Backroad Planet is a road trip and fly-drive travel site, and we are two guys from Central Florida who believe taking scenic routes, scouting offbeat sites, stopping at roadside attractions, and immersing ourselves in local flavor are the best ways to travel. Whether it be road trips across America or fly-drives to international destinations, we encourage you to use resources at Backroad Planet to plan your own adventures. Please contact us if we can assist you in any way.

Catch you on the backroads . . . . Howard & Jerry


How to Get Your Vehicle Road Trip Ready

Don’t let emergency breakdowns spoil your vacation! Get your vehicle road trip ready with this handy pre-trip checklist.   Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ACDelco, but all text and opinions are mine. So you have done the pre-planning, conducted your... read more

How to Find Anything Anywhere: 16 Top GPS Travel Apps

Bored? Lost? Need to get away? Satisfy your spirit of wanderlust at home or abroad now. You can find anything anywhere with these handy, helpful GPS travel apps! Technology never ceases to amaze me! Even though GPS travel apps are nothing new, it seems every time I... read more

Transitions: A Year in the Life of a Travel Blogger

A month-by-month account of Year One in the life of a travel blogger who quit his day job to travel and write full time. 2015 has been a transitional year at Backroad Planet! It marked the end of my 35-year tenure as a public school teacher, and the beginning of... read more

How to See the Real Florida: 11 Essential Web Sites

Eleven authoritative web sites run by locals will help you plan a road trip or travel itinerary to see the REAL Florida.   I am a 5th-generation Native Floridian, and although I have traveled the world since childhood and plan to continue for years to come, I... read more

Celebrate Christmas Year Round in Santa Claus, Indiana

Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus, Indiana! Offbeat, quirky, or downright strange attractions always get our attention, but sometimes we discover destinations that create a category of their own. Following our Southern Indiana Road Trip through Dubois... read more

Visit 3 Natural Waterfalls in Florida

Most people have no clue, but there are three natural waterfalls in Florida you can visit not too far off the beaten path: Falling Creek Falls, Falling Waters State Park, and Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park. I love waterfalls! They intrigue me, they... read more

Portugal in Panorama: An Annotated Photo Gallery

A photographic collection, with commentary, of 22 Portuguese locations captured with the Apple iPhone camera. Lisbon It was my honor to join a select group of 22 travel writers, photographers, PR executives, and social media influencers for Viking’s River of... read more

Searching the World for Corrie Ten Boom

My search across 4 continents for Corrie ten Boom, a watchmaker’s daughter who rescued hundreds of Dutch Jews from death during the Holocaust. Corrie ten Boom Corrie ten Boom was a watchmaker’s daughter, who herself became the first female licensed... read more

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Florida Heritage Trail Guidebooks

It’s nice to know that not all travel guidebooks will cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, these guidebooks won’t cost you anything at all.   I came across a copy of the Florida Civil War Heritage Trail guidebook quite by accident while visiting the Polk... read more

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