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Bite-Sized Backroads Trip: Yosemite

With so many of us home and unable to travel at the moment, we thought it would be nice to bring a bit of the magic of travel (and one of our favorite national parks!) right to you and your family. So we asked Trip Leader Russell Grange to take us on a "Bite-Sized Backroads Trip" to California's epic Yosemite National Park and share some behind the scenes info, fascinating trivia and truly spectacular footage of one of America’s greatest national treasures. Enjoy this first of many "Bite-Sized" trips that we'll be bringing to you soon. Comment below and tell us where you want to go next!
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A Message from Tom Hale

While we may not be able to travel, let’s not forget we still have our incredible community. This situation is bringing people together in new and meaningful ways. Remember that travel is all about connections: with cultures and beautiful places, but also with each other.
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Why “Journey” Should Be Your Word of the Year

Let’s take a moment to revisit those dreaded New Year’s Resolutions. How are yours going? Mine, frankly, are not going well. My 48-hour juice cleanse lasted approximately six hours, and my resolution to become a runner ended abruptly because, honestly, it’s too cold outside. But, hey, such is life. We lead busy lives and new habits are hard to form. According to U.S. News & World Report, about 80% of New Year’s Resolutioners will lose their resolve by mid-February.
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Tom Hale: My Year with Backroads

As the founder and owner of Backroads, people often expect me to have some special insight into how our trips run. It's true that I was a Trip Leader in the earliest days of Backroads, but nowadays I'm busy running the company from Berkeley and every chance I get to visit the field is precious. Ah, for the footloose days of being a leader.
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The Four Types of Family Trips

We recognize that throwing a bunch of children of all ages together isn’t necessarily the best way to travel with your family. That’s why we’ve developed four specific types of family trips. Keep reading to see the differences between them and find out which one is right for your family.
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Alaska’s Iditarod: “The Last Great Race”

The Iditarod is one of the most epic dogsledding races in the world, but outside of Alaska, few even know what it is. How long is it? Why is it known as "the last great race"? And do they really race with dogs? As a man who has mushed a few teams myself, I like to start with a brief history, dispel some common misconceptions, and then relate some of my favorite facts about the race.
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Scotland : Land of Music, Myth and Whisky

This is the post I’ve been needing to write for roughly a decade. Why? Because, as a former Glasgow bartender, I’ve spent most of my working life writing lists of “cool Scottish stuff” on napkins for passing tourists. I couldn’t be more excited to give you some bona fide inside knowledge that will bring your Caledonian adventure to life!
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Top 5 Lakes in the Canadian Rockies

The color of the lakes in the Canadian Rockies is unlike anywhere else. Jaw-droppingly turquoise? Yes. Stunning? Any time of the year. And with so many lakes to pick from, there’s no way you can go wrong! That said, the Canadian Rockies are massive, as they span from Banff to Jasper to Kananaskis County, and your time may be short, so read on to hear about the crème de la crème!
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