Off-the-Beaten-Path Family Travel

Off-the-Beaten-Path Family Travel

Posted on May 23, 2017   •   Written by

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?

Off-the-beaten-path family travel in a boat in the Ibera Marshland of Argentina

Off-the-beaten-path family travel in a boat in the Ibera Marshland of Argentina. Photo courtesy of Say Hueque

With these questions in mind, I 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.

It’s Perfect for Family Travel

“Off-the-beaten-path travel is the ultimate family adventure,” enthused Carrie Buss, a co-founder of Along for the Trip, a blog teaching parents how to get out and see the world with their kids. “We think [of it as] experiencing places with our kids that will inspire them to try new things and will ignite their passion for exploring.”

Diego Andrade, Marketing Manager of Pure! Travel Group, a boutique tour operator for Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, agreed: “Families should head off the beaten path because of the unique and different world they will experience.”

Overall, there was a strong emphasis on “out-of-the-box travel experiences,” as described by Mauricio Castro, Business Development Director of Nature Air, an airline and “flying tour” operator in Costa Rica.

Whatever the definition, the end goal, of course, is the sometimes elusive memories that “stay with a person as long as they live,” reminded Felipe Castro, Director, North America of Australis, an expedition cruise company specializing in trips at the bottom end of South America.

It’s Both a Place and a State of Mind

One thing was clear from the advice received: off-the-beaten-path travel defies easy explanation, as it is both a search for little-trodden lands and a desire to indulge in activities outside one’s normal daily routine.

“I really don’t think any [off-the-beaten-path] destination or experience is typical because every traveler is unique, and as such, his or her experiences will be so as well,” commented Erin Kirkland, publisher of AKontheGo, Alaska’s only family travel resource.

That being said, some experts do see going off the beaten track as getting to a certain type of place, one that “tourists cannot find on their own and it’s a window into [its] true life and culture,” suggested Bryan Jáuregui, the founder and owner of Todos Santos Eco Adventures, a leading tour operator in Baja California.

Sunset prairie of South Dakota

A gravel road… where adventure begins. Photo courtesy of the South Dakota Department of Tourism

It “conjures up images of destinations located along a dirt road…. Your adventure starts when the pavement ends,” added Kelly Burns of Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, located in the Gila National Forest of southwest New Mexico (USA).

And it can even be whole countries that allow “for an amazing opportunity to get away from the crowds, but to be in communities that are welcoming and genuine,” observed Andrea Ross, the founder of Journeys Within, a boutique Southeast Asia tour company.

Going off the beaten path is also a way to travel, one increasingly out of fashion in this day and age of relentless connectivity and instant access to up-to-date information. “What happened to plotting a route on paper and ‘going with the flow’?“ wondered Katlyn Richter of the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

Whatever the case, “It means doing something out of the ordinary,” summarized Florian Craanen, Head of International Development for Family Twist, which organizes private, luxury family holidays and activities in Europe.

It’s About Culture and Nature

A top desire of many traveling families is to encounter people from different cultures and learn about their lives. “I think anytime that your children have the opportunity to interact with other children – even when they don’t speak the same language – it’s a meaningful and eye-opening experience,” said Shellie Bailey-Shah, the editor of KidTripster, a family travel website that informs and inspires families traveling anywhere in the world.

Buss of Along for the Trip concurred: “We think of of-the-beaten-path travel as purposely immersing ourselves in a new culture.” So did Ross of Journeys Within: “I think visiting local families is always an amazing way for families to connect with the countries they’re visiting.”

Right up there with culture, however, is the rising emphasis families place on nature. “I don’t believe getting off the beaten path necessarily requires absolute solitude in a true wilderness setting,” though, reflected Dan Wulfman, President of Tracks & Trails, a company focused on western driving experiences. “I think what most of us crave, whether we’re in touch with it yet or not, is a connection with nature.”

Of course, the trick with connecting with nature and with communities with a deep commitment to their indigenous culture is the risk of abusing them. Identifying AND preserving pristine landscapes and groups that practice “authentic” culture should be a consequential part of the thinking about off-the-beaten-path places.

“Remaining hidden from large groups can be an advantage for natural destinations, as it translates into less destruction and less pollution,” noted Andrade of Pure! Travel Group.

Dancing and drumming on an off-the-beaten-path hillside in Rwanda

Dancing and drumming on an off-the-beaten-path hillside in Rwanda. Photo courtesy of World Fusion Tours

Importantly, It’s About Respect

“Off-the-beaten-path travel is an education and experience for all parties involved – this is NOT ‘one-way tourism’,” emphasized Katina Goussetis, Director of World Fusion Tours, which offers customized family adventures across East Africa and India.

A chosen off-the-beaten-path travel experience necessarily involves (or should involve) volunteering, learning projects by working side by side with locals, or contributions of material or funding to the economic development of local communities. The pride and profit local communities can take away from showcasing who they are is not to be diminished. In fact, it is to be accented.

“Everyone benefits from this kind of tourism and that makes it meaningful and sustainable,” continued Goussetis.

There’s No One Right Way to Do It… or Need to Do It

In parallel with the broad agreement — albeit sometimes in the loosest of terms — of what off-the-beaten-path travel is (or should be), so too was there consensus that “The concept of ‘off the beaten path’ does not and should not imply ‘risky’ or ‘expensive’ for families…,” advised Kirkland of AKontheGo. “It’s the right destination if it’s right for your family, and sometimes you have to experience something or somewhere to find out.”

That should involve all the same trip planning involved in more mainstream travel, especially if any off-the-beaten-path travel involves remote locations or communities with different material values. Parents should think about “the youngest age considered safe for off-the-beaten-path travel,” pointed out Goussetis of World Fusion Tours. “It really depends on the activity being undertaken. It is also about the parents and their parenting style.”

Importantly, it’s vital “to be tuned in to the family as a whole, as well as each member,” counseled Rafa Mayer, Founder and CEO of Say Hueque, which specializes in customized tours to independent travelers in Argentina and Chile.

After all, “Off-the-beaten-path travel is not for every family, despite the beauty and unique experiences,” said Andrade of Pure! Travel Group.

And yet!

Remember that off-the-beaten-path travel isn’t just about “very remote places with difficult access… where you experience new feelings and there’s adventure everywhere,” noted Nicolas Caram, Marketing Coordinator of Australis. “You are used to thinking that what is close to home is easy to get to” and therefore might not qualify as off the beaten path.

Plainly that isn’t true. “There are plenty of off-the-beaten-path places to see in our own backyards,” urged Buss of Along for the Trip. Right at home is a great place to experiment with how it can feel to challenge your travel expectations.

Father ands son in Yosemite

It’s great to get away from the grind, as this family did in Yosemite. Photo courtesy of Tracks & Trails

Whatever the case, rich travel experiences like those available when one goes off the beaten path “are the stories worth telling,” concluded Richter of the South Dakota Department of Tourism. “The stories that always start with a bit of fear and uncertainty, but are, in the end, the stories that you say you wouldn’t have changed your plans for. It feels good to take the exit that no one else is taking, to feel like you’re exploring uncharted territory and to come home with stories that not everyone comes home with.”


In Their Own Words

The 14 experts who shared their thoughts have all been introduced above, but what follows below is more of what they had to say about off-the-beat-path family travel.

WHAT COMES TO MIND FIRST WHEN THINKING ABOUT OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH FAMILY TRAVEL?

It’s About Family Togetherness and Going with the Flow

Off-the-beaten-path family travel can be an incredible adventure full of memories to last a lifetime, and truly strengthen the bond between family members (especially in today’s world where it can be a challenge simply eating dinner together, never mind spending an extended amount of quality time together).
— Rafa Mayer, Say Hueque

It seems as if gone are the days of using a traditional paper map that doesn’t give any indication of road construction and updated highway information. What happened to plotting a route on paper and “going with the flow”? Our devices now pave the path ahead of us. Convenient? Yes. But gone is the sense of adventure and wayfinding. Those are the times you stumble upon the incredible, the unforgettable memories worth holding onto.
— Katlyn Richter of the South Dakota Department of Tourism

Off-the-beaten-path travel is synonymous with adventurous, pristine and unique experiences.
— Diego Andrade of Pure! Travel Group

Places and experiences, an out-of-the-box travel experience.
— Mauricio Castro, Nature Air

It’s Not About Extremes

The concept of “off the beaten path” does not and should not imply “risky” or “expensive” for families. To me, it simply means traveling to a destination, or a destination-within-a-destination, that is not the usual track tourists/visitors follow. In fact, labeling a destination or experience “off the beaten path” in the first place may create expectations for families. What I’m saying is this: It’s the right destination if it’s right for your family, and sometimes you have to experience something or somewhere to find out.
— Erin Kirkland of AKontheGo

“It’s important to be tuned into the family as a whole, as well as each member. You need to be sure your particular plans cater to everyone’s interests, otherwise even the most intrepid trip can make someone feel uncomfortable or even alienated, and ultimately have the opposite effect of what you were hoping to achieve.
— Rafa Mayer, Say Hueque

Family travel and dude ranches: a chance to slow down

A chance to slow down and get in touch with nature in a truly off-the-beaten-path location. Photo courtesy of Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

If off-the-beaten-path family travel is taking a road trip to the far end of Khazakstan or a 1/2-day tour to Chernobyl, then we don’t really offer “off-the-beaten-path” activities. But if it means doing something out of the ordinary, than that’s where we blend in nicely.
— Florian Craanen of Family Twist

It’s All About Great Cultural Activities

We have two types of activities: cultural and hands-on. Most of them are done in very famous areas, or linked to famous aspects of the culture of the country, which, in theory, would be contrary to going “off the beaten path.” But since we put a little twist to all this in order to keep the children fully entertained and engaged, it becomes “off the beaten path.”
— Florian Craanen of Family Twist

I think of culture – community walks, meeting people from different cultures and learning about their ways of life. I guess this comes to mind as off the beaten path evokes those images in my mind. And since cultural tourism is my focus of course it screams culture to me!
— Katina Goussetis, World Fusion Tours

Parents and children discover the colorful clothing of the local communities and learn about their traditions. Adventurous families can even experience off-the-beaten-path accommodations! These will probably not offer the same comfort as traditional hotels, but families staying in these places will have a different experience and vision of the country.
— Diego Andrade of Pure! Travel Group

It’s About Visiting Amazing Places

When we think of off-the-beaten-path traveling, we think about experiencing places with our kids that will inspire them to try new things and will ignite their passion for exploring. For us, off-the-beaten-path traveling includes places that are a bit more of a challenge to get to, and require some extra planning. These places are more adventurous than relaxing, and they give our family a special and memorable experience. We enjoy visiting places that our friends have never been so that we can get a unique and authentic experience without knowing too much about the place ahead of time. Off-the-beaten-path travel is the ultimate family adventure.
— Carrie Buss, Along for the Trip

Off-the-beaten-path travel conjures up images of destinations located along a dirt road. As soon as my tires hit a gravel road I know I am in for an adventure. My heart beats a little faster as I navigate to my destination and I eagerly anticipate what I will encounter along the way. Will there be historical landmarks? Scenic overlooks? Animals alongside the road? The challenge is getting there, but when you are traveling to a destination located on a dirt road, your adventure starts when the pavement ends.
— Kelly Burns of Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

I think of very remote places with difficult access. Places like Papua or the Amazon. Where you experience new feelings and there’s adventure everywhere, because you are used to thinking that what is close to home is easy to get to.
— Nicolas Caram of Australis

When I think of off-the-beaten-path family travel I immediately think of Cambodia and Laos. These countries to me allow for an amazing opportunity to get away from the crowds, but to be in communities that are welcoming and genuine.
— Andrea Ross of Journeys Within

A picnic with a homestay host in Cambodia

A picnic with a homestay host in Cambodia. Photo courtesy of Journeys Within

Experiences that tourists cannot find on their own and it’s a window into the true life and culture of Baja California Sur, that has absolutely nothing to do with the resorts of Cabo. Most people don’t even know that people live in the mountains here but it is this ranchero culture that defines the Baja spirit.
— Bryan Jáuregui of Todos Santos Eco Adventures

Families live an adventure as they drive on back roads and observe wonderful landscapes not offered by regular programs. The adventure goes on as families arrive in small villages that are not visited by many tourists.
— Diego Andrade of Pure! Travel Group

Going to an off-the-beaten-path destination is usually going to a place that most others have not been. Thus, there is a great deal of “discovery.” We cruise to places that are mostly undiscovered. Each cruise is a learning experience as well as a great fun experience, like getting up close to exotic wildlife and scenery to create a learning situation that is memorable to both parents and children.
— Felipe Castro of Australis

Even though we like off-the-beaten-path travel that takes us to faraway places, it doesn’t have to be that way all the time. There are plenty of off-the-beaten-path places to see in our own backyards, and seeking out information from your local tourism boards can help you find adventures closer to home.
— Carrie Buss, Along for the Trip

It’s About Appreciating Nature

I don’t believe getting “off the beaten path“ necessarily requires absolute solitude in a true wilderness setting. I think what most of us crave, whether we’re in touch with it yet or not, is a connection with nature. For those of us who live in congested areas, constantly surrounded by people, buildings, technology and other manmade stuff, that is easily attainable. Simply spending time outdoors in a beautiful natural setting allows us to relax and recover from the stress of our “civilized” lives.
— Dan Wulfman of Tracks & Trails

Off-the-beaten-path destinations are also pristine because of the reduced number of tourists visiting them. Remaining hidden from large groups can be an advantage for natural destinations as it translates into less destruction and less pollution. This preserves forests, rivers and other environments that are the habitat for animals. Consequently, families visiting these type of destinations will most likely observe more species than those going to the same place that everyone goes.
— Diego Andrade of Pure! Travel Group

It May Not Be for Everyone

Off-the-beaten-path travel is not for every family, despite the beauty and unique experiences. It is important that all family members are aware of the “dark side” of these destinations before including them in their itineraries. We always explain that these places offer less comfort, require longer and bumpier drives, and can be difficult to connect from. We know that off-the-beaten-path is not for everyone, and families must know what they can expect when they include one site like this in their itineraries.
— Diego Andrade of Pure! Travel Group

What is the youngest age considered safe for OTBP travel? I would say it really depends on the activity they are undertaking. It is also about the parents and their parenting style. On a village visit like we run, I would even take a six-month-old (I did). It just means planning on the part of the tour operator with the parents to make allowances for breaks and clean places to change nappies and private space to breastfeed etc. If it’s a village visit, they are visiting a family that usually faces the same problems with little ones only they tackle them very differently and usually with less fancy gadgets and gizmos. No bottle warmers, no fancy change mats or baby carriers etc. Again it becomes a learning experience for everyone as the mothers in the host families usually watch closely to see what we do and how we do it. Sometimes they laugh and say you “Muzungus” (white people) have too much fancy things to look after their kids and sometimes they genuinely look in awe and ask why we do something like that. In the end parents learn cultural family raising tricks from each other.
— Katina Goussetis of World Fusion Tours

Cotococha Lodge Bungalow

Cotococha Lodge Bungalow. Photo courtesy of Pure! Travel Group

ARE THERE SPECIFIC TYPES OF OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH FAMILY EXPERIENCES THAT ARE PARTICULARLY REWARDING?

Anything Positive That Is Different from the Routine

Families should head off the beaten path because of the unique and different world they will experience. They will discover more than pristine destinations, participate in adventurous activities and learn about completely different cultures! Even though all this is important, I consider one of the most important lessons of traveling off the beaten path is that it changes family members’ mentality and perspective of the world! Visiting local communities shows them that there is a completely different world out there. They learn to value what they have and learn to appreciate diversity.
— Diego Andrade of Pure! Travel Group

We commonly hear families tell us that they seek off-the-beaten-path experiences because they help broaden everyone’s horizons by exposing them to new destinations, cultures and perspectives. Whatever the experiences are, the ones where you can break out of your typical routine and experience something new together are those that are particularly rewarding.
— Rafa Mayer of Say Hueque

We think off-the-beaten-path travel is getting out of our comfort zones by trying several new things at once. We did this in Japan with the food, the culture, the transportation and special experiences such as visiting an owl cafe or Japanese snow monkeys. It is also the ultimate family bonding experience as you try to navigate unfamiliar territory. Everyone must work together, and the challenges that you sometimes encounter on off-the-beaten-path travel teach everyone in the family valuable coping skills. It also makes kids more adventurous in all areas of life.
— Carrie Buss of Along for the Trip

Guest ranches are typically located off the beaten track and are tailor-made for family experiences. Where else can you gather the entire family in a warm, welcoming and safe environment with activities for all ages? The best part of a dude ranch vacation (along with the horses, scenery, history etc.) is the fact that meals are eaten together as a family. We often hear families trying to recall the last time they all sat around the dinner table and enjoyed a meal together. Whether it’s riding horses, exploring ancient ruins or singing around the campfire, there is nothing more rewarding than spending the day together as a family and making memories that will last a lifetime.
— Kelly Burns of Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

Often when people come to remote areas of Alaska they initially feel a little uncomfortable, be it due to environments, cultures or simply the level of activity they were not expecting. This can be a good thing; families experiencing different aspects of the world together should feel a bit rough at times. That’s how we grow.
— Erin Kirkland of AKontheGo

I think that travel experiences that have a strong exploratory component are especially valuable for families. The shared experience of wandering independently from place to place, exploring and discovering unexpected treasures along the way creates family bonds and shared memories that stationary vacations can’t.
— Dan Wulfman of Tracks & Trails

There is something magical about traveling “off the beaten path” and coming home with stories that your friends and family find so unpredictable and amazing. They are the stories worth telling. The stories that always start with a bit of fear and uncertainty, but are, in the end, the stories that you say you wouldn’t have changed your plans for. It feels good to take the exit that no one else is taking, to feel like you’re exploring uncharted territory and to come home with stories that not everyone comes home with.
— Katlyn Richter of the South Dakota Department of Tourism

Local Cultural Exchange

Home visits and village experiences – get a family out of its comfort zone, but in the safety of another family’s home. Both parties benefit and learn from this experience.
— Katina Goussetis of World Fusion Tours

cruise ships, take a zodiac to for a shore excursion in remote southern South America

Passengers from the Stella, one of Australis’ cruise ships, take a zodiac to for a shore excursion in remote southern South America. Photo courtesy of Australis

I think anytime that your children have the opportunity to interact with other children – even when they don’t speak the same language – it’s a meaningful and eye-opening experience. I can remember my five-year-old son engaging in an impromptu game of tag in a schoolyard in a remote region on China. It didn’t matter that the boys couldn’t communicate with words; they found something in common. There’s a lesson in that.
— Shellie Bailey-Shah of KidTripster

I think visiting local families is always an amazing way for families to connect with the countries they’re visiting. By going to more remote temples and villages it really allows travelers to see day-to-day life outside the tourist bubble and gives visiting families a real perspective on how people in that country live, work and play. In Cambodia we do a homestay that allows guests to really be part of village life, to see the struggles, but to be in a family that really wants them there and enjoys being the host. It’s wonderful to see how easily kids from different cultures connect and make friends and it allows the adults to connect as well, over that shared bond of parenting.
— Andrea Ross of Journeys Within

Some of our most interesting characters that are part of South Dakota’s visitor industry are attraction owners, B&B operators etc. that live “off the beaten path.” These friendly faces make being “off the beaten path” seem so familiar and like the place you were meant to be. Of course, a simple benefit – the crowds are lighter and the chance for connecting with the destination are stronger.
— Katlyn Richter of the South Dakota Department of Tourism

We think of off-the-beaten-path travel as purposely immersing ourselves in a new culture. One example of that is through tours like we did in the Sacred Valley in Peru, where we visited ancient sites and learned from Quechuan women how to make beautiful textiles.
— Carrie Buss of Along for the Trip

Families heading away from the usual find new discoveries that can be completely unexpected. My advice to families who travel to Alaska is to step off the cruise ship dock or away from a downtown core and walk a city with their kids. How do people live, work and play in this place? How is it different from your home state/city? The intrinsic benefit is far greater, even though the experience is simple.
— Erin Kirkland of AKontheGo

Music and dance experiences – not just watching but participating. Music moves and connects people of all ages. There’s no better way to break down barriers than to dance!
— Katina Goussetis of World Fusion Tours

Nature-Based Activities

Nature experiences! Nowadays that nature is at risk, we must create awareness of how to take care of it.
— Mauricio Castro of Nature Air

When we think of off-the-beaten-path family experiences, our imaginations tend to wander to the extreme and obscure. For example, discovering a natural wonder that has the power to surprise and delight, such as the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia, or a thrill-seeking activity like horseback riding through Mendoza, Argentina.
— Rafa Mayer of Say Hueque

Selecting a beautiful, natural place to visit is a good start.
— Dan Wulfman of Tracks & Trails

A boy at rest in nature

A beautiful, natural place to be (in Alaska). Photo courtesy of Erin Kirkland

Travelers become more conscious of how important it is to preserve the environment in order to maintain natural destinations alive!
— Diego Andrade of Pure! Travel Group

It’s where you avoid big concentrations of people and get to places difficult to imagine since not many photos have been taken there.
— Nicolas Caram of Australis

Heading off the beaten path means you have the opportunity to visit places where only hundreds of people (rather than millions) have been. ?You can’t find places like the area surrounding our ranch without getting off the beaten path.
— Kelly Burns of Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

IN WHAT WAYS ARE OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH TRAVEL ALSO BENEFICIAL TO THE HOST COMMUNITIES?

I think of philanthropic travel and giving back as you travel. I also think volunteering allows for a great connection where the visiting family can feel they’re part of the community rather than just looking in from the outside. Supporting and visiting local community projects is such a great way to take away the voyeurism and make sure that your impact is a truly positive one.
— Andrea Ross of Journeys Within

Off-the-beaten-path travel is an education and experience for all parties involved – this NOT “one-way tourism” – meaning that everyone benefits from this kind of tourism and that makes it meaningful and sustainable.
— Katina Goussetis of World Fusion Tours

It’s important to remember that all beneficial effects are a two-way street. By being respectful guests, we also have the ability to demonstrate new perspectives to the people and destinations we visit.
— Rafa Mayer of Say Hueque

Look for one-day (or even longer) volunteering opportunities where you can work side-by-side with local people.
— Shellie Bailey-Shah of KidTripster

[Off-the-beaten path] travel helps the people (or wildlife) of a destination because it brings them new attention and thus new money which helps them survive.
— Felipe Castro of Australis

Our tours also contribute to the economic development of local communities and bring pride to indigenous tribes by showing them how valuable and interesting their native tongue, their clothing and their traditions are. Indeed, it is also rewarding for our company and for our partners that we are giving back to society by promoting off-the-beaten-path travel.
— Diego Andrade of Pure! Travel Group

There is the obvious economic benefit, but we think it is also beneficial in terms of being understood as a culture and as a people. It helps break down stereotypes, and it certainly gives children a broader worldview.
— Carrie Buss of Along for the Trip


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  1. Laurie Sears Deppa says:

    Recently my 5-year old daughter and I took a three week trip through Cuba. We enjoyed our trip through Cuba most because of the families that hosted us. My daughter is not a native Spanish speaker (I am trying my best as a gringa) yet she would just approach kids anywhere and ask me to introduce her. My favorite thing is to bring a bag of lollipops from home that she can share no matter where we meet kids around the world. For us both, the most important part is the people of the place we are visiting. Be sure to meet some locals – that is the best way to get off the beaten path

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