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Off the Beaten Path Tips from the road...for independent and adventurous budget travellers

On Thin Ice: How I Saved My Sherpa

INDIA | Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 | Views [5150] | Comments [1]

A high pitched scream echoed down the canyon walls – something was wrong. I ran around a bend in the river and could see that Tsering had slipped into the near-frozen water. I watched as he desperately clawed at an ice shelf with his fingernails ... Read more >

Tags: connect locally, himalayan treks, india, off the beaten path treks, terrifying travel tales, travel, trekking

An Arctic Experience – Greenland will ride into your heart

GREENLAND | Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | Views [2185] | Video

Tourism Greenland have launched the brand new video series "Rough. Real. Remote." These guys are serious about experiencing real adventure within the Arctic Circle, and this sneak peak on their journey through Greenland is an epic off the beaten ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, biking, connect locally, greenland, hiking, off the beaten path, travel, trekking, video

A Northern Ontario Adventure

CANADA | Friday, 30 Nov 2012 | Views [3530] | Comments [1]

When my friend Cailin and I drove across Canada in 2011, we didn’t have high expectations for Northern Ontario. Most people actually told us “not to bother” with the whole thing, and to drive through the Northern US instead. But ... Read more >

Tags: canada, ontario, road trip, travel

Diving Hot Spots Along Australia’s East Coast

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 | Views [11912] | Comments [3]

Weedy Sea Dragon at Botany Bay The popular travel route from Sydney to Cairns offers countless underwater experiences - some well known internationally and others a local secret. I’ve outlined some of the best spots along the east coast below to ... Read more >

Tags: australia, diving, travel

The Three Deserts of India

INDIA | Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | Views [116187] | Comments [12]

Key Monastery When used in the context of India, the word ‘desert’ often conjures up images of massive sand dunes made of golden sands, of camels bumpily walking towards the horizon, of colourfully clad men & women going about their chores, ... Read more >

Tags: desert, india, off the beaten path, travel

Off the Beaten Path: Delos, Greece

GREECE | Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | Views [4827] | Comments [2]

Many visitors to Greece find themselves at one point or another on the island of Mykonos. One of the most famous of the spellbinding Greek islands, Mykonos is known for its jet-setting clientele, fabulous beaches and wild parties. Nearby this fashionable ... Read more >

Tags: delos, greece, mykonos, off the beaten path, travel

Diving The Solomon Islands

SOLOMON ISLANDS | Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | Views [6973] | Comments [1]

The Solomon Islands remain largely undiscovered by tourists, offering quiet dive sites with some of the world’s highest fish counts. Without the limitations of large diving groups and with the support of flexible operators, divers at the Solomon Islands ... Read more >

Tags: diving, off the beaten path, solomon islands, travel

Off the Beaten Path: India

INDIA | Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | Views [10968] | Comments [1]

Upward of 5 million foreign tourists flock to India every year. 5 million . That’s like if the entire population of Finland boarded airplanes and all flew to another, already over-populated, country. With such a figure in mind it can be difficult ... Read more >

Tags: india, off the beaten path, transport, travel

Off the Beaten Path: Australia

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 24 Oct 2011 | Views [9737]

Australia is a classic tourist destination for visitors seeking nature, wildlife and adventure. Most tend to congregate around the most famous highlights: Sydney, the Great Ocean Road, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru. It's understandable: these places ... Read more >

Tags: australia, backpacking, beaches, outback, road trip, tasmania, travel, uluru, wine

Off the Beaten Path: Patagonia, Chile

CHILE | Thursday, 20 Oct 2011 | Views [7487] | Comments [1]

Many, many avid hikers and nature lovers come to Chile to visit Patagonia. However, most of the time, their destination is the one and only Torres del Paine National Park. Flights to Punta Arenas are expensive, as are hostels and hotels in the area.... Read more >

Tags: chile, off the beaten path, patagonia, south america, travel

Off the Beaten Path: Germany

GERMANY | Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | Views [5561] | Comments [2]

On your bike German cities are extremely bike friendly and for the tourist this is a godsend.   It’s easy to pack in lots of sights when traveling by bike, and getting out of the subway system and above ground will give you a whole different perspective ... Read more >

Tags: baltic sea, beaches, biking, german language, germany, munich, off the beaten path, oktoberfest

Off the Beaten Path: South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA | Friday, 23 Sep 2011 | Views [8910]

South Africa is home to hundreds and thousands of exciting and fascinating activities that locals and visitors alike partake in on a daily basis. However, there are some not as well known as the other major attractions and highlights. Therefore, ... Read more >

Tags: africa, apartheid museum, cape town, hiking, nature, off the beaten path, south africa, travel, wildlife

Off the Beaten Path: Jordan

JORDAN | Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | Views [4757]

Given the…unstable…situation in the Middle East over the last decade, this might surprise you: tourism is booming in Jordan. A good indicator of a destination's burgeoning popularity is by the airlines that service it: and one particular ... Read more >

Tags: amman, food, jordan, locals, middle east, nature reserve, off the beaten path, petra, travel

Off the Beaten Path: South Korea

SOUTH KOREA | Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | Views [6603] | Comments [1]

Since the Korean War, South Korea has remarkably built itself up to become a leading world-class country.   It is a large exporter of cars and electronics, produces talented filmmakers and athletes, and serves as a major hub for travelers coming ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, asia, food, hiking, off the beaten path, south korea, traditions, travel

Off the Beaten Path: Spain

SPAIN | Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | Views [6595]

The Episcopal Palace in Astorga, Spain When one envisions Spain, the images most often conjured up include sun-drenched beaches, vibrant flamenco dancers and valiant bullfighters.   But Spain is so much more than just colorful costumes and ... Read more >

Tags: europe, itineraries, off the beaten path, spain, travel

Off the Beaten Path: Mongolia

MONGOLIA | Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 | Views [5973]

The untamed beauty and stark remoteness of Mongolia has captured the imagination of adventurers for centuries. Humble monks and curious nomads occupy a landscape dotted with not much more than herds of yaks, camels and the occasional ... Read more >

Tags: asia, hot springs, lake khivsgol, monastery, mongolia, off the beaten path, selenge river

Off the Beaten Path: Indonesia

INDONESIA | Friday, 24 Jun 2011 | Views [8305]

Indonesia has long been the chosen destination of free-spirited travelers and the sprawling collection of islands provide ample opportunity for ventures to places unknown. Here are a few starters for making the most of your travels and getting off ... Read more >

Tags: bali, cycling, food, indonesia, java, off the beaten path, southeast asia, teaching english =, travel, volunteering

Off the Beaten Path: Nepal

NEPAL | Monday, 16 May 2011 | Views [6844]

Ideally located in beautiful South Asia and nestled comfortably between China and India, Nepal offers some of the most incredible natural terrain and unique culture on earth.   From the soaring peaks of Mt. Everest to glacier filled lakes, from ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, asia, mountain biking, mountains, nepal, off the beaten path, trails, travel, trekking, trekking

27 Lessons Travel has Taught Me

WORLDWIDE | Tuesday, 10 May 2011 | Views [39018] | Comments [2]

Unpacking my Bags Today is the first time since I left for my trip that I have officially unpacked my bag. I just calculated and if my math is correct that is 296 days. Now granted, I have gone through some times where I have sort of ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, food, friends, hostels, languages, locals, luggage, new zealand, partying, travel

Off the Beaten Path: Malaysia

MALAYSIA | Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | Views [8699] | Comments [1]

Malaysia is a diverse country, both culturally and in its geographical offerings. From exploring islands getaways to trekking through ancient rainforests, Meg Koffel from Intrepid Travel shares her tips for getting off the beaten path in Malaysia ... Read more >

Tags: cameron highlands, cuisine, islands, malaysia, national parks, perentian islands, rainforest, taman negara, travel, wildlife

Nepal - So Much More Than Mountaineering and Trekking

NEPAL | Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | Views [6905]

As home to Mt. Everest, Nepal attracts thousands of adventure travelers each year who attempt to summit the highest peak on the planet or complete the famous 7-14 day Himalayan trek known as the Annapurna Circuit. In light of these activities tourists ... Read more >

Tags: asia, buddhism, mountaineering, mt. everest, nepal, off the beaten path, travel, trekking

Twists in the Road to Cafayate

ARGENTINA | Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | Views [8245]

"Oh, you're young. She thought you were going to be 50" said Yvette, the woman in the front seat, pointing to our guide and driver, Ana. "What, 50? Why would I be 50?" Another woman, Yvette's older sister Jillian, ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, backpacking, blogging, cafayate, culture, landscape, salta, south america, travel

Not So Solo in Patagonia

CHILE | Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | Views [5330]

My time hiking Patagonia was fantastic. This park is like none other on earth. The mountains are like none I've ever seen. Great towers of granite jutting into the sky at the top. Lush forests as you ascend the mountain. Semi-arid range ... Read more >

Tags: camping, chile, friends, hiking, off the beaten path, on the road, patagonia, south america, travel, trekking

Pausing on the Road: Settling in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | Views [2821]

After 8 Months of Travel Tomorrow is the first of March. 8 months away from home. I make this realization as I sit on a small stone beach in Queenstown, New Zealand. Straight ahead of me is the lake, lapping up onto the shore. It's ... Read more >

Tags: australia, friends, inspiration, itinerary, mountains, nature, new zealand, travel, trekking

La Mascara – First Impressions of Salta, Argentina

ARGENTINA | Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | Views [5313]

I shoulder my bags and step off the bus into a blaze. The mid-afternoon sun limns my body in sweat as I scan the sky for the Teleférico. The cable cars bob up to Cerro San Bernardo, hanging from the line like crab apples. It is the first step in ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, beauty, cafayate, cafes, couchsurfing, entertainment, farms, salta, south america, transport

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