Here at Backroads we like to find adventure in the great outdoors--cycling through rural countryside or hiking over mountain passes with the wind whipping through our hair. All of this is wonderful, but sometimes our most memorable adventures can be found right on a plate in front of us. Bugs, intestines, rodents. In many parts of the world, these are delicacies in the same league as lobster or caviar. So how "weird" does it get? Who better to ask than our fearless, world traveling, eat-anything-that's-not-poisonous Backroads Trip Leaders!Read more
About: Marlee Newman
Marlee is a self-proclaimed “lifeaholic.” She loves being outside, meeting new people and anything covered in cheese. During a service trip to Kenya in 2013, she caught the incurable travel bug and has been jumping around the world (literally and figuratively) ever since. Before Backroads, Marlee graduated from Virginia Tech then spent her post-college time in Switzerland and East Africa guiding for study abroad programs. She loves to lead Backroads trips because she’s able to encourage others to jump outside of their comfort zone and try new things—whether it’s hiking to the top of a mountain, learning a new language or giving that mysterious local street food a try.
Recent Posts by Marlee Newman
Lasagna, pizza, bolognese, tortellini, Chianti... the list goes on. It's safe to say the Italians have cracked some kind of food and wine code. With dining traditions nearly as rich as their Parmigiano-Reggiano, there's more to learn than the old "spaghetti fork spin" we all know and love. This post will talk about the lesser-known culinary traditions in this beautiful country and the golden rules you must know before your next Italian adventure. Let's dig in (pun intended).Read more
At Backroads we're lucky to admire the world from a wide range of elevations. I've surveyed the Backroads Trip Leader community and reflected on my own hiking memories to pick seven of the most breathtaking hikes in the United States. Each of these trails offers that "pinch me" scenery and an unforgettable challenge. Plan one a year or one a month! But don't go without seeing these iconic vistas.Read more
We're all familiar with the Seven Natural Wonders of the World... but what about the seven EDIBLE wonders? Which world-renowned delicacies are worth 4,000 miles of travel and 2,000 calories? And where did these delicious dishes originate from? This list illuminates some of the best (and surprisingly simple) dishes this planet has to offer.Read more