As a first time traveller, it’s easy to get caught up in the grandeur of a new city and rush in head first. But there are a few things you need to prepare for when heading off to Italy. Making mistakes are okay and definitely part of the travel experience, but when you have limited days in a new place, you want to avoid making big mistakes – it will save you time and money. With these 23 mistakes to avoid in Rome, Italy, you’ll be a seasoned traveller before you even land in the airport.
If you grew up in the 90s, its guaranteed you watched a movie about (and wanted to be) a Disney Princess; and what did many of the Princess have in common? A stellar castle. The castle of Princess Aurora – aka Sleeping Beauty – was actually inspired by a real-life castle right in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, the Neuschwanstein Castle. Understanding how to get to Neuschwanstein Castle can be overwhelming for first-time visitors, but once you know how, getting there will be a breeze.
Venice is over 500 kilometres from Rome. If you were to drive it would take you 5.5 to 6.5 hours to get there. So you might think I’m bonkers to say that you can explore Venice from Rome in a day – But if you’re on a tight Italian itinerary and you’ve always dreamed of seeing the sinking city, then a day trip from Rome to Venice is just the solution you need.
Tuscany and wine are the perfect pairing. The Tuscany region of Italy, located north of Rome is home to some of the country’s best wines and most beautiful views. Tuscany is known for its rolling hills, its vibrant cultural cities, its picturesque hilltop towns, and for the food and wine that people flock here for. When planning your trip, it can be hard to figure out where to go in Tuscany, but I’ll fill you in on the best Tuscan villages to visit for a day-trip from Rome.
Sometimes it’s hard to choose how you’re going to spend your 10 day vacation in a new country. If you’re anything like me, then it will never seem like enough time, because you want to see EVERYTHING. When I created my 10 day Italy itinerary, there were a few places I absolutely wanted to see, as it was my first time in this classical country.
There’s something wild about the ocean. On a bright day in the Caribbean, it seems calm and happy, but in the rough coastline of Vancouver Island, that ocean has this raw power that is allowed to roam free. Everything about the ocean in Tofino, British Columbia is mighty. Tofino is the land of surf, seas, and rugged landscape.
With limited vacation days a year, you get used to exploring a place on a whirlwind schedule. You can still get to know a place, even when zooming through, but Victoria, British Columbia needed more time then I could give it. Victoria is a gorgeous city, aptly named the Garden City, and is a great getaway or stop for a Vancouver Island road trip.