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Ten of the Best Off-the-Beaten-Track Treks

Do you want to really break free and head to places where you can be completely on your own with no one else around? Off-the-Beaten-Track picture Cut yourself off from the routine grind and plug in with nature on some of the world’s most off-the-beaten-paths.

Visit Africa’s third ultimate peak, the Australian deserts, or trek the world’s most southern peak in Patagonia, all are breathtaking. Even though these trails are not easy to get to, don’t let that stop you, there is a trek out there for everyone.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal

Duration is approximately 17 days (13 days trekking)

Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (6)
Ideal for: Active travelers who want to try out a trail different to the ever-popular Everest Base Camp trek
Best time to go is February to mid-May or end of September to December
How would you like to avoid the busier trails in Everest?

This path goes through Sherpa villages to the wondrous turquoise Gokya Lakes and continues through the Renjo La (5,400m).

It is considered one of the very top hiking trails in the Everest region, and its route gives you a glimpse of the grand Himalaya’s 8000 meter peaks. On the way to Gokyo Ri, you get the greatest site of Everest and the adjacent mountains, including Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End to End in Australia

Duration is approximately 14 days
Grading: Moderate to Challenging (6)
Wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers desiring a challenge will love this
Ideal to go is Mid-April to August

Considered to be a great hiking trail in Australia, walking the length of the Larapinta goes through the West Mac Donnell range in Central Australia and is more than 223 kilometers. Walk through this desert-like area with tucked away ridges and canyons, slumber under the night sky in the Outback; ascend Mount Sonder, one of the highest mountains in the Northern Territory and wake up to a most memorable sunrise.

Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island in Chile
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Duration: Approximately 6 days (4 days trekking)
Grading: Challenging - 7

Ideal for the experienced trekker who wants to get off the beaten track in Patagonia
December to March is the best time to go
Walk the world's most southerly trek to Dientes de Navarino Massif where you will get the sensation that you have come to the far reaches of the globe.

You will not see many others on this 42-kilometer journey at the tip of South America. This walkabout has been labeled by Lonely Planet as an area in Patagonia with the highest quality walking trails and is one of the few remaining remote spots left on earth.

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan
Duration is approx. 24 days (16 days trekking)

Grading is entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Best for: Anyone looking to get into mountaineering, or who is seeking a challenging trek

Best time to go: June to August
Viewed to be one of the very best scenic treks, it extends from the well-known Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the end of the globe’s second tallest peak. Pakistan’s renowned walk has impressed the likes of trekkers and mountaineers for many years, with a 360-degree view of 7,000 meter and 8,000-meter crests, among them the remarkable K2.
The Southern Alps in New Zealand

Duration: About 6 days

Grading: Moderate (5)
Best for: Those looking to head for heights
Ideal time to go is November to April

Regarded as one of the best hiking (or 'tramping', to locals) destinations on Earth, New Zealand’s Southern Alps is a splendid combination of snowcapped peaks, turquoise lakes and golden hills. Exploring the alpine tarns with unobscured vistas, this trek is considered a warm up for walking in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda
Duration: About 13 days (10 days trekking)
Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)

Best for those who have ticked off Mt Kilimanjaro from their bucket list and are looking for their next summit challenge
Best time to go is from December to February and June to September
Hidden away and tranquil, the Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa's best hidden hidden. For those who like a challenge, the climb to Margherita Peak (5,109m), Africa’s third highest mountain, is the way to go.

West Coast Trail in Canada
Duration is approx. 8 days (7-day full-pack trek)

Grading: Moderate to Challenging (6)
This is for those active walkers who enjoy coastal walks and seek to combine it with an amazing forest trek and wildlife spotting
Best time to go is August
Travel the Strait of Georgia by ferryboat, head to the northern trailhead of Vancouver Island to begin your travels, with the likelihood of seeing Orca whales, sea lions, eagles, and bears near the shoreline.

On the list of top 10 hikes, you can appreciate long coastline walks on the shelf, if organized correctly.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan
Duration: Approximately 27 days (23 days trekking)

Grading: Exploratory trekking (8)
Ideal for: Those looking for a very challenging trek that ventures far off the beaten track
When to go: September to November

Visit the greatest traverse of Bhutan spanning 11 elevated passes over 4,500 meters through the remote Lunana region.

This amazing passage also crosses to the lovely Paro Valley where you will notice a stretch of land with small Buddhist monasteries and distant villages that are out of the way from the rest of the country for a number of months of the year.

Pamir Fann Mountains in Tajikstan

Duration: About 14 days - 5 days trekking -

Grading: Moderate (5)

Ideal for: Those desiring to take their bush walking adventures up a notch while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing
When to go: June to September
Famous for its scenic mountain backdrops and its gorgeous alpine lakes, this passage in the untainted region of Pamir goes into deep valleys with vibrantly pure lakes and flowering hillsides.

You may even catch a peek of the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Tavan Bogd in Mongolia
Duration: Approx. 11 days - 4 days of trekking
Grading: Moderate (5)

Best for those looking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture
Ideal time to go: June to August
Geographically, this is the most remote section of Mongolia, and is lush with unspoiled nature, wild animals and fascinating cultural history. You will come across local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan locals, and observe more about this nomadic society.

Millions of Different Escapades for Two

No matter what you want your romantic trip to be, there are a host of destinations where you can pick from elaborate to simple options. Often times taking a vacation and spending quality time with the one you love goes further than any gift ever could. Resorts all over the world now cater specifically to the wants of couples who want to shake things up a bit.

What's your idea of a perfect romantic escapade?

Although brightly colored rose petals scattered on your bedding may not be your cup of tea, you will undoubtedly enjoy the fresh cut flowers, delectable chocolates, and champagne that await you in your suite.

The wide array of romantic trips offered these days means you get to choose the place best suited to what you are seeking. Your idea of the perfect romantic holiday may include white-sand beaches, refreshing exotic drinks served under the shade of a parasol, or the sight of a resplendent sunset. Paris or Florence may be good options for those looking to wander attractive, cobbled streets or visit art galleries full of incredible artwork. Off-the-Beaten-Track description Here are some of the world's top romantic vacation spots for couples in search of an enchanting, blissful, and carefree destination where they can spend some quality time with each other.

St. Lucia
One of Eastern Caribbean’s hidden gems remains the small island of St. Lucia.

Couples on the look-out for a place with equal parts relaxation and adventures need search no longer than St. Lucia which offers first-class beaches and deluxe amenities.

Kauai, Hawaii
For those that hope to combine excursions with romance, look no further than Kauai, Hawaii. Striking vistas, pristine shores and one-of-a kind scenery are beautifully combined on this oldest of the Hawaiian Islands.

Referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” visitors can explore its spectacular canyon and waterfalls.

Zambia

Though this gorgeous East African nation may not be your first thought as a place to take a romantic vacation, it has all the makings of a great destination for couples to enjoy.

Fiji
Fiji in the South Pacific is yet another ultra -romantic travel destination for couples on the lookout for a fun destination where everything goes.

There are numbers of exclusive holiday resorts and spas on this Melanesian island country which is made up of more than 330 islands. The year-round warm temperatures and never-ending opportunities for intimate moments make Fiji a very well-liked getaway for couples of all kinds.

Patagonia
The life-altering trek through Patagonia, a stretch of mostly uninhabited terrain crossing Chile and Argentina, is making its way on everyone's bucket list.

The awe-striking views and the many animal species on this faraway land have long beguiled romantics and nature-loving travelers alike.

There is no place on earth like Patagonia with its extraordinary glaciers, lush ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and spectacular fjords.

Leading Treks Around the World

The greatest treks are more than the steps you take, they are about the understanding and influence you receive from the destination - they are about stepping into a destination’s culture and history. Still, this type of journey is no simple undertaking. They will test you physically and engage you mentally, leaving you with an indelible perception of the richness of our environment. Here, we have listed 8 best treks.

Peru's Inca Trail - 4 days & 26.7 miles
Memorable moments are plentiful on the Inca Trail, but none can compete with the time you walk through the Sun Gate and first see the sight of the forgotten city of Machu Picchu.

Perfect time to go: May to September

Colombia’s Lost City ~ 5 days and 27 miles
Walk through the dense jungle through streams before coming to the ruins of Teyuna. Arrive here first you and will have this Lost City to enjoy exclusively.

The best months to go are December to March.

Everest Base Camp in Nepal - 13 days & 38.5 miles
This experience will take you closer to the natives of the Himalayas before opening a window to the top of the world.

After experiencing Everest, you will never look at our world in the exact same way.

Off-the-Beaten-Track portrayal The best months to go are August to November.

Tanzania's Mt Kilimanjaro - 21.1 miles | 8 days

Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's largest crest at 5,895m (19,340 ft). It is no painless task, but unlike other massive peaks, it gives those fearless enough to make it to the top. Perfect time to go: September to March.

Europe's Mont Blanc - 8 days & 77.7 miles
The Tour du Mont Blanc is more than 100 miles and takes you through three countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France.

It is best to go from June to September

Patagonia's Torres del Paine Circuit - 82.6 miles in 10 days
Recognized for its organic beauty, you will be exposed to striking volcanic terrains, impressive glaciers and expansive flatlands extending to the horizon.

Perfect time to go: December to March

Venezuela's Mt Roirama - 21.1 miles | 6 days
The magnificent mountain of Roraima is precious to the region's local inhabitants and is said to have motivated Arthur Conan Doyle’s fiction, "The Lost World." Best time to go: You can walk the Roraima trail at any time of the year but November to April is the perfect time.
The Camino de Santiago, Spain - 466 miles - 30 days

The respected Camino de Santiago, also known as the St. James Trail, was a very important Christian passage during the Middle Ages, and is still viewed as a relevant religious pilgrimage today. The ideal time to travel: You can go in any month of the year but the perfect time is between the spring and autumn (which is high season).

What Makes a Perfect Honeymoon?

One of the great parts after the big wedding is the awesome honeymoon that comes afterwards. The increased numbers of newlyweds looking for the best honeymoon has triggered more holiday resorts and cruise lines to offer specific romantic getaways filled with a romantic touch. Some of the very first experiences newlyweds should share include a place to unwind and rejuvenate, and somewhere to create lifetime memories. Newlyweds can pick from an array of destination possibilities where they can spend those first days or weeks hand-in-hand.

Let's get married!
After your true love asked for your hand, you possibly began to plan for the perfect honeymoon.

From the Atlantic to the Pacific, newlyweds in the US have the luxury of having so many destination options wherever their pursuits take them, from mountains, snow covered peaks, to beautiful beaches.

Los Angeles and San Francisco, California

Los Angeles’ Hollywood sign and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge are just two of California’s most iconic symbols.

New York, New York
New York City's experienced innkeepers know how to host newlyweds and other romantics in exemplary fashion. The Big Apple’s renowned sites, museums, and night scene make it well worth getting out from under the sheets.
Hawaii

If you’re seeking for the perfect place to honeymoon, look no further than Hawaii where you’ll be astonished by its beautiful beaches and hidden coves; world-class hotels; delicious cuisine; appealing water sports; breathtaking natural beauty; and perfect weather.

Las Vegas
And don’t forget Las Vegas. Its vibrant lights and 24-hour excitement make it the ideal destination for honeymooners who prefer late-night action over lounging on a beach. For couples who appreciate a dose of culture, fine dining and relaxing beaches, Europe is chock-full of choices.
Paris, France

Couples looking for an authentic romantic experience should travel to Paris, dubbed the City of Love, and snuggle in a cozy café or stroll under the gleaming lights of the Eiffel Tower.

Italia!

A hop, skip and jump away, Italy is a country steeped in culture, delectable food, and great fashion as well as much, much more.

The delightful small towns and culture-steeped cities of the Tuscany region are a must see when journeying to Italy.

In Venice you’ll see and hear the crooning of the gondolieri who glide along the waterways of the City of Water and you’ll marvel at the creativeness of the masks worn during Carnival time.

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Spain
The choice of places to visit in Spain is vast, from the historic, the natural wonder, to the sunny coasts and party islands. Combined with intricate architecture and Spanish folklore, Seville is an enchanting city ideal for honeymooners to explore.

By day, enjoy a visit to its opulent palaces. Follow this up with a regenerating siesta so you have the stamina to dance all night long.

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The South Pacific

The South Pacific offers amazing honeymoons.

Set in the South Pacific, Tahiti and Fiji are known as some of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. Both islands boast miles and miles of tranquil, breathtaking shores as well as some seriously fantastic living arrangements. Many properties feature over-water suites, so you may even see some tropical fish swim below glass panels under the coffee table.

Or explore the Dark Continent: Africa.

The least exciting thing you’ll do on an African honeymoon is to read a book before a hippo-filled river because the remainder of the time you’ll be on an exhilarating game drive, a walking safari, a fishing expedition or a canoe trip.

Toast to married life before a camp fire as you look up to watch the star-studded sky and listen to the sounds of the African bush, with an occasional roar here and there. Zambia, often referred to as the "Real Africa", is an authentic wilderness experience distant from the crowds of tourist-packed destinations. It is a destination popular with honeymooners with a sense of adventure and a an appreciation for nature. It is a country teeming with some of the most out of the way and unspoiled wildlife in Africa, but also an area with incredible sunsets where you can enjoy true peace and quiet. The entirety of South Africa encompasses its beautiful Cape Town, Big 5 game reserves, picturesque wine routes, dazzling beaches and magnificent mountain ranges, all of which make it an the perfect honeymoon destination. The many distinctive cultures which together make up this country have made it known as the “Rainbow Nation”. Approximately 1,200 miles off the southeastern coast of the African continent lies Mauritius, one of the world's most fashionable honeymoon destinations, and for good reason.

This island on the Indian Ocean, with its year-round good weather conditions and palm-fringed fabulous beaches, ticks of all the boxes as an paradisiacal, romantic vacation. Honeymooners will find that Mauritius offers a blend of activity, plenty of opportunities to just lay back and relax, luxurious lodgings and the personal service they seek for such a momentous time.

Close-to-Home Weekend Getaways

Life is short – add in some great weekend getaways every now and then, to chill out, have a good time, and get away from your day-to-day routine. Of course, choosing a destination can be a problem if you only have a brief time to go. But don’t worry, there are actually lots of destinations that could be just what you are searching for in a weekend away.

New York City

Getting to the city that never sleeps from almost anywhere is easy by car, rail, or air. Don’t let weather deter you; indoor activities like distinguished museums or Broadway shows abound, while outdoor activities such as the High Line and Central Park can also be beautiful even in the winter. Both the inspiring iconic landmark known as the Statue of Liberty and famous Ellis Island can be visited by ferry.

San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most gorgeous cities in the nation with its legendary Golden Gate Bridge, Victorian architecture dotting the steep hills, interesting and distinctive neighborhoods, cable cars, and lovely weather all year long. Baseball has never been as picturesque as in San Francisco; go to a game at AT&T Park and enjoy the gorgeous views of the beautiful San Francisco Bay.

Washington, D.C.
The beautiful U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. has many major attractions that are easy to visit, as many are free of charge and found within walking distance of each other: the imposing Lincoln Memorial, the awe-inspiring Washington Monument, and many more. Foodies will love the weekend brunch custom, popular with both local people and visitors alike.
New Orleans

Off-the-Beaten-Track image The fascinating city of New Orleans offers an amazing array of activities to select from. If you love history, be sure to check out The National WWII Museum, or if you wish to spend time outside, walk around the gorgeous City Park. Anyone spending time in New Orleans has to designate some time to walk around the legendary French Quarter (preferably in the evening) and save some appetite for the delectable traditional beignets.

Nashville, NC

This small town is loved by easy-going hipsters, beer lovers, as well as anyone who loves beautiful mountain scenery. Avid hikers will want to take a hike on the renowned Appalachian Trail which passes nearby, while anyone who just wants to enjoy a spectacular view and some fresh air can head over to Pisgah National Forest or the Blue Ridge Parkway. More than a hundred wonderful craft beers await you at nearby breweries, so go on over once you are ready to kick back and relax.

Chicago
With its unique and varied neighborhoods, awesome food scene, historic architecture, and other fun activities, Chicago is a fantastic weekend getaway. If the weather is good, cruise down the Chicago River to see the city’s iconic architecture, then head over to Millennium Park to check out the sculpture locals affectionately refer to as “The Bean”.

Chicago has a rich culture of notable museums such as the Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago; ideal for those cold Chicago winter days.

Seattle

This beautiful coastal city has a lot to offer: have a coffee at the original Starbucks, then head over to the legendary Space Needle, and finally check out the scene at the fun Pike Place Market where you can have dinner at one of the wonderful restaurants. For anyone who would love a good workout, go for a hike in the lovely Discovery Park, or for bold adventurers, head over to Mount St. Helens, an active volcano whose last major eruption was in 1980. Bring an umbrella, but don’t let the city’s famous rainy weather discourage you; it is typically just a light drizzle or mist.

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