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Which "off the beaten track" countries have you visited?

  • 08-10-2021 7:34pm
    Registered Users Posts: 431 ✭✭Jeremy Sproket

    Have you ever been to a country that not may other people have been to?

    I've been to Ukraine (picking up in popularity, I know 😉), Belarus, Moldova, Transnistria and Northern Cyprus (the latter two only being recognised by one or two other nations) 😋 The crossing from Cyprus to TRNC was relatively straightforward as was the crossing into Transnistria.



  • Registered Users Posts: 81 ✭✭whomadewho

    I've been to Sumatra,Indonesia, Tibet and Myanmar (Burma). Would highly recommend all 3 parts of the world.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,690 ✭✭✭✭mfceiling

    Uruguay in 2001. Was nothing worth talking about.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Ivory Coast


    All of South America except Guyana and Venezuela but no so "off-the-beaten-track" anymore

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,107 ✭✭✭silliussoddius

    Is Merv in Uzbekistan, looks like an interesting place?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,792 ✭✭✭Cake Man

    Did a cruise about 4 years ago to Fiji and stopped off at two locations there -Lautoka (near where the film Castaway was shot) and Suva, the capital. Then on to Port Vila, Vanuatu and finally Isle of Pines (Ile des Pins in French) in New Caledonia.

    Typical relaxing island vibes and stunning scenery but Fiji and Vanuatu in particular are fairly run down. Looks like they got a like of paint and upgrade about 20 years ago but nothing maintained since.

  • Posts: 2,799 ✭✭✭ Aarav Fierce Savanna

    Ireland. Might surprise, but not a lot of the world even knows it exists

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,675 ✭✭✭pappyodaniel

    "I've been around the world, and it's fu*kin' sh!te" - Brian Limond

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,183 ✭✭✭✭JohnCleary

    Ukraine approx. 10 years ago.

    Myanmar just before COVID. Flew back home Jan 2020, close call. Not only did Myanmar get ravaged by COVID (like many other countries) but of course another coup with blood on the streets.

  • Posts: 18,749 ✭✭✭✭[Deleted User]

    I don't think there are really too many 'off the beaten track' countries anymore! Maybe some areas of countries.

    Been in Moldova, northern Cyprus, Ukraine. Would love to go to the stans like Dr phibes above.

    Spent a lot of time in Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Serbia, all around the Balkans really. Been to Aland, which is an autonomous region of Finland, an island between Finland and Sweden, where the people are more Swedish.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 396 ✭✭Happyhouse22

    Have been to Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Transnistria also.Never to Northern Cyprus but would love to go.

    Other off the beaten track places I’ve been include Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Somaliland, East Timor, Vanuatu and Malawi.

    I also lived in Gansu province, despite being in China it was probably more remote than any of those countries

  • Registered Users Posts: 396 ✭✭Happyhouse22

    Merv would be Turkmenistan.

    Fascinating country but didn’t make it to Merv,

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,098 ✭✭✭✭recode the site

    Antarctica (a continent), Greenland, Faeroe Islands, Svålbard (well not a country exactly but has most northerly town in world), Galápagos (island of Ecuador), Newfoundland (Province of Canada), Albania, Serbia, Åland Islands (autonomous islands of Finland), Azores (lesser visited islands of Portugal), Namibia, Ile de La Réunion (French island in Indian Ocean), Nepal, Peru, Vietnam, Cambodia, Ukraine, Seychelles, Northern Cyprus, Shetland, Orkney, Islay, Jura, most of Outer Hebrides, Colonsay, Isles of Scilly, Lindisfarne, Gotland (Swedish island), La Palma (the Canary island with active volcano atm), Texel (Dutch Frisian island), Bornholm (Danish island), Guernsey, Sark, Alderney, Herm.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,909 ✭✭✭Andrea B.

    Malaysian Borneo.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,717 ✭✭✭YFlyer

    Me too after a conference in Brazil. Also briefly, for a few hours, in Paraguay. At the waterfalls.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,098 ✭✭✭✭recode the site

    Paraguay is a place I’ve rarely heard of folk visiting, and nobody I know has been. There is some Irish connection, some Irish woman of note was a significant historic figure there is do thing I vaguely recall.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,098 ✭✭✭✭recode the site

    Stayed in a hotel in Tirana whose entire food supply from bread, eggs, jam, meat, wine, was entirely from the family organic farm in the countryside. Amazing stuff. The potholes on the footpaths are something to behold, but huge wealth apparent in the Christian churches in spite of it being a majority Muslim country, albeit a very low key form of Islam.

    In Serbia my way more modern style Radisson hotel had a supply of organic food, with amazing breakfast array. Those lower key Balkan countries are making a virtue of having retained some traditional forms of agriculture which fits very well into modern trends of ecotourism.

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  • Posts: 1,010 ✭✭✭[Deleted User]

    Slovenia,Philippinnes, Zambia and Zimbabwe(when they were expelling whites!) The surprising thing was at the time Zimbabwe seems quite prosperous with people out and about everywhere working and living their lives, while in Zambia and South Africa there were lots of men hanging around doing nothing

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,860 ✭✭✭SouthWesterly

    Zimbabwe was a prosperous country until they threw the whites out.

    Have been to Mozambique

    I did 3 countries in a day.

    Denmark, Sweden and Germany and spent a few hours in each. Got home 20 hours after leaving.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,660 ✭✭✭seenitall

    French Polynesia (Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and some other smaller islands), my most exotic holiday by far.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,505 ✭✭✭✭Mad_maxx

    I could see Uruguay across the river from a point in Buenos Aires

  • Registered Users Posts: 97 ✭✭rainagain

    Brunei, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Nepal

  • Registered Users Posts: 292 ✭✭Rustyman101

    Guinnea Bissau, Senegal, gambia not really off the track.

  • Registered Users, Moderators, Regional Abroad Moderators Posts: 2,066 Mod ✭✭✭✭Nigel Fairservice

    In terms of countries probably North Macedonia. Pleasant enough place I thought. In terms of places, Alaska was probably the most out of the way place I've been to. It had a frontier vibe to it. The strangest was Bethlehem in the West Bank. I always had a child's image of the place in my head from primary school and the reality of it was so different.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,876 ✭✭✭signostic

    Most Europeans except Netherlands, Nordic, Switz, Balkans, South Korea with an exclusive visit to the DMZ with the US Army

    USA, Columbia, Costa Rica, Tijuana & Ciudad Juarez(never again) in Mexico.

  • Sri Lanka and Indonesia I suppose.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,175 ✭✭✭Andrewf20

    Nepal, Bhutan, Iceland, Galapagos, Brazil, Chile (Patagonia) , Ecuador, Argentina, Tanzania.

    Nepal is class and well worth a visit, same with Iceland and patagonia. Bhutan was escorted tour only. Strange place. Endless hills with forests and temples dotted all over the place. Thimphu is a capital city there with zero traffic lights. Loads of stray dogs and empty hotels. We booked the galapagos in Quito and it was half the price of booking it from Ireland.