow transition from roadside stores to palm trees and ocean vistas. Stop at one of many cafes along the way as they offer shelter from the sun and refreshing cocktails to quench your thirst. If it’s anything you shouldn’t miss – It is a drive to Half Shell Raw Bar for a chance to enjoy oysters, clams and shrimp completely fresh off the boat. For sun kissed skin and the love of sand and sea, Overseas Highway is definitely one road trip you’ll surely miss.
Take faith and know that it’s okay to deviate from maps and plans – we’re all made to be explorers, adventurers and dream chasers. So don’t hold back and start chasing your travel dreams at such destinations with ZUJI. Start your journey with a click and visit the ZUJI’s hot deals page for exclusive promotion and deals to your next escapade.