09/06/2016 6:08 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:53 PM AEST

European Road Trips That Are Better Than A Budget Flight

Top down, tunes up.

En route to this Nordic pocket of magic.
En route to this Nordic pocket of magic.

Winter is here, and that means it's time to start planning your European summer holiday.

But before you get overly excited about all of the cheap domestic fares once you're there, may we remind you of the humble road trip?

Shades on, wind in your hair and Bob Marley cranking. Work is so far from your mind and the only thing of slight concern is what flavour gelato you'll choose upon arrival in Sorrento.

Or perhaps you're on Southern Germany's Romantic Road with your love. Just the two of you, with a picnic basket in the back stocked with rich, buttery wine.

Gorgeous old towns with architecture to drool over. Glaciers and waterfalls. Eating fresh pasta atop a cliff looking over the Mediterranean. Discovering secret beaches and fairytale towns off the beaten track...

Truly, is there ever a time you feel more irrevocably free?

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