I want to discuss something that I was prompted to think more deeply into thanks to something that happened on Instagram. I posted a story about how two fellow travellers and content creators (Eva Zu Beck and Against the Compass) had inspired me to add some 'random' and 'off the beaten path' destinations to my bucket list. The ones I mentioned were specifically due to content I had seen recently that had inspired me - Iraqi Kurdistan, Pakistan, Iran, Oman, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia.This was then picked up by an account who shared my stories with their followers. They also told me they were 'concerned with [my] language' and that I was 'reinforcing marginalisation and notions of cultural superiority'. After their sharing of my stories, I started to get a LOT of messages. Many of these were rather abusive and hateful (including one person calling me a 'racist pig' and saying my 'language is disgusting').However, it did also encourage some civil discussion with some people, who were polite enough to explain why they thought my use of the phrases 'random' and 'off the beaten path' was damaging. I can understand why people found my phrasing offensive when I called their countries 'random' - to be honest, I would find it a tiny bit insulting if someone said my country/city was a 'random' place to go (although I live in a very small town in Hampshire which has no reason for people to visit... so maybe calling it a random place to visit wouldn't be particularly incorrect).Since much of the 'discussion' was a lot of people shouting their opinions and not taking the time to actually listen to WHY people hold the opinions they do, I wanted to research it more in depth and try to understand the reasoning behind all of this and whether calling places 'off the beaten path' is actually harmful, as well as to how it impacts both locals and tourists alike.

We are already one month into the new year and, if you're anything like me, you've already given up on half (or all) of your resolutions. However, here are some more resolutions that include more travel and, more specifically, new travel! Here we highlight some of the best and most underrated destinations for the coming year.Thank you to the amazing bloggers who gave me their top off the beaten path destinations for 2017 and I hope you find some ideas for unique vacation spots!Don't forget to check out our round-up for the Top 10 off the beaten path destinations for 2016!

This may sound like an odd title for a travel blogger to write a post with. But it's true - travel HAS ruined my life. Everyone says how amazing it sounds, that I travel all the time. That I disappear off on journeys around the world and see incredible places and have the best adventures.No one warned me about the negatives, about the downsides of travel and jetting off to different countries all the time, and so I found them out the hard way. Here are five ways that travel has ruined my life...

This post was written by the amazing Alyssa Acree of She Went to Spain.

Alyssa just returned to the U.S. after a year in Southern Spain teaching English in a Spanish high school. The experience left her with the desire to share her travel adventures with others and encourage everyone to follow their dreams. Her goal is to see everything, to learn about other cultures, religions, and traditions and explore this beautiful, vast world.

Check out her amazing blog for destination reviews, travel tips, and a great "Ultimate Packing List" and read on to find out why you should visit Iceland, Morocco, Croatia and many other countries this year...