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Berkeley, CA (July 26, 2013) Young adults are busy! Yes, even during school breaks. Internships, new and old friends, summer jobs, study abroad options—the list goes on and on. Tom Hale, father of three and Founder & President of Backroads, can attest to this. "There's this brief window between the end of exams and the onset of summer. It happens again in December, where the space between finals and the homecoming/holiday frenzy is easily lost. It can be tough to get time together." Which is why Backroads is now rolling out Family Breakaway: Big adventures for families with older teens and 20-somethings.

We are sure Family Breakaway will have your family hooting and hollering from the mountaintops as we take you for the ride of your life. And we're committed to helping you make the most of your window. We realize families with older teens and 20-somethings have different interests, needs, and schedules than younger families. Accordingly, Family Breakaway is different than anything we've ever done before.

For starters, we're catering to your calendar. Family Breakaway Trips are scheduled at the end of May, beginning of June, and third week of December—in order to maximize that little window before summer jobs and internships start, and before parents and kids alike get swept away by summer plans and holiday commitments.

Family Breakaway Trip Leaders take on different roles than on family trips; they're more peers than chaperones. No more Kid Coordinators. Breakaway Trips are for families ready for a different kind of experience. Leaders offer options for families to explore nightlife, sporting events, live music and urbane cultural activities together when possible, along with active adventures, like cycling, kayaking, and hiking. They inspire young adults to explore more, giving them the tools to venture out on their own.

Best of all, families on Family Breakaway Trips are in similar stages—just sending kids to college, welcoming them home for breaks, or celebrating graduations or milestone birthdays, like 18, 21 or 25—or maybe your 50th or 60th or a special anniversary. Plus our ports are many of those fabulous gateway cities young adults are already itching to explore—Barcelona, Prague, Florence, Buenos Aires, Cape Town and the like. This will be a chance for your family to explore together, to catch up and debrief, and to reconnect in a meaningful way as you Breakaway from the chaos of everyday life.

On all Backroads trips, we take care of the details. You get to celebrate. It's as simple as that. On Family Breakaway Trips, you get to focus on what matters most—having fun with your family!

About Backroads
Backroads was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale. The company has been in business for more than 35 years and hosts thousands of guests in hundreds of locations across the globe, 80% of whom are repeat guests or referrals from past guests. Backroads was named one of the top 100 places to work by Outside magazine in 2014, and is a founding member of the Adventure Collection. For more information, please visit www.backroads.com or call 800-462-2848 daily, 6 am - 6 pm, Pacific time.