If you follow Mr Weekender on Instagram, you’ll know that I love going on regular road trips. I really enjoy researching my next road trip, jumping in the car and going on an adventure. Because of my love of road tips, I have recently partnered with Shell LoVe Drives. An online community for anyone who loves to jump in their car and go exploring, it’s a place to share favourite drives with places to stop, see and eat along the way.

Shell LoVe Drives set me a challenge – go on a road trip and share my adventure. How fun! With Google Maps at the ready on my iPad and a full tank of petrol, I went on a road trip to explore the Grand Pacific Drive between Sydney and Wollongong.

What I love about road trips is that it is not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Along the way I found a timber yard selling slabs to make into an office desk or dining table, I met some heart-warming locals and tough looking yet gently spoken motorcyclists, I went ocean swimming at the base of a steep cliff, I watched surfers catch waves with a coal mine looming behind me and I did a spot of retro vintage shopping.

Check out my road trip recommendations along the Grand Pacific Drive or head over to the Shell LoVe Drives website Do you have a road trip you would love to share with others? Why not log your own drive? All you need to do is:

Plot Your Drive: Locate a start point on the LoVe Drives website and you’re on your way.

Personalise With Notes: A great drive is more than just the driving. It’s about the journey so add notes about the must-­‐see points along the way, things to do, places to eat.

Add Photos: Share the great shots you’ve captured along the way.

Add Video: Why stop with photos? Capture video clips along the way using your phone and share them as well.

Share: LoVe Drives isn’t just about plotting a road trip, it’s about sharing it with your family and friends. Share your journey with your friends via Facebook, Twitter and email easily from the Shell website.

Photos by Leah Traecey