It seems like there are multiple ideas of what it really means to travel and have adventures in other places. The locations where lots of people like going year in and year out are generally known to everyone, and the residents there know it.
Go to the New Orleans, Londons, New Yorks, and Parises of the world, and chances are, you’ll find someone or some company looking to profit from taking you through all the tourist traps on offer.
To some people, that’s traveling. To others, that’s boring and has been done before, by everyone.
Getting off the beaten path is what real travel is like to some people. It’s not following the paths that are given to you. It’s forging your own to see the world as it truly is, not as travel agencies would have you see it.
So, how do you get off the beaten path on your next vacation? We’ll show you.
Read Travel Blogs
The best way to start out getting to places you’ve never been before is to hear from those who have done it. Travel blogs are a great and free resource to use to start getting informed about other countries or areas.
If you want to go on a vacation to Orlando, Florida, guess what? So do millions of other people. But maybe you can find a blog post that lists the top 10 things to do in Orlando that aren’t for tourists. Maybe there are places you won’t find advertised in a travel brochure about Orlando that you would enjoy seeing or learning about.
This same idea applies no matter where you’re going. Chances are, someone’s done it before you, and maybe they also write about it on a blog. So start doing some searching.
The other thing that’s true about traveling even to a less-known area is that people likely live there despite it being your vacation destination. So, it stands to reason that if you want to know about the less-traveled spots in this place, you should ask the people who would know it best.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to those you see out and about. If they have lived here for a number of years, they’ve probably gotten to know the things that tourists don’t hear about. They know the tips and tricks, and someone might be willing to pass along the knowledge they’ve gathered over the years about a tavern or scenic spot.
Strike Out on Your Own
Or, if all else fails, you can always simply explore on your own by dropping everything from your maps to your GPS and just exploring.
Oh, there’s a main drag in this city where all the restaurants, shops, and entertainment can be found? Well, what happens if you leave that drag and start walking the side streets on your own? The quieter it gets, the less touristy it is, and the greater your chances are of finding something perhaps more worthwhile for yourself.
In the end, your vacation is yours to plan as you please, so if the beaten path is too mainstream for you, don’t be afraid to get out there and see the real world.