My name is Mike Miller and I created Florida Backroads Travel to give me a way to share my extensive knowledge of Florida, especially my travels in those less developed regions we call Old Florida.
I have lived in Florida since 1960. After graduating as a civil engineer from the University of Florida, I spent many years living and working in most areas of Florida.
Projects I've worked on include Walt Disney World, EPCOT, Universal Studios and hundreds of other major developments from Pensacola to Key West. During my engineering career I developed a love and understanding of Old Florida that is reflected in the pages of this website.
From the very beginning I had the privilege of traveling all over the state on business and pleasure. My nature is to avoid the main highways and get from Point A to Point B on the less traveled paths. My love for those places I discovered on the back roads led me to the idea of this website.
In addition to those back road jaunts, I have lived in Pensacola, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Tampa, Orlando, Winter Park, Melbourne, Merritt Island, Indialantic, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Jupiter, Key Biscayne, Naples and Mount Dora.
I also became very interested in Florida history. I am a member of The Florida Historical Society, and have belonged to most of the local historical groups in places I've lived.
The website has information on several hundred towns and attractions, including a bit of their history. I look for interesting restaurants and lodging opportunities in the quieter areas of Florida.
You will also find dozens of maps describing day trips in all of the major regions of Florida. The website has hundreds of informative articles on wineries, museums, state parks and other attractions around the state. It also has listings of major Florida annual events, art festivals and craft shows.
The site has been steadily growing since I created it in 2009. It is now in the top 1/2 of 1% of all websites in the world in terms of visitor traffic. Even though I had no experience with creating a web business, I was able to do so using the tools provided by SiteSell, a company that provides a system called SBI! (Solo Build It!) that gave me all the tools to create a successful website.
You can find out more about SiteSell and Solo Build It! by clicking on the information button below.
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One source, Netcraft, estimated that there were 878,346,052 websites in the world as of March 2015. Any Alexa ranking less than 8,783,461, therefore, means that the website is in the top 1% of all websites in the world in terms of traffic.
The Alexa ranking as of October 5, 2018 is 424,057.
You can see there are plenty of people interested in learning about Florida and what's out there on the back roads.
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