Experience life the local way and you’ll experience a Tuscany that most tourists miss. This trip offers plenty of opportunity to get your hands dirty in the kitchen as you’ll learn to prepare and enjoy this picturesque region’s culinary and viticultural delights. Peruse the local markets and delis in search of the finest organic fare, sample wines in the very vineyards that produced them, and work off all that deliciousness with walks through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Just start forwarding your mail here now.
Highlights: Learn traditional recipes and eat delicious Tuscan cuisine, tour the agriturismo's organic orchards and wine cellar to learn more about the Slow Food movement, visit medieval Montalcino and sample delicious local wines, explore the Tuscan countryside and stone-walled hill towns
When most of us think "Thailand," we think bustling Bangkok, fresh and spicy Lanna cuisine, and flamboyant Buddhist temples. This trip introduces you to a side of Thailand that few see, partnering you up with a local hilltribe for an all-access glimpse into (very) rural life. Explore the village and the jungle that surrounds it, study ancient farming techniques, try your hand at bamboo-weaving, and learn about daily life in the hills from your more-than-welcoming hosts. Bangkok, schmangkok – head for the hills and discover what everyone else has been missing.
Highlights: Connect with a local Black Lahu community, savour home-cooked Thai food, experience local culture hands-on, learn about local hilltribe customs from those who live and breathe them.
Get a new perspective on France with this canal boat adventure. Each day you'll cruise for four to five hours, clearing locks and seeing the world at a pace you'll appreciate. Along the way stop for wine tastings and gastronomic indulgences, cycle along country lanes and hike green valleys. Your houseboat home has only five cabins, so you're sharing the deck and the views with like-minded travellers. With a CEO there to offer advice – and steer! – you'll quickly realize that getting there is half the adventure.
Highlights: Live on a canal boat for a week, cruise along the lush Saône and La Seille River, hike and cycle riverside trails, taste French gastronomic delights, sample world-famous Burgundy wines.
Charming hilltop towns, acres of lemon groves and vineyards, mile after mile of stunning cliffs kissed by cobalt-blue waters… its official name is the Amalfi Coast, but this magical land answers to "heaven." On this trip, you’ll live like one of the region’s (incredibly lucky) locals, discovering the small towns, mountain trails and local customs of this uniquely beautiful place. Explore the ruins of Pompeii in the morning, hike the coastline of the Med by afternoon, and tuck into bed at your converted 17th-century monastery home base at sundown. Paradise incarnate.
Highlights: Call an agriturismo on the Amalfi Coast home for a week, hike beautiful trails including the famous "Walk of the Gods", learn about the fate of Pompeii from an expert local guide, explore chic resort towns and historic villages, savour delicious home-cooked Italian food made from local ingredients, take in spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast from the water on a scenic ferry ride between Positano and Amalfi
Local Living Italy—Sorrento (EISO)
Get a taste for Italian life on this one-week Local Living trip to Sorrento, located just around the corner from the Amalfi Coast. Replete with gorgeous scenery and all the fantastic food and drink you’d expect, you’ll unwind on a lemon farm where a local family will be your hosts, giving you an in-depth look at what life at an Italian agriturismo is like. And of course, there will be food demonstrations including limoncello- and pizza-making as well as a walk along the stunning coastline, a visit to the elite island of Capri and a stop at Pompeii. Don’t be a tourist in Italy—live the dream.
Highlights: Call an Italian agriturismo outside of Sorrento home for the week, hike the famous "Walk of the Gods", learn about the fate of Pompeii from your expert local guide, explore chic resort towns and historic villages, savour delicious home-cooked Italian food made from local ingredients, stroll the streets of picturesque Capri.
It’s one thing to look at photos of the majestic Northern Lights – it’s definitely another to see them for yourself while living in Iceland for five days. While we’ll absolutely take some time to go in search of the Lights, we’ll also include some local elements to best connect you to winter life in Reykjavík – think visits to flea markets, buying fish for a cooking class, and a walking tour of this beautiful city. The CEO is a native Icelander and will be able to impart loads of knowledge about customs and daily life. Throw in some free time to keep this trip extra-customizable and you’ve got an Iceland living experience to remember.
Highlights: Hunt for the ethereal Northern Lights, soak in natural pools with locals, savour the fruits of a cooking lesson with an Icelandic dinner feast, scour the local flea and fish market for bargains, explore the Icelandic countryside.
The Amazon Rainforest is so full of life; embrace it for yourself during a week unlike any other. From Quito, you’ll travel to your new home in the jungle and meet the Quichua family who will host you in their home for the next four nights. Discover waterfalls on jungle walks and travel to an animal rescue centre by canoe. You’ll learn about medicinal plants and how to use a blowgun, experience a shaman ceremony, and visit a local school. Most importantly, you’ll befriend a people few outsiders have the honour to even meet.
Highlights: Live like a local in the Amazon Rainforest, learn Quichua traditions by interacting with your local hosts, visit an animal rescue centre, hone your blowgun skills, experience a shamanic ceremony.
Local Living Italy—Sorrento (EISO)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Local Living Italy - Southern Tuscany (EIST)||7 days||Local Living||Standard||
|Local Living Thailand—Hilltribe Experience (ATHL)||6 days||Local Living||Basic||
|Local Living France - Burgundy Canal Boat (EFBL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
|Local Living Italy—Amalfi Coast (EIAL)||8 days||Local Living||Upgraded||
|Local Living Italy—Sorrento (EISO)||7 days||Local Living||Upgraded||
|Local Living Iceland—Northern Lights & Reykjavík (ELNL)||5 days||Local Living||Standard||
|Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)||7 days||Local Living||Basic||