Off the Beaten Path

From mountain peaks to untapped beaches, we have compiled the ultimate experiences for your travel bucket list

Off the Beaten Path Travel Around the World

The World’s Most Epic Trails for the Thrill Seeker

Conquering a mammoth trail through some of the world’s most astonishing landscapes isn’t only about bragging (although it certainly can be), but primarily about facing your fears, testing your endurance (both physical and mental), and achieving something you never thought you could in a truly spectacular part of the world — and who wouldn’t brag […]

5 Off the Beaten Path Travel Destinations That Will Blow Your Mind

Contrary to popular belief, there are still plenty of truly kickass destinations all over the world that aren’t overrun with tourists; stunning countries filled to the brim with awe-inspiring highlights (not busloads of visitors) and glorious corners of prominent travel hubs that have yet to be discovered by the crowd. Dream of getting off the […]

Off the Beaten Path Travel in Europe

4 Must-Visit Portugal Cities Just Outside of Lisbon

After a few days in Lisbon, you might be ready for a weekend away. Sintra, Cascais, and Ericeira are great, but during high summer, the crowds in these popular spots can be unbearable. If you’re looking to escape the masses, head out to some of the coolest under-the-radar destinations for a quick getaway: On the […]

5 Insanely Awesome Budapest Ruin Bars

From the bathhouses-turned-bars of Ancient Greece to prohibition speakeasies, the art of serving liquor in unconventional places is, to my mind, a tribute to the ingenuity of humankind. And nowhere is this alcohol-fuelled ingenuity better demonstrated than in the city of Budapest, Hungary. In the last 15 years, this town has seen an explosion of […]

Warm-Water Coasteering: Our Guide to Taking the Plunge

Exploring the growing popularity of Coasteering, a shore to sea adventure sport. “There is nothing but you, the birds, the rocks behind you, and the water below you,” explains my guide, looking down a ten meter cliff into the ocean along the wild coastline of the Western Algarve. “Then you jump.” 
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4 Amazing Cave City Destinations on the Edge of Europe

Scattered between Georgia and Turkey are a series of cave cities that have to be seen to be believed, ranging from monasteries to hand-carved underground super-structures. Once you spot Vardzia on the mountainside, you won’t be able to look away. I definitely couldn’t. A huge swathe of mountain is carved out and honeycombed with caves […]

Fuschlsee: A Hidden Gem in Salzkammergut, Austria

The Salzkammergut area in Austria is world famous for its role in The Sound of Music. While the entire area is stunning, it is also crawling with tourists whose only goal is to sing “The Hills are Alive” and run through every picture you try and take. However, in the less touristy lake of Fuschlsee, […]

Surviving Your First Georgian Supra: A Practical Guide

One of the most famous sights in Tbilisi is the Kartlis Deda sculpture standing on Sololaki Hill, overlooking the city. In her right hand she carries a sword to ward off enemies, but her left hand holds a bowl of wine to share with those who come as friends. This symbolizes the Georgian love and […]

Off the Beaten Path Travel in Asia

Float with Fireflies: Malaysia’s Most Enchanting Light Show

Just an hour outside of Kuala Lumpur, one of Malaysia’s most enchanting sights is tucked away on the banks of the river Selangor. If you don’t know it’s there, you might just miss it. Kampung Kuantan Fireflies Park is home to a sparkling light show that fills the night sky, produced by a rare species of firefly. […]

3 Indonesian Islands That Are Way Better Than Bali

For a large number of travelers, Indonesia is Bali. Bali accounts for over 60% of tourist travel to the country, thanks to its incredible beaches, emerald-green rice fields, cascading waterfalls, as well as its unique cultural, spiritual and artistic treasures. But with over 17,000 islands that host some of the most fruitful cultural and natural […]

Your Guide to 2am Shopping in Seoul

The jetlag got you good. You passed out at 6pm after eating dinner with the old folks, which was actually breakfast time back home. Fast-forward to now: 1am. You’re beyond wide awake and ready to explore the city you wandered through with a hazy brain yesterday. In most cities, this would be a recipe for […]

Things to Do in Tokyo Beyond Shibuya Crossing

Neon lights everywhere, drunk salarymen stumbling in the streets, squishing yourself on the trains overflowing with hurried commuters, robots, steaming bowls of ramen, robots serving ramen — this is how everyone in the world views Tokyo — except those who’ve been there and found things to do in Tokyo outside of the electric city. Yep, […]

The Best Asian Festivals You’ve Never Heard Of

To fully experience a culture is to experience a festival — one where locals congregate to celebrate their home, traditions, and seasons. Attending one of these lesser-known Asian festivals is a sure fire strategy of gaining insight into what life truly looks like in Asia. February 19, 2019 Standing on the beach in the February […]

The Ultimate 11-Day China Itinerary: Beijing to Kashgar

The Silk Road was the traditional route through which caravans carried products from the East and the West for centuries. More than that, it was a corridor through which philosophical ideas, scientific knowledge and the foundations of Buddhism and Islam were transmitted. Want to go, but not sure where to start? We’ve created the ultimate […]

Off the Beaten Path Travel in Africa

Visiting Modern Luxor Egypt to Discover Ancient Thebes

Egypt is a country that has captured the imagination of travelers all around the world, where ancient temples are juxtaposed against apartment blocks and the roads are shared between cars and camels. There’s nowhere quite like it.   While many people make the trip just to Cairo for the pyramids — and yes the pyramids […]

The Danakil Depression: 5 Reasons to Visit the Hottest Place on Earth

There’s a place on this beautiful earth of ours that experiences average daily maximums of 41.1C (106F). I’m not talking the average in the height of summer. I’m talking every single day of the year. Dallol, Ethiopia is the hottest inhabited place on earth. It can be found in the very heart of the Danakil […]

Explore the Seychelles Islands Before They Get Too Touristy

“Paradise on Earth” is probably the most clichéd phrase on the internet to describe tropical islands; however, “Paradise on Earth” is the only phrase to describe the tiny, green, pearl-like Seychelles islands. The beauty of this country is apparent even before you touch its ground. From the window of the plane, you can see the […]

Off the Beaten Path Travel in the Americas

3 of the Best Beaches in Hawaii For Off The Beaten Path Travelers

Some of the world’s most beautiful beaches lie on a chain of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It’s not a secret destination by any means. Babies are born with a desire to go there. It seems to be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s where nearly half the people from your high school […]

How to Spring Break in Baja Without the Crowds

Los Cabos is a prime getaway spot, but at Spring Break, the crowds that flock to the tip of the Baja Peninsula can be overwhelming. Just outside of the popular party town of Cabo San Lucas, however, true seekers can find hidden gems on the Baja Peninsula. If you’re looking for a chilled out, authentic Baja […]

6 Activities For an Unreal Day in Huacachina, Peru

You would be remiss to visit Peru without a day trip to the lively desert oasis of Huacachina. This intriguing destination is just west of the city of Ica, and about five hours south of Lima. If you envision yourself sipping on a pisco sour in front of a chilled-out blue lagoon nestled in towering […]

5 Things To Do in Bolivia to Experience the Real South America

In Bolivia, progress is more an abstract concept than a reality. That isn’t an insult. It’s a compliment. Arriving in Bolivia from almost any other part of South America, whether Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, or Peru, you can feel as though you’ve Marty McFlown back 50 years or more. Everything you’ve been force fed about South […]

Off the Beaten Path Travel in Oceania

Chasing Glow Worms in Te Anau, New Zealand

The quaint, relaxed town of Te Anau is situated on the appropriately named Lake Te Anau, right next to New Zealand’s famed Fjordland National Park. And trust us, you’re going to want to tack this village of glass-still waters and frequently snow-capped mountains onto your travel bucket list. Why? There’s one thing that sets Te […]

Hidden Australian Beaches: 4 Best-Kept-Secret Destinations

Any backpacker who has been to Australia will be familiar with the east coast. A well-worn tourist trail carves its way along the coastline from far north Queensland, through New South Wales, and down to Victoria in the south. When people say they’re going to an Australian beach, they mean they’re going to one on […]