With a new year here, we're set to plan our next adventures. Backroads, the world's leading active-travel company, is up to the task. It has revealed its top trending trips for active travel in 2017.
Backroads says the top trending destinations that it's guests have booked include the Dalmatian Coast, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S. National Parks. Additionally, the "Active River Cruise" category continues to expand and grow in popularity.
Backroads Family Adventures -- one of the company's fastest-growing segments -- is seeing tremendous interest, with families booking travel to top destinations like Alaska; Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.
I traveled with Backroads on a biking river cruise along the Danube River with AmaWaterways in 2016, and it was an amazing trip. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The best part is going on the adventure with other travelers who also enjoy fitness and active exploration. I can't recommend this type of trip enough. If you're considering an adventure experience in 2017, you might want to act fast.
Backroads says its tours get booked up quickly and has released a list of some of the most popular for the coming year.
Backroads Top-Selling 2017 Trips
Iceland Multisport Adventure Tour: Exploration at the Edge of the Arctic Circle
Danube Cycling Sensation River Cruise Bike Tour:
Prague to Budapest through the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary
(This is the one I did! There I am riding in Austria.)
Costa Rica Multisport Adventure Tour: From Highlands and Rainforests to the Nicoya Peninsula Beaches
Vietnam and Cambodia Bike Tour: Old Indochina from Hanoi to Angkor Wat
"Now is the time to make a New Year's resolution to get out and explore the world actively," said Backroads Founder and President, Tom Hale. "2017 is shaping up to be another record-breaking year for Backroads. We're seeing strong growth in our family business -- on both Family Adventures for families with teens and kids of all ages, and on Family Breakaway Trips for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Greater Europe is also still strong, and our Private and North America trips are selling better than ever."
Yes, he said private trips. Backroads offers adventures in a Private Trip category.
You can book an exclusive Backroads tour with just friends or family and go anywhere in the world where Backroads features trips. When 10 or more people book a private trip, tyou can get a big price break. Plus, you'll be traveling with a cool group of people you already know and love. You can save an average of $300 per person compared with signing up individually on a scheduled departure. In addition, the more people who join the private trip, the bigger the savings for the entire group. In 2017, Backroads Taste of Camino de Santiago Walking and Hiking Tour in Spain and Portugal is trending as the top Private Trip.
New Backroads trips in 2017 include a heli-hiking adventure in the Canadian Rockies, biking in New York's Hudson Valley, an Adirondacks Multisport adventure, an Arizona Walking and Hiking or Biking tour, and a leisurely Napa Valley Bike tour.
Hope to see you next year -- out there on the roads, trails and waterways pursuing your adventures with smiles on your faces.