Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel Ideas

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Alan and I like nothing better than to travel to a little-known destination. It feels like we’re making a discovery that no one else knows about. Of course, your off-the-beaten-path travel ideas might be totally different from ours.

Yes, I know that using the term “off-the-beaten-path” in travel is considered trite and frowned upon by expert writers. But, according to Google, that term has a search volume of 84,200,000 (0.62 seconds), which means that many of our boomer readers are searching for off-the-beaten-path ideas so I’m going to deliver!

On this page, you'll learn about our favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations

Alan and I have visited many fun, out-of-the-way places (and so have our guest writers). You’re sure to find inspiration for the next boomer adventure with these off the beaten path travel ideas.

  • Travel off the beaten path in the USA
  • Europe off-the-beaten-path
  • Exploring out-of-the-way places in the rest of the world

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