Hiking Dominica's national trail. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” 

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Off the Beaten Path travel  offers exceptional travel experiences and some unknown adventures. Whether wandering off the tourist drags, or getting off the superhighways to find a surprising “gem” of a restaurant, attraction or activity not well known to the traveling public, going off the beaten path rewards event the most intrepid traveler.  It may take a sense of adventure or courage—or both, but going where few travelers go can provide a fresh source of travel stories and memories, while helping to bring tourism to places often overlooked.

Some people just love to go for off the beaten path travel destinations, may be because the unexplored places gives them some unforgettable travel memories. And these memories take them to off the beaten path destinations again and again. Try some off beat locations yourself , take the journey to unknown travel destination and experience tourism in a whole new way.


Oaxaca | Fermacide photo by Eliza Amon.

Rats and Astronauts: Street Art in Oaxaca

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Famed for its artistic traditions in weaving, pottery and painted wooden animal carvings known as alebrijes, the Mexican city of Oaxaca is also brimming with contemporary art.   Read more

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Alicia-Rae Olafsson takes in the view at Möllerfjorden, in the Norwegian Arctic on the archipelago of Svalbard.

The Magnetism of the Polar Regions: Voyaging through the Arctic and Antarctic

By Alicia-Rae Light

Maybe it’s the cold bite of the wind on your cheeks as you trek across the Arctic tundra in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, discovering pristine landscapes of craggy mountains and glaciers surrounded by the glistening Arctic Ocean, making you feel alive. Possibly it’s the sound (and unmistakable smell) … Read more   Read more

The World Off the Beaten Path Sustainability
Author Derek Cullen along the Pacific Coast Trail

How Spending Time Alone on the Pacific Crest Trail Changed My Life

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I recently spent five months hiking from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. It was an incredible backpacking trip through stunning deserts, mountains, and forests but also a journey of self-discovery. At the same time, my trips were now motivated by self-growth rather than deficiency. That is to … Read more   Read more

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Urquhart Castle along Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands is a part of ancient history.

Searching for Monsters and Magic in the Scottish Highlands

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The Scottish Highlands are a place of ancient history, stunning natural beauty, and magic. Among the older generations, some claim that high in its earthy hills you’ll find the homes of creatures only heard about in legend.   Read more

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Derek Cullen overlooking the habor on the Great Blasket Island in Irleland

One Magical Night on the Great Blasket Island in Ireland

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I was frustrated when the Wi-Fi died. My trip to the Great Blasket Island was hinging on the availability of a small boat, and I was now unable to contact the owner. However, after a ten-minute jog to the harbour in Dunquin, I was welcomed on board – the result … Read more   Read more

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Portugal off the Beaten Path

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Portugal boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines, breathtaking sceneries, and unique architecture, making it one of the best travel destinations in Southern Europe.   Read more

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A view of Mount Kinabalu.

There’s More to Kundasang, Borneo than Mount Kinabalu

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Farfetched as it may seem, the tiny Malaysian mountain town of Kundasang is sometimes compared to the pastoral villages in the Alps. S   Read more

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The Myths, Legends, and Magic of Malacca

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Southeast Asia is filled with cultural diversity, unique cuisine, and the most unbelievable panoramic views, such as tropical rainforests and seas. Located in the Southern region of the Malay Peninsula is the state of Malacca, and the capital is Malacca City which UNESCO named a world heritage site in 2008.   Read more

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The Tiny Caribbean Museum That Inspired the Jurassic Park Franchise

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The science fiction that binds Jurassic Park’s storyline together is that dinosaur DNA could be extracted from mosquitos and other biting insects preserved in amber.   Read more

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USA - Wild ponies of Assateague Island, Virginia

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As large as the USA is, however, a lot of the most interesting places in the country often get overlooked.   Read more

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A street in Mumbai's Dharavi Slum--one of the largest in Asia. Photo: Bianca Caruana (with permission from Be The Local Tours)

A Walking Tour Highlighting a Mumbai Slum’s Innovative Industry

By Bianca Caruana

Dharavi, in central Mumbai, is considered one of the largest slums in Asia, but deep within this neighborhood, below the shanty grey roofs, loosely comprised of scavenged, upcycled metal, lives a resourceful and innovative community that plays an imperative role in Mumbai’s city-wide waste management.   Read more

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Sunrise over Mahabaleshwar, India

Mahabaleshwar: A Tranquil Getaway in the Western Ghats of India

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Sunlight streamed in as I parted the window curtains of the double-decker luxury bus my husband and I were taking from Mumbai to the popular summer destination of Mahabaleshwar, 264 kilometers East of India’s biggest city. Outside, low-hanging tufts of clouds touched the opulent carpet of green that rolled down … Read more   Read more

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Map of Poland and surrounding European Union countries.

Five Lesser-Known Polish Cities Worth A Visit

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When travelers think of Poland, Krakćw and Warsaw, the country’s two largest and most popular tourist centers are typically what come to mind. But Poland is a huge country with a myriad of interesting cities for visitors. Here are five alternative cities you should check out when in Poland.   Read more

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Slovakia: Five Places to Visit

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With spectacular mountains good for hiking and bicycling, dramatic castles, charming architectural cities, and a vibrant contemporary arts scene, Slovakia has much to offer tourists.   Read more

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Welcome sign to Greenpoint. Photo: Alexandra Fletcher

Greenpoint, Brooklyn: A Polish Neighborhood

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One December night, I walked up the subway steps in Brooklyn after a rough commute and an exhausting restaurant shift. When I stepped onto Manhattan Avenue and looked up, all my gripes dissipated under a simple string of holiday lights that read, “Welcome To Greenpoint.”   Read more

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