5 Tips to Make 2021 Your Best Year of Travel Ever 

If you're like most of us, you're looking forward to making up for lost time. With people everywhere excited to make good use of their accumulated vacation hours, travel funds and pent-up wanderlust, 2021 is already shaping up to be one for the record books. Many see it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have an incredible adventure abroad, exploring a world much different that we left it. Images of the deserted streets of Venice and the teeming jungles of Costa Rica are making it clear that it's a unique and special time to travel. If there was ever a time to get organized to make the most of your vacation time, this is it. Read on for five tips to seize the opportunity, beat the crowds and make 2021 your best year of travel ever.

Danube River Bike Tour Rider


Do Your Research

What’s the best cure for wanderlust? Planning your next trip and making it happen! We can all relate to the feeling of being cooped up at home, but if you want to redirect your escape-related urges in a more productive direction, now’s the time to start considering where you want to go in 2021. Do you want to discover the spicy flavors and hot sunshine of Spain? Explore overgrown jungle ruins in Southeast Asia? Or embark on a culinary and cultural voyage through Japan? Now’s the time to decide, because when the time comes, you’re going to want to have a plan lined up so that you can focus on the important thing—having fun! Great resources to plan your trip include blogs, travel guides and our newsletter, where we’re starting a new series of Featured Destinations offering in-depth looks at some of our most epic adventures.


Book Early

It might seem paradoxical, considering the lingering uncertainty in some parts of the world, but there’s never been a better time to book early. Airlines and travel companies are offering unprecedented flexibility in their booking policies, meaning that in a lot of cases, booking early is a win-win for the traveler. The earlier you book the more options you’ll have, with less financial risk involved than ever. Lock your plans in early, then sit back and count down the days until you embark on a long overdue epic adventure.

Check out our updated booking policies to see how we’re working to make things easier this year for travelers like you.


Hiker in Galapagos Islands with Backroads


Treat Yourself

Did you miss your yearly family vacation this year? Did you save up some PTO? Or maybe you just feel, like a lot of us, that after a year when our “travels” have mostly been to the grocery store and back, it’s time for a special adventure. You’re not alone. And with the possibility of finding famous sights uncharacteristically uncrowded next year, there’s never been a better time to cross a destination—or two!—off your bucket list. Now’s the time to consider: where have you always wanted to go? And if you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, your passions are a great place to start. Are you a wine aficionado? A fanatic for wildlife photography? Or a globe-trotting foodie? Build your itinerary around your interests and get after it!


Relaxing by the pool in Ecuador with Backroads


Build Connections – New and Old

If you’re like many of us, you may be ready to change things up in your social life—whether that means reuniting with distant family or meeting some new friends. But before making plans for 2021, it’s worth thinking about what type of connection you’re looking for. If you’re craving the company of your loved ones, consider inviting them to hit the road with you on a multi-generational family trip or a private adventure. If you’re ready to make some new connections, the camaraderie and fun-loving atmosphere of a classic group tour might be perfect for you.


Smiling couple on Backroads New Zealand Bike Tour


Make It Active and Get Off the Beaten Path

One thing that we’ve all learned this year is the value of fresh air, wide-open spaces and off-the-beaten-path trails and bike routes. 2021 might be the year to skip the resort for the smaller boutique hotel, pass on the tourist sites in favor of a hike, and opt to travel by bike instead of watching the world go by through a pane of glass. Who knows—you might discover that self-powered, small-scale travel has a special intimacy and richness that’s been missing from your past journeys! That’s what we believe at Backroads, where we’ve been pioneering this style of travel for more than four decades. We’re excited at the possibility that more people will be joining us to discover the magic of active travel together, especially with our new easygoing Dolce Tempo journeys now making active travel more accessible than ever. As our founder and owner Tom Hale wrote in our blog, these unusual times have proved our style of travel to be more resonant—and necessary—than ever. Will you join us to see what it’s all about?


Hiker at Waterfall in Columbia River Gorge


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