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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor
Friday, August 06, 2010

Are you an adventerous person? Are you looking for unique or lesser-known places to explore and enjoy? Are you the type that prefer to avoid the large crowds of the normal touristy places to relax in a less crowded but scenic and serene place? Or maybe you want adventure and to visit a place that is a bit challenging to get to and even to enjoy once you reach? All this is possible when you travel on 'backroads' and 'off-the-beaten-path.' In this post, I share a podcast with you about the meanings of these idioms/saying and examples of places I have gone that are truly 'off-the-beaten-path' and characteristic of 'backroads'. Enjoy! 

This video is of a backroad in New York State. Many people, regardless of being new to U.S. or long-time residents and citizens of U.S. in other states often do not realize New York State is much more than New York City and that New York State has many small towns, farms, forests, lakes, 'natural areas', off-the-beaten-path travel locations and backroads

This is a backroad near to Naples, New York. This road was a complete gravel road with few homes and plenty of shady trees.

What other kind of options may you find for 'off-the-beaten-path'? Here are some more from our travels around US and India in video format! This is a playlist of videos from my YouTube Channel. It highlights some unique tourist places in New York State, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kansas, Colorado, North Carolina and Kerala (India). The places include a majority of natural areas like waterfalls, high views from mountains, lesser-known state or local parks, camping areas, biking/hiking trails, scenic railroads, and tea plantations (India, of course!)

If you wonder how a main road differs from a backroad, see these two videos. This first video is of Interstate 90- this interstate stretches from Boston, Massachusetts to Seattle, Washington; over, 3,000 miles from coast to coast! This section was recorded near Rochester, NY. What qualities of a main road do you notice here? Which qualities of a backroad are completely absent?

This next video is also an interstate; Interstate 70 passes through the middle of US passing through Utah, Kansas, Missouri and other states. We drove through Utah on 70 between the exits for two main national parks: Zion and Capital Reef National Parks. We saw some sections of this road that seem to be less travelled. Though it is a main road because it is a divided highway with wide shoulders, exits and rest areas; it is interesting to note that this highway passes through very sparsely populated areas. For about 100 or more miles there were no towns, no gas stations or facilities of any kind. Yes, we saw rest areas; but the lights were solar powered and the toilets were outhouses- with no running water. There were exits, yes, but the exits led straight to dirt roads with no homes or buildings to be seen within sight distance! It is a stunning and mysterious place.


Thank you for spending your time on my website! If you'd like any information about the places I highlighted, feel free to contact me. The e-mail ID is on the top left side of this website near to my photo!! Have a great day!!


Would you like to do more exercies? Check out the list of podcasts at cinchcast.

 Cultural Etiquette And Adjustment Tips (Lessons on Cross-Cultural adjustment and culture shock.)
 American English (ESL/ESOL) For Daily Use (More podcasts and videos on American English Coahching/Tutoring.)

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If you’re looking for help in fine tuning your American English and cultural skills; strategies in coping with culture shock, life abroad or with a cross-cultural family, or are looking for cross-cultural mentoring or expat coaching, in person, over the telephone or via Skype, send me an e-mail- jenkumar@gmail.com. Thanks!  



Jennifer Kumar is a cross-cultural teacher, trainer and lifestyle adjustment mentor helping people feel more comfortable in cultures far from home. Are you worried about making friends, adjusting to a new job, raising children, conversing in a new language or everyday lifestyle changes when moving to a new country? She can help you explore these topics and more before you leave or after you arrive. She was educated in India as a social worker and in America as a life coach. Feel free to see her website - Authentic Journeys - Lifestyle and Cultural Transition Services.

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