Backroads is regularly featured in local and national publications. Here are some of our favorite articles:
An Inn or Bike Tour of Your Own: How to Make Buyouts More Affordable
January 12, 2021
The tour operator Backroads has created a division of trips somewhere between buyouts and group tours. The new Rendezvous option allows a small group — up to seven in Europe and nine in North America — to have its own support van and guide and the option to check in and out of events scheduled for the larger group.
The new Dolce Tempo trips (that's Italian for “sweet time”) from Backroads focus on what the outfitter calls “easygoing” hiking and biking itineraries in locales like Zion National Park and the Loire Valley meant to draw in travelers who might ordinarily opt for the view from the tour bus.
"We've heard from our guests how much they've enjoyed staying at some of the best hotels on the planet while traveling with Backroads to other continents," said Tom Hale, president and founder of the company. "These new North American trips are in a league of their own, with adventurous activities and amazing hotels that reflect the character and style of their regions."
With Americans Anxious to Go Out, Walking Tours Pick up Pace
October 10, 2020
With pandemic worry reducing participants on Backroads’ walking, hiking and bike tours by as much as 90% this year, they are rebuilding business with family- and private-group expeditions with a variety of approaches.
Adventure operators' new products provide relief from cabin fever
August 28, 2020
Many guided travel companies remain on hold due the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are some adventure operators that are up and running domestically and even putting together new products to lure virus-wary travelers out of the house.
While biking and hiking and kayaking trips are at the core of popular adventure travel offerings, they are not for everyone. So Backroads, a company that has long been the leader in active travel trips, has come up with an array of softer adventures for 2021.
E-Bikes Are The Hottest Thing On 2-Wheels: Here’s Why You Might Want One
July 9, 2020
Backroads named E-bikes as one the top trends of 2020 at the end of last year and before the pandemic anticipated putting 8,500 guests on them this year. "We know there are people out there, couples, for example, who can't ride together, and we want them to be able to ride together," said Backroads founder Tom Hale, a 35 year veteran of the cycling travel industry.
Hoping to take a vacation this summer? Why bike touring could be your safest bet
June 24, 2020
“These trips are so much fun,” she said. “If we can do this safely, we will. It’s outdoors in the fresh air, and I’m convinced that Backroads will do its best to keep us healthy. I have no doubt that every place we eat and stay will be clean.”
Backroads: Adventure Travel in A Challenging New World
June 16, 2020
[Backroads] has had to make adjustments to their itineraries, their travel style and raise the levels of health and safety. The good news is that their trips will resume next week. I caught up with their founder and president, Tom Hale, to ask him about adventure travel in the wake of Covid-19.
As electric bicycles become more common, they’re opening new doors for many older adults who can’t ride a conventional bicycle because of injury and health conditions or who feel unsafe trying it. E-bikes are giving seniors new access to the outdoors and physical activities. Help from the electric motor requires less exertion, enabling riders to tackle hills and tough terrain and travel farther in less time.
Why Tour Operator Backroads Feels Ready to Offer Trips This Month
June 8, 2020
Backroads has announced it will begin running a small selection of trips in the U.S., starting the third week of June. The tour operator anticipates that there will be a more robust offering for July and August.
3 things to know before traveling in California this summer
May 30, 2020
When leisure travel resumes in California, the ethics and etiquette of visiting our favorite destinations will almost certainly be rewritten. Many in the industry anticipate a “new normal” of vacationing that will demand heightened patience and awareness both from visitors and locals.
I did a multi-sports Keys trip with America’s oldest and best-known active travel specialist, Backroads. I’ve traveled with the company before, and they are excellent across the board. It was awesome, great guides, great itinerary, great hotels and great support.
Arizona cycling trip a rewarding travel experience
May 4, 2020
Southwest Arizona is a new addition to Backroads’ 60-plus global cycling destinations. The region’s exceptionally diverse riding, ever-changing scenery, fantastic food and rich culture tick all of the boxes for a dream itinerary.
Backroads is slowly starting to look toward post-Covid travel and just released their 2021 trip dates, as well as new protocol for post coronavirus trips. Backroads reports seeing a steady interest from guests wanting to travel in 2021, and have also changed their cancellation policy to offer even more flexibility with trip changes.