If you’re looking for a little island life mixed with Mediterranean cuisine, this slice of heaven just below Sicily is a great choice. Valletta is the capital city of this itsy-bitsy Mediterranean island nation. Rest your bones along the shorelines of Malta, enjoying activities like snorkelling. Wander the underground catacombs, forts, megalithic temples, and UNESCO World Heritage streets of Valletta. Public transport is about $2. Grab hearty Italian dishes at La Siciliana, an unpretentious Sicilian-owned eatery situated in an adorable little square in the city. Cockneys, an institution in Valletta, is another must. Stay at The Vincent, a contemporary boutique hotel that’s about $120 a night.