A road trip is a long distance journey on the road. Typically, road trips are long distances traveled by automobile.
The first road trip by automobile
The world's first recorded long distance road trip by automobile took place in Germany
in August 1888 when Bertha Benz
, the wife of Karl Benz
, the inventor of the first patented motor car (the Benz Patent-Motorwagen
), travelled from Mannheim
(a distance of 106 km) in the third experimental Benz motor car (which had a maximum speed of 10 mph) and back, with her two teenage sons Richard and Eugen
, but without the consent and knowledge of her husband.