Getting Off The Beaten Track This Summer

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Travelling is all about escaping from the normal. Some people are happy to just soak in the views and enjoy some relaxation, but for others it’s all about discovering something new or experiencing something you’ve never seen before. Some of the best opportunities lie away from the beaten track of mass tourism and in places that wouldn’t normally be seen as holiday destinations…

If you’re lucky enough to ever get to visit Kenya, it’s quite likely you’ve never thought of jumping on a train for an overnight trip. The train journey taking you from Nairobi to Mombasa allows you to step out in the morning, opposite the Nairoibi National Park, to see zebras, lions and endangered black rhinos running past. The price of a 1st Class cabin is only $65 for a bed and 2 meals, consisting of a 3-course dinner and a full English breakfast. The train journey will mean fantastic coastal views as you leave Mombasa and discovering the cosmopolitan capital of Kenya when you reach your destination, all in 24 hours.

When one thinks of holidays in Italy it’s all about food, Roman history and…more food. But if you’re looking for archaeology, fantastic viewsand amazing pasta then Syracusa is a break away from the overly crowded cities of Rome, Venice and Florence. The city has an amazing archaeological park in Neapolis as well as a Greek Theatre, an overlooked Roman Amphitheatre and the catacombs of San Giovanni. Similar in style to the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily, Syracuse is the ultimate, and slightly quieter, alternative to discovering Italy.

Finally, something I’ve always wanted to do… travel Route 66 across America. The Mother Road’ allows freedom to explore the ‘real’ America and hopefully one day I’ll be travelling it in a bright yellow camper van. The 2,451 mile long route stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles and technically doesn’t exist, according to new and updated maps. Whilst some of the route has been replaced by modern interstate highways, a great amount of literal ‘off the beaten track’ road is waiting to be explored. The most exciting thing about the route is the states it connects and the variety of places to visit, so if you’re looking for one, this is the ultimate authentic road trip.

For now, I’ll stick to driving my tin can KA, eating pizza hut and watching The Lion King… that is until my student loan comes in.

Amelia Sweeney

I'm an English Lit and Greek Civilisation student at the University of Leeds and I am a complete self-confessed film and book fanatic.

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