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    Our Philosophy

After over three decades of finding more rewarding alternatives to traditional vacations, my passion for active travel is stronger than ever. Of course I have a pretty obvious bias. At Backroads I'm fortunate to work with a team of people who share my passion and devote their days to creating the best possible biking, walking and multisport trips around the globe—and who will be working again tomorrow to make them even better. But the desire to keep earning our place as the world's number one active travel company arises out of something more fundamental.

What Better Way to Experience the World

Freedom... discovery... energy... inspiration... engagement... serendipity. These are some of the words Backroads guests use to describe why they love exploring by bike and on foot.

Active travel is about journeying through a fascinating region under your own power. On foot and on a bike, you can really get a visceral sense of place. Without any filters, you're free to truly be where you are. The wind in your face. The sun on your back. Reconnecting with yourself and others. The feeling that right now, and for the next few days, you control your own destiny. And always just ahead, the next unexpected moment you'll carry with you forever: a ruined castle shrouded in mist as the sun appears over the mountains‚Ķ a flock of birds rising in a shimmering cloud from a vast river delta‚Ķ a waiter lighting lamps on the café tables, saluting the village priest as he climbs the cathedral steps...

For nearly 40 years, Backroads has been setting the stage for moments like these in every corner of the globe—raising the bar that all such travel should aspire to. And while it may sound like boasting, we don't think anyone does it better. Let us show you why...

–Tom Hale, Founder & President