The journey is the destination.” There is a growing tribe of Indian travellers
who believe in this philosophy and are guided by it on their international
holidays. There is nothing better than a road trip to discover and experience a
destination. “Travel as you please, plan your own itinerary, explore as far as you want
and at your pace,” the mantra of self drive holidays, has captured the imagination of
the discerning and the well travelled Indians.
While one can drive around in any country, there are some with a combination of
excellent road infrastructure, wayside amenities, tourist attractions and fantastic
routes that have a special appeal as self drive destinations. Countries like New
Zealand, Australia, South Africa, USA, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, etc.
are among the popular Self Drive holiday destinations offering road trips and iconic
routes that are truly spectacular making the journey an exciting adventure.
‘Dream Drives: India Outbound-Self Drive Experiences 2015’ book is the first-ofits-
kind comprehensive compilation featuring some of the best drives in the most
popular Self Drive Destinations such as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, USA,
Switzerland, Germany and United Kingdom. The experience and the beauty of each
showcased drive has been described with practical information like route map, total
distance, number of days to cover the road trip, stop-over/halts for the night, major
attractions and ‘must see and must do’ along the route. An overview of the country as
a Self Drive destination and highlights of other interesting Self Drive routes, do’s and
don’ts while driving, tips for drivers, etc., are also featured.
Indians are also taking to Self Drive holidays for the ease of renting a car of
their choice, navigating around with a GPS, being able to drive with Indian licence
and in many countries like Australia, New Zealand, UK, and South Africa, with the
comfort of driving on the same side of the road. They are simply catching on to a trend
that is big globally. According to the travel market study, 'ITB World Travel Trends
Report 2013', Road Tourism or ‘touring’ (a round trip tour in one or several countrieshas grown considerably (+27%) worldwide between
2009 and 2013. The trend has only firmed up after
that. This development represents the second highest
increment among the different types of travel, making
touring, next to “city trips”, one of the two strongest
driving forces in the international tourism industry.
Shawn Mendes, Director, Discover the World
- India, Hertz – India Representative, said, "Hertz
has been recording a strong growth in the outbound
business from India. A substantial percentage is
leisure travellers, who value the freedom to explore the destination at their own
pace. A driving holiday proves to be cost-effective, even more when travelling
in a group or with family. Driving abroad is easy and stress-free as the roads
are generally well maintained and clearly signed. With the Hertz NeverLost
GPS one can save time with online trip planning, real-time weather and airline
flight & gate information. It also has in-built destination guides with millions
of points of interest. Hertz worked closely with TravelBiz Monitor and the
featured destinations’ tourism boards to compile a book aptly named 'Dream
Drives'. The book has well thought-out 'easy to drive' self drive itineraries that
an Indian traveller would appreciate and aspire to experience".
The book is a handy guide and ready reckoner targeted at the evolved
and well-heeled traveller and is a useful guide to key travel trade players that currently specialise in or are interested in the Promotion of Self Drive destinations and holidays