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Italy for First Timers: How to Plan Your Trip

Italy has everything. It has the sea and the mountains, the hills and the plain. It has lakes and rivers and forests and national parks. It has incredible ancient borghi and larger cities that have managed to enter the modern age with a firm hold on their ancient pasts. It has Medieval castles, Renaissance art and even contemporary… Read more »

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Where to Go to (Mostly) Escape The Crowds

Though they may be drab, winters are the perfect time for trip planning. It’s time to read, research and place your dream trip to Italy. Where do you want to go? What do you want to see? What Italian experiences do you dream of? A first-time visit practically requires time in Rome and Florence, Venice and Tuscany… Read more »

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The One Thing You Should Do Before Coming to Italy

Before coming to Italy I went out and bought new, “Italy appropriate” clothes; I read about the culture, studied the language and devoured “insider’s tips” that promised to help me blend in with the Italians. I packed and repacked and imagined things I had yet to see. There’s always a certain amount of trepidation that… Read more »

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The Secret to Happiness is Travel

Apparently travel makes us happier than love. Or at least, happier than a date out with our partner, having a child or even our own wedding! Online hotel booking website Booking.com held a 17,000 person study in 17 countries and found that travel gives us a stronger spike in happiness than some the most important moments of our… Read more »

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Why You Absolutely Have to Do Research Before Traveling

For those of you too busy to read this I’ll make it brief: You have to research before traveling to know what the hell you’re doing. Woo, I already feel better. Now if you’re still with me, allow me unfold: Why would you spend thousands of dollars on an overseas trip without preparing beforehand? Far too often… Read more »