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 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 […]

Travel Tip of the Day: A Venice Tourist Trap


A Venice Tourist Trap (and More) I have a lot of friends and family who are visiting Venice this summer—and chances are that you might be too. If so, here’s a great tip from one of our contributors Jennifer Dombrowski (@jdomb). Jennifer lives close to Venice and has come to know the city like a […]

Travel Style: Durant Imboden

Durant Imboden

Name: Durant Imboden Occupation: Travel writer and web publisher Hometown: Monterey, California Residence: Minneapolis (and sometimes Venice) College: USC and New School for Social Research College major: None Website: and Twitter: @durant_imboden Facebook: Durant Imboden Google+: Durant Imboden YouTube: Durant Imboden Short bio: Durant Imboden is a former literary agent, Playboy editor and staff […]

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 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 […]