“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.

Wild ponies of Assateague Island, Virginia

10 underrated destinations to explore in the USA

By Tara Tadlock

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

United States Off the Beaten Path
Exterior of the Pulperias

Pulperías: Where the gauchos gathered

By Ana Astri-O’Reilly

Imagine spending days, even weeks, in the vast plains with only your horse and your loyal dog for company. Herding cattle during the day, sipping mate next to the campfire at night. The need for human interaction will be met at the nearest pulpería, although near and far are relative terms in the … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Adventure Off the Beaten Path Food & Drink
Montana wild bison

Responsible and Cultural Travel in Montana

By Tara Tadlock

Whitewater rafting in crystal clear waters. Horseback riding through the tall prairie grass. Purple mountains as the backdrop for local craft breweries. Sounds like a dream, but it’s actually Montana.   Read more

United States Adventure Off the Beaten Path Social Responsibility
Rottnest Island bay

Why every visitor to Western Australia needs to visit Rottnest Island

By Audrey Lim

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from living abroad over the past two and a half years, it’s that Western Australia is truly unrivaled when it comes to their beaches. While I may be quite biased, just picture fine white sand as far as the eye can see and clear … Read more   Read more

Oceania Off the Beaten Path
albuquerque-Hot Air Balloons

Have a high time in Albuquerque

By Kathleen Walls

A major highlight in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a hot air balloon ride at daybreak. But floating through the sky into the sunrise is not all there is to do in Albuquerque, and this city is full of culture and education to provide a well-rounded and enriching experience. Before you … Read more   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path Food & Drink
Derek Cullen overlooking the habor on the Great Blasket Island in Irleland

One Magical Night on the Great Blasket Island in Ireland

By Derek Cullen

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

Ireland Off the Beaten Path
Birds-eye view of the historic city center - the old town of Warsaw.

Why You Must Visit Warsaw: 30 Years After the Fall of Communism in Poland

By Patti Morrow

Careening through the backstreets of Warsaw in a minibus that bumped and jostled us through a former Communist neighborhood, I immediately regretted that extra pierogi I’d had for lunch that now threatened to expel itself. As if clairvoyant, Tomas, our guide, stopped and shepherded us into an area where partially destroyed, … Read more   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path Architecture History
Author Derek Cullen along the Pacific Coast Trail

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

By Derek Cullen

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

North America Backpacking & Camping Off the Beaten Path
The Musée des Confluences is a science centre and anthropology museum in Lyon, France.

The rise of ‘second city’ travel

By Katherine Bertrand

I’m going to take a wild guess here: following your latest travel adventure, the story you were most excited to entertain your friends and family with wasn’t one of the long, winding lines at the Louvre. Or the sea of tourists obstructing your view of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. … Read more   Read more

The World Off the Beaten Path Sustainability
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