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.

The Bronx Skyline

Along The Bronx’s Grand Concourse: A Guide

By Hannah Frishberg

Back in 1890, when much of New York’s northernmost borough, the Bronx, remained undeveloped, a French immigrant was charged with laying out the then rural area’s street grid.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History
Greece crossing by sea

Greece By Sea

By Eliza Amon

I’d traveled to Greece with four friends, some of whom I’d known for more than 25 years. We had been dreaming and plotting a “swimcation” for a decade and finally signed up with the British company SwimTrek, one of several organizations that offer swimming vacations around the world, including in … Read more   Read more

Europe Adventure Off the Beaten Path
Monument in Pripyat

Chernobyl: most strangely enjoyable travel experience

By Derek Cullen

Aside from Auschwitz in Poland and the incredibly morbid S-21 Prison in Cambodia, I have never felt so absorbed and captivated on my travels. Located to the north of Kiev, this infamous power plant in Ukraine set the scene for one of the most shocking incidents in the history of … Read more   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path
Arch leading into Tehran, Iran

Discovering Iran by bicycle

By Kelly Sheldrick

When I told my Dad I had plans to cycle across Iran, he freaked out. Sadly, western media depicts Iran as a dangerous place. Even the government travel advice is to avoid all travel to the country. In reality, Iran is home to some of the friendliest people I have … Read more   Read more

Middle East Adventure Off the Beaten Path
Rafting on the Martha Brae River

Six unique Jamaican experiences that are off the beaten path

By Richard Edwards

The island of Jamaica is a popular travel destination, in large part because of the abundant all-inclusive resorts on the island—a hospitality concept that Jamaica is credited with.    Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Off the Beaten Path History
Entering the Siksika reservation. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Exploring the Unique Culture at Siksika Nation

By Sam Treacy

Before Europeans landed on North America, the continent was filled with a plethora of different native groups, with one of these being the Blackfoot Confederacy.   Read more

Canada Off the Beaten Path History

Local experiences in Vietnam and doing something different

By Derek Cullen

Many years have passed since the infamous war that divided Vietnam, but the scars are still evident: for the variety of food, busy cities, and rolling landscapes are a distinct contrast to dark times in Vietnam such as the Chu Chi tunnels or the War Remnant Museum in Ho Chi … Read more   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path
British Methodist Episcopal Church - Salem Chapel

St. Catharine’s, Ontario: Experiencing the Impact of Harriet Tubman

By Breana Johnson

As the small congregation of the Salem Chapel streams into the church dressed to the nines and illuminated with bright smiles for all passersby, our Caribbean little league team gathers around a bust of Harriet Tubman.   Read more

Canada Off the Beaten Path History
Middle Kingdom. Photo taken by Ji Dong

Traveling in China – under the skin of the culture

By Jon Geldart

Travelling by train in China is not as difficult as you might first think, though buying tickets can be a fraught affair with the many booths and total lack of any language other than Chinese which can confront you.   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path Rail & Road Travel
Viewing the Burundi landscape from two angles

A Trip to Burundi

By Breana Johnson

Ask any average Westerner, and they likely won’t be able to point out Burundi on the map. Although this tiny country is virtually ignored when it comes to East African tourism, that’s no reason why it shouldn’t be on your travel bucket list.   Read more

Africa Off the Beaten Path Food & Drink
National Mall in Washington, DC

Washington, DC: Beyond the National Mall

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

While most travelers exploring Washington, DC, the capital of the United States of America stick to the usual popular attractions and landmarks, the city harbors many other less known gems and treasures, extremely enticing or interesting for those who venture farther from the National Mall.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History
View of Monaco

Magnificent Monaco

By Jackie Jones

Haven’t been to Monaco yet? Then you’re missing out. There are numerous reasons to visit the principality, including the Grand Prix (usually held in May), Michelin-star restaurants, great casinos, amazing luxury shopping possibilities, and beaches straight from the pages of a travel magazine. However, another that stands out is the … Read more   Read more

Europe Luxury Travel Off the Beaten Path The Arts
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Goa, actress Stefanie Powers, Friendly Planet Travel

National Geographic International (now FOX) producer, Dawn Drew, has been to India more than 100 times and she recently spent three months filming around the country.  Dawn says that each visit to India offers something new and that travelers should go beyond the iconic attractions for an authentic travel experience.  … Read more   Read more

Asia Budget Travel Off the Beaten Path History Social Responsibility
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James Carville and Mary Matalin on New Orleans; living along Paris’s rue des Martyrs

The best way to experience a city is through the eyes of a local.   We’ll travel to New Orleans and walk along Paris’s rue des Martyrs with the people who know them best. Democratic consultant James Carville says that New Orleans is defined by its culture and way of life … Read more   Read more

New Orleans Insights Off the Beaten Path Literature & Music
Panning for gold in Montana.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

Montana – In search of dinosaur fossils and gold from Missouri River to Zortman

Tonya setting plaster cast on new dinosaur fossil.  Photo:  Ian Fitzpatrick World Footprints takes you on a unique journey as we explore the life and work of a paleontologist.   We’ll travel through Montana’s Missouri River Country to search for dinosaur bones and we’ll spend time to pan for gold.  First, … Read more   Read more

United States Family Travel Off the Beaten Path History Preservation