Surviving the Year of COVID: A Backroad Planet Update

Surviving the Year of COVID: A Backroad Planet Update

Surviving the year of COVID: an update on the silent months, the prospect of safely resuming travel, and the announcement of a new direction for Backroad Planet. This post may contain affiliate links. Please refer to our our Disclosure/Disclaimer page for more...
6 Lessons Learned Cycling Solo through Latin America

6 Lessons Learned Cycling Solo through Latin America

Transcontinental bicyclist Adrian Marziliano shares six lessons learned cycling solo through Latin America, powerful lessons about biking, life, and the kindness of strangers. Note from Howard: In December of 2016, I interviewed Adrian Marziliano, a young man who had...
Mountain Memories: A Return to Franklin, North Carolina

Mountain Memories: A Return to Franklin, North Carolina

The Smoky Mountains were the summer vacation destination of my youth. Photos and boyhood memories inspire me as I plan a return to Franklin North Carolina. This post is sponsored by Visit North Carolina and Discover Franklin, but all thoughts and opinions are my own....
A Solo Bike Ride Across the Southern Tier

A Solo Bike Ride Across the Southern Tier

Ever wanted to quit your job, hit the road, and never look back? In our interview, David Hayes leaves it all behind to embark on a cross-country solo bike ride. At Backroad Planet we enjoy sharing the stories of intriguing people who embark on epic journeys, such...
Reflections on an Epic US Road Trip

Reflections on an Epic US Road Trip

Nathan Kolk’s epic US road trip was a 13,000-mile adventure that included a stolen vehicle, friendly strangers, and a new perspective on life and travel. Note from Howard: In the spring of 2016, I interviewed Nathan Kolk, a young man who was about to embark on A...
Confessions of a Traveling Cinephile

Confessions of a Traveling Cinephile

A confirmed traveling cinephile declares his love for travel and the movies, and discloses how his passions converged at an antebellum mansion in Louisiana. Note from Howard: Jim Swilley and I have been friends since our first day as college roommates in 1976. I was...
People and Places: My Year in Travel 2016

People and Places: My Year in Travel 2016

People and places are the reason for travel. This year-in-travel photoessay features my family, friends, traveling companions, and the destinations we visited in 2016. Disclosure: Some links in this article are to travel brands and destinations that have sponsored my...
Do Fathom Impact Travel Activities Have Lasting Value?

Do Fathom Impact Travel Activities Have Lasting Value?

Do Fathom Impact Travel activities have lasting value in the Dominican Republic, or is this approach merely the latest trend in cruise voluntourism? UPDATE: Fathom ceased operation as a cruise line in June 2017. The MV Adonia was returned to service in...
Should You Travel to States with Discriminatory Laws?

Should You Travel to States with Discriminatory Laws?

EDITORIAL: Some say yes, others say no! Thoughts and observations to help you decide whether you should travel to states with discriminatory laws. Although I do not shy away from politics and religion in my personal life, it is rare that I address such polarizing...