When we decide to pack our backpacks and then repack them because they're too heavy we all have this thought that we're going to see the big cities and then get whisked away to find some beautiful destination practically untouched by any one else. The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio comes to mind, without all the death... But it's a fallacy - a big one.
When I left Canada in 2013 I didn't have a plan outlined because I wanted to leave space for spontaneity and experiences that would leave me off the beaten path. Instead I spent time playing rock, paper, scissors with myself in train stations or taking travel advice from people in my hostels but for the most part I was going to major cities in each country I went to. These were all wonderful experiences but I kept wondering when am I going to have my own slice of heaven? Arrogant, right?
Like most things in life you have to make it happen. You have to do detailed research and more often than not you'll need a local guide or independent transportation. For the good old run of the mill traveller it won't happen to you. Sometimes it'll involve a lot of hiking or skipping certain experiences all together. For instance, I missed out on Southern Italy because I spent time in Tuscan villages where they didn't speak a word of English or I, Italian and yet we all were able to interact on such a beautiful level. I saw fields of sunflowers from hill tops and ate figs straight from the trees but only because the research and planning was done.
In short, you'll never get whisked away to places you've never heard of but you can whisk yourself away with a whole lot of planning and a bit of pluck.