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Self-drive vacations and road trips

Freedom to explore a country at your own speed, driving through shifting landscapes with the windows down, is a soul-stirring and flexible way to travel.

We create our tailor-made road trips using a well of personal experience. Our specialists have road-tested routes in our destinations around the world and will recommend the best places for a road trip, where the roads are good and there's scenery to match. We'll also give you driving tips for the country you'll be visiting, and organize your vacation to run like clockwork from the point you pick up your car at the airport right until when you drop it off again.

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Audley Travel Specialist Elizabeth

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Our recommended road trip destinations

Our specialists can help you plan your road trip, individually focusing on your tastes and interests, to the destinations below.

Our recommended road trip itinerary ideas

Our itinerary ideas will give you a starting point for what your trip could entail. Treat them just as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you and there are many more options available.

Our expert guides to choosing your road trip vacation

Penned by our specialists from their own travels, these guides aim to inspire you with suggestions of where to spend your vacation. Giving tips for what to experience and recommendations for where to stay, we share our ideas for the best destinations to consider.

  • Queenstown, Queenstown

    Driving vacations in New Zealand: 3 great routes

    Audley country specialist John explains why, for him, self-drive is the best way to explore New Zealand. He recommends three very different routes, from mountain passes in the South Island to forest roads in the North Island.

  • Self-driving in the Kruger National Park

    Self-driving in South Africa

    With well-maintained roads and little traffic, a self-drive trip is a flexible way to explore South Africa's southern coast. Country specialist, Toby, selects his favorite drive, taking in the Garden Route, South Africa’s Winelands and finishing with time on safari.

  • Driving between Balmaceda and Lago General Carrera

    Driving vacations in Chile: 3 wilderness road trips

    When it comes to driving trips in Chile, you’ll find the most fulfilling journeys are to be had in the Lake District and Chilean Patagonia, says Audley Chile specialist Chloe. Just make sure you allow time to stop and explore.

  • Australian road sign

    Driving vacations in Australia: beyond the Great Ocean Road

    The ultimate Australian road trip? A myth — this is a country of many great drives. We talk you through alternative routes to the Great Ocean Road in traditionally quieter areas of Australia: the southwest, South Australia, and the Top End.

  • Self driving in Namibia

    Self-driving in Namibia

    With very little traffic on well-maintained roads that wind through spectacular scenery, as well as plenty of big-game wildlife to see, Namibia is an ideal destination for a self-drive safari.

New Zealand road on the South Island

Why pick a self-drive road trip?

What are the benefits of a self-drive road trip? From greater comfort and privacy to freedom and flexibility, we list the reasons why a self-drive road trip is a great idea.