Backroads

By Brian E. Clark I’ve done cycling trips from Canada to Chile to Cuba to Ireland – to say nothing of pedaling through California’s wine country and riding across Iowa as part of RAGBRAI, an annual tour which attracts more than 10,000 cyclists every summer and is sometimes referred to

By Everett Potter What’s the best way to explore Ireland, which is once again open to travelers? For those with a sense of adventure, seeing the country by bike or on foot with a specialized small group tour company is the way to go. St. Patrick’s Day is a timely

By Everett Potter If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need to self-select and maintain our own pod or bubble as much as we can. That’s especially true with adventure travel. Instead of traveling with strangers, why not travel with people that you know? For those who

By Everett Potter Just when we thought it was safe to travel again, Omicron arrived. I seem to have spent more time making and cancelling travel plans in the past few months than I’d care to admit. While the coast is far from clear, it seems like carpe diem should be

By Everett Potter Seeing the world on two wheels is a pretty terrific way to get back into the swing of travel. The grand prize for so many riders is Europe and some of the best tour operators in the world have obliged with new biking itineraries for 2022. If

By Everett Potter As many of us slowly resume traveling, nothing epitomizes “slow travel” more than a walking trip. The best itineraries are a combination of dramatic scenery, wonderful regional cuisine and a pace that offers exercise and adventure in equal measure. It’s the perfect way to reflect on the

By Everett Potter The good news for travelers is that with some European countries now actively welcoming back Americans, a number of forward-thinking adventure travel companies are already offering trips to these destinations. For those who love walking, hiking and cycling, not to mention eating, drinking local wine, and relaxing

  By Everett Potter For a small country, Ireland has a remarkable wealth of dramatic sites, hidden corners, and amazing discoveries. The problem is that left to your own devices in a rental car, a GPS and an itinerary on your iPad, you’ll have a great time but you’ll only

By Everett Potter Backroads has been the world’s largest active travel company since pretty much forever. Founded in 1979 by Tom Hale, the company has become synonymous with hiking, biking and walking vacations.   They have a global reach and a pioneering spirit when it comes to new technologies –

By Steve Jermanok Backroads, the world’s leading active travel company, just announced their 2017 line-up and I was excited to see that my boyhood stomping grounds of the Adirondacks finally made the cut. Their 5-day itinerary includes some of my favorite activities, including biking the Lake Champlain Bikeway, hiking Mt.