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9 Reasons You Must Visit Italy This Summer

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Italy is a great place to visit if you plan on vacationing abroad this summer. But what do you really know about it besides that it’s shaped like a boot and it’s the birthplace of pizza? We’re here to help with that. Italy is just full of beautiful places and wonderful people, with a long and rich history known throughout the world. To do it right, I suggest skipping the hotels and instead renting luxury homes in Italy.

There are so many great cities in Italy that are worth visiting, including Rome, Venice, Naples, Florence, and Milan, to name a few. Here are some of the top places and attractions that we recommend you should check out when you come to Italy:

Pompeii

You’ve seen Pompeii in the movies. It’s the famous Roman city that was buried under several feet of volcanic ash for nearly 1,700 years after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It is a moment frozen in time. It’s a fascinating sight that you can’t witness anywhere else. Even though the excavation of Pompeii started in 1748, the site is still not yet totally unearthed today. You can walk along the ancient streets and actually see what remains of ancient businesses like bakeries and brothels. Don’t miss Pompeii.

Gondola Rides

When you think of Venice, what do you think of? I bet you think of gondola rides. A gondola ride at night in the city of Venice can be very romantic. This is one of those “must do” items. How often to you get to take a gondola ride throughout any city? In Venice it is a must. These are obviously big tourist attractions though, so the waters may or may not be crowded, but it will still be a sweet experience. especially if it is a gondola ride for newlyweds or others celebrating an anniversary.

The Last Supper

Why not visit the Last Supper? When in Rome, right? More specifically, in Milan. It is the only place where you can see Leonardo Davinci’s The Last Supper. Just be aware that they only let you spend 15-minutes with it. Just plan ahead and buy your tickets in advance. That way you can make it part of your schedule. How many people can say that they have seen a masterpiece by Leonardo Davinci in person?

The Vatican Museums

The Vatican museums are most definitely worth checking out. Whether you are a hardcore art historian nerd or just someone who wants to take in the culture, there is plenty to see and experience. The Sistine Chapel, with its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze di Raffaello decorated by Raphael, are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums. Most tours will also give you a guided visit to St. Peter’s Basilica too. This will keep you busy and immersed in the culture all day long.

P-I-Z-Z-A

We have already mentioned pizza. What would a trip to Italy be if you didn’t stop to sample the local pizza? For that you want to go to Naples, the birthplace of pizza and one of the most vibrant cities in all of Italy. Take some time out from the museums and gondola rides and see what pizza tastes like from the source. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, and we suggest trying as many as you can while you’re there, because pizza doesn’t get any more authentic than this.

Sample The Local Gelato

Much like the pizza, this is where you will find authentic gelato, not the generic grocery store kind that you can buy at home. Take some time out of your busy schedule to sample how the locals make it. Don’t worry, you’ll find it all over Italy. But be warned, once you get a taste of this delicious Italian-style ice cream, you won’t be able to get enough of it!

Climb A Tower

Climb to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa. The freestanding bell tower is located on the grounds of a historic cathedral and is the third oldest landmark in the Pisa Cathedral Square in Italy. It was built in 1173, but due to an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight, it got it’s famous lean. The lean increased in the decades for years to come, until the tower was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the early 1990s. Visitors can take a tour, climb the staircase inside, and take photos as they pose to look like they’re either holding up or pushing over the tower.

Climb Mount Vesuvius

Remember Pompeii? What id I told you that you could actually climb Mount Vesuvius? You can. And don’t worry, these days Vesuvius is mostly considered safe to climb. Once you get up there you are going to be treated to a stunning view from the top. They say that when you reach the crater, it looks like the surface of the moon.

Stand On Juliet’s Balcony

Believe it or not, Verona has what is said to be the balcony of Juliet, from Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. Yeah, it’s just a tourist trap and not really her balcony, but still, this is a fun thing to visit if you are young and in love and you want a fun way to declare that love to one another. “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love and I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”

And that is just the tip of Italy’s boot, so to speak. There is so much to see and do that you will have to come back again.

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Pack Your Bags, Because WOW Air Has $99 Flights To Iceland Right Now!

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Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland

If you’ve got some vacation time burning a hole in your pocket, but you can’t decide where to go, how about Iceland? “The Land of Fire and Ice” is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, along with some of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Due to it’s location just below the Arctic Circle, it makes for long summer days with near 24-hours of sunlight. So if there’s anytime to visit this majestic country, now would be the time.

Lucky for us, WOW Air has a crazy sale going on right now, with fares as low as $99 from most major airports (New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, etc). We did a couple of quick searches and found round-trip flights for less than $220. That’s crazy cheap!

Of course, being a budget airline, WOW charges extra for luggage and such, so you’ll want to read the fine print before committing to the trip. Still, we think it’s a bargain, and these rates appear to extend through the end of the year.

Need some more incentive to visit Iceland? Then watch this video:

So what do you say, who’s ready for an unforgettable adventure travel experience, taking in active volcanoes, blue icebergs, roaring waterfalls, and the Northern Lights? Iceland has long been on my bucket list, so I might just have to take advantage of this deal myself..

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A Look At How Commuting To Work Is Going To Change In The Future

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One of the biggest problem facing people is getting to work, and this is a daily hassle for many people. But in this new age and era, innovation is taking the wheel to make commuting easier. The future of work commuting is changing, and we’re taking a look why this is the case.

The following is a list of commuting innovations that we hope they pick up all over the world:

1. Employers Commuting Their Employees To Work Using Shuttles

Some of the biggest companies in the world like Apple and Google shuttle their employees to work. The incentive of being picked up and taken to work is the best yet. No one has to worry about being late and getting into trouble. In addition, some of these shuttles have WiFi.

2. Riding A Bike Or Scooter

Traffic is only getting worse in cities. And for this reason companies and governments have partnered with startup bike and scooter companies. This makes the whole experience a bit easier and let us not forget being on a bike is still working out. Electric scooters are taking over, but we should not forget to park accordingly.

3. Crowdsourcing

In San Francisco, there’s a crowdsourced shuttle service called Chariot, which uses customer reviews to decide on which route to take up. The shuttle will follow the route that has the most demand. Clients only have to book a seat by paying $4 and just waiting for a pickup.

4. Taking A Train Or Taxi And Paying With Uber

Finding a ride and paying for the trip to work in an app has never been this easier. Uber has taken the world by storm and it is one of the most trusted ride apps. However, train ticketing apps are a bit hard to secure since you have to use different apps to find, book and pay for a trip. But in the future, there will progress and everything will be available in one app.

5. Hitching A Ride To Work In A Self-Driving Car

The Chrysler Pacifica vans are already being tested on public roads. The residents of Phoenix have a chance to hitch a ride in these cars. However, it’s frustrating that it will take a long time before self-driving cars are fully tested and available globally. Some of us will even have retired. But when they do replace the traditional cars, it will help curb road accidents.

6. Flying Taxis

The whole idea of flying taxis is to avoid/reduce traffic, especially in the city. However, this has just been an idea which Uber and Airbus have refused to capitalize. However, Rolls-Royce is looking to take advantage. Recently the company started looking for partners to make this idea into a reality. If things go according to plan, we can look forward to a Jetsons-like future.

Traveling to work isn’t going to be the same anymore. With an increasing world population, we need to change the way we get around, and you can be sure that they are going to be many. Travel two decades down the line is going to be a whole lot different!

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Southwest Airlines Has Flights Starting At $47 For This Fall

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If you are looking to get away for a long-weekend for some much-needed rest and relaxation, you’ve got to check out the huge sale that Southwest Airlines currently has going on, with some seriously discounted fares for the coming months.

We’re talking about one-way flights for as low as $47. And that even includes a checked bag, because that’s just how Southwest rolls! Of course, you’ve still got to get back home, and that might not be quite as cheap as your outgoing flight, but it’s still one heck of a deal.

As you can see on the official sale page, you’re not limited in where you can travel, though prices vary depending on where you’re headed. For example, you can fly from Las Vegas to Long Beach for $47, New Orleans to Ft. Lauderdale for $87, or New York to Tampa for $103.

There are even some international options, like Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau, Bahamas for $74, Los Angeles to Los Cabos, Mexico for $118, or from Houston to Belize City, Belize for $128.

If you want to take advantage of this deal (which is good for travel between August 21th and December 19th), you had better hurry up, because the sale ends on July 20th.

Happy travels!

Photo credit: Southwest Airlines/Facebook

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