Howard Blount
Editor / Travel Writer / Content Creator
Backroad Planet

Howard Blount runs Backroad Planet, a road trip, cruising, and rail travel website. He is also founder and lead admin of the Travel Bloggers Influencer Network (#TBIN). He has traveled internationally since boyhood and lived abroad in Mexico, Chile, and Paraguay. Now his passion is navigating the roads-less-traveled of this amazing planet in search of anything rare and remote. Howard is a content creator, consultant, and has published with major houses such as Simon & Schuster and McGraw-Hill.

Howard writes primarily for Backroad Planet, promoting the philosophy that taking scenic routes, scouting offbeat sites, stopping at roadside attractions, and immersion in local flavor are the best ways to travel. Active daily on social media, Howard through Backroad Planet has a combined organic following of more than 100K+. He has collaborated with countless brands and destinations such as Viking Cruises and VISIT FLORIDA. Howard enjoys participating in media trips and other forms of sponsored travel, and he welcomes opportunities to partner with travel brands, CVBs, DMOs, and tourism boards.

A former middle school teacher and author, Howard would much rather be doing anything that includes mountains, waterfalls, dachshunds, gospel choirs, books, classic movies, autumn, freshwater springs, rain and other gloomy weather, log cabins, abandoned sites, unearthed history, genealogy, museums, scenic and historical sites, castles, cathedrals, Civil War and Civil Rights locations, National Park Passports, quotes, anything Apple, all things British, and lists. On a random note, Howard is fourth cousin-once removed to Truman Capote.


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    20 Sep 2021

    Immerse yourself in history at the Alamo & the San Antonio Missions. Then elevate your visit with a stroll along the River Walk and drive out to China Grove
    30 Aug 2021

    Explore LBJ Ranch and the Texas Hill Country

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    Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Park Road, Stonewall, TX, USA


    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
    18 Jul 2021

    Plan an Unforgettable McKinney Falls State Park Camping Trip

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    McKinney Falls State Park, McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, TX, USA


    On a McKinney Falls State Park camping trip, splash in a swimming hole, hike to historical ruins, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Texas Hill Country
    04 Jul 2021

    Collect 39 National Park Passport Stamps in Coastal MS

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    Coastal Mississippi, Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS, USA


    Who knew you could collect 39 National Park Passport stamps within the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area? No wonder they call it the Secret Coast!
    13 Jun 2021

    Discover Florida's Blue Spring State Park & Campground

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    Blue Spring State Park, West French Avenue, Orange City, FL, USA


    Swim, dive, float, and paddle the sparkling waters at Florida's Blue Spring State Park & Campground. In the cooler months, come back to see the manatees
    01 May 2021

    Florida's Tomoka State Park Camping, Recreation & History

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    Tomoka State Park, North Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, USA


    On a Tomoka State Park camping trip, enjoy outdoor recreation, explore Florida's rich history, and drive a National Scenic Byway
    18 Apr 2021

    A curated shortlist of must-have camper van accessories to help new owners fully outfit their onboard electrical, freshwater, and sewer systems
    10 Apr 2021

    Buying a camper van can be a daunting experience. In this candid guide, Howard from Backroad Planet shares his story and lessons learned acquiring a Class B RV
    04 Apr 2021

    Surviving the Year of COVID: A Backroad Planet Update

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    Plant City, FL, USA


    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
    19 Oct 2020

    As a world-class bass-fishing destination and home to the 2nd-largest historical district in the state, you won't run out of things to do in Eufaula Alabama
    14 Sep 2020

    Explore a country estate, tour a Neoclassical mansion, and plan special events at two historic quail hunt plantations in Thomasville, Georgia, USA
    30 Aug 2020

    10 Distinctive Places to Stay in Coastal Mississippi | Backroad Planet

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    Mississippi Gulf Coast, Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS, USA


    Backroad Planet's lodging guide features a select listing of boutique hotels, B&Bs, resorts, and other unique places to stay on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
    02 Aug 2020

    18 Favorite Mississippi Gulf Coast Restaurants

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    Mississippi Gulf Coast, Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS, USA


    A curated collection of popular Mississippi Gulf Coast restaurants. From Pass Christian to Pascagoula, enjoy 18 local favorites for breakfast, lunch & dinner
    19 Jul 2020

    Get out on the water, tour a botanical garden, explore a state park, and more Lake County Florida outdoor adventures, on a day trip "The Perfect Distance Away."
    05 Jul 2020

    Experience Coastal Mississippi's rich African American Heritage at Biloxi Beach, the Pleasant Reed House, St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church, & the 100 Men Hall
    21 Jun 2020

    Meet 3 Unconventional Coastal Mississippi Artists | Backroad Planet

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    Mississippi Gulf Coast, Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS, USA


    Meet Walter Anderson, Alice Moseley, and George Ohr, three unconventional Coastal Mississippi artists with museums dedicated to their lives and work
    14 Jun 2020

    Visit the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby | Backroad Planet

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    Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, Forrest Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS, USA


    The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum honors heroic servicemen and women and preserves the state's military history in a state-of-the-art facility at Camp Shelby
    24 May 2020

    Explore the Forrest County Courthouse, the Sixth Street Museum District, theĀ 1964 Freedom Summer Trail, and more memorable African American heritage sites in Hattiesburg MS
    19 Apr 2020

    Board the train in Blue Ridge for a scenic excursion through the mountains. Then explore the historic sister cities of McCaysville, Georgia, and Copperhill, Tennessee
    30 Mar 2020

    Four Viking Mississippi River cruise itineraries are scheduled to bring guests to America's Heartland beginning in 2022 on the purpose-built Viking Mississippi