The perfect road trip involves three people and is accompanied by rock music, according to research by British Airways

To celebrate the airline’s new route to the South African coastal city of Durban; the gateway to national parks, African plains and safaris, travellers were also asked to name the celebrity they would most like to see in the passenger seat, with James Corden, Tom Hanks and Stephen Fry topping the polls. To be considered a road trip, the journey needs to last three hours and 42 minutes and the ideal drive should take place in a VW camper van , Range Rover or Ford Mustang.

Toilet stops, good weather and a reliable sat nav are also key, yet one in three Brits said getting lost was the fun part of a road trip. The study also found that the music played a  big role, but 62 percent said road trip companions topped the list closely followed by the scenery (60 percent).

More than half (57 percent) of respondents like the idea of a ‘fly drive’ holiday and 35 percent would happily drive in a foreign country. However, almost half (48 percent) worry they won’t be able to get used to driving on the other side of the road and 39 percent worry they won’t be able to read or understand the road signs. Travellers can test their foreign driving skills here.

Award-winning travel influencers Andrew Sim and Emily Gough created Along Dusty Roads in 2014 and since then have ‘road tripped’ in every corner of the globe. Read their top tips here.

Andrew and Emily said: “We’ve gone on road trips in many countries and it’s easy to get caught out if you aren’t prepared. The car and location is something everyone thinks about, but the smaller things, such as the music or the people you are with can make or break it. Don’t worry if you do end up lost ‒ not only will you see parts of the country you may not have been planning to, but you’ll have a great story to tell. After all, every road trip needs a dash of spontaneity.”

For those wanting to hit the road, Durban is perfectly positioned for fly-drive holidays with flight and car hire holidays.

Destination experts at British Airways Holidays have selected the top three Durban road trips:

Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in KZN
  • Safari enthusiasts can experience the sights and sounds of the African wilderness with a visit to the famous game reserves of Hululhuwe and Umfolozi. On the three-hour trip drivers pass the St Lucia Wetlands Park, declared South Africa’s first World Heritage site.
  • Foodies should head inland and follow the ‘Midlands Meander’ that leads up to the soaring Drakensberg and the Royal Natal national park, a paradise for mountain bikers, hikers and mountaineers.
  •   Culture vultures should drive to the battlefields of Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana.
Beautiful scenery in KZN.

Here the Zulu army overwhelmed Lord Chelmsford’s British forces. At Rorkes Drift, a small contingent of Welsh soldiers held out against a Zulu impi that disobeyed orders and crossed the river. More Victoria Crosses were awarded for that action than any other before in the British Army.

Flights will be operated by the airline’s newest fleet of aircraft, the Boeing 787-8.

The survey was conducted by 72Point on behalf of British Airways in October 2018 and polled 2,000 respondents in the UK, 1,000 in France, 1,000 in Italy, 1,000 in Germany and 1,000 in South Africa.

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