Off the Beaten Path

Whenever we can, we enjoy getting off the beaten path. It's possible in even the most popular destinations!

Breaking the journey between Krakow and Warsaw in Kielce

Kielce - a small Polish town, perfectly placed to overnight and break up the journey between two of Poland’s greatest cities So I have to admit, we broke the journey between Krakow and Warsaw because we wanted to see a bus station. Yep, we are strange like that...

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Where to break the journey between Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Five great places in Central and Northern Thailand that are ideal stopovers en route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai Travelling directly between the capital and Thailand’s fourth-largest city is easy. Buses depart throughout the day and night from Bangkok’s Mo Chit bus...

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Visiting Visoki Decani Monastery in Decani, Kosovo

Where to break the journey between Prizren and Pristina How many regions make up the former Yugoslavia? It’s a good pub quiz question, don’t you think, but I’m never quite sure of the correct answer. Depending on how the question is worded (notice I used the word...

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Kamyanets-Podilsky – Ukraine’s Hidden Gem

The medieval town in Central Ukraine that’s missing only one thing - tourists… I don’t believe in sticking up a load of photos, accompanied by the minimum of text and telling the reader that they must go to such and such a place simply because it’s awesome and I’m...

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Where to break the journey between Kiev and Odessa in Ukraine

Uman, Vinnytsia (Vinnytsya) and Zhytomyr - three cities worth considering if you have time and want to see more of central Ukraine It’s easy to travel directly between Ukraine’s capital and the Black Sea city of Odessa. In a private car, the 474km distance can be...

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Visiting Bangkok’s Airplane Graveyard

Urban Exploration and Abandoned Aircraft at Bangkok’s airplane graveyard: one of the Big Mango’s most unique attractions What is the Airplane Graveyard? Named after King Ram Khamhaeng, the 13th-century ruler of ancient Sukhothai (the forerunner to modern day...

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The Incredible Hill of Crosses near Šiauliai in Lithuania

The Hill of Crosses is a place of national pilgrimage for Lithuanians. Located about 12km north of the city of Šiauliai, the reason why people started leaving crosses on this small hill is not known but it is believed that the practice dates back to the November...

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In pictures: Twelve places you should visit in Eastern Turkey

Stunning Photographs that will make you want to visit Eastern Turkey Eastern Turkey is an underrated destination that never seems to have any luck when it comes to increasing the number of overseas tourists. Plagued by internal conflict between the Turkish Government...

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Playing Cat and Mouse in Agdam, Nagorno-Karabakh

A city destroyed: Visiting Agdam, Nagorno-Karabakh Where and what is Agdam ghost town? Officially, Agdam is a deserted city in Southern Azerbaijan but the answer is not as quite as simple as that. It is also a deserted city in Nagorno-Karabakh (NKR), a small republic...

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Five Places in Northern Thailand Not to Miss

Five places in north-east and northern Thailand (that aren't Chiang Mai or Pai) that you really should make the effort to visit Want to get away from Thailand’s tourist hotspots? Here are five towns in the north and northeast of Thailand that we have visited and...

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