Feeling down? Job stressing you out? Then simply take your Porsche on a road trip, says Slap Adventures
So we spoke to Rik Kirk of UK-based Slap Adventures to discover the key to planning the ideal road trip to recovery.
The key to driving pleasure on a road trip is…A lack of traffic. That might sound like an obvious statement, however a great road is just another road when it’s full of traffic. When there’s very little you not only enjoy the driving but also take in your surroundings
While you can’t control how much traffic will be on the road when you’re planning a trip, you can pick quieter roads, certain times of the year when there are less tourists around, and times of the day. If you can get from A to B, the long way round, without the stress of traffic to disrupt your flow, well that’s driving pleasure right there.
The key to planning a road trip is….Preparation. While it’s great to be spontaneous, say for a weekend trip, anything more needs a bit more planning. Make sure you don’t overstretch yourself with driving for too long each day. Wear comfortable shoes, and stay hydrated.A driving route is great because…It can take you away from your daily woes - a quiet stretch of road means you're just concentrating on the immediate, doing something you enjoy that fully engages and taps into the soul.
With the Slap road trips we have a mix of cars on all events, from a typical ‘entry level’ car as a VW Golf GTi through to bonafide supercars.
They all have their merits on a road trip which is why the type of car isn’t as important. As they say, it's the taking part that counts.
Slap’s philosophy is… Driving adventures with like-minded people. You don’t need to be a petrolhead to enjoy our events, but it helps.
We take people to drive amazing roads to remind them why they fell in love with cars.
This might be a single drive day for immeadiate results, or a week long European adventure through some of the world's greatest roads for long-term gains - the emotions are still the same.
Prioritise these in terms of importance - total 100% (route, car, company., food/accommodation)
If I’m travelling solo or with a small core group of friends I’d say route = 100%.
Everything else falls into place when the route's great. You can handle iffy hotels and the odd dodgy meal for the greater good.
When I’m planning for group road trips there's a greater split. Route = 50% Car = 20% Accommodation / Food = 30%
The key to driving pleasure on a road trip is…A lack of traffic. That might sound like an obvious statement, however a great road is just another road when it’s full of traffic.
When there’s very little you not only enjoy the driving but also take in your surroundings.
While you can’t control how much traffic you can pick quieter roads, certain times of the year when there are less tourists around, and times of the day.
If you’re going to pack one thing, make it…Music. I always have music playing – it's surprising how much the right track or playlist can change your mood instantly.
If you’re on a road trip there'll be times where the conversation runs its course, which means it's time to drop that playlist you've been sitting on for this moment.
Style's Drive Five
Favourite driving/route road?
In the UK - Bala to Ffestiniog, on a quiet day is great fun.
In Europe the Susten Pass, Switzerland. Superb on its own but when combined with the Grimsel and Furka it’s driving nirvana.
Most memorable road trip?
I drove the NC500 (516 mile North Scotland route) a few years ago, before it got really popular - the roads were quiet, the scenery was stunning and the weather was scorching, plus the Scottish hospitality and food just capped off a great week long trip exploring.
Dream road trip?
I’m heading to the States later this year to drive the Pacific Coast Highway as part of a two week long Vegas to San Francisco road trip with my girlfriend. A great combination of fun roads and sightseeing – no doubt with some unexpected crazy stuff along the way.
Porsche of choice for the trip?
Porsche 991 Carrera GTS, with a panoramic roof so you can soak up your surroundings.
Dream driving partner (dead or alive)?
I don’t really do the ‘hero’ thing so I guess from an entertainment side of things Richard Rawlings from Gas Money Garage would be a good choice. He’d have plenty of stories to tell and knows how to drive better than most.