8 off the beaten path destinations that will take your breath away

Dec 18 2019, 8:07 am

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There is something to be said about off the beaten path locations for travel.

Untouched beaches, isolated mountaintops, tucked-away towns — these places are exciting, intriguing, and often undisturbed by mass amounts of frequent visitors.

Although these destinations may require a little more effort to get to or need a certain level of open-mindedness, the pros far outweigh the cons when it comes to taking a walk on the wild side.

For what is travel but the ultimate method of broadening one’s horizons both literally and figuratively!

In light of this, we have created a list of 8 unique off the beaten path destinations that are sure to take your breath away.

 

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Renamed by King Mswati III of Swaziland, what was once known Swaziland is now eSwatini.

It translates to “land of the Swazis.”

A small, landlocked country in southern Africa, eSwatini is most notable for its wildlife reserves and festivals that exhibit the Swazi culture.

The country is one of the few remaining monarchies in Africa. As such, the region is adamantly passionate about preserving its cultural integrity.

The diverse landscape and terrain provide ideal habitats for a vast amount of wildlife occupied by the region, including many that you would not be able to see anywhere else.

If you are passionate about wildlife and would love to see these animals firsthand, you should absolutely add eSwatini to your list.

The Solomon Islands

 

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Located in the stunning South Pacific, the Solomon Islands offer a unique combination of relaxation, adventure, and culture.

Still somewhat undetected, the fact that the islands remain incognito from many peoples’ radars bodes well for those who are actively wanting to avoid crowds for something more isolated.

The beaches are warm, and the waters are pristine, making them ideal for snorkelling along the gorgeous coral reefs.

The islands also feature hidden remote beaches to relax and unwind in joyous solitude.

Oman

 

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The Sultanate of Oman is an ideal and inviting destination for travellers who aim to experience the best of both worlds.

Visitors are able to witness firsthand the hospitable and affectionate Omani culture by interacting with shop keepers in one of the many markets — such as the Muttrah Souq in Muscat.

You can also discover the unique history of the region through visiting various historical sites such as the Bahla and Nizwa Forts as well as the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

Outside the concentrated areas are stunning desert and mudbrick villages as well as mountains and shorelines, which lets you explore the natural wonders of the area.

With various distinct destinations, there is something for everyone in Oman.

Bolivia

 

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Bolivia is a stunning country with beautiful and diverse terrain. However, its challenging topography requires more dedication from travellers to reach it than other destinations. 

An ideal location for adventurers, the country is rich in natural beauty with gorgeous views of the Andes Mountains as well as the well-preserved and proud culture of the people who inhabit the region.

The geography is extreme, from the Amazon jungle to Lake Titicaca on the edge of the Incan empire. Still, it is a trip that is as unforgettable as it is extraordinary.

Borneo

 

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A somewhat undiscovered destination, Borneo is the world’s third-largest island and is a territory of joint ownership by Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Sultanate of Brunei.

The most significant appeal and draw to the island is its wildlife — it’s home to endangered elephants, rhinos, leopards, and orangutans, as well as many other exotic and rare animal species.

Witnessing these animals in their element and natural habitat is a once in a lifetime experience. 

Many sanctuaries and refuges seek to preserve and support these species, so paying a visit to them increases not only awareness surrounding their conservation but also provides a more intimate and ethical viewing experience.

Montenegro

 

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Montenegro is a topographically diverse country located in the west-central Balkans. It is situated at the southern end of the Dinaric Alps, and its coasts expand along the Adriatic Sea.

The country is rich in history with its many medieval villages — including Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest towns in Montenegro.

Although its coastline is narrow, the variety of beach styles may come as a delight to visitors as they can venture from sandy coasts to pebbled beaches, each equally if not more stunning than the next.

The country is experiencing a surge in popularity amongst tourists for its understated charm and easygoing attitude.

Don’t miss your chance to visit this idyllic destination before it becomes the next big thing.

Madagascar

 

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Producing around 80% of the world’s vanilla, Madagascar is a sweet as it is ecologically diverse.

The biodiversity of Madagascar is incredibly unique and could perhaps only be rivalled by the Galapagos Islands in terms of the sheer assortment of endemic wildlife that occupies it.

The African island is rich in culture and nature and is well worth the adventure.

Explore its national parks that exhibit wildlife you won’t be able to see anywhere else such as lemurs, fossa, aye-ayes, flat-tailed Geckos, and panther chameleons.

If you are a passionate animal lover, Madagascar should definitely be on your travel bucket list.

Malawi

 

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Indulge in the beauty of the “warm heart of Africa.”

The warmth and friendliness of Malawi’s people and the magnificent scenery it homes enrich the experience for those who choose to venture to this off the beaten path location.

Featuring hidden coves and beaches, tropical waters, the stunning Lake Malawi, Rift Valley, and the plateau reserve parks filled with wildlife, there is an abundance of locations to explore and experience in this under the radar paradise.