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Finding the best flight to Italy | or Anywhere in Europe

Andi BrownJanuary 25, 2018

Still struggling to find the perfect flight to Italy or another location in Europe? We now offer bundled booking options to Italy and beyond…

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The Real ID Act | Is Your State Compliant

Andi BrownJanuary 17, 2018

Real ID Act Half of the states and territories in the US will require a passport for domestic travel. This is called the Real…

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Getting Passport Ready for Italy

Andi BrownJanuary 17, 2018

We've updated our information for 2018 to give you everything you need to know for getting passport ready for Italy. There are loads of…

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7 Best Travel Books

Andi BrownJanuary 11, 2018

Dr. Seuss, who has shared many words of wisdom with the world, said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.…

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Travel Gift Guide Ideas for the Italy Lover

Andi BrownDecember 1, 2017

We've put together a huge list of our favorite travel themed gifts to help you with holiday shopping, perfect for the Italy lover in…

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Travel Insurance and How the Pros Outweigh the Cons

Andi BrownOctober 13, 2017

Travel insurance is one of those gray area topics. Unfortunately, there is not one right answer to when or how you should invest in…

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Where Selfie Sticks are Banned in 6 European Countries

Andi BrownOctober 7, 2017

Selfie sticks have been a travel fad for the past couple of years now. On one hand, these gadgets are helpful if you’re traveling…

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17 Best Books and Movies to Inspire Travel to Italy

Andi BrownSeptember 26, 2017

Looking to learn more about Italy before your trip or simply wanting to peak your interest in the beautiful country? Books and movies are…

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10 Useful Travel Gadgets

Andi BrownSeptember 7, 2017

As our world gets more and more technologically advanced, more and more items are produced to make our lives easier. Fortunately, travel is one…

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17 Reasons Travel to Italy is a Terrible Idea

Andi BrownSeptember 3, 2017

Thinking of traveling to Italy? Has a visit there been on your bucket list, something you've been dreaming of for years? What a TERRIBLE…

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How to do Laundry on the Road

Andi BrownAugust 31, 2017

Laundry is a chore that many people dislike, and it’s a chore that most people want to leave behind while they travel. However, doing…

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4 Ways to Avoid Tourist Traps

Andi BrownAugust 29, 2017

It’s no secret that there is a tourist stereotype. Wide-eyed, map-bearing, American-flag wearing visitors are easy to pick out in other countries. Tourism forces…

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Where in Italy Do You Belong? Discover Your Perfect Italian Vacation.

Andi BrownAugust 27, 2017

If you were traveling to Italy, do you know exactly where to go? What if I told you that deciding where to travel in…

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15 Packing Essentials for Women

Andi BrownAugust 24, 2017

Packing can be a stressful part of preparing for a trip, especially for us women. We like to be prepared for all occasions, but…

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Complete Guide to Train Strikes in Italy

Andi BrownJuly 8, 2017

Nothing can ruin your vacation quicker than landing in the middle of an Italian train strike. I know, I've been there. This complete guide…

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The Risks of Making America Great Again

Andi BrownJune 3, 2017

Our country is divided into a rift so vast that it feels as if finding common ground is impossible. Regardless of where your loyalties…

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The Olloclip and Why I Never Leave Home Without It

Andi BrownApril 23, 2017

I am pretty easy going when it comes to packing for my trips. I don't have much make up or jewerly, no big decisions…

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6 Reasons Travel Makes You Happy

Andi BrownApril 12, 2017

Everyone loves to go on a vacation. Who doesn't want time away from work and responsibilities, just relaxing and soaking in the sun. But…

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10 Must Haves to Survive a Long Flight

Andi BrownApril 6, 2017

We all dream about our adventure, what we are going to do and see and taste.  If only we didn't have to spend an…

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Handling Money in Italy

Andi BrownJanuary 23, 2017

Handling money in Italy is more complicated than you may realize, but don't worry as our tips and tricks below will help you spend…

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Understanding Italian Culture with Mindful Travel

Andi BrownJanuary 10, 2017

Part of enjoying Italy comes from embracing our differences and being aware of how we are presenting ourselves. Understanding Italian culture with mindful travel…

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Dos and Don’ts When Eating in Italy

Andi BrownJanuary 8, 2017

Many travelers feel a bit anxious about doing things right when it comes to dining in Italy. Since meals happen three times a day,…

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Foot Care and What Shoes to Wear for Travel

Andi BrownJanuary 4, 2017

Nothing is more important than good foot care and knowing what shoes to wear for travel. We've got essential advice along with some strong…

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Get Fit for Your Italy Trip

Andi BrownJanuary 2, 2017

We’ve updated our information to give you everything you need to know to get fit for your Italy trip. Still have more questions? Contact…

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Bathroom Basics for Travel in Italy

Andi BrownJanuary 1, 2017

I’ve updated my 2017 tips and advice on one of the most important topics out there, bathroom basics for travel in Italy. Nothing can…

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Safety While Traveling to Italy

Andi BrownDecember 28, 2016

Plenty of changes have happened in the world over the last year. We've updated our information and tips about safety while traveling to Italy.…

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Avoiding Jet Lag in Italy

Andi BrownDecember 22, 2016

Our updated tips and advice on for avoiding jet lag in Italy will make your initial arrival more enjoyable and allow you to jump…

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Travel Insurance for Italy

Andi BrownDecember 18, 2016

I’ve updated my 2017 tips and advice on travel insurance for Italy. Still have more questions? Contact us to learn more about our services…

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Handling Money in Italy

Andi BrownDecember 16, 2016

I receive loads of questions about money when my clients are preparing to travel to Italy. I've put together tips and advice on handling…

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How long should you travel in Italy?

Andi BrownJanuary 23, 2016

AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE! Well, as much as you can.  I recommend a minimum of 10 FULL days of travel in Italy.  Remember, those…

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Understanding Italian Culture | Breaking the Ice and Saving Money

Andi BrownMarch 25, 2014

BREAKING THE ICE The Italians are incredibly warm and friendly people who will try hard to communicate with you, but they can be a…

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Understanding Italian Culture | Manners, Bella Figura, Siesta and Passeggiata

Andi BrownMarch 24, 2014

Part of enjoying Italy comes from understanding and embracing the differences in our culture.  I have tried to put together my impressions from an…

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Understanding Italian Culture | Toilet Basics

Andi BrownMarch 23, 2014

TOILETS I could probably dedicate a whole book to my adventures with Italian bathrooms.  It could almost become a game of 'How do you…

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Understanding Italian Culture | Dining, Tips, Gelato and Coffee

Andi BrownMarch 22, 2014

DINING In Italy, the food is an experience.  Lunches and dinners last at least two hours; you linger over your meal.  When you sit…

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Travel to Italy Tip #4 | Travel to lesser known areas

Andi BrownMarch 16, 2014

[caption id="attachment_1034" align="alignright" width="300"] Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche[/caption] Another way to help save money and make your dream of travel to Italy come true…

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Travel to Italy Tip #3 | Find a home base

Andi BrownMarch 15, 2014

[caption id="attachment_999" align="alignright" width="300"] Candle light dinner in Tuscany[/caption] Now that you have Committed to Travel (if you missed that post, read about it here) and…

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Travel to Italy Tip #2 | Travel Off-Season

Andi BrownMarch 14, 2014

Last post I talked about the importance of the first step in making your dreams come true this year: Committing to Travel.  If you missed…

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Travel to Italy Tip #1 | Commit to Travel

Andi BrownMarch 13, 2014

[caption id="attachment_954" align="alignright" width="300"] Step One: Commit to your dream[/caption] I decided to re-blog this series as travel planning begins to heat up! I am…

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Finding Balance | A discussion of old traditions and new realities

Andi BrownJanuary 12, 2012

Two days ago I posted a blog (read it here) about the new laws put in place by Monti to stimulate growth for Italy's struggling economy. …

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Reflections of My Travels to Italy

Andi BrownDecember 3, 2011

Change.  The only constant in this life.  This week I have found myself thinking about the people and places that had always been present for…

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Top Ten: Italian Phrases to Memorize

Andi BrownOctober 23, 2011

You do not need to be fluent in Italian.  I tell everyone to memorize a few important phrases and use them frequently.  Just that…

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