Travel off the Beaten Path

What brings you to Kosovo?

The country remains untouristed, but is perfectly safe to visit — with lots to see for the intrepid traveler.

"What brings you to Kosovo?" In most countries, it is simply assumed that tourism is the reason. But in this tiny nation of just 2 million people, tucked between Serbia and Albania, the foreign faces ...

South Pacific's mythic Marquesas

Journeying aboard the cargo-cruiser Aranui to far-flung isles.

The South Pacific’s remote, pristine Marquesas Islands make Hawaii look like Harlem. I can honestly say these South Seas sojourns to French Polynesia’s untrammeled atolls and isles have been the greatest excursions of my life. ...

China Lake: California's rock art library

See the largest gathering of petroglyphs in the northern hemisphere.

At night, especially under a full moon, the locals say you can hear the voices of the ancient ones. They ride the wind, telling the story of their people as they glide across the rocks. ...

Athens, Georgia: sounds great to visit

The state's big college town offers lots in the way of music and Southern culture. And food.

Sure, Athens, Georgia, is home to Georgia's flagship state university and SEC sports teams. But for decades, the little mountain town has been the site of indie musicians, several of whom became stars. The B-52s, ...

Urban exploring in Upper Manhattan

New York City rec's for the off-the-beaten-path traveler.

Ok, so everyone already knows the New York City of Times Square, the World Trade Center (both old and new), Central Park and so on. There's also the boutique shopping in SoHo, an "authentic" dinner ...

Fort Bragg's Glass Beach

City dump to sea glass wonder on the Northern California coast.

Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, in northern California, is a literal example of the power of nature to transform trash into treasure. In the late afternoon sun with the waves gently lapping on shore, I ...

Flashes: Helsinki and the Åland Islands

Off the beaten path in Finland.

Mingling on the Esplanadi The Sky Wheel spins remembrances of childhood. A southeastern breeze carries emotions, the X-girl laughter camouflaging the dark in her eyes. I smell apples and lilac. Sweden’s due west, Estonia to ...

Back to basics in New York's Adirondacks

Wood cabins, quiet lakes and camping in Upstate N.Y.

The Adirondacks are a large, gorgeous mountain area in Upstate New York. They’ve been a popular place for camping and recreation for all rungs of the society ladder since at least the Victorian area. With ...

A "wee" island off the Devon coast

A trip to Lundy Island, one of the U.K.'s prime puffin hangouts.

It seemed like a great stroke of luck when I booked the last two tickets available on the M.S. Oldenberg from Bideford, North Devon, to Lundy Island on a high-season Saturday. That is, until I ...

Sithonia: the Baja of the Balkans

Pristine, tourist-free beaches. Some similarities, some key differences.

Freedom. The first time I drove from San Diego down to Baja for a few days, I was 18 years old. One might think that the excitement and joy of crossing the border had something ...

The Birds of Bodega, CA

Hitchcock's film legacy endures in two tiny Northern California coastal towns.

In 1963 the smash-hit movie The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, terrified film audiences and was the talk of the town for months after its opening. The story of a small California town under siege ...

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