To look or to live….

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I love to travel.  As I look back on my life I see my trips, be they months long or just a few days, as sign posts in a sea of time. I can easily recall the distinct smell of spring in the South of France in 1997 when I spent a semester studying in Nice.  The fall of 1998 is forever etched in my mind as the time I discovered the rugged beauty of Costa Rica.  I know exactly what I did in November of 1999 because I had just landed in South Africa. 2000 – 2003 is filled with sweet memories of Asia as I spent those years living in Taiwan and roaming around China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Mongolia and Australia.  While I have trouble recalling last Tuesday, these travel memories fill my past with incredibly vivid markers.  This is why I truly believe that travel is part of a life well lived.

Why Backroads some of you have asked?  It’s the lure of active travel that has me hooked on this incredible company.  A few family members have worked as Guides with Backroads and tell incredible stories of the way groups bond during the journey and how each individual brings something unique and special to a trip.  I’ve spoken with others who have been guests of Backroads and they universally exclaim that it was the best time and money they ever spent.  They felt alive and strong and came home exhilarated and eager to book the next one.  While it’s always wonderful to lay on a beach and rest, sometimes the body needs movement and exertion.  We need to feel connected and alive.

To get your hands dirty and walk  in the side streets and back roads of a new country is to have an intimate and personal experience with it.  Not simply observing the scenery, you become part of it.

If you are ready to plan an unforgettable trip with Backroads call Niche Travel Group at (902) – 407-4567 or email faith@nichetravelgroup.ca

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Hit the Backroads – Cinque Terre & Tuscany

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When I close my eyes I can feel the gentle breeze coming off the Mediterranean and hear the waves crashing against the rugged shoreline.  As I walk along the trail, between luscious vineyards, I can feel the ancient earth crush beneath my boots.   It’s a moment of pure beauty and peace and I take a moment to reflect upon the decisions that led me here. Travel is a choice.  It is a gift you give to yourself and those you love.  It is a way to steal time and create incredible memories and is part of a life well lived.

As a young backpacker I made my way to the Cinque Terre and fell deeply in love with this piece of Italy.  It is one of the places I have always recommended to anyone heading to Europe in search of something unique.  It is a place I will return to and when I do it will be with Backroads. I’ve done a lot of research and spoken with many people who have traveled and worked with Backroads and everyone raves about the experience.

“We’ve traveled with several other companies and Backroads has found the ideal combination: great place, options for how active you want to be, culinary experiences, local culture and outstanding guides”  – Jerry Schwartz

Backroads has a beautiful trip through the stunning villages of the Cinque Terre and into the rolling hills of Tuscany.

  • Explore two distinct regions of Italy in one amazing trip
  • Hike through the dramatic landscape to Protovenere, taking in sweeping vistas of the Golfo della Spezia
  • Pass elegant villas en route to pretty Portofino, playground of the rich and famous
  • Stroll through quintessential Tuscan villages, vineyards and cypress-flanked lanes
  • Sip regional wines at fun and informative tastings
  • Spend 2 nights at the Villa Le Barone in Chianti which has been owned by the same family since the 1500s.

Backroads Cinque Terre & Tuscany

Starting at US$3,498 per person (tax included) *dbl occupancy.

6 days/ 5 nights.  Sunday – Friday, April – October.

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If you are interested in learning more about this exciting trip please call Niche Travel Group at (902) 407-4567.

Dedicated to Enrich lives one vacation at a time.

 

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