Friday, November 14, 2014

Destinations Off the Beaten Track

These locations are found far from towns and main roads. They are places that I have either discovered by accident or by venturing far out into uncharted territory (and sometimes both).


I think there is solace to be found in going far and exploring destinations off the beaten track. You won't find much people there and the sights are mostly unique. Of course there are rules you must follow:
- never go alone,
- have your phone with you (sometimes that doesn't help though, when really remote), and
- tell someone who's not coming with you, where you're going
- have water and something to eat with you

For today's post I decided to share my favorite destinations off the beaten track, collected over the years.

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Making a Wrong Turn

My friends and I wanted to visit the nearby fortress that day, which you can see in the first image below. We missed the (very hidden) path that leads up the hill to the fortress, and kept walking down the "main" road, looking for the way. After we realized that this was not the way, we eventually returned. But having ventured so far out into the fields, we also found this place to be unique and got a shot from the fortress from a new perspective, that I hadn't seen before.


As the Sun sets over the City

This is a remote location above Mostar, to which I always come to, when in need for some sunset photography of hills and mountains. This is also the place from which I took most of the footage for my "Going to Sleep" Timelapse video. It's a place to too far from home, but still far enough that the spirit of adventurous travel gets you.


In the Valley

The mountains can be a great place to discover locations off the beaten track. Most times, it only takes a couple of steps off the main path to see something new. Just like in the case of the valley of the mountain Rujiste. These two shots were taken far away from any roads, and we just love the results. It really payed off to venture out.


Adventure to the River Spring

Talk about a destination off the beaten track. There is no track here at all. Only the river, which guides you to its spring. This is the river Sanica, that flows in the deep regions of the mountain Prenj in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. 


The woods are so deep here, and you can only hear sounds of the forest. The hike through mother nature takes about one hour from the main road. The sights are priceless. You can find our whole adventure to the river spring in this two-part series here (including what we discovered when we arrived to the spring!)


Dusk in the Bay

A remote beach location is the perfect way to decompress and unwind. In this case, the beaten track is somewhat present, but most of the locations in the Zablace Bay are remote from the city and main road. And when you are there during sunset (or in this case dusk), you will be rewarded with some really cool sights.



I hope your journeys take you somewhere new and undiscovered.

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33 comments:

  1. You have lots of lovely "secret places" to photograph. You are a happy wanderer indeed!!

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    1. Thanks Kate. I try my best to get the most unusual shots.

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  2. You always seem to find and explore fantastic places and all photos are wonderful shots. I love the one Dusk in the Bay as it is a lovely way to end a gorgeous day and walk. Have a greatweekend.

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  3. so much beauty you find on your wanderings. the photos with the two girls are beautiful, they are pops of color against that view... i like number five with the trees in the foreground..

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    1. Thanks. That view is really stunning in person. The whole valley is laid out in front of you.

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  4. Beautiful! Looks like whether you're in a town or out in remote areas, you can capture it all very nicely! I'm not sure I'd want to go down the path that seems to have a Rottweiler dog waiting...unless he/she came with me.

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  5. Oh ja, solche Hinweise sind immer wichtig, und selbst wenn man eigentlich eine vorgegebene Route macht, es sollte auch immer Jemand wissen wo man hin wollte. Ich bitte auch immer meine Gäste um diese Info, denn wie schnell kann man sich verirren oder einen Unfall haben.

    Dennoch macht es viel Spaß sich auch mal zu verirren oder Wege zu fahren und zu gehen die man vorher noch nicht kannte. Zu Entdecken gibt es ja immer viel.

    Tolle Fotos hast du wieder eingestellt.

    Wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende und sende herzliche Grüsse

    N☼va

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    1. Es ist sehr wichtig nicht unvorbereitet zu Wandern. Besonders in der tiefen Natur. Danke für deinen Besuch und ich wünsche Dir auch ein tolles Wochenende.

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  6. You do find the most beautiful places, Mersad!! Your photos are the next best thing to being there myself1 Thanks, as always, for sharing the beauty! Have a wonderful weekend!!

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  7. Beautiful nature shots just absolutely beautiful thanks for sharing. =0)

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  8. I love tagging along on all of your photo shoots. You take us to the most interesting and beautiful places….

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    1. So glad you enjoyed them Nancy. Thanks for tagging along.

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  9. Beautiful photos! Yes, I too love discovering new trails, and hiking in areas not many people will visit.

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  10. I too like to go down roads less traveled. Your trails and views are spectacular! Keep on, keeping on.
    JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

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  11. Beautiful sights.I agree that some of the best sights are off the beaten track.

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  12. One thing about the net one can visit other places. The land and rocks look sort of fine granite.
    Well it to cold to even form clouds in North Idaho.
    Coffee is on

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  13. Wundervolle Bilder und Stimmungen, v.a. der Sunset über der Stadt wirkt magisch schön!

    Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende!
    Liebe Grüße von Senna

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  14. Sjajni savjeti za kada se odlazi u nepoznato (ovdje je mnogo takvih mjesta)...Tad se i najbolje fotke mogu napraviti i cesto dozivjeti 'susuretanje sa samim sobom'...jer nema drugih da te ometaju. Volim takve predjele!

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    1. Hvala na posjeti. Isto tako, zanimljivo je i poznate stvari slikati iz novih perspektiva. U svakom slučaju, volim se vraćati u prirodu i planine, kada god stignem.

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  15. Love your off the beaten path images. I too like to venture off the beaten path.

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  16. I love that feeling you get when your way out in the middle of nowhere with no one around! Great post.

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  17. Wandering off the beaten track often brings surprises and those surprises are great for photographers.

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  18. beautiful area in the mountains. could be there forever.

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  19. going out from the path to reach some secret place, great shots
    Ciao
    Ste

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  20. Destinations off the Beaten Track are the best! Such a wonderful collection of beautiful scenes. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  21. Really nice collection of photographs. I can see why these would be some of your favorite places.

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  22. You have discovered some beautiful places and I love seeing them. Also your photos of you and your family/friends are so well done.

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  23. Beautiful images. I loved seeing the video. I had somehow missed it before. (Tell your sister I LOVE her scarf!) :-)

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  24. Oh, I meant to tell you, your advice about what people need to do to get to remote areas is excellent.

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  25. did you hear the wood cutter chopping the wood?

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