The best travel tales are never about that rare painting you lined up for hours to see or the ancient monument you gazed upon with hundreds of other people crowded around.
The best moments come as little unexpected treats.
It’s that cozy deli you stumble upon when lost in the backstreets of a foreign city, that mountain hike with views so otherworldly it’s hard to imagine you’re on the same planet, or that guesthouse in the middle of nowhere that manages to get everything just right.
That’s why I’m so dang excited about our new feature, Hidden Gems Around the World.
A Hidden Gem might be a few blocks from your house or on the other side of the planet. It’s a place so special, you kind of want to keep it a secret. It’s a place so special you can’t stop yourself from singing its praises to everyone you meet.
Here’s your chance to do just that.
This is the first time in more than 1,000 posts that we’re inviting you to contribute to My Five Acres. We’re pretty sure we’ll never make it to every corner of the world, so this is our way of sharing travel inspiration without even leaving home.
If the first few posts are anything to go by, there is plenty of inspiration to come.
I can almost smell the sage baking in the sun along Kris’s favourite hike in Los Angeles. Roxanne’s description of the Langidalur mountain hut has pushed Iceland to the top of my bucket list, while Diane’s account of the mouthwatering goodies at Saison Market Vineyard on Vancouver Island has me longing for that verdant valley not so far from home.
We have more great gems lined up for the coming weeks, including a few by Stephen and me, of course. Every Saturday evening we’ll bring you a new one, so you can spend your Sunday mornings dreaming up your next adventure.
Finally, and most importantly, we want to hear from you. If you long to share a hidden gem of your own, don’t hesitate. We’d love to know all about it.
Find out how to share your Hidden Gems Around the World and then get in touch. ♥