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 […]

Travel Website of the Week: Blacklane

Blacklane

A few weeks ago I needed a ride from the Palazzo Manfredi in the heart of Rome (across the street from the Colosseum) to Fiumicino airport. In the past, I’ve taken the train to the airport (the most economical way) but this time I had my dad with me, so I needed something easy, smooth […]

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 […]

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 […]

Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 5 (Portoferraio, Italy on the Island of Elba)

Island of Elba Italy Windstar Star Pride May 2014-025

Our last stop on Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise was to Portoferraio, Italy on the Island of Elba. I woke up early and was able to watch us dock right next to town. I had a quick breakfast and then asked the nice tourism people who set up a stand just outside of the ship […]

Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 5 (Portofino, Italy)

Portofino Italy Windstar Star Pride May 2014

Day 5 of Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise took us to Portofino, Italy. I was most excited for this port since I’ve heard so much about it but had never had the pleasure of visiting. Unfortunately, my expectations were too high and I was really disappointed. The tiny Italian town felt like Disneyland minus the […]

12 Reasons to Stay at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Como, Italy

Buongiorno! If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter then you know that my wife (@NatalieDiScala) and I were recently in Bellagio, Italy checking out the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni! It was our first time to Lake Como (or Lago di Como, as the locals call it) and boy is it bellissimo! No wonder […]

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. […]