Dream destinations (off the beaten track)
September 11, 2012 10:35am CST
Which places off the beaten path do you dream about visiting? What stops you from visiting those places? Are you worried about the safety situation in the country? Is is hard to get a visa? Is the place too expensive? Are there other reasons why it would be a challenge to visit those places? I think that Bhutan, Tibet and Myanmar would be interesting places to visit. In Bhutan the problem is the prices. In Tibet I would need both a Chinese visa and a special travel permit (or one than one permit depending on the areas in Tibet that I want to visit) It sounds quite complicated. Myanmar sounds like a very beautiful country, but it there no embassy in my country and I would had to get a visa in another European country which makes it quite complicated and expensive. In Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrkyzstan and Kazakhstan I would also need a visa for each country, the visas are not easy to get. I might have to get the visas through a travel agency.
12 Sep 12
Well, I have a good place to suggest you. The country I suggest you is Albania. How to get there: there are few direct flights (nearest to you are from Brussels or Prague) so the best way is to go to Pristina, in Kosovo, flying directly from Malmo. From there you can take a bus to Tirana, Albania's capitol city, for only 15€. The trip is about 6 hours long. You can also choose to get off the bus in Shkodra (in the north) and continue next day to Tirana. In Albania you must visit: Tirana, Berat, Gjirokaster, Ksamil, Butrint, Durres, Kruje, Vlora, Saranda and Korça. I've written cities of South and Center of the country so, if you travel there, you must check before where they are because to reach them can take a lot of hours of bus. What can Albania offer? Everything! From relaxing stays to nightlife holidays, from nature to city, mountains, lakes and seas, history, culture, very good foods and beverages. All these things and a lot more for very cheap prices. You can eat good traditional food for just 3-4 euros! Albania is out of the European Union and at the entrance of the country they check passport. Me, as Italian, I can enter in the country simply with my identity card, for people of other countries I don't know. Anyway I'm quite sure that for tourism it's not necessary any visa. I've written all this cause I think you can be interested in and I suggest you to get there quickly before it became a destination too touristic. I dream to go there again quickly and to visit cities of the North: Shkodra and Shengjin and also some cities of Kosovo.
14 Sep 12
I enjoyed reading your description of Albania and it sounds like a very interesting place to visit. I checked the visa and passport situation when I had read your response and I would need a passport, but I am able to visit Albania without a visa, and it wouldn't be hard for me to go there. It sounds like a good option to fly from Sweden to Kosovo. That would give me the chance to visit some places in Kosovo as well. I have never been to Kosovo. I hope that I will get the chance to visit Albania in the future, I think that would be very interesting.
12 Sep 12
Getting off the beaten track and preventing a track from becoming beaten are somewhat of a challenge. I really would have no clue how to do this sensibly. Someone beats the track; I guess it depends on how many that determines if it is more or less beaten. I do research, but without security, one can research what you are researching and perhaps follow you. I am looking for the unbeaten path in cyberspace. When it comes to vacations, some people go to more places than others, but an appreciation for the simple things can help us find the less beaten track. Remote places without all the accesses of a more open place is a good start. My ideas are a little quirky. I know.
14 Sep 12
I think that there is something fascinating about destinations off the beaten track and I like the things that you wrote about appreciation for the simple things. Your response made me think about the difference the popular destinations and the destinations that few people visit, and I think that there are many different reasons why some destinations are less popular. Sometimes those destinations are unsafe, sometimes it is hard to get a visa, sometimes there are few hotels and a lack of public transportation, sometimes those destinations are very expensive and sometimes people simply haven't heard about them.
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 12
I would like to visit Russia and have twice in my life been near to it but unable to go there. I would have liked to do the Trans Mongolian journey on the railway. These days I would like to travel along the old silk road leaving from Moscow and visit Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan then into China. So I would have the cost of visas for Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. If it is too expensive to visit Russia imagine the cost of visas for that number of countries. It would be complicated planning that sort of journey by train. I would love to visit Myanmar and again a visa would be needed. I could visit China and afford its visa but not Tibet as I would require a special travel permit. I wish I could travel overland from India into Nepal and onto China via Tibet. It wouldn't be possible due to Tibet and its rules. Bhutan would be lovely to visit but too expensive. Only tours are allowed there and I am an independent traveler. I wish to visit Madagascar and that would be a pricey flight via Paris. Traveling with my son's wheelchair would be hard there. There we could see wildlife not seen elsewhere in the world. I would like to visit North Korea because it is so secretive. Again tours there are pricey and independent travel isn't possible to there. I could get there by train from China.
14 Sep 12
I have also been very close to Russia. In Estonia I was literally a few steps away from the border between Estonia and Russia, but without a Russian visa they would never have let me into Russia. A trip around the old silk road sounds complicated and expensive but amazing. You would need a visa for each country and that would make the trip expensive, but I still think that it would a very interesting trip. I want to visit Myanmar and it sounds like a such beautful country. I would have to fly there because foreigners aren't able to enter Myanmar overland. It would have been nice to fly to Thailand and catch a bus to Myanmar, but it is not possible. Tibet would be a difficult place to visit because of the special travel permit that you need. We would need at least one travel permit in addition to the Chinese visa and more than one permit if we wanted to visit certain parts of Tibet. You are right about Bhutan. Only tours are allowed and it is expensive. Those two things prevents me from visiting Bhutan, but it sounds like a very interesting and unusual country. Madagascar is on of the list of places that I would like to visit mainly because of the wildlife that I wouldn't be able to see anywhere else. I don't plan on visiting North Korea, because I don't like the idea about joining a group tour. In North Korea individual trips are not allowed. You are not even allowed to walk around in the area close to the hotel without your guide. Whereever you go your guide has to follow you. I don't like the photo restrictions either, because I usually take many photos when I visit another country.
• Anantapur, India
11 Sep 12
HI Porcospino, No such fear of visiting my dream country, money is the main problem to me. If money is there we can buy anything in our country, so that dream remains as long as I am alive. May be possible in next birth I think, western people are lucky to visit foreign countries. Regarding Bhutan,Tibet and Myanmar, I think it is not difficult to us to visit all those countries. But money and health is the criteria for these tours also,all the best in your dream destinations.
11 Sep 12
Yes, the money is the main problem. I really, really want to visit every part of the world, but it takes me a lot of time to save up the money for each trip, and I know that I won't be able to visit all of the countries that I dream about, but I am happy that I am able to travel at all. If I was rich I would travel all the time I think that Bhutan would be an interesting place to visit, but it is a very expensive place and I can't afford to go there. I will visit Tibet and Myanamar if I am able to get the visas and the money for the trips of course.