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Dave Bowden

About Dave Bowden

Wandering through the worlds of newspaper and magazine publishing, Dave Bowden traded ink on his fingers for stamps on his passport when he stumbled upon Butterfield & Robinson and The Slow Road. Having hiked Ireland’s Croagh Patrick and Italy’s Cinque Terre, he’s got the walking portion of B&R’s “Walking and Biking Since 1966” slogan down pat. Chewing gum simultaneously, however, remains an ongoing challenge.

Rave Reviews: Croatia

Thanks to our amazing travellers, we frequently find ourselves feeling very encouraged indeed. Check out what some of them have to say about our biking and by-sea trips to Croatia. more…

Rave Reviews: Catalonia

Whether you’ve been working at something for five minutes or five decades, it’s always nice to hear an encouraging word (or two). more…

Rave Reviews: Bordeaux
to Dordogne

Whether you’ve been working at something for five minutes or five decades, it’s always nice to hear an encouraging word (or two). more…

The Best Bangkok Hotels

In a city that looms so large, the trick to finding excellent accommodation is narrowing down the list to find the best Bangkok hotels. more…

Tyler Dillon: Top Travel Specialist

Today Condé Nast Traveler magazine made official what we at B&R have known for years, naming our very own Tyler Dillon a Top Travel Specialist for Myanmar. more…

Ode to Puglia

A B&R traveller presents an ode to Puglia to her group at the end of a great trip — with glass of wine close at hand, of course! more…

Venetian Masks: Veiled
in History

Though they conceal a wearer’s face, the masks of the Venetian Carnival reveal an entire spectrum of emotion. more…

Rave Reviews: Wine
Grand Journey

Whether you’ve been working at something for five minutes or five decades, it’s always nice to hear an encouraging word (or two). more…

The Tour de France Explained

How did the Tour de France start? Who was the first winner of Le Tour? How long is it? more…

B&R Among the World’s Best!

Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have voted Butterfield & Robinson among the Top Tour Operators in the world. more…

Tortellini di Valeggio,
The Knot of Love

Every third Tuesday in June, a 600-metre-long table is set up on the Visconti bridge in Valeggio and some 3,500 guests delight in the taste of a handkerchief with a knot. more…

Vietnam in Two(ish) Minutes

“There are quiet pleasures to be found in a rice paddy full of workers and in the subtle gentleness of the people,” says B&R Guide Erin Reed. more…

The Best Buenos Aires Hotels

With its impressive hotel line up, Buenos Aires perfectly blends an old-school European vibe with South America’s new-world cool. more…

Experts + Insiders:
Nathan Lane

Before it happened, Nathan Lane was starting to feel overwhelmed. It was his third day of guide training in Beaune and the litany of guidelines, knowledge and accounting spreadsheets was getting a bit dizzying. more…

Know Before You Go: Argentina Travel Tips

So, how exactly does one gain access to Argentina? And what kind of currency do you need once you’re there? Get these answers and more in our latest “Know Before You Go” entry. more…

Japanese Etiquette

Bow or shake? Shoes on or off? Smile or frown? (Just kidding—always smile.) Consider this your cheat sheet to mastering Japanese culture and etiquette. more…

Lost in the Land of Barolo

Just when we think we have our guides figured out, they go and surpass our expectations (again!), this time with an awesome clip from Piemonte. more…

Learn to Travel,
Travel to Learn

We stumbled on travel writer Robin Esrock’s TEDx talk and had to share. more…

Century Ride: “Le Tour”
Turns 100

As Le Tour de France celebrates its 100th anniversary, a few of B&R’s biggest bike fans recall their favourite moments from a century on the saddle. more…

Behind the Scenes
with B&R Guides

Watch as a guide team adds “Worker bees” to its list of roles in these cool time-lapse videos. more…


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