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20 Useful Things to Know Before You Visit Rome

General Knowledge Currency – Italy uses the Euro (“€”). Reservations – Make reservations for museums, tours, and restaurants whenever possible. Check if there is A/C when booking your accommodations if you are traveling in the summer. Electronics – Standard voltage is 220V (U.S. uses 110V). Check your electronics to see if they are dual voltage. Don’t forget an adapter so your electronics will fit into the outlets. VAT (value added tax) – A 22% tax on most goods and services…

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0 In Italy/ Travel

25 Things You Must Do in Rome, Italy

Rome has definitely earned its nickname as the eternal city, with over 3,000 years of history and ancient ruins that you can still explore. Rome’s culture, charming alleys, and delicious food, make this city one of the most unforgettable places to visit in the world! There is so much to eat, see, and do in this magical city, we’ve narrowed down our top 25 things you MUST do in order to help you plan your first visit to Rome! Marvel…

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0 In England

15 Useful Things to Know Before You Visit London

From quintessential red phone booths and double-decker buses to Afternoon Tea and Buckingham Palace—there is something for everyone to enjoy in this city. London is an eclectic mix of old and new, full of history and tradition as well as modern art and contemporary restaurants. Although we share a language with England, there are quite a few differences to be aware of when visiting. I’ve pulled together my top 15 things to know before you go for those of you…

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1 In Italy/ Travel

Where to Stay in Florence – Hotels for Every Budget

Florence is a much smaller city than Rome or Paris, but it still welcomes over 10 million tourists each year! As you can imagine, there are a lot of hotel options in this city and I’m here to help narrow the options down for you! During the summer months many of the hotels sell out quickly, so I didn’t narrow the list too much to make sure you have available options when looking. As a general disclaimer, I haven’t stayed…

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3 In France

The Ultimate Paris Neighborhood Guide (and which best fits your personality!)

I recently wrote a guide on where to stay in Paris and wanted to supplement that post with a neighborhood (i.e. Arrondissement) overview. I thought it would be useful to provide more details on the neighborhoods in Paris because it can get confusing when trying to decided where to stay. Some Arrondissements have nicknames (i.e. the Marais or St. Germain), others seem to overlap into each other, and there are so many sights to see there isn’t just one or…

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2 In Italy/ Travel

Where to Eat in Florence, Italy – The Ultimate Restaurant Guide

While living abroad in Italy I was fortunate to visit Florence quite a few times and try some of their amazing restaurants. Although there is no shortage of wonderful restaurants, there is an equal amount of tourist-traps to try to avoid. I like to have an idea ahead of time about where I’m going to eat when traveling in Italy because I get overwhelmed when restaurants try to hustle me to come into their restaurant. In general, I’ve found that…

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1 In Miscellaneous

British vs. American English (and the hilarious differences!)

Do you remember the scene from Love Actually where Collin visits Wisconsin and goes to an “average American bar” only to find three drop dead gorgeous women who are in love with his English accent?! I’ve always loved this scene, partly because it’s so ridiculous, and partly because one of my favorite things about traveling or meeting people from different countries is listening to the differences in our languages. Below is the clip from the movie if you haven’t seen…

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