Off the beaten track

There is something special about visiting places that people usually do not visit. Randi Sokoloff / The National
There is something special about visiting places that people usually do not visit. Randi Sokoloff / The National

The world’s top travel destinations such as Rome and Paris have earned their reputations among travellers for their world-class attractions and famous landmarks. Yet, as any intrepid traveller will tell you, there is something special about visiting places that people usually do not venture. We all secretly love that feeling we get when it seems as if we are the only tourist around, even when that’s not the case.

Consider Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia that is considered one of the world’s most dangerous countries, a place plagued by political infighting, violence and terrorism. But that isn’t stopping tourists from flying there, where its bullet-pocked buildings combined with natural beauty leave indelible memories.

If you are thinking of going down the road less travelled, such as Mogadishu, Burundi or Juba, this country is a great jumping-off point for you, considering that our airlines operate in a number of such odd destinations. But bear in mind that they are dangerous.

Published: September 28, 2016 04:00 AM

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