Category Archives: Hear it. Our Experts.

Got the Facts?

Choosing the Right Tour Company for You Anyone can claim to be "the best," and it's easy for a travel company to wax poetic in its marketing. But delivering on that promise is another thing. You don't want to find out the hard way--mid-vacation--that the travel company you've chosen doesn't meet your expectations. So here…
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Seven Ways to Stay Active While Traveling

Do you find yourself longing to travel but hesitate because you want to keep up with your daily fitness regimen and overall wellness goals? I completely understand. Travel and staying in shape are often considered contradictory pursuits. You've probably told yourself that vacation equals relaxation and staying in shape equals hard work... right? Now imagine…
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Finding Solitude in Yellowstone & the Tetons

It's no secret that America's National Parks have become increasingly crowded in recent years. In an era that has made travel the new fad, it seems that every worthwhile destination is now at the mercy of floods of visitors. And it doesn't look like it's about to slow down anytime soon! But it doesn't have…
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The Relaxing Side of Backroads Trips

Wonder if you’ll have time to relax during your Backroads active adventure? Absolutely! In fact, sometimes it turns out that the quieter, not-so-active moments of travel are treasured as one of the highlights.
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Hiking in Cinque Terre

Do your friends keep saying that you MUST visit Italy's Cinque Terre...but you're not sure how to start planning your adventure? First off, they're absolutely right--this string of colorful centuries-old seaside villages that cling to the rugged coastline of the Italian Riviera is a true bucket-list destination! As a Backroads Trip Leader, I've been introducing…
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The Life of a Backroads Trip Leader

I’ve been a Backroads Trip Leader for seven years and one of the most frequent questions I’m asked by my guests is, “What’s the life of a Backroads Trip Leader like?” It’s a simple question, but not an easy one to answer. When I applied for a leader position at Backroads, I had no idea of the complexity of this job and how much it goes beyond any regular work environment.
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Can Turning Off Your Smartphone Improve Your Life?

It might seem ironic to highlight the benefits of disconnecting from technology via an online blog, but I'm not here to say technology is bad. On the contrary, smart devices help us connect with others, allow for new learning, and can provide deeper insights into topics as diverse as politics and science. But when do the scales tip in the other direction? At what point does constant connectivity begin to do more harm than good?
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When a CrossFit Athlete Goes on Vacation

A Backroads trip is unlike any other vacation. As an athlete all my life, and an avid CrossFitter, I want to remain active when I travel: hiking mountains, biking along the coast, kayaking hidden coves and exploring the scenic back roads of the world.
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What is Active Travel?

Active travel is immersive. It's tangible. It awakens every one of your senses. You're not on a tour bus with a window between you and what's around you. As Backroads founder Tom Hale puts it, "On foot or on a bike, you can really get a visceral sense of place. Without any filters, you're free to truly be where you are." In my experience, it doesn't matter if where you are is sitting at a roadside café sipping a perfect Italian espresso or hopping in the Backroads shuttle so you can freshen up before taking a tour of an Oregon brewery. The beauty of the Backroads approach to active travel is that you'll always have the freedom and flexibility to create your perfect adventure, with all the details and logistics planned to perfection by Backroads so that you can stay focused on what matters--the memories you're creating.
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