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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13 Jun 2022

A travelogue of ports & shore excursions in Norway, Germany, Belgium & the UK while on a Princess Western Europe cruise from Copenhagen to Southampton
28 May 2022

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
22 May 2022

An Enchanted Princess Transatlantic Cruise Review

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Atlantic Ocean


In part one of this critical review, experience life aboard the Enchanted Princess on a transatlantic voyage and learn about ship facilities, services, activities, dining, plus much more
01 Apr 2022

A critical review of a first-time Caribbean Princess cruise, from booking and check-in, to dining, onboard experiences, port destinations, and shore excursions
20 Mar 2022

Drive El Camino del Rio through Big Bend Ranch State Park

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Big Bend Ranch State Park, Farm to Market Road 170, Terlingua, TX, USA


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
06 Feb 2022

A San Antonio to Big Bend National Park Road Trip

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Big Bend National Park, Big Bend National Park, TX, USA


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
23 Jan 2022

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
20 Dec 2021

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
11 Nov 2021

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
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
27 Jul 2021

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
27 Jul 2021

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!
27 Jul 2021

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
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