Off the beaten path — travelers all over the world increasingly talk about it and seek it out. But what is it? And, more critically, where is it? Does it really even exist (a modern Shangri-La) or is it more a state of mind? And is off-the-beaten-path family travel appropriate, in body and/or spirit, as more and more parents travel with their kids in search of powerful learning experiences anchored in pristine nature, “authentic culture” and opportunities for direct communication with people of foreign lands?
With these questions in mind, we turned to the expert knowledge of more than a dozen of our Family Travel Association members and asked them to weigh in about off-the-beaten-path family travel. The response was enthusiastic, to put it mildly.