Tuesday, June 14, 2011




Want to go off the beaten track?

How about the city of Saranda, in Albania, opposite Corfu.


Or, Praja a Mare in the Calabria region of Italy.

Praja a Mare

Or Greater Santo Domingo

Or Nord-Pas de Calais

Most travel companies are not really interested in providing 'off the beaten track' vacations for individuals who like to explore places on foot and meet the locals.

Too often, the travel companies want to send you to places that are 'on the beaten track'.

Take Audley Travel, an expensive travel company, based in the UK.

It's suggested itineraries for Java, in Indonesia, involve the same old places such as Mount Bromo and Yogyakarta.

And Audley likes to whisk you from place to place by car, giving you scant time to get off the beaten track.

You will probably not find any travel company that lets you spend days exploring the footpaths around such places in Java as Pelabuhan Ratu, Rengasdengklok, Bandung, Bogor or Merak.

When we asked Audley for the kind of 'tailor made' holiday that we like, we were told that they were not interested.

Undicovered Destinations, based in the UK, will take you to see penis gourds in the Baliem Valley in Papua in Indonesia.

But, as far as we can make out, these are 'organised' tours, led by a guide, on selected dates.

In Indonesia, Undiscovered Destinations can also take you to stare at 'natives' in Sulawesi.

BOGOR, Indonesia