/// Off The Beaten Path Travel
It could merely be a vast nothingness in an open field or a rundown village not significant enough to be on a map or a charming hidden street in a mega city.-John Cain
“Off the beaten path travel” could be taken literally or figuratively; trekking through rarely used and nonexistent roads or visiting lesser known destinations, respectively. Either way, it’s the vagabonding way.
There’s a distinct difference between being a traveler and a tourist. One is not better than the other in the ways of experiencing travel but they do compliment each other. I am foremost a vagabond but sometimes I see the world wide-eyed like a tourist looking for popular attractions and at other times I seek something more profound or mysterious like a traveler.
It doesn’t matter how you get off the beaten path.
The Wonders of The World and World Heritage Sites are the exact opposite of being off the beaten path but it’s the “back roads” of getting to those places and the places in between them that are often neglected.
These less-taken roads and “insignificant” places may not be universally recognized but that doesn’t make them any less special. In fact, that “undiscovered” status makes them even more special in their own way, especially to the traveler. Untouched by countless foreigners or culturally diluted by mass tourism, you get a clearer image of what a country or city is like.
Most people who start to get the wanderlust itch, do so by looking at photos of the world’s most popular tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Great Wall of China or Times Square. These photos are in such abundance from all sorts of angles, edits and styles that you can visit them without ever leaving, vicariously anyways.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love seeing these ultra-touristy places with my own eyes as much as anyone. But imagine seeing something like the Great Pyramids of Giza in person without ever have seeing a photo or even a drawing of it before hand.
It would be astounding.
That’s what traveling off the beaten path can do.
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