Monograms, Part II — Lake Maggiore, Italy

Room with a view at the Grand Hotel Bristol in Lake Maggiore, Italy

Monograms is an international travel company and part of the award-winning Globus family of group travel brands. Check out more on the company in Arthur’s introduction and Part 1. Whether you’re a traveler that likes to see all you can see or a traveler that likes to watch your feet grow roots as you stare off into […]

Monograms, Part 1 — Venice, Italy

The Hotel Bonevecchiati by water taxi. There's nothing more fun than arriving to your destination by boat!!

Monograms is an international travel company and part of the award-winning Globus family of group travel brands. Check out more on the company in Arthur’s introduction here. Accommodations Hotel Bonvecchiati is one of the Monograms selected hotels for Venice—and now I understand why. Located in probably one of the most romantic settings I could imagine, the 4-star […]

Monograms: A scientific approach to happy travel

In Venice, a Monograms rep awaited us at our arrival gate to take us to our water taxi

What is Monograms? Monograms is an international travel company and part of the award-winning Globus family of group travel brands. Monograms is different in that it’s geared toward independent travel, and taking the planning, coordinating and arranging out of your travel equation so you can just show and go! Let’s face it: Traveling is great, planning […]

Travel Contests: Week of June 4, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines

This week’s travel contests include: Win 120,000 HawaiianMiles plus a two-night stay at The Modern Honolulu! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win one of five Hollywood experiences valued at approximately $10,000 in IHG’s summer movie-themed sweepstakes Win a family vacation to Atlantis in the Bahamas from Cartoon Network Win 500,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles from American Win a […]

The Best Hotel View in Rome

Palazzo Manfredi Hotel Rome Italy May 2014-026

My dad and I topped off our incredible trip to Europe, which began in Barcelona on the inaugural voyage of Windstar’s Star Pride, with a stay in Rome. Rome is without a doubt one of my top 10 favorite cities in the world and my favorite hotel there is the Palazzo Manfredi (Via Labicana, 125; […]

Guide to Getting to Ischia, Italy and Staying at the San Montano Resort & Spa

San Montono Hotel Ischia Italy May 2014-041

Bongiorno! After disembarking in the Civitavecchia (Port of Rome) after our incredible Mediterranean cruise on Windstar, my dad and I hitched a ride to the train station. Usually, taxis for this trip need to be arranged in advance, and the short five-minute trip will probably cost you about 20 Euros. Most cruise ships prearrange buses to the […]

20 Reasons to Sail on Windstar’s New Star Pride Ship

Windstar's Star Pride Christening in Barcelona, Spain on May 5

Buenos días! I’m back from Europe after sailing on Windstar’s newest ship, Star Pride. I was invited on the inaugural cruise along with several other journalists, travel agents, executives and paid guests who had to have sailed on Windstar previously to be part of this exclusive trip. Windstar took over the 438-foot Pride from Seabourn in […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Avoid Venice’s Biggest Tourist Trap

Gondola Lessons Venice

  Another Venice TipLast week we featured a Venice tip from one of our regular contributors, Jennifer Dombrowski (@jdomb), who lives near Venice and knows the city like a local. Her tip last week was so popular that w’eve decided to run another, since it seems many readers are planning a trip to Venice (feel free […]