Two Books for 2022

20 Feb

19 February 2022.

Perhaps I should repurpose my worn out boots like this Swiss gardener did.

1.2 million steps. That’s what my Fitbit logged on our trip last fall to update our two easy-hiking books. Converting that to miles, between 400-480 miles in 10 weeks.

No wonder I needed a new pair of hiking boots when we got home.

Those steps have come to fruition at last: the 2nd edition of Walking in Switzerland’s Berner Oberland and the 4th edition of Walking in Italy’s Val Gardena are now available on Amazon in all markets worldwide in Kindle and in paperback. (These URLs are to the US site. Listed below are links to the sites for the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. Please search your country’s Amazon site – Italy, Germany, Japan, India, etc. – if you are buying elsewhere.)

The Val Gardena book still features 23 hikes and minimal changes were made in this edition. We checked the local information and retook many of the hikes, rechecked URLs, transportation, cost of passes, and so on. For those with earlier versions, there are not a lot of changes and significant ones are noted on our updates page at

An outing not in the book is one we call “A Path to Lunch,” an easy but satisfying outing in the Val Gardena that can be split into two shorter walks.

Seven new hikes were added to the Berner Oberland book for a new total of 20 outings. We spent 28 nights researching in the area last fall and never ran out of ideas for easy hikes. While the new book is the only place we’ve written up all of the new hikes, updates to walks featured in the first edition are on

All of the hikes in both books feature maps and all of the maps are available to download to your mobile device.

Most notable this visit versus our last trip in 2019, there are now great apps for transportation in both Switzerland and the Südtirol. The SBB app links travelers to all modes of transportation: train, bus, boat, and mountain lifts with an interconnected route planner. It is also an easy platform for buying tickets on the go.

In the Südtirol, the südtirolmobil app offers timetables and a trip planner that are invaluable when you are on-the-go.

As always, we are happy to answer questions and get your feedback. Please drop us a note at

Happy Hiking!

UK sites: Walking in Italy’s Val Gardena and Walking in Switzerland’s Berner Oberland

CA sites: Walking in Italy’s Val Gardena and Walking in Switzerland’s Berner Oberland

AU sites: Walking in Italy’s Val Gardena and Walking in Switzerland’s Berner Oberland (Sorry, Kindle only. Amazon makes it impossible to offer this book in paperback in the Australian market at a decent price.)

8 Responses to “Two Books for 2022”

  1. Kim February 21, 2022 at 09:33 #

    What a wonderful feat-no pun intended.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Grier February 21, 2022 at 07:01 #

    1.2 million steps is mind-boggling! With beautiful scenery, it must have been a labor of love. I’m looking forward to doing some of your recommended hikes!


    • Laurel February 21, 2022 at 14:29 #

      Amazing how fast those steps add up when practicing a European lifestyle with no car. Hoping we can hook up on a future trip!


  3. Gina King February 21, 2022 at 06:54 #

    Very proud of you, cousin! Not just the books but all of those steps! Wow!


    • Laurel February 21, 2022 at 14:27 #

      Thanks, Gina! These are photographer’s dream locations, too. You should go!


  4. Marcia February 20, 2022 at 11:57 #

    Wowzer! That is a lot of miles per week! And your descriptions of the hikes always included such gorgeous, picturesque locations for delicious lunches, snacks, coffee, and wine!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Laurel February 21, 2022 at 14:27 #

      It is a lot! But it is our focus and so rewarding! Helps us work off those travel calories!


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