Who among us can resist the allure of Italy? Whether you’ve been there before or it’s still on your must-see list, Italy still calls to travelers, just as it has for millennia. Considering the number of world-famous attractions and destinations contained within its borders, Italy has certainly earned its spot near the top of the most-visited countries list. The small size of the country itself only serves to make it more appealing – all those awesome things to see, do, and eat in such a small package! This week on Bootsnall, Italy will be featured in a few of our articles – including eating your way through Italy, hints about going wine tasting in Italy on a budget and how to visit Italy and the rest of Europe on a RTW trip without breaking the bank. Week 9 of the Indie Travel Challenge 2012 is all about la bella Italia. There’s plenty for travelers to love in Italy, but it can definitely be more challenging to get off the proverbial beaten path – it’s popular, remember, so you’re not going to be the only person visiting. This doesn’t mean it’s not possible to have an indie travel experience in Italy – far from it – it just means you might have to work a little harder to do so. And that’s [...]
We’re continuing our monthly First Thursday Travel Meetup, with a look at Italy! Jessica Spiegel is BootsnAll’s resident Italy expert and writer of WhyGo Italy, an online Italy travel guide. Jessica has been traveling in Italy for over 10 years and writing the WhyGo Italy travel guide for almost five years. Her special areas of expertise include trip logistics (especially train travel) and helping first timers to Italy. The only thing she likes as much as being in Italy is talking about Italy, so come with your Italy questions and learn why Italy should be your next vacation. Come out to Popina’s new location in the Pearl on Thursday, July 7, 2011 to learn more about Italy, chat travel with the BootsnAll Travel crew, plan your next getaway with Popina’s retro-inspired swimwear, and enjoy a complementary beverage, courtesy of Kona Brewing! Giveaways include: 2 First Class upgrades on Alaska Airlines $75 travel voucher from Alaska Airlines a selection of Italy coffee table books an Ellington travel bag First Thursday: 6:30-8:30pm, July 7, 2011 @ Popina Swimwear, 318 NW 11th Ave www.bootsnall.com www.popinaswimwear.com You can RSVP on our Facebook page or just show up! Happy Travels! –The BootsnAll Portland Crew: Sean, Chris, Dave, Ian, Jessica, & Olivia Photo by Jessica Spiegel and may not be used without permission.
We’ve got big news this week at BootsnAll: we’re launching a new new European rail tool that will allow you to not only book your European rail tickets online in one place, but that also offers some pretty significant discounts on the Italian rail system. By train is one of the best ways to see much of Europe, particularly Italy, and now you can book your tickets cheaply and easily on BootsnAll. To celebrate the launch, we’re focusing on rail and other alternative forms of travel this week. We’ll explore unique river cruises and ways to see the world from the water, we’ll check out some of the coolest and most beautiful train stations in the world, and then we’ll cap off the week with a look at some of the most accessible cities for wheelchair-bound travelers. Until then, check out these other great articles on train travel. Announcing a New Europe Rail Tool (Plus 6 Reasons to Love It) Train travel in Italy 7 Best American Train Trips Under $100 Train travel in France Train travel in Spain Blogging for New Zealand Twin tragedies have hit the world in the last month. First Christchurch, New Zealand, was hit by an earthquake on February 22. Then Japan got hit with a double-whammy of destruction in the form of an earthquake [...]