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.

Stonehedge England

Stone Circles in the UK: Beyond Stonehenge

By Ali Jennings

Pretty much everyone has heard of the massive stone ring known as Stonehenge; it’s one of the most visited places in England, both by domestic and international tourists. An ancient wonder of the world, Stonehenge is a classic example of Neolithic engineering and one of the best-preserved monuments of its … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Off the Beaten Path Religious Travel History
Bristol Harbor, Bristol, England.

Escape from London: 6 Cities in the UK to Visit

By Ali Jennings

London is the major port of call for most travelers coming to the United Kingdom, and there’s certainly lots in the capital to keep you entertained for weeks on end. When people do venture outside London, it’s usually to the hotspots of Oxford and Edinburgh. But they are not the … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Off the Beaten Path
Graphic of gangsters with urban skyline

Gangsters, Monkeys and Mines: Exploring the Diverse History of a Florida County

By Kathleen Walls

What once was old is now new in Florida’s Marion County. One of the “newest” attractions in the city of Ocala, has roots going back nearly 100 years, commemorating an epic FBI shootout with a notorious gang that ended the era of gangsters in the United States. Other attractions in … Read more   Read more

United States Adventure Off the Beaten Path History

Living in Mexico, Exploring North Korea, Malta and Barbados

Enjoy a transformative travel experience as we travel to North Korea, Malta, Mexico and Barbados. Wendy Simmons is an intrepid traveler whose solo adventures have taken her from Ethiopia to North Korea and beyond.  She joins World Footprints radio to share her wealth of travel advice and gives us a … Read more   Read more

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Fermacide photo by Eliza Amon.

Rats and Astronauts: Street Art in Oaxaca

By Eliza Amon

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. Museums and galleries dot the central area, particularly north of the Zocalo, the central plaza, but Oaxaca also has a thriving street art … Read more   Read more

Mexico Off the Beaten Path The Arts
Sunrise over Mahabaleshwar, India

Mahabaleshwar: A Tranquil Getaway in the Western Ghats of India

By Tania Banerjee

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

India Agritourism Off the Beaten Path History
Welcome sign to Greenpoint. Photo: Alexandra Fletcher

Greenpoint, Brooklyn: A Polish Neighborhood

By Alexandra Fletcher

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.” Over 100 years old, Greenpoint, … Read more   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History
Graphic of a tiny mushroom house.

Small California Cabin is Airbnb’s Most Popular For 10 Years

The most popular Airbnb isn’t in Europe, Thailand or some other exotic location along a beach somewhere. It’s actually in the United States near the city of San Francisco in California. In fact, the most popular and booked Airbnb is a semi-rustic cabin owned by Michel and Kitty Mrache that … Read more   Read more

North America Off the Beaten Path
A view of Mount Kinabalu.

There’s More to Kundasang, Borneo than Mount Kinabalu

By Ziba Redif

Farfetched as it may seem, the tiny Malaysian mountain town of Kundasang is sometimes compared to the pastoral villages in the Alps. Situated in the northern part of the island of Borneo, Kundasang is nestled in a rugged landscape that has spectacular scenic vistas like in Switzerland, but it’s unlike … Read more   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path
Boll Weevil pest

Enterprise Alabama: Thank the Boll Weevil

By Kathleen Walls

Sometimes tiny towns are overlooked. Enterprise, Alabama is just such a spot. I was on my way to Columbus, GA, when I decided to stop briefly to see the iconic Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise and was captivated by its perfect small-town Main Street. I pulled into one of the … Read more   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
East Coast Trail

The East Coast Trail: How far are you willing to go?

By Derek Cullen

North America is home to some of the most intriguing cities and travel destinations in the world. Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Vancouver, there is something mystical about the Albertan wilderness while the busy cities offer a vibrant and comfortable refuge in between. Lesser known and far less populated than … Read more   Read more

North America Backpacking & Camping Off the Beaten Path

Slovakia: Five Places to Visit

By Ali Jennings

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. Often overlooked by tourists for its neighboring countries or a destination only for its capital Bratislava, the entire country is worth exploring. Here’s a guide … Read more   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path The Arts

Roadside Stops between Los Angeles and Las Vegas

By Breana Johnson

The route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas may be a heavily traveled highway, but it’s still a long strip of road through the desert of the American Southwest. As such, it offers plenty of the weird and wacky roadside stops that characterize this part of the world. Whether you’re … Read more   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
Philip of Macedon fountain in Skopje's main square.

Macedonia: Five Places to Visit

By Ali Jennings

The Balkan countries in southeastern Europe are popular places to travel right now. Croatia has long had a reputation for being a top beach destination but now more travelers are waking up to the fact that the whole area has much to offer, from majestic mountains and pristine rivers to … Read more   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path The Arts
A beach in San Luis Obispo, California.

California City Paying First 500 Visitors $100 During Winter Season

Instead of paying for your warm winter excursion, let the getaway pay you for your trip. San Luis Obispo, a central coast city in California, is paying the first 500 winter vacationers $100 to visit the area. For you to get in on the cash, you have to go through … Read more   Read more

North America Off the Beaten Path