"This Local Living adventure sets you up in a charming and traditional house then leaves you free to create the perfect holiday. Wander lavender fields, visit vineyards, marvel at the Pont du Gard—it's your call. You'll share the kitchen and living areas with other like-minded travellers, and a CEO is there to recommend local favourites. Take it slow and fall in love with this seductive corner of France."[caption id="attachment_14487" align="aligncenter" width="360"] Rambling throughout the countryside in Provence (Photo: WikiCommons)[/caption]
•••Into something more active? The Iceland: Local Living could be just the ticket.
"This experience introduces you to the unique populace of this tiny island nation as they lead you around their exotic, volcano-forged homeland, dotted with hot springs, calving glaciers, crystal-clear rivers and crashing waterfalls. Active options include everything from ice-snorkelling and whale watching tours to whitewater canoeing trips and ATV excursions, so come prepared to do all sorts of everything."[caption id="attachment_14488" align="aligncenter" width="360"] Living like a local in rural Iceland (Photo: Roger McLassus)[/caption]
•••Checking out the 'What's New in 2013 at Intrepid Travel" I hit upon a couple nuggets that offer a variation on the Aussie-based company's usual offerings. One is a Wonders of Egypt & Jordan, which isn't in itself a real shocker, but what impressed me here is the diversity of travel modes: Along with the three-night cruise on the historic Nile, participants overnight on a sleeper train, spend time in a four-wheel-drive jeep for a safari and and then camp overnight in the desert. (Something tells me a camel ride could be involved here. Smelly creatures but when in Rome...) Another trip on Intrepid's fresh offerings for 2013 that lept out at me is the 9-day Explore Ukraine package. The modes of transport on this excursion are less romantic than the Egypt-Jordan trip. On this adventure you join locals on a bus, metro and minibus. But don't be daunted. Local transit can be a lark when travelling abroad. [caption id="attachment_14492" align="aligncenter" width="360"] Cultural and political journey throughout Ukraine (Photo: Elke Wetzig)[/caption]
•••I think the real magnet for this Ukraine trip is the breadth of activities: Not only can you visit the mummified monks at the Caves Monastery and attend a classical concert, but you get to visit Chernobyl Museum to pay tribute to those killed during – and better understand – the 1986 nuclear disaster. Do any of these travel opportunities grab your attention? Let us know and you could win a free copy of our latest Canadian Living cookbook on international cuisine!