I am so so excited! We’ve just booked flights to South Africa for the beginning of January and have an epic trip planned. This is a big trip for us—it’s our first time in Africa and we’ll be taking at least a month off work, much of it offline and sometimes even without electricity.
The Langhe is an area of rolling hills in the Piemonte region of northern Italy. The hills are covered in vineyards with medieval hill towns and ancient castles perched atop their peaks. The scenery is gorgeous, but what really attracts visitors is the outstanding wine and food—Barolo reds, white truffles, handmade pasta, and many more delicacies. Along with Monferrato and Roero, the Langhe was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014 for its cultural landscapes and winemaking traditions that go back hundreds of years.
Varenna is one of the prettiest towns on Lake Como in Italy. Its colourful houses tumble down the mountainside and the streets are narrow cobbled staircases that lead to the lake. We had heard that Varenna was a quieter alternative to popular Bellagio across the lake, but on the first weekend in September, tiny Varenna was crowded with visitors during the day (the mornings and evenings are quieter).
Six weeks ago we set off from London armed with an Interrail pass that allowed us to hop on trains all over the continent. Trains are our favourite way to travel in Europe. They are so much more relaxing and comfortable than flying, and we can enjoy the scenery and work along the way. I put together an itinerary that would take us to Andalucia in Spain (where we’re now housesitting for friends) with detours through places that have been on my wish list for a while.