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Southern Italy where they’ve perfected the art of slowing down

Southern Italy where they’ve perfected the art of slowing down

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When our cook, Fausta Solfa, mentioned that dinner would be at 7:30 pm, someone in our group asked: “Is that 7:30 pm regular time or Italia time?” The rest of us started laughing. Four days into our week-long sojourn in southern Italy and we were finally getting used to the pace: be ready by 8:30 […]

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Millennials travel tips

Millennials travel tips

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Safety Tips for millennials going abroad from college students to professionals traveling for business. Bar Tips – Buddy System Go with a buddy. It’s better to have two sets of eyes to watch for bad situations. Don’t leave without your buddy. Get smart about Rophynol, “the date rape drug”, which is odorless, tasteless, and colorless. If […]

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Travel Rip-offs and How to Avoid Them

Travel Rip-offs and How to Avoid Them

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Let me share my travel tips of how to avoid theft, frauds and over-paying. 1.) Avoid baggage fees. Depending upon the airline you can pay $15 to $75 for the first checked bag, and more for overweight bags. When possible, pack lightly enough to carry-on one bag or fly airlines that still allow free checked bags (two […]

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Travel safety for women

Travel safety for women

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Travel safety for woman is the number one concern for students, seniors and world adventurers. I’ve written chapters in my books and spoken at universities and at travel shows about “how to stay safe and travel the world”. Here are ways to prepare ourselves and avoid trouble.   1. We can be aware of our […]

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The Italian Job… of Being a Savvy Tourist

The Italian Job… of Being a Savvy Tourist

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  How to Get the Most Out of Your Italy Vacation   Travel to Europe in the summer of 2004 may prove challenging, but with advance planning the rewards are vast and varied and yours to discover, such as walking to the front of the line at the Coliseum in Rome, or finding unique accommodations […]

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Black Truffles from Perigord, Tuscany and YES – Australia.

Black Truffles from Perigord, Tuscany and YES – Australia.

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  Aroma and the sweet taste of Perigord Truffles…and YES…from Australia. Expensive little fungi that the ancient Romans and Greeks though were an aphrodisiac. Well, I’m in good company; Louis XIV and Napoleon were also extremely fond of them. Black Truffle Cultivation Unlike the Italian white truffles, black truffles have been cultivated for decades. Cultivation […]

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Message from Marybeth

Message from Marybeth

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I’m excited to have you on my site. My credentials: Traveled to over 90 countries worldwide National Geographic Travel Book Author Meet the Gutsy Traveler. Video. Bon Voyage.    

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Ten Best Travel Books for Adventurous Professional Travelers. France. Italy.

Ten Best Travel Books for Adventurous Professional Travelers. France. Italy.

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“Books to spark your wanderlust for travel to France, Italy and beyond,” was the subject of an interview I recently did with PBS (Public Broadcasting Service).   What do you think of the ten best books I recommended? France: A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway,  La Seduction by Elaine Sciolino. The Piano Shop on the Left […]

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Best costumes from Venice during “Carnival”

Best costumes from Venice during “Carnival”

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Carnival in Venice is an elegant costume party in the streets, along the canals and in private villas. Locals and visitors spend a fortune on costumes and entry to the 600 Euro Private Balls. Five thousand revelers crowded into St. Mark’s Square and chased away all the pigeons. Approximately 3,000,000 visitors come to Venice each […]

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A Dangerously Sweet Chocolate Festival in Florence

A Dangerously Sweet Chocolate Festival in Florence

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The pension where we students live provides breakfast and lunch, but not dinner, so most nights we eat at typical three course Italian meal at a restaurant; pasta, meat and a dessert. After inhaling such a large meal, we usually stroll around Florence. Last week we stumbled upon the famous Chocolate Festival in Piazza della […]

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