In 1996, the American Society of Civil Engineers declared that the tunnel linking the UK with Europe was one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Along with the likes of the Panama Canal and the Golden Gate Bridge, the Channel Tunnel is indeed a tremendous engineering feat entirely deserving of this accolade.
On a more practical level though, the Channel Tunnel succeeded in bridging the thirty mile sea division between the UK and mainland Europe for the first time since floodwater separated them some 200,000 years ago. The building of the tunnel has also meant that people no longer have to rely on ferries to take their car abroad.
Indeed, for those who like nothing more than to hit the road in search for excitement and adventure, then Europe is a proverbial playground that has something for everyone and is why it ranks among the most visited regions in the world.
For modern metropolises, there are the likes of Paris, Berlin and Barcelona; for beaches and warm weather there is thousands of miles of Mediterranean coastline taking in Greece, Italy, France, Spain and many other countries. Throw into the mix the sheer variety of languages, culture and history across the continent, then it’s easy to see why a road trip around Europe could easily be the holiday of a lifetime.
For those arriving from the UK or Ireland, then adjusting to driving on the right-hand side of the road may take a little getting used to. It’s also important to take a full valid driving license (the photocard and the paper counterpart), the original vehicle registration document and motor insurance certificate, whilst it is recommended to take an international driving permit too, as this provides the information in multiple languages.
There are many advantages to opting for a European hire car instead, as it allows travelers to drive only certain parts and means they can choose to fly home from their destination rather than having to drive all the way back across Europe. Essentially, opting for a European car rental leaves a lot more flexibility to change plans as the holiday progresses.
Ultimately though, regardless of whether someone decides to take their own car or go for the car rental option, traveling Europe by road is probably the best way to see and sample the countless delights on offer across the continent. From modern metropolises and mountains, to beaches and a vast concoction of cultures, Europe has something for everyone.