Three years now. Whenever we mention how long we have been traveling, this measurement has a second meaning as well. It means it has been three years since we have been back in Britain. After living there for over four years, it’s hard to believe that we left and never went back. But we’re starting to get the itch. and not only to spend time exploring everything that is new in London.
We can not wait to hit the road and take a couple of road trips we have been dreaming about for a long time. In the past, Dani did most of the driving, since I felt that driving on the ‘other’ side of the road while learning to drive a stick shift was too much of a challenge. It took her a while to get used to it in London, but once out in the countryside, roadtrippin’ in Britain is smooth sailing. The only challenge is the all-too-common roundabout, but she quickly got used to handling left-side driving there as well.
We were always renting cars for long weekends in the Cotswolds, our week-long road trip in Scotland, a one-day epic journey from the north of England near Newcastle, all the way south to Brighton, with an afternoon stop in York and an evening stop in London along the way. The countryside is gorgeous, and there’s nothing better than setting aside a few days to jump from adorable little village to adorable little village, hiking during the day, having dinner in a delicious gastropub in the evenings and spending each night in a different cozy bed and breakfast.
These kind of driving holidays are so easy to do in the UK, but a little planning never hurts. We tend to look online in various places like blogs, the tourist board websites, and helpful planning tools like the useful one Enterprise recently put together which includes Google maps, a video of the route and some basic information about distance, drive times and notable features along the way (museums, hiking routes etc). For international travelers without 3G smartphone access, having all the info up and ready like this is especially helpful.
Whenever we finally do go back, a trip up to England’s Lake District is a must, as is a longer road trip through Scotland and one in Northern Wales. Hopefully it won’t take us another three years to finally get there…