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.


Slave quarters on Laura Plantation. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Exploring New Orleans’ Laura Plantation and the Faubourg Treme neighborhood

Our Creole cultural exploration takes us just outside New Orleans to the Old Mississippi River Road where we’ll share the story of a Creole family and a plantation named Laura–voted “Best history tour in the USA” by Lonely Planet Travel and a top travel attraction in Louisiana.   Read more

New Orleans Experiences Off the Beaten Path History
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Around Mackinac Island and Destination Speed Dating at #SATW

Approaching Mackinac Island by ferry.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick Mackinac Island, named by Native Americans for its shape as a turtle, is a northern Michigan island made famous by the Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour movie, “Somewhere in Time”.  Just as the Victorian-period movie reflected, Mackinac Island has maintained its old … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Off the Beaten Path
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New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival 2014: History and Voodoo (Hour 2)

World Footprints returned to New Orleans for our 7th annual French Quarter Festival (FQF) 2-hour broadcast.  This year we set up at Tableau Restaurant, Dickie Brennan's newest culinary gem in Jackson Square.  This second hour of our FQF broadcast explores the unique history of New Orleans with two prominent professors from the University of … Read more   Read more

New Orleans Off the Beaten Path Religious Travel Events & Festivals History
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New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival 2014: History, Music & WWII Museum (Hour 1)

World Footprints returned to New Orleans for our 7th annual French Quarter Festival 2-hour broadcast.  This year we set up at Tableau Restaurant, Dickie Brennan's newest culinary gem in Jackson Square.   The first hour of World Footprints showcase New Orleans international outreach, the arts and history.  We introduce a hidden gem, The New Orleans Historic … Read more   Read more

New Orleans LGBTQ Off the Beaten Path Events & Festivals History
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The Azores – A little-known European destination

By Jackie Jones

The Azores is somehow forgotten European tourism destination. Lost in Atlantic the archipelago is a unique place. Hundreds of volcanoes, wonderful landscape and interesting architecture make it an interesting place to visit.   Read more

Europe Adventure Off the Beaten Path Preservation
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Live the History in Romania’s Sighisoara Fortress

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

One of the last inhabited medieval fortresses of Europe lies in a small Romanian town, deep into the wonderful land of Transylvania, a land of legends and myths. Unknown to many tourists, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most interesting attractions of Romania, with a history that … Read more   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path Architecture History Preservation
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Asia’s marvelous floating markets

By Jackie Jones

Experiencing different cultures in all their diversity is one of the most fascinating aspects of exploring Asia. What all tourists ought to see there are local wondrous floating markets.   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path
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The Raja Ampat Islands – A Marine Paradise

By Jackie Jones

Diving is a gateway to a different world revealing wonders of the natural kind. The list of top sites keeps on changing; however, those who have seen Raja Ampat look no further. This place is magical.   Read more

Asia Adventure Off the Beaten Path
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When Travel Goes Bad: Death in Africa

By Richard Bangs

While scouting for the first descent of the Baro River in Ethiopia, a tributary of the White Nile, I heard about a Peace Corps volunteer, Bill Olsen, 25, a recent graduate of Cornell, who decided to take a dip in the river at Gambella, a village near the South Sudan … Read more   Read more

Africa Adventure Off the Beaten Path

The Underground Railroad through Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

We enjoyed a weekend exploring Gettysburg's history including the Battle of Gettysburg and the area's role in the underground railroad. Travel the road of history as we learn about key players in the underground railroad through Pennslyvania.   Read more

United States Experiences Off the Beaten Path History
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Tiniest “Everything” in Tortola

By Inka Piegsa-Quischotte

Whereas other travel destinations are famous for the tallest building, the highest mountain, etc. I have found in Roadtown, capital of the Caribbean island of Tortola (BVI) four attractions which are the tiniest of their kind I have ever come across. Small they maybe, but they are full of charm … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Off the Beaten Path Architecture Food & Drink
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Grenadine Islands of Bequia and Tobago Cays

Photo:  Tonya FitzpatrickThis World Footprints show will journey to the Grenadines and unlock the mysteries of the sea in a way few seldom see or experience.  The Grenadines are a haven for scuba divers, some of the world’s most spectacular aquatic scenery and much more.  Our first stop takes us … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Family Travel Luxury Travel Off the Beaten Path History Conservation
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GOLD AWARD: On The Road to Freedom, a civil rights trail

World Footprints will travel along The Road To Freedom with author and former civil rights activist Charlie Cobb as he introduces us to the places of the movement and the personalities who made those places historically relevant. Then meet fellow travelers Scott Hartblay and Christine Bischoff as they recount their … Read more   Read more

North America Off the Beaten Path History Literature & Music

President Obama welcomes the Texas Baylor Bears

World Footprints had the pleasure of attending a ceremony at the White House when President Obama congratulated the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Champs, the Texas Baylor Bears.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path Sports Events & Festivals

The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary on the island of Bequia

Meet "Brother" King from the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary on the island of Bequia and discover how he became an accidental champion of the sea turtle.   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Off the Beaten Path Volunteer Travel Preservation