Hit the road with these summer road trip ideas

I like a good road trip. I try to do them several times a year, at least once a season. If summer has arrived and it’s hot or humid, there are still fabulous road trips or even just day trips you can take. So here are my ideas for a road trip this summer.

Head for the Hills

The place to go when it’s hot is the beach, right? Well, not everyone lives near the beach. And for those who do, well, more often than not, they’re packed.

So why not head for the hills? I love heading into the hills, they are often cooler and less crowded. Fields of snow? Yes, visiting a snow field, without the snow. Great location for walks without the crowds. Also quite interesting. Then there are forests and streams and rivers to explore. Maybe summer rain has flowing waterfalls? The mere sound of running water can have a cooling effect.

Discover a local zoo

You don’t have to travel too far in most areas to find a zoo or animal park. Some of the ones we have in Australia have foggers that work in the warmer months to keep people and animals cool. Many also have shady spots. I have found in the warmer months it is worth going early. Otherwise, the animals all take a nap in a calm and shady place, away from visitors!

Water gardens

Do you have water gardens locally? There are often plenty scattered around and many are only open in the summer months, such as Blue Lotus Watergardens in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. All that lovely fresh water and pretty flowers, don’t forget an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun.

old cemeteries

I know it may sound weird, but walking through old cemeteries can be an interesting morning. Take a drive and see what else you can find. Many also have large trees for shade. Lose yourself in a little history, it can help you take your mind off things.

There is always the coast

Of course, there is always the coast. But there’s so much more to explore than just sitting on the beach. Aim for sunrise or sunset, depending on coastal location. It’s often much cooler earlier in the day if you’re trying to avoid the heat. Rock pools and rocky shores can be fascinating to explore, but watch out for the tides.

Stroll along a shoreline or visit a rocky coastline. A nice coastal breeze can make the heat more bearable.

Some tips

  • Go early, before it gets too hot.
  • Stop for a pleasant long lunch during the hottest part of the day. There are usually fabulous cafes offering wonderful delights and shade or even air conditioning.
  • Pack sunscreen, plenty of water (not just soft drinks) and maybe some snacks – trail mix etc. Hydration is important.
  • Go out late, missing the hottest part of the day. Capture a fantastic sunset, perhaps sit on a secluded beach (after the tourists have left) and feel at one with the world.
  • Don’t forget your camera gear, but don’t forget to be in the moment too.

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