Travelers often find themselves on the path most traveled because – amid the brush and bramble of advertisements, trend pieces, and travel magazine features – it's the only passage they can imagine. And that's fine: Popular destinations tend to be popular for a reason. That said, there is a singular joy in trying something different.
To encourage travelers looking to take a chance, we've compiled a list of places they can skip in 2014 and found the places they ought to go instead. Going to Vail is not (and never will be) a mistake, but there are other adventures out there.
Don't go to New Zealand.
New Zealand is a magical – and very well marketed – place. But next time, think out of the box and take your own magical mystery tour to a land of similar delights on the world's flip side: Norway. Once you have fished for cod in the Norwegian fjords of Lofoten and golfed under the midnight sun, have ogled the aurora borealis ("northern lights") and dived around Narvik's WWII wrecks, you'll be left to wonder what on Earth the Southern Hemisphere could possibly have to rival northern Norway's plenty. And while Norway is far from inexpensive, there's an exceptional national law that allows campers to stay for free. Thanks to allemansrätten (literally "everyman's right"), access to public lands is free for both Norwegians and anyone lucky enough to visit their chilly but beautiful home.
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