The Amalfi Coast is a dramatic stretch of coastline in southern Italy. Craggy green mountains plunge into the Mediterranean with colourful towns clinging precariously to their sides. The best way to see the coast is by boat—you get a real sense of the location, can marvel how the towns were built into the steep mountainside, and avoid nauseating bus rides on the windy roads.
If you’ve ever tasted really good olive oil you’ll understand how easily you can become obsessed with the liquid gold. Excellent olive oil can change your life—it did for Johnny Madge, an Englishman who visited Italy over 30 years ago and, after trying it, knew he had to learn more. So he moved to Italy and became an olive oil expert.
Many people think that travelling with just carry-on luggage to cold climates is impossible. While it is trickier than packing for a beach holiday there’s no reason why you can’t pack light in the winter too. We’ve been living out of our carry-on sized backpacks for over five years now and can’t imagine travelling any other way. At the beginning of May we visited Finland (including a ski trip in Lapland) for ten days with just hand luggage and found it even easier than usual.
Food tours are our favourite way to get to know a new city. We find learning about a culture most engaging through its cuisine, and as vegetarians it’s the best way to discover what local dishes we can try. When I found Happy Guide Helsinki’s Words and Veggies food tour it seemed perfect for us, a chance to “get familiar with the most common Finnish words of organic, local and vegetarian food…find the best places for organic lunch and local coffee” and visit neighbourhoods that tourists don’t usually go to.
Finns love to be outdoors, even in winter when temperatures plummet to -40ºC and the sun barely rises over the horizon. With over 70% of Finland covered by forests there’s plenty of wilderness to explore, and the country’s “Everyman’s Right” means you can hike and camp everywhere without permission. The government even provides cabins in National Parks where you can stay for free.