Any fans of Top Gear, the British TV show, will have fond memories of watching the ‘special’ episodes. In these feature length programs, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May would embark on an adventure somewhere in the world, driving novelty vehicles with the aim of reaching a particular destination. The three would encounter several challenges along the way, tasked with overcoming obstacles or tricky situations to continue their journey. Whilst it’s not advised to travel to most of the places they toured, many fans will have dreamed about taking on their own special adventure – either on their own or with friends and family. As such, what elements would you need to plan for to create your own Top Gear inspired road trip?
Choose your vehicle
The first thing you should focus on is your vehicle. You may only have the option of using your own car, or perhaps you have the freedom to hire or purchase a different vehicle to tour in. If you would like to do some off-roading, you may opt for a 4×4. Otherwise, a grand tourer like a Mercedes could provide a taste of luxury on your adventure. A campervan or motorhome could be a good option if you’d prefer to take charge of your living arrangements while you’re on the road. Just remember to take out insurance from a reputable company in case of an accident or breakdown.
Plan your route
Next, you should decide on your route. Pinpoint your starting location and choose a final destination which will signal the end of the challenge or adventure. If you’re restricted when it comes to geography or time, look to stay a bit more local but search for some new territory that you haven’t come across yet. Try to mix up your chosen routes to get a taste of different roads, surroundings and environments. For those who have the freedom to explore further afield, there a many stunning road trips around the world that may be of interest to you.
Sort your accommodation
The Top Gear hosts frequently slept in hotels, motels or in their own vehicles during their adventures. Depending on your preference, research and book your accommodation before you leave so you have incremental distance goals to reach each day and a guaranteed place to rest your head after long periods of driving. For those brave enough to sleep in their own vehicles, ensure you have stocked up on supplies and necessities, so you don’t go lacking whilst on your trip.
Think about some challenges
Top Gear special episodes were made even more entertaining by the various challenges encountered along the way. Whether it was building a bridge across a river or navigating tricky terrain – these obstacles added a little something to the spectacle. You may not have the resources or ability to do such extravagant challenges, but little tasks can offer a different edge to your road trip. Your route may offer them naturally, or you can set yourself a number of goals along the way.