We have relaxed and updated our policies as follows:

What if my trip is postponed due to travel restrictions:

We will be reviewing trips by 35 days prior to departure (or closer as the situation changes) to determine if it is safe and feasible to run the trip. If your trip is postponed, we will place 100% of your trip funds (including Travel Protection Plan, if applicable) on account along with an additional credit per guest to be used for future travel.*

*All funds and credit must be applied to a new reservation by 12/31/22.

Travel in 2021 with more flexibility:

Backroads is providing new, more flexible booking policies in order for you to plan your future travel with complete peace of mind.

Choose from thousands of worldwide trips in 2021, which are all available to explore online and book now! When you’re ready to travel, give us a call. We love to share our passion for travel and our trips.


Deposits are fully refundable for new* reservations on 2021 trips if canceled before 4/1/21 or when final payment is due (whichever comes first).

For bookings after 4/1/21 your deposit is fully refundable up to 15 days after you book. Only applies to deposits made at least 15 days or more before your final payment is due.

If you transfer to another trip or put your deposit on hold for a future trip before your final payment is due.

Your Final Payment Is DUE LATER
Final payment is due at 65 days (rather than 95 days) prior to your trip start for scheduled trip departures up to 6/1/21.

Final payment is due at 95 days for all 2021 Private Trips.

Final payment is due at 95 days (rather than 155 days) for Custom Trips and Special Departures up to 7/1/21.

*except Special Departures, Private Trips and reservations made with deposit funds from 2020 or earlier.


As we’ve learned during this past year, what makes sense today may not make sense tomorrow. Please understand that we reserve the right to change these policies without prior notice due to this very fluid and unpredictable situation.

Being a family-run company ensures that we stay true to our values. I’ve owned and led Backroads since our founding in 1979. We have been debt free for over three decades. We have exceptionally strong capital reserves – in short, we’re here to weather the storm. We’ve learned from past challenges how to scale down, or up, as the environment changes.

Our experienced and dedicated Travel Consultants team is awaiting your call to talk travel and book your next Backroads vacation.

We can’t wait to see you on the roads and trails with Backroads!

-Tom Hale

Read about what to expect when traveling with us during this unique time.

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