Road trips make for memorable journeys. Yes, it can be stressful at times, but few ways of travelling match the utter independence of the open road.  From embracing spontaneity and exploring lesser-known paths, to perfectly pairing your playlist with the scenery, a self-drive trip is an unmissable experience.

Whether it’s a classic Route 66 drive or exploring wild, empty stretches of the Scottish highlands, here are five lessons everyone learns on a road trip.