Georgia sits on the bridge that joins eastern Europe with western Asia. The Caucasus Mountains run through the country but with its western border on the Baltic Sea it also has excellent beaches.

Georgia has an ancient history that can be traced to Roman times with its capital Tbilisi being founded around 400AD.

Include a visit to Vardzia in your trip, a remarkable cave monastery that dates to the 12th century, and the wine-growing region of Kakheti.

Tbilisi is definitely worth a couple of days to explore its architecture and the quaint cobblestone streets in the old town section.

Wherever we go, we always have a beaten up guidebook, local phrasebook, and weatherproof map in our backpacks.