Summer is finally here, and talk is turning to the best places to go for a holiday. One of the easiest ways to enjoy a break is to pile into the car and head out on a road trip. A road trip across Europe can be the journey of a lifetime – explore rugged mountain landscapes, golden sandy beaches and cosmopolitan cities, all from the comfort of your own car – just make sure to check insurance restrictions. It can be tricky to decide where to go but using social media can make it easy for you – you can see the best food, hotels, beaches and points of interest instantly.
According to an Instagram analysis of 47 million posts, the best country in Europe for a road trip is France. From the glamour of St. Tropez to the extreme peaks of the Alps, there is a place in France for everyone. The second-most popular country for a road trip is Italy, where you can explore the ancient ruins of Rome, the beauty of the Amalfi Coast and the foodie paradise of Naples. The UK came in third place, showing that it can hold its own against the rest of Europe, thanks to the peaceful villages of the Cotswolds, the drama of the Scottish Highlands and the valleys of Wales.
The top road trip routes in Europe were London to Paris (via Kent Downs), the Icelandic Golden Circle and Milan to Venice.
Wherever you choose for a European road trip, you’ll be spoilt for choice with what to eat, drink and post on Instagram.
Tips for Driving in Europe
To be able to drive in Europe, you’ll need a full licence from your home country. Most rental companies will not allow you to rent a car for a road trip if you are under 21, and higher rates might apply until you’re 25. Most European countries drive on the right-hand side of the road, so bear this in mind.