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 and learn more about the Slow Food movement, visit medieval Montalcino and sample delicious local wines, explore the Tuscan countryside and stone-walled hill towns
It was from Mongolia that Ghengis Khan set forth to conquer the world. This unique adventure is your chance to return to this heartland and let its people and scenery capture your heart. Leave Ulaanbaatar and the modern world behind and travel by horseback or oxcart to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park for life with nomadic families. You'll live in a ger, take tea with your neighbours, ride horses, and learn archery and garment-making skills. It's eight days like you never imagined. Participants should be comfortable around and on horses.
Highlights: Sleep in a traditional Mongolian ger, ride a horse across the Mongolian countryside, learn traditional crafts and skills from nomadic hosts, compete with Mongolian nomads in archery.
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 local Black Lahu and Shan communities, savour home-cooked Thai food, experience local culture hands-on, learn about local hilltribe customs from those who live and breathe them.
For ages, the Masai people of East Africa have preserved an authentic way of life that includes training warriors, communicating with wild animals across the plains and developing native medicines. Now it’s your turn to get a taste of this unique lifestyle. This short, five-day trip takes a dive right into the daily life of the Masai, where you’ll learn how to make traditional beaded jewelry, milk cows, throw a spear and identify different animal tracks. You’ll get a firsthand look at bush survival skills as you live with the Masai people in their village, learn the beliefs of the Masai and enjoy a ceremony on your final night to cap off your experience.
Highlights: Learn survival skills from Masai warriors, participate in day-to-day life in a remote Masai village, listen to warrior stories around the campfire, witness a traditional Masai ceremony.
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 canal boat home has only a handful of cabins, so you're sharing the deck and views with a small group of 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 Rivers, hike and cycle riverside trails, taste French gastronomic delights, sample world-famous Burgundy wines, enjoy slow-paced travel through the French Burgundy countryside.
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: Live at an agriturismo on the Amalfi Coast 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
Get ready to live like a local on this off-season trip to the hilltop towns and vineyards of the Amalfi Coast, where you'll explore the small towns and trails of this beautiful countryside while experiencing local customs and once-in-a-lifetime moments. 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 homebase at sundown. Since this trip takes place in the off season when it's just a bit cooler out, there are fewer people around the Amalfi Coast—meaning you'll have that much more paradise all to yourself.
Highlights: Get cozy at an agriturismo on the Amalfi Coast, hike 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, enjoy having the Amalfi Coast to yourself during the off-season.
If you’ve ever wanted to forge a deeper bond with a destination, this is your chance. Centred in San Gimignano, this Local Living adventure places you in the heart of central Tuscany. You’re free to explore the town, visit vineyards, discover medieval highlights or embrace your inner artist wandering the Tuscan countryside. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into Italian cities, there’ll be day trips to visit Siena and Florence. You’ll share the main accommodation with like-minded travellers, and with a CEO there to point you in the right direction, prepare to fall in love with Italy.
Highlights: Share an apartment in our local friend Ugo's home, eat delicious Tuscan cuisine and sample regional wines, stroll the lanes of medieval San Gimignano, walk along the beautiful Tuscan countryside, make new friends at your home away from home.
Local Living Italy—Sorrento (EISO)
Get a taste for Italian life on this one-week 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 an organic 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: Make yourself at home at an Italian agriturismo outside of Sorrento for a week, hike 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, 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 visiting a local flea market, buying fish for a cooking class, and touring 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 Mongolia—Nomadic Life (AMNL)||8 days||Local Living||Basic||
|Local Living Thailand—Hilltribe Experience (ATHL)||6 days||Local Living||Basic||
|Local Living Kenya—Masai Village (DKML)||5 days||Local Living||Camping||
|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—Amalfi Coast Winter (EIAW)||7 days||Local Living||Upgraded||
|Local Living Italy—Tuscany San Gimignano (EIGL)||7 days||Local Living||Standard||
|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||