Firenze. It’s the birthplace of the Renaissance and still holds much of the charm from that time. Starting at the Duomo and extending to the Ponte Vecchio, the historic center is only about a mile long. The city was designed to have curved streets so that when walking, you can’t see very far ahead, and therefore, cannot tell the true size of the city. Even though the heart of the city is small, there is so much to see.
Do you want to travel more but don’t have the cash? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s the single most used excuse we hear when discussing travel with our friends and family. Many travel sites will tell you how to get the best deal on your vacation, from getting cheap flights and hotels to planning free activities once you arrive. But what happens when you don’t have any money to begin with? That advice isn’t really helpful, is it? The advice we’ve come up with isn’t your typical travel blog advice. It’s more like the advice you would see on a money blog, but it’s proven useful for us and allowed us to travel more.
Some of us like to ensure we have virtually everything we need in order to conquer every situation we might encounter while traveling. Our thinking is that we will “own” our vacation and get the most out of it no matter what happens. We will be prepared for floods, snow, lost luggage, a stolen wallet, lack of sleep, nausea, sunburn and hunger. While it’s not practical to pack or prepare for every possible scenario, we can at least prepare for the most likely events and pack accordingly. It’s important to be flexible while traveling, and it’s likely that anything we need and don’t pack is just a short ride or walk away.
So you’ve booked your trip and planned an amazing itinerary. With all of your focus on achieving the perfect vacation, don’t forget to start off on the right foot. Below is a list of items to consider from a few days to immediately before you leave for your trip. Happy travels!
Below is a list of websites I use when I plan my vacations. Please comment and let me know if there are other websites that you refer to when planning a trip. Thanks!
Ciao! Have you really decided to go on a trip to Italy? Lucky you! Even though Italy is slightly smaller than the size of California, you can spend weeks in Italy and experience only a fraction of what it has to offer. This is because here is so much more history in Italy than in the United States. You will be able to see remnants left from over 2,000 years ago by the Etruscans and Romans, so you don’t have to go far before you see something significant.
The city of Rome is an enchanting fusion of ancient and modern. High speed trains whiz by 2,000 year old ruins, and a population of almost 3 million people harmoniously live side by side with artifacts like the Colosseum and the Pantheon. With such a rich historical presence, it’s easy to focus on the ancient when you visit Rome, but try to incorporate some modern experiences into your itinerary to create a balance and don’t get stuck in the past!
Aloha! Welcome to paradise! The word paradise means something different for everyone, but for me it means a place where I can forget my worries and relax in a warm, sunny environment with a drink in my hand. It paints a pretty picture, doesn’t it? Hawaii is a great place to relax, but there are some one of a kind experiences and adventures to be had here too!
Aloha! I am very excited you are using my itinerary to plan your amazing vacation! Like you, I only have a few weeks of vacation and I want to make the most of my vacations as possible. The focus of my vacation itinerary is to maximize time and experiences while trying to keep expenses as low as possible. Below is the exact itinerary I used when I visited Hawaii, and as you read on, you will discover that I stayed in Honolulu for a few days and then took Norwegian’s Pride of America cruise to 3 of the other Hawaiian Islands. I felt a cruise was a great way to maximize my time and experiences because it travels while I sleep and offers a variety of Hawaiian-themed entertainment and food. To read more about why I chose Norwegian’s Pride of America, please read my Hawaii Travel Guide.