Tips for Traveling Off the Beaten Path


JoAnna is a globe-trotting, idea-inventing, culture-collecting creativity connoisseur with a global family of foreign exchange students and rescue pets. You can also find JoAnna at

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8 Responses

  1. Communication is my biggest concern in these situations… but I guess you just have to be brave and go for it anyway.

    • JoAnna says:

      Fair enough. But if you can get over the lack of communication, I’ve found that truly unplugging and being in the place can be really rewarding.

  2. Mike & Luci says:

    Great post. I think that preparation is probably the key to finding the best off the path gems.

  3. Darrin says:

    “Your destination is not about you; it’s built for the people who live there.” Well said. Such a place usually requires luck and patience, but the rewards are much higher in terms of cultural connections.

  4. Abby says:

    The language barrier is actually why I LIKE getting off the beaten path. I actually relax when I know I have to use charades, and everyone is trying their hardest, or my Spanish is appreciated… rather than the stress of if I mess up one word, I get answered in English, even if their English isn’t as advanced as my Spanish — because they knew most tourists expect that.

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