Get off the beaten path » Seeing the world from a different point of view

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  • Get off the beaten path

    It's so easy to stick to the tourist trail, stay in hotels the Lonely Planet recommends, eat where everyone else eats and visit all the famous sights you've seen on telly and in magazines. While these experiences can be nice, you'll have the best adventures if you wander off the trail. Who's to say that just because a sight is famous, that it's actually any good? In fact, as soon as you discover what else the world has to offer that is not in the guide book, you'll realise that most famous sights are astonishingly underwhelming - if you can get through the crowds to see them.

    As well as the fact that the greatest sights you'll see, people you'll meet and experiences you'll have are off the beaten path, it's also much cheaper to get off the tourist trail than to stay on it.

    I realise that as soon as you find a place that’s genuinely off the tourist trail you want to keep it to yourself, but if you share, then others will share, and the world will open up around you. I’m not talking about taking three flights, two boat rides and a lift on the back of a donkey cart just to find an empty beach, I’m interested in the gems that are simply hidden away from the regular tourist areas, be it a lesser-known Thai island, a unique area of a big city, an unusual hotel or just a sight that no one seems to have noticed.

    If you've ever come across anything like this, let me know and I'll share it on this site!

    That's me, by the way, jumping in the air at a sand dune in Punta Gallinas, the most northerly point in Colombia.

Something nice for smelly travellers

Wondering why you don’t seem to be able to make new friends while travelling? Ever thought it could be because you stink? It probably is. So I’ve rounded up some top perfumes so your friends will be able to stand closer than arm’s length from you this summer. You’re welcome.

In no particular order…

Miss 60

Apparently has the tang of rhubarb and redcurrant, combined with sweet pea. I don’t know about that, but I do know it’s one of my favourites.

Jo Malone Assam and Grapefruit/Earl Grey and Cucumber
Who wouldn’t want to smell of tea and fruit? Amazingly, this perfume actually does smell like a freshly brewed cuppa. How wonderfully English.

Gwen Stefani Harujuku Lovers
Very sweet and comes in a doll-shaped bottle. One of my faves this summer.

CK Summer
Fruity and fresh, a summery frangrance that’s not too sweet.

Floral and pretty, with notes of rose, jasmine, violet and saffron, plus a bit of pear and ginger. Like a fruit bowl in a lovely herb garden.

Ralph Lauren Romance
Very sweet but delicious smelling. Flowery yet musky. Great for day or night.

Lulu Time
This has a hint of patchouli, which personally I don’t like and smells a bit like old lady, but if you’re an old lady it’s perfect… Or if you want to infiltrate an old people’s home.

Viva Cotswold
Musky, made by a dude who has previously been commissioned to make perfume for the Queen!

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