The Backroad Blog
Explore the World with Viking Expeditions: An Insider’s Guide
Viking Expeditions has redefined expedition cruising with the launch of two polar class ships! Tour the Viking Octantis & Polaris, and then plan a voyage of your own.
A Princess Western Europe Cruise: Ports & Shore Excursions
A travelogue of ports and shore excursions in Norway, Germany, Belgium, and the UK while on a Princess Western Europe cruise from Copenhagen to Southampton.
A Princess Transatlantic Cruise: Ports & Shore Excursions
A travelogue of port destinations and shore excursions in the Azores, France, and Denmark while on a Princess transatlantic cruise from North America to Europe.
An Enchanted Princess Transatlantic Cruise Review
Facilities, services, activities, and dining. In a critical review, experience life aboard an Enchanted Princess transatlantic cruise from North America to Europe.
A First-Timer’s Caribbean Princess Cruise Review
A critical review of a first-time Caribbean Princess cruise, from booking and check-in, to dining, onboard experiences, port destinations, and shore excursions.
Drive El Camino del Rio through Big Bend Ranch State Park
Drive El Camino del Rio, a scenic highway through Big Bend Ranch State Park that parallels the Rio Grande and the borderlands of the United States and Mexico.
A San Antonio to Big Bend National Park Road Trip
On a road trip from San Antonio to Big Bend National Park, explore the Chihuahuan Desert, visit historic towns, and roam the borderlands of the Rio Grande.
My Eastern Caribbean Cruise: An NCL Escape Travelogue
Board the Norwegian Escape for an 11-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Go island-hopping, tour World Heritage sites, and immerse yourself in scenic tropical vistas.
My NCL Middle East Cruise: A Norwegian Jade Travelogue
Embark on an 18-day Middle East cruise from Athens to Dubai. Explore exotic ports, tour world-class destinations, and experience life aboard the Norwegian Jade.
My NCL Alaska Cruise: A Norwegian Encore Travelogue
Travel vicariously aboard the Norwegian Encore on a 7-day NCL Alaska cruise. Explore ports, experience life on board, and then plan a voyage of your own.
Tour the Alamo & San Antonio Missions NHP
Immerse yourself in history on a tour of the Alamo & San Antonio Missions NHP. Then elevate your visit with a stroll along the River Walk and a drive out to China Grove.
Explore LBJ Ranch and the Texas Hill Country
Experience the life of President Lyndon Baines Johnson at LBJ Ranch State Park, Johnson National Historical Park, and other locations in the Texas Hill Country.