With a winter of grey, sunless days ahead of us, it's tempting to want to chase the sun until it comes back to us next spring. However, while yearning for an exotic escape and the romance of the road might appeal, in an age of busy lifestyles, work commitments and tighter purse strings, taking a long, drawn out trip to warmer climes is often considered more of a pipe dream than a possibility.
However, visiting expansive countries such as Australia, the USA and South Africa doesn't always require booking an epic itinerary. If you plan carefully and you're wise and take advantage of internal flights, it's perfectly doable to see the best of these destinations in just two weeks. Australia and the US have clean, open freeways with less congestion than our British roads and South Africa's express train between Pretoria and Johannesburg is super-fast, so there are simply so many options for getting around effectively.
It may be your desire to enjoy South Africa's Winelands, travel the Garden Route or encounter the Big Five, or you might prefer to drive Australia's Great Ocean Road which runs along its south east coast - or explore the red-hot Alice Springs in the centre of the country, but once you've honed in on what you want to do you've done the hard work! Pick a route (the famous Route 66 through the US perhaps?) and make the most of your annual leave without having to take a sabbatical.
One great US trip that can definitely be enjoyed in two weeks is a California road trip. Start in bohemian San Francisco and head south, savouring fine wines along the way until you hit Los Angeles. You won't want to linger in La La Land for long before you yearn for the freedom of the road again, so travel further south and you'll hit 'clean as a whistle' San Diego, home to some of the west coast's finest beaches. If you still have days left, from here you could even drive as far south as Mexico and really see the diversity of life across the border!
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