The Best & Worst of Traveling Off The Beaten Track

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  1. It is soooooo nice to see Jocelyn, I do love Mark on the videos but it is nice to see a woman's perspective on a place. I love you the wolters world family. ❤👨‍👩‍👧‍👧❤

  2. Right after dictator Hugo Chavez did his purge, we'd already been booked on a cruise that ended up in Venezuela. We took the really off the beaten path "tour." I am about 9 years older than my ex-wife who really had no memory of communism/ socialism. So we're going past this looooong line. She asked what they were all waiting for, was it a tourist site we should see. Nope, I told her straight away that it was the result of socialist policies…it was a bread line. She thought I was kidding but the "tour director" affirmed my declaration. It really opened her eyes to what that kind of government was really like. I would suggest being careful when you do go off the beaten track, but sometimes it truly is the best education.

  3. Two places a bit off the beaten track I'm pretty obsessed with are the Faroe Islands and Svalbard. If I ever get financially situated enough to start travelling again these are the first two places I'm going. Have you considered going to these places?

  4. I personally love to go off the beaten path. During my time in Italy, I went to lots of different regions, both big tourist spots like Venice, Florence, Rome or the Gulf of Naples, but also those regions, where not a lot of international tourists are. Like Puglia, a region in the South, where only Italians make their vacation there. And I loved speaking Italian there. It was not the reaction I was used to in Florence (like, hrrrmm, again another foreigner), but more like "Hey, wow, where are you from? Wow, you're not Italian, I couldn't tell! Come on, let's eat something together."
    Similar thing, when I visited a friend's family in Southern Virginia. Her aunt didn't even know, that English isn't my native tongue and thought I was American. (That was so nice of her, I really appreciated that). And then go hiking in a National Park. Agh, I loved it!

    I just love to go off the beaten track.

  5. This is great Jocelyn and Mark. To be honest I would much rather prefer going off the beaten path rather than a big city or a touristy mecca. That is how I want to travel and you guys help out a lot

  6. I have an aunt from Iloilo, Philippines. So, it's on my proverbial bucket list to go there. Do you have any helpful tips or whatever about there? I live in Vienna, Virginia (about 20 miles west of Washington, DC). I've looked up how much a round trip would cost me there. It's somewhere in the neighborhood of $5k (flights, transport to / from airports, lodging, food, etc.). Right now I can't afford it. But I'm still open to any helpful hints.

  7. I've gone off the beaten track all over the place. Most important tip: be prepared to fix vehicles and handle emergencies yourself. Embarrassed to admit how often locals had to go to a lot of hassle to help me out because I had run out of gas or had an engine malfunction. Also, locals will always prioritize helping visitors, so if you take shameless advantage of this, you have totally missed the point. Anyone exploiting the generosity of others, especially in poor areas, is a complete jerk.

  8. I completely get what Jocelyn is saying in #1 and #3 but metropolitan culture is real culture and city locals are real people. I mean, Mark and Jocelyn don't live in a village and they are real people. Same here. I'm a city guy but I have always been described as down to earth and deeply in touch with my community.

  9. We live up in Australia’s North, and we’d always flown to Brisbane (South Eastern Australia) to visit hubby’s family. But we decided for our last trip, to drive – road trip! It was actually those small country towns/beach towns along the way that holds our fondest memories, staying in mostly motor inns and caravan parks (The Big 4 or Discovery- has amazing family options, hire a cabin, there are dedicated playgrounds and water parks for the kids).

  10. My wife and I travel often, especially in Europe. One thing we've learned is if you know the very basics of the local language, you'll manage just fine. We were in the back country of the Czech republic once, where no one spoke english… but we managed just fine.

  11. Niiiiice! Congonhas-Minas Gerais 🥰 Its really a cultural/artistic city. I live in Minas Gerais as well (In IPATINGA, as a matter of fact). Would be nice having you guys around.. anyway, thanks for sharing your experiences and tips with us one more time! Cheers from HERE 🙂

  12. I had a similar experience in Lithuania. My time in Vilnius was really brief and I didn't visit the hill of crosses or Trakai Castle, but I stayed two weeks in Dzūkija National Park, living in this tiny village called Darželiai and working alongside the local bee farmers. I definitely want to go back to visit all must see attractions, but I wouldn't change in my time in that little universe for the world

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