WHERE — Cotswolds
PHOTOGRAPHY — Jessie Bush & Sam Flaherty
IN COLLABORATION WITH — Babylonstoren
Forget about long lines at the airport and flights at the crack of dawn; this summer is all about the road trip. Hire a car (or convince a friend who has one to come along), pack a picnic of epic proportions and hit the road.
There was a time (dare I say it, a simpler and more youthful time) when going on an adventure and exploring somewhere new meant a road trip with friends. The age old cliche that it’s about the journey, not the destination, was a mantra I lived by. Then we all got a bit older, a bit more global in our adventures and we parked (excuse the pun) our road trips in exchange for summer jaunts to Sicily and city breaks in Copenhagen.
But it’s time to bring the road trip back. There’s a lot to be said for loading into a car with close friends, turning up your favourite songs and hitting the road, stopping anywhere you please along the way.
I’ve wanted to explore the impossibly perfect villages of the Cotswolds for eons, and given that London has already reached melting point this summer, it took very little twisting of the arm to convince our friends – who conveniently own a vintage Audi – to take a mini road trip with us. I also promised to bring along a weekends supply of Babylonstoren’s 2018 Mourvèdre rosé to sweeten the deal, which raaather conveniently is sold online in the UK with free shipping to boot.