Road trips will never be boring again with the recent publication of Lonely Planet’s Epic Drives of the World.

The hardcover, illustration-filled book is the second instalment in Lonely Planet’s Epic series, following last year’s best-selling Epic Bike Rides of the World.

The unique book features 50 classic driving routes across the world from Argentina right though to Zambia, plus 200 ideas for great drives ranging from easy-going to full adventure mode.

Australia is represented by six driving routes highlighted in the chapters ‘The Great Ocean Road,’ ‘A Short Hop from Hobart to Queenstown,’ ‘Across The Kimberley: The Gibb River Road’, ‘Following the Captain Cook Highway’, ‘The Great Alpine Road’ and ‘The Track: Alice Springs to Darwin.’

According to Lonely Planet, the book is intended to offer fresh inspiration for upcoming road trips.

“We have routes written and ridden by motorcyclists and even a tour of Northern California by electric vehicle. A few of these drives take a day but others can be enjoyed over a weekend, a week or more,” said Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet says that the drives featured in the book revolve around one common denominator: the journey is ultimately up to the road tripper, so he or she may want to take a detour or stay at his or her favourite location for an extra day.

“It’s all about the journey. Driving a car need not be a mode of transport that insulates you from your surroundings: if you stop regularly, explore, encounter local people and their culture, you’ll have as rich and

rewarding an experience as you could hope for,” said Lonely Planet.

The main stories in each regional chapter feature first-hand accounts of the drives in that continent. Each includes a fact-box to get you started with planning the trip — the when, how and where. While this is helpful, the real purpose of the book is to spark deeper ideas. Sections following each story offer ideas of drives with similar themes but on a different continent.

Drives are also colour-coded according to difficulty, which takes into account length, remoteness and difficulty level, as well as logistics and local conditions. At the back, an index categorises the drives into specific interests.

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