Croatia, Iceland, Portugal and the United Kingdom – Along with Private and Custom Trips – Trending as 2018 Hot-Selling Backroads’ Active Travel Destinations December 21st, 2017 – Backroads, the World’s Leading Active Travel company, today announced that as 2017 winds down and 2018 vacation-planning amps up, early booking trends show a significant uptick in interest in European offerings, including the ever-popular Croatia and Iceland departures. Destinations “across the pond” in Scotland and England have also seen an increase in sales, as have adventures in Portugal, and the company’s brand-new Iceland Northern Lights Multi-Adventure Tour. Overall, Backroads’ long-standing signature trips to European destinations with Premiere Hotels are also seeing continued growth with guests, as are active small-ship Ocean and River Cruise tours. Backroads has reacted to surging sales during non-traditional travel periods as guests take advantage of lower airfare, smaller crowds and good weather. Offering even more departures during the off-season has led to steady sales throughout the year with less variance during summer and winter holiday travel periods. The new norm of consistent year-round travel opens up the possibility of delivering even more exciting adventures in busy destinations, an initiative that has been greatly received among guests who have increasingly flexible travel schedules. Additionally, on the rise are guests looking to travel with their own private group by taking over an already established Backroads trip date, creating their own private departure, or designing a customized trip that is perfect for their individual travel interests. Backroads Private and Custom Trips are a great way to see the world at whatever pace, style and size fits each unique group. Flexibility is also key, whether the group is just 2 guests or more than 200. Backroads has a dedicated team of Custom Trip Consultants who work with guests to create their perfect trip with a personalized itinerary. “2018 is looking to be a great year for adventure travel whether our guests want to maximize their dollars in Europe, or try out one of our popular active river cruises,” said Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale. “We’re happy to see the bell curve travel trend flatten out with more of our guests enjoying the historically less crowded months. We have the flexibility to offer additional departures during these periods and we will scale up to meet demand as needed. Backroads Trending Top Trip Sellers in 2018* Iceland Northern Lights Multi-Adventure Tour * Portugal Bike Tour * Scotland Walking & Hiking Tour * Patagonia Walking & Hiking Tour Other Early Backroads Booking Trends in 2018* Family Walking & Hiking Trip segment * Family Trips in Europe * Canadian Rockies all trip types * Active Ocean & River Cruise TripsBackroads’ early booking trends indicate that guests are taking advantage of the company’s new offerings and planning their 2018 travel earlier to lock in the best pricing, dates and destinations ABOUT BACKROADSBackroads was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale and has been in business for more than 38 years. The company hosts thousands of guests each year, 75% of whom are repeat guests or referrals from past guests, in hundreds of locations across the globe. Backroads is a founding member of the Adventure Collection. For more information, please visit backroads.com or call 800-462-2848 daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pacific time.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice is formally levelling 23 criminal charges against Chinese tech juggernaut Huawei Technologies, multiple subsidiaries and chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.The charges allege, among other things, that the company misrepresented its ownership of a Hong Kong-based subsidiary to circumvent American sanctions against Iran, and stole telecommunications technology, trade secrets and equipment from U.S. cell provider T-Mobile USA.Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker says the department is proceeding with its extradition efforts against Meng, who was detained Dec. 1 at the request of the U.S. upon arriving at the airport in Vancouver.Whitaker and FBI director Christopher Wray both thanked Canadian officials for their help. Meng’s arrest almost two months ago touched off an ongoing diplomatic furor that resulted Sunday in the firing of John McCallum as Canada’s ambassador to China after he publicly expressed confidence in her ability to fight extradition to the United States.News of the charges comes just as the White House is making plans for a team of high-level economic advisers to meet a delegation from China later this week to talk trade between the two countries.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will take part in the two days of talks beginning Wednesday, along with the president’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro.White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says the two developments are unrelated.The Canadian Press
A man accused of being involved in the trafficking and possession of heroin, was today sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court.The accused from Mattakkuliya had been arrested with 22.54 grams of heroin.
The most passing yards in Big Ten history.The most total touchdowns in Big Ten history.The sixth quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 50 touchdowns.Ohio State redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins finished his first season as starting quarterback with each of these accomplishments in his resume, leading the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record as Big Ten champions and winners of the Rose Bowl.But immediately following the game, Haskins, who has a decision to make regarding his future, said his key motivation for returning would be to not finish tied for fourth in pass touchdowns, but first, aiming for the 58 scores Colt Brennan threw for Hawaii during the 2006 season.“It was a blur, but I wanted the Colt Brennan touchdowns,” Haskins said. “The Colt Brennan touchdowns, that’s a motivator.”Haskins ends his historic season under center with no clear answer about his future. He can return to Ohio State, lead the first season with head coach Ryan Day at the helm and go for the Brennan record he so desperately wants. Or the redshirt sophomore could go to the NFL, where he will be one of the clear top options at the quarterback position, and likely will be selected near the top of the first round.For now, Haskins isn’t feeling the pressure of picking one or another. Right now, it’s a coin flip in his mind.“50-50,” he said.In what has a supposed 50 percent chance of being his final game, Haskins threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns, all of which came in the first half, helping to give the Buckeyes a 28-3 lead after three quarters.Haskins made NFL-caliber throws up and down the field against what many consider to be an NFL-caliber defense, proving the capabilities the quarterback has after just one season as a collegiate starter.But it is not just about talent for Haskins. It is not just about if he can make the jump.It’s about things outside of football, making the redshirt sophomore question if he wants to make a move to the NFL.“The school, the teammates, the coaches, the friends, girlfriend’s here … I gotta finish my degree in a couple semesters,” Haskins said. “A lot of positives.”Further factoring into Haskins’ decision is what will be happening with the position once he does leave the program.Ohio State has been linked to freshman quarterback Justin Fields, who announced he would be transferring from Georgia. Haskins said he has talked to Fields and that he is waiting to see what Haskins ultimately ends up doing.But already at Ohio State, redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell has proclaimed himself as the starter if Haskins heads to the NFL.For Fields to transfer, it would take a commitment from Haskins that he is leaving, potentially speeding up the urgency for the redshirt sophomore.Even with Fields, his teammates and fans all waiting to hear the decision, Haskins isn’t rushing his decision. The only date on his calendar is Jan. 15, the final day he is allowed to declare for the draft.“The 15th, so we’ll see,” Haskins said. “My teammates want me to come back every day, so I’m used to teammates telling me to come back.”For weeks, Haskins said he will start to think about his decision after he is finished with the Rose Bowl.Now, the Rose Bowl is finished, and Haskins has two weeks to make up his mind.Will the quarterback who broke nearly every passing record in program history return for another run under a new head coach? Or will the quarterback who already proved everything he needed to for the NFL become one of the highest draft prospects at his position, the highest for Ohio State since Art Schlichter was drafted by the Baltimore Colts No. 4 overall in 1982?At this point in time, Haskins is 50/50, and he has two weeks to decide which of his dreams is more important for him in 2019.“It’s hard, it’s my dream to play in the NFL, it was my dream to play at Ohio State,” Haskins said. “One day I’ll look back on it and see how much the season it was and how great it was, but right now it’s day by day, so I got a lot of decisions to make in the near future.”