Just putting this out to see what people prefer and why.
Personally, I prefer to pretty much stay put and explore just the immediate locality. I have only done two real road trips in the past. My first was in the USA many years ago (NYC-Washington-Memphis-Orlando then back up the East Coast to NYC over 3 weeks). A few years ago I did an 8 day road trip in the South Island of NZ.
In Ireland I definitely like to stay put and soak up the place, with just very short car journeys
What's your preference?