8 Spectacular Journeys off the Beaten Path

When you travel to a new place, it’s natural to flock to the top sites, because popular attractions are popular for a reason: they’re fun, exciting, historical or indulgent, and that can make for a really great vacation highlight. But there’s a case to be made for heading out in the other direction, away from the well-trodden routes, the paved paths, and the famous festivities. In many places, what you see in the guidebooks is really just the tip of the iceberg; for the most memorable experiences, look beyond the city walls to where eye-opening adventures await, like these eight fantastic excursions from across the globe.

Dog Sledding in Greenland


Snowmobiles can certainly get you through the snow drifts, but this vast, mostly unpopulated northern land suits a more humble form of transport. A sled dog team is the perfect escort, with a rhythm and pace to suit the sprawling landscape, as you take in the frozen fjord under a clear blue sky and a traditional reindeer skin blanket. If you’re not up for camping in igloos, opt for a day trip with an Inuit guide, who can teach you about their Inuit culture and relationship to the land as you move with the dogs. You’ll see some fox and polar bears if you’re lucky, and on rare occasions, the Northern Lights.