We have many things in Ireland that draw tourists from around the world. Ireland boasts stunning natural beauty from the Burren to the Giant’s Causeway. The burial tombs at Newgrange are older than the pyramids, and pretty much every era of our history has left a stunning legacy. Our pub culture and traditional music are legendary. We even have the sunny southeast, where people can enjoy a day or two of glorious sunshine every year. But there is one thing we don’t have. The open road. No road in Ireland can offer the sense of vastness, the miles of high speed scenery without interruption or the stark warning about how far it is to the next petrol station.
If you are going to the USA for work, study or pleasure, the lure of the open road awaits. American literature from the Lewis and Clark journals to the Beatniks celebrates this adventure. The American road trip is almost a ritual on the other side of the pond. You can create your own journey. Maybe you have just a couple of days to get your kicks on Route 66. Or maybe you want to take a month and see the USA from sea to shining sea, driving through the vast expanses of middle America to see the cornfields stretching to the horizon and the small towns of wooden houses and quirky charm. You could plot a musical odyssey from the Mississippi Delta blues to Seattle grunge. Decompress between Los Angeles and Las Vegas by taking the slow route over the mountains and through the desert.
What Do You Need for the Ultimate American Road Trip?
The obvious necessity is reliable wheels. Shipping your own car from Ireland might not be the best idea as you will be driving on the other side of the road. If you want to travel by car, renting one is the best option. If, however, you are thinking of a more open air approach to the open road, you might want to ship from your motorcycle from Ireland. The extremely extreme might even want to ship their bicycle and pedal across America.
You can camp or stay in hotels or anything in between. You can chart your route so that you camp in the forest a few nights, then hit a major city with good hotels. Or you can travel from youth hostel to youth hostel. Depending on your plans, you might want to bring a sleeping bag or all of your camping gear.
Good tunes are essential and easy to transport digitally. If you feel strongly about your favourite tea, crisps, biscuits or bars, you might want to bring a stash with you. But there is one thing that is essential. While you can have many of the things you need shipped, this one you have to carry with you at all times. If you want to have an epic American road trip, you absolutely must bring your sense of adventure. If you have that, everything else will come together.