OFF THE BEATEN TRACK / We love getting off the beaten track. To explore those places not covered by guidebooks or frequented by tour groups, to discover local traditions, find hidden gems and get a little bit lost.

Sometimes this works like a charm. Other times, it teaches us that some over-visited destinations are popular for a reason.

But it always delivers great travel experiences. Whether it’s exploreing remote locations, unusual experiences in busy cities or just under-visted towns, here are some of our favourite places to get off the beaten track.

Things to do in St Lucia, South Africa
10 best things to do in St Lucia, South Africa

With diverse ecosystems and a complex array of natural habitats, St Lucia in South Africa is a world-class wildlife destination.

Berber villages in Morocco
Three Mohammeds and changing life in a Berber village

Life is changing fast in the Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains; with better infrastructure, equality is taking priority in important areas.

how to get to Landmannalaugar
How to get to Landmannalaugar – drive, bus or super jeep

The colourful mountains of Landmannalaugar are a mystical looking wonder. Here’s how to get to Landmannalaugar by car, bus or jeep.

Kosi Bay Activities, South Africa
Complete Guide to Kosi Bay, South Africa

Head out to this pristine wilderness of Kosi Bay in South Africa to enjoy snorkelling, kayaking and 4x4 adventures. You won’t be disappointed.

Sani Pass, Sani Mountain Lodge
Driving the Sani Pass to the highest pub in Africa

The Sani Pass is the finest 4x4 adventure in South Africa. But should you drive it yourself or take a tour? Here’s all you need to know.

Royal Natal National Park, Drakensberg Hikes
The best Drakensberg hikes in the Royal Natal National Park

These hikes explore the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, the second-highest falls in the world, a deep gorge, cool swimming spots and so much more.

Cathedra Peak, Drakensberg
A Guide to Cathedral Peak in the Drakensberg

Wondering how to explore the Drakensberg in South Africa? Here’s our guide to Cathedral Peak including what to do and where to stay.

Tugela Gorge Hike
Our complete guide to the Tugela Gorge hike

A great hike to the impressive Tugela Gorge with magnificent views up to the Drakensberg Amphitheatre and the second highest falls in the world.

Things to do in St Lucia, South Africa
10 best things to do in St Lucia, South Africa

With diverse ecosystems and a complex array of natural habitats, St Lucia in South Africa is a world-class wildlife destination.

Berber villages in Morocco
Three Mohammeds and changing life in a Berber village

Life is changing fast in the Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains; with better infrastructure, equality is taking priority in important areas.

how to get to Landmannalaugar
How to get to Landmannalaugar – drive, bus or super jeep

The colourful mountains of Landmannalaugar are a mystical looking wonder. Here’s how to get to Landmannalaugar by car, bus or jeep.

Kosi Bay Activities, South Africa
Complete Guide to Kosi Bay, South Africa

Head out to this pristine wilderness of Kosi Bay in South Africa to enjoy snorkelling, kayaking and 4x4 adventures. You won’t be disappointed.

Sani Pass, Sani Mountain Lodge
Driving the Sani Pass to the highest pub in Africa

The Sani Pass is the finest 4x4 adventure in South Africa. But should you drive it yourself or take a tour? Here’s all you need to know.

Royal Natal National Park, Drakensberg Hikes
The best Drakensberg hikes in the Royal Natal National Park

These hikes explore the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, the second-highest falls in the world, a deep gorge, cool swimming spots and so much more.

Cathedra Peak, Drakensberg
A Guide to Cathedral Peak in the Drakensberg

Wondering how to explore the Drakensberg in South Africa? Here’s our guide to Cathedral Peak including what to do and where to stay.

Tugela Gorge Hike
Our complete guide to the Tugela Gorge hike

A great hike to the impressive Tugela Gorge with magnificent views up to the Drakensberg Amphitheatre and the second highest falls in the world.

Drakensberg Amphitheatre Tugela Falls hike
Exploring the Drakensberg Amphitheatre on the Tugela Falls hike

Our complete guide to hiking Tugela Falls. See the second highest falls in the world, cascading over the incredible Drakensberg Amphitheatre.

ait ben hadou
Ounila Valley: Road trip from Telouet Kasbah to Aït Ben Haddou

Thinking of a Morocco road trip? Take time to drive the stunning Ounila Valley from intriguing Telouet Kasbah to film famous Aït Ben Haddou.

Iceland highlands kerlingarfjöll
6 best places to explore in Iceland’s Highlands

Want to get off the beaten track in Iceland? Here are our tips for a visiting the best of Iceland's Highlands on an unforgettable adventure.

Valley of the Roses, Morocco.
What to do in the Valley of the Roses, Morocco

Heading to Southern Morocco? Consider visiting the Valley of the Roses. Here's tips on what to do, how to get there and where to stay.

Todra Gorge and Tinghir Hike
Superb half-day Tinghir Oasis & Todra Gorge hike

Our guide to exploring the deep rocky canyon of the Todra Gorge and the lush green Tinghir Oasis on a stunning half-day hike.

Ouirgane Valley Morocco
A Guide to visiting the Ouirgane Valley in Morocco

Thinking about heading to the Ouirgane valley? Here is a complete guide of things to do in the area and some useful tips for staying here.

Best things to do in the Aït Bouguemez Valley in Morocco

The Aït Bouguemez valley in the Atlas Mountains is a less visited but beautiful part of Morocco. Here are some of the best things to do.

Ciénaga de Zapata Cuba
How to visit Cuba’s Ciénaga de Zapata National Park

Snorkelling in the Bay of Pigs? Birdwatching? Peering over a pink swathe of flamingos? Here's all you need to know about visiting Ciénaga de Zapata National Park.

Topes de Collantes, Cuba
How to explore Cuba’s Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve

Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve is split into 5 different parks. Here's our guide to each and tips to help you choose which to visit.

Things to do in Mexico
Mexico road trip – Impressions of a challenging journey

Are you thinking of a Mexico road trip? Here are our impressions from a month on the road in this incredibly varied but challenging country.

driving the skeleton coast in namibia
What to see exploring the Skeleton Coast in Namibia

The Skeleton Coast in Namibia conjures up images of shipwrecks and towering sand dunes. But this is what it's really like.

Langa Township Tour in Cape Town
Should you take a Township Tour in Cape Town?

Here's our experience of a township tour in Cape Town's Langa township. What we learnt and why you should consider going on one.

Driving to Askja Caldera Iceland
Tips and instructions for self-driving to Askja Caldera

Driving to Askja Caldera in Iceland is a challenging yet simply stunning day trip into the highlands. Here is all you need to know.

Hiking Kerlingarfjoll, Iceland
Guide to hiking in Kerlingarfjöll and Hveradalir, Iceland

Our complete guide to hiking in Kerlingarfjöll exploring the steaming vents and rusty red mountains of Hveradalir.

hiking in cappadocia
Hiking in Cappadocia – Our three favourite walks

Our detailed guide to hiking in Cappadocia including all the information, maps and tips we think you’ll need to experience some beautiful walking in this surreal destination.

Turtagrø Hotel, Hiking in jotunheimen
Misadventures hiking in Jotunheimen from the Turtagrø Hotel

With clearly marked paths, excellent facilities and inspirational scenery, you'd think hiking in Norway would be a breeze. Not so for us. Here's our account of our walking trip from Turtagrø hotel.