Off the Beaten Path

Whenever we can, we enjoy getting off the beaten path. It's possible in even the most popular destinations!
Things we learned after three weeks travelling around Taiwan

Things we learned after three weeks travelling around Taiwan

The island of Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is one of our happy places. As countries go, it’s pretty much the ideal destination for both of us: it’s small and easy to get around, yet extremely diverse and packed with things to see and do. The people...

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Abandoned Taiwan: The Old Liu Family Mansion at Minxiong

Abandoned Taiwan: The Old Liu Family Mansion at Minxiong

The Old Liu Family Mansion (劉家古宅民雄鬼屋), commonly known as Minxiong Ghost House, is one of the most famous haunted locations in Taiwan. It is situated in the countryside near Chiayi, a provisional city in the southwest of the country. Built with three storeys, it would...

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Abandoned Taiwan: The Futuro Village at Wanli

Abandoned Taiwan: The Futuro Village at Wanli

Urban Exploration at Wanli UFO Viilage Warning: photo-heavy blog post alert! Most visitors head to the coastal district of Wanli in northeast Taiwan because they want to see the otherworldly rock formations that form Yehliu Geopark. It’s one of Taiwan’s top...

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Abandoned Taiwan: The Qianyue building in Taichung

Abandoned Taiwan: The Qianyue building in Taichung

Located in Taiwan’s second most populous city, Taichung, the Qianyue building (千越大樓) is one of the most astonishing abandoned places we have ever explored. The fact that this desperate-looking structure remains aloft in the heart of an area of the city which is...

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Abandoned Thailand: Space Roller in Chiang Mai

Abandoned Thailand: Space Roller in Chiang Mai

Getting off-the-beaten-path in Thailand  Space Roller is a forsaken roller-skating rink a short distance from Chiang Mai’s main Arcade Bus Station. The entrance to the building is a little set back from the main road and, apart from a large Space Roller sign (that is...

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Abandoned Cambodia: Former Military Housing in Kompong Chhnang

Abandoned Cambodia: Former Military Housing in Kompong Chhnang

Getting off-the-beaten-path in Cambodia From what we gleaned from the tourist board in Kompong Chhnang, this abandoned housing block dates back to French colonial-era (1863-1953, although I’m fairly certain this particular building was constructed in the latter years...

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Slavutych: A Walking Tour in Photos | Ukraine

Slavutych: A Walking Tour in Photos | Ukraine

A photographic journey through Ukraine's ‘21st-century city’. Where is Slavutych? Slavutych is a purpose-built city in the north of Ukraine, that was created to house civilians evacuated from the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. It is situated 200km directly north of Kiev,...

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The Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship in Varna

The Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship in Varna

What is the Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship Situated in the port city of Varna, the Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship (hence forth referred to as ‘the Monument’) is one of Bulgaria’s most imposing Socialist-era relics. In fact, I’d go...

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Where to break the journey between Skopje and Lake Ohrid

Where to break the journey between Skopje and Lake Ohrid

Interested in seeing some smaller, less-visited cities and towns en route between Macedonian’s outlandish capital and its jewel in the crown, serene Lake Ohrid? Although you can get between the two places in a little over three hours by public bus, we spent about a...

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Alternative Lviv, Ukraine

Alternative Lviv, Ukraine

Off the beaten track Lviv - what there is to see and do … Without question, the Old Town of Lviv, Ukraine’s premier tourist attraction, is one of the prettiest in Eastern Europe but if you’re looking for ornate churches, interesting museums and attractive market...

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