Itching to hit the open road? Here’s how to plan a road trip well from budgeting to scheduling and especially route planning.
Solo Road Trips: Free-Wheeling As a Solo Traveler
I've taken many solo road trips over the years.
Just a couple of year's back, Tracey got her license and took her first road trip two weeks later.
And then there's our readers. Many have submitted stories about their solo road trips.
Put it all together and we have a lot to share about road tripping alone. Below you'll find a number of posts that amount to a complete guide to taking a road trip alone along with many solo road trip stories.
A solo road trip requires a bit of extra planning and care but it can also be a thrilling as you can wander the highways and bi-ways according do your own whims. Stop at quirky roadside attractions. Choose a different destination on a dime. Take a break for a swim at that welcoming lake.
A solo road trip is a great way to identify, understand and explore your own priorities in travel.
Snippets from Our Road Trip Stories
"Last year in June I went for my very first solo road trip around the northern tip of Scotland, the North Coast 500. Five hundred miles of dramatic landscape, narrow roads, lots of Highland cattle and sheep, and above all – lots of heartwarming Scottish people." Read more about this solo road trip here.
"This summer, I sublet my apartment for a month and used the money to pay my rent and rent a car. I decided to drive east from Toronto, visit as many people as I could, and see all the sites I felt like stopping at along the way. It was the first time I’d taken an extended solo road trip and I covered 7,539 kilometers in 30 days." Read more about this solo road trip here.
"As someone who grew up in Southern Alberta, I've gained a lot of appreciation for how beautiful this province is the more I've traveled abroad. In fact, one of my favorite drives in Alberta is one that your average tourist probably hasn't considered – specifically, because it omits Calgary, Edmonton, Banff, and Jasper." Read more about this road trip here.
"On July 25th, 2016 at the age of 49, I received my driver’s licence. Two weeks later I flew to Halifax, Nova Scotia, picked up a rental car, and embarked on my first solo road trip. It. Was. Awesome. Read more about this solo road trip here.
"I don't think I've ever met a culture so fiercely determined to celebrate its history and so modern in how they do it. The Acadians of New Brunswick are fully present and not to be missed. This New Brunswick road trip is a perfect introduction to Les Acadiens." Read more about this solo road trip.
That's just a smattering of the road trips that solo travelers have shared on the site. Scroll down to see them all.
Solo Road Trip Tips & Advice
Naturally, we've also given lots of tips and advice about how to enjoy a successful solo road trip. Scroll below and you'll find tips for a typical road trip, tips for a winter road trip, tips on European road trips and itineraries for various places.
Yes, for road trips alone, we have you covered because we love them ourselves.
As always, if you've taken a solo road trip that you'd like to share with other solo travelers, please use this form to Submit your description here.
For those looking for something a little different, doing a solo road trip in the Canadian prairies can be a magical experience.
A solo road trip may sound challenging to some but here’s why you can do it, why you would want to and the tips you need to make it safe.
Ah, the open road. Taking a long road trip is fun but doing so alone requires a bit of planning. Here are the tips you need to know.
Looking for breathing space? A bit of freedom? A car and an open road will deliver. Here are 14 great solo road trips to choose from.
With input from readers and friends, along with my own favorites, here are 50 road trip songs to add to the soundtrack of your next solo journey.
The most diverse landscape and the best scenery in the world. Iceland is a spectacular destination for a road trip that you will never forget.
I love a solo road trip. A winter road trip alone comes with its own unique challenges and issues. Here are the tips you need to know.
This solo traveler logged 7,539 km on a one-month solo Canadian Maritimes road trip. Enjoy her story and photos from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI.
The Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff, Alberta is one of North America’s great drives. Here’s a bit of what you can expect to see.
This Solo Travel Society member recommends a road trip on the North Coast 500 to anyone who loves nature and remote places with a bit of a rough spirit.
A professional travel photographer maps out a route for a fascinating Western Canada road trip, with lots of great photos of southern Alberta.
Castles and gardens and bears in surprising places. All this and more was found on this road trip through medieval Germany.
Travel plan vs. Reality. This is how my two-week road trip around the Adriatic was planned and how it actually went – budget and all.
Driving in Europe is fabulous but it took me a bit to get used to it. Here are my top driving tips for Europe including some surprising rules of the road.
Here’s how to plan a road trip in a foreign county. In this example the countries are Slovenia, Croatia and Italy – a circular trip around the Adriatic Sea.
From Kemptville to Argyle, from Wolfville to Lunenburg and Halifax, here are the twists and turns of my first solo road trip in beautiful Nova Scotia.
Follow this itinerary for the Acadian Coastal Route in New Brunswick for Acadian joie de vivre, beaches, delicious cuisine, festivals, a national park and more!
Driving the back roads of Emilia Romagna, Italy was fun, empowering and a feast for the eyes.
A solo traveler from Australia who recently completed a month-long tour of National Parks in the US offers her top ten tips for solo road trips.