Long ago I did my first driving tour of Britain and I still remember the frustration of trying to find my way around the impossible English roading system.
“Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode,
The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road.
A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire”
G.K.Chesterton’s poem sums up the problem. It’s like trying to navigate through a plate of spaghetti. The result is lost time, lost experiences, frustration generally, not to mention long periods of silence twixt Driver and Navigator.
Great British Road Trips solves that problem by giving you exact running instructions, including our special “Expert Navigator Checkpoints” that keep you on the right track.
Having been back several times and similarly had those navigation “issues” that caused “quiet times” between driver and navigator I decided to do something about it – to write a series of tour modules so that you could choose what you wanted to see and where you wanted to go and then give you detailed navigation notes to get you there with the least possible agitation.
But what makes an outsider – a non-Brit – think he can write a tour plan of the UK?
A visitor sees a country quite differently to a local. Visitors are interested in things that locals take for granted, or don’t even know about.
An example: If you live right on the coast, the ocean is just simply “there”. It is of no particular interest. But if you are from way inland and have never seen the sea you’ll be utterly fascinated by the sight of rollers endlessly crashing on to rocks and sand.
I hope this “outsider’s” perspective will make your travels easier and more enjoyable.