Hiking Dominica's national trail

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

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.

Streets of Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Photo: Kellie Paxian

The magic behind the tourist’s Paris

By Kellie Paxian

Paris is polarizing. You either love it or you hate it. It’s either cliché or it’s charming. For every romantic who says it’s their favourite city, there is a critic who turns their nose up at its grittier areas, high prices, or crowded tourist attractions. Even Parisians love to complain … Read more   Read more

France Off the Beaten Path
airplane-seats are generally blue

4 Reasons Airline Companies Use Blue For Their Cabin

Flying can be stressful even with seats in business or first class. In most cases, you’re trying to find room in the overhead compartment for your stuff without accidentally hitting someone in the head with those items. You’re so concerned with this, you may never have given the plane’s interior … Read more   Read more

Off the Beaten Path
Rwanda Tribal Dancer

Why Rwanda is a great destination for solo female travelers

By Lydia Klemensowicz

“You’re going there… alone!?” “Is it safe?” “Won’t you be scared?”  Solo female travel tends to generate questions of safety, regardless of the destination. It is often believed that a woman travelling alone is inherently dangerous, prompting solo female travelers to evaluate potential risks and safety measures. However, most places … Read more   Read more

Africa Adventure Off the Beaten Path
Candy Cane House

Stay in an Edible Candy Cane House this Holiday Season

For people looking for something really unique to do this Christmas season, Booking.com suggests its edible London booking – the Candy Cane House. The Candy Cane House is located in the Soho neighborhood and is being offered for two guests for two nights. It’s designed for people who love sweets … Read more   Read more

Off the Beaten Path Events & Festivals
Ubud, Bali

Bali, Barcelona, Matterhorn on Fodor’s “No-Go List” For Travelers

Bali, the once-preferred holiday destination in Australia, was recently blacklisted on Fodor’s “No-Go List” for 2020. Instead, the world travel guide suggests travelers visit Brisbane. While it’s not a scarlet letter to be on the No Go list, it’s a way for travelers to know what is and isn’t the … Read more   Read more

Off the Beaten Path
Large ice eggs otherwise known as hail.

Rare Ice Eggs Found Along Finland Beach

Nature keeps people guessing all the time in every part of the world. So, when Risto Mattila went walking along Finland’s Hailuoto Island Marjaniemi Beach, he had to take some pictures of some interesting nature-related ice. Ice, as most people know, come in all kinds of sizes and shapes – … Read more   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path

Prison Island Becomes A Paradise For Visitors

Not very many people can say they’ve seen the Fernando de Noronha archipelago and enjoyed its mountain jungles and white-sand beaches. In 1988, about 75 percent of Brazil’s 21 scenic islands had been declared protected – now a national marine park and sanctuary. Today, the area only lets 420 visitors … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Off the Beaten Path
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
Mostar Bridge, is a rebuilt 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the historic city center of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects the two parts of the city.

Bringing a dark history to light in Bosnia

By Tara Tadlock

Twenty-seven years ago, Bosnia and Herzegovina was considered one of the most dangerous places in the world. The capital city, Sarajevo, was under constant siege by sniper fire and mortar shells. Today, however, Bosnia looks very different. Though still scarred by the remnants of war, the country has seemingly found … Read more   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path History

Offbeat India: A Pilgrimage to the Source of the Ganges

By Trixie Pacis

India cradles an ancient and spiritual culture that draws visitors from around the globe. Spiritual experiences in the country range from temple visits and yoga retreats to 10-day silent Vipassana meditations. While India is best known by tourists for wonders like the Taj Mahal, our six-month sojourn brought us to … Read more   Read more

India Off the Beaten Path Religious Travel History
Urquhart Castle along Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

Searching for Monsters and Magic in the Scottish Highlands

By Daniel Baldwin

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. Tales of heroes, monsters, and faeries color its villages, giving them an air … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Off the Beaten Path History

Ayahuasca Tourism: The Commercialization of Culture

By Jessica Barrett

Used by Indigenous tribes in the Amazon for medicinal purposes for centuries, it’s only in the last 50 years or so that Westerners have come to learn about ayahuasca   Read more

Central and South America Off the Beaten Path Events & Festivals Social Responsibility
The Little Mermaid is a popular attraction in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Five Copenhagen Districts You Should Visit

By Ali Jennings

Although Denmark has a not entirely unfounded reputation for being on the expensive side, this doesn’t stop many travelers from heading to Copenhagen..   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path
Torres del Paine National Park in Chile is a setting for the luxury pop-up camp.

Outpost Camp To Send Chile Tourists To Remote, But Spectacular Areas

Outpost, a luxury pop-up camp, has been set up in Aysen, which is a remote area of northern Patagonia, to help people reach some of Chile’s less traveled tourist locations. Travel company Upscale is responsible for coming up with the camp. The goal is to change how visitors) experience the … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Luxury Travel Off the Beaten Path Sustainability
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

India Off the Beaten Path Social Responsibility