We bumped along the red dirt track through low scrubby bushes, green from the summer rains that has transformed the drought-stricken bush almost overnight. We ducked low hanging branches and clung on as we headed off road, tilting precariously down a steep bank onto a sandy dry riverbed. And then we saw them—the family of elephants munching in the bushes, foraging in the undergrowth with their trunks. Two babies, just one and three years old, adorably cute, hid between the four adults.
Our favourite day trip on the Italian Riviera is the hike from Camogli to San Fruttuoso in the Portofino Regional Park. The day includes pretty seaside villages, a forest hike, good food, a swim in the turquoise sea of an isolated bay, an ancient abbey, and a ferry ride along the beautiful Ligurian coastline. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Yes, it’s possible to pack for a ski trip in just one carry-on bag! Obviously, if you are travelling with your own skis or snowboard, you’ll need to check your gear, but if you are renting gear, it isn’t difficult to fit all the clothes you need for a week skiing in one bag. We did so in December on our ski trip to Tignes, France with Alpine Elements.
On previous ski trips we’ve always travelled independently and stayed in self-catering accommodation, but in December we had our first experience of a package ski holiday with Alpine Elements. And what a difference it made! We didn’t have to spend hours searching for the best deals on flights, transfers, and accommodation. The whole trip was easy and stress-free, and catered accommodation was a revelation—we loved having delicious meals provided and not having to go out for dinner or cook for ourselves after a tiring day on the slopes.