Off the Beaten Track: 10 destinations to visit in 2016

This is the year I get off the beaten track of travelers and go somewhere new. Somewhere that isn’t filled with a hundred camera-toting tourists and partying-backpackers. Although destinations like Paris, London, and Rio are beautiful and fascinating, it’s a total different experience when you are exploring a city/a park/temples/etc. and have it all to yourself. Here are 10 destinations that will take you off the beaten track.


Located in Southeast Asia, this country was a little more difficult to get in too then its neighbor, Thailand. In recent times, areas have been opening up to visitors, but it hasn’t gotten too busy yet. Now is the time to go!

Bagan Temples, photo via Flickr by KX Studio


A bit of effort to get in too, but would be worth it. Approximately, 130,000 visitors were allowed in to the Kingdom in 2014. You need to be either a guest of the government or a traveler on an approved travel program. If you’re going, you will be on a tour more than likely.

Tatras Mountains, Poland

The Tatras are a beautiful mountain range along the Polish-Slovakia border. Popular for hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. Stay in the Zakopane resort or drive down for the day from Krakow.

The Tatras Mountains photo via Flickr by Laura Suarez

Russia-China via Siberia

Take the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow, Russia to Beijing, China. This journey isn’t too long, 7,621 km and only 6 nights. But you get to cross Siberia, Mongolia, and the Gobi desert.

Trans Siberian photo via Flickr by Boccaccio1

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

One of Europe’s less visited countries, this country is beautiful and full of history. Franz Ferdinand’s death sparked the start of WWI; the countryside is littered with little vineyards; and dozens of castles.

Sarajevo at night. Photo via Flickr by Gabriel Hess

Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

It’s the busiest town in Czech after Prague and with good reason. Charming architecture, museums and breweries, and a month-long music festival.


Facing the Baltic sea in Northern Europe, Estonia has so much to do. You can go camping at any one of their free campsites, find deserted beaches on one of the thousand islands, or go to the Tallinn Christmas Market.

Sri Lanka

Spend days soaking up the sun on the white beaches then head inland to visit tea plantations, play in waterfalls, and ride an elephant or two.

Sri Lanka. Photo via Flickr by Kosala Bandara


Andaman Islands

A union territory of India, these islands are situated between India and Myanmar. There are approximately 300 islands, yet only a dozen allow tourists on them. A great place to go diving.


Ever heard of Azerbaijan? More than likely not. East of Turkey, this country isn’t on many travellers list. Surrounded by the Caspian Sea, the Greater Causcasus mountains, and flatlands, there is a lot to see and do. Visit ancient petroglyphs, mud volcanoes, and explore the capital city of Baku.

Baku. Photo via Flickr by Trevor Claringbold

Where have you gone that’s off the well beaten path of tourists? Or where do you want to go?

About Kait C (88 Articles)
I'm working on see the entire world, one country at a time…31 down, 165 to go. Currently in Berlin.

2 Comments on Off the Beaten Track: 10 destinations to visit in 2016

  1. These are such great ideas!

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