8 tips for visiting Venice’s Carnival on any travel budget

Jennifer and her husband, Tim, at Venice Carnival

Our Italy insider, Jennifer Dombrowski, gives us the best tips for visiting Venice’s Carnival, held each year in the lead-up to Ash Wednesday (which this year is March 5). Check out more of her Italy insider tips in 12 Things You Never Knew About Italy and Venice’s Biggest Tourist Traps and How to Avoid Them. […]

Not Your Grandma’s Bus Tour of Italy, with Insight Vacations

View from Rialto Bridge, Venice

I was scared. Visions of blue-haired, khaki clam-digger-clad grandmas and black-socks-in-sandals-wearing grandpas blasted through my head as I boarded my Delta flight to Rome from Los Angeles. What was I thinking saying yes to a freakin’ bus tour? Over the course of my life as a traveler, whenever I’ve heard the term “tour,” shivers have run […]

Not Your Grandma’s Bus Tour of Italy, Day VII

Flooded St. Mark's Square

This is the seventh and final installment in a seven-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Italy with Insight Vacations. Head back to the series home page for the full Italy experience—or jump straight over to Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 or Day 6 of the tour. DAY 7 More Venice (we arrived on Day […]

Not Your Grandma’s Bus Tour of Italy, Day VI

Ferarri Museum in Modena, Italy

This is the sixth installment in a seven-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Italy with Insight Vacations. Head back to the series home page for the full Italy experience—or jump straight over to Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 or Day 7 of the tour. DAY 6 Ferarri Museum On the way to Venice, we […]

Not Your Grandma’s Bus Tour of Italy, Day IV

600 years of history and the Marquis of Mazzei

This is the fourth installment in a seven-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Italy with Insight Vacations. Head back to the series home page for the full Italy experience—or jump straight over to Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 5, Day 6 or Day 7 of the tour. DAY 4 Cortona, Chianti From Perugia we headed into the hill country […]

Travel News: Week of November 13, 2013

Photo credit: Tom Fox/DallasNews.com

Top Travel News Government to allow American Air & US Airways merger US Airways, United, American and JetBlue Now Allow PDE Use During Entire Flight Liquids ban to be lifted at European airports; is the U.S. next? United: You can now use hand-held devices on all our domestic mainline flights, with a few exceptions Venice […]

Travel Contests: Week of October 9, 2013

Scenic Cruises

This week’s travel contests include: Win a European Scenic Cruise for two in our JohnnyJet.com blogger contest! Win a 6-day culinary trip for two to Venice (requires Facebook) Win a Norwegian Cruise Lines cruise to your choice of destinations plus $2,000 to spend Win a trip to Paris and $500 in spending money in Oscillo’s […]

Travel Contests of the Week: October 2, 2013

Scenic Cruises

This week’s travel contests include: Win an 8-day European River Cruise from Scenic Cruises in our blogger contest! Win over $6,000 worth of free travel (need a SPG account; it’s free to join) Win a 3-night trip for two to Barbados from Food and Wine Win a 6-day culinary trip for two to Venice from Cost […]