By Shannon Valdes Leiderman
From an Iceland alternative to a European country you didn’t know existed, your end-of-summer travel plans are all sorted. Here are our recommendations for the best places to travel in September because they are off-the-beaten path, in their shoulder or off-season and waiting for you to visit.
Southern Inle Lake, Myanmar
Most people who travel to Myanmar seek out Shwedagon’s golden pagodas or Bagan’s mesmerizing hot air balloons, but Southern Inle Lake renders an off-the-beaten-path respite from the typical tourist track. More authentic than the lake’s northern edge, travelers who make the extra trek are immersed in the local lives of Myanmar’s “long neck” Padaung tribes.
Iceland gets all the attention, and therefore all the tourists. Plan your northern adventure to Greenland instead and embark on an isolated expedition into uncharted territory. An enormous island with very few roads, you may find your preferred mode of transportation to be boats, helicopters and of course, dog sleds.
If vast savannahs and wondrous wildlife are the heart of Kenya, then the country’s gracious people are its soul. As Africa’s leading pioneer of sustainable tourism and a mecca of cultural experiences, anyone who’s traveled to Kenya will agree that interacting with the nomadic Maasai tribe is just as memorable as spotting a lion on safari.
A pint-sized country completely landlocked by Italy, San Marino could easily be mistaken for the Tuscan countryside if it weren’t for the lack of tourists. The little-visited country has no airport or train station, but those who cross its borders find themselves engulfed in a peaceful green oasis of wineries, charming medieval streets and unbelievable views from the top of Monte Titano.
Cahuita, Costa Rica
As the golden child of sustainable travel, Costa Rica embraces an eco-conscious way of life. Tourists may flock to Tamarindo in droves, but the country’s Southern Caribbean coast remains surprisingly untouched. Rustic and slow-paced, the little beach town of Cahuita inspires the true meaning of pura vida, with remnants of Afro-Caribbean culture still intact.