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Today’s post is part of a weekly series called “Travel Toss-Up,” in which we ask you to take your pick between two amazing travel experiences.

This week’s toss-up offers a choice of two places most travelers never think to visit.

Would you rather…

… visit the mosques and deserts of Oman, or …

grand mosque muscat oman



… explore the idyllic islands of Palau?

70 islands palau


Oman is one of the Middle East’s safest destinations, and it offers plenty of fascinating places to explore; pictured is the Grand Mosque in the capital, Muscat. Make time to wander through colorful souks and visit traditional villages on the Saiq Plateau. Although Palau was featured on the show “Survivor” a few years back, its remote location off the coast of the Philippines means it sees relatively few visitors. Its pristine reefs are popular with divers and snorklers.

Photos: 9 Places You Haven’t Been — But Should

Vote for your preference in the comments below!

– written by Sarah Schlichter

3 Responses to “Travel Toss-Up: Off the Beaten Path”

  1. Bonnie says:

    Palau…been there a number of times. Great diving and wonderful people.

  2. Host Ciao says:

    Isn’t there some place in Italy that’s off the beaten path enough for me to choose? Since I guess not, I’ll choose the mosques (and maybe skip the deserts (?).
    A presto,
    Host Ciao

  3. Deborah Sampson says:

    Palau

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