Italy

Cheap Flights To Italy, Easy Bonus Miles On Hilton Stays And Free $20 At Staples

The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.

Cheap Travel Package To Italy And Free Dunkin Donuts. Mmm, Donuts!

The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about  in length.  Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others.   This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.

Cheap Flights To Japan, Free Gogo 10 Packs And ATL Wants To Kick Out The TSA

The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about  in length.  Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others.   This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.

TripAdvisor Fined $610,000 For Fake Reviews

Ever wonder if the reviews you’re reading on review sites like TripAdvisor are accurate?  You’re not the only one.  TripAdvisor was fined $610,000 by the Italian government for fake and misleading reviews: The regulator, the Italian Competition Authority, called on TripAdvisor to stop “publishing misleading information about the sources of its reviews,” and gave the company 90 days to comply with the ruling. I don’t generally use TripAdvisor or other such review sites.  If I don’t know someone who’s personally stayed at a property, I’ll generally research it on Milepoint […]

The Travel Game Is A Journey. The Destinations Along The Way Are Just Part Of The Fun, Part 2

This is part 2 of a complete walkthrough of how I recently planned our summer vacation. Planning a vacation is a detailed process. There are do’s and dont’s for Rome and Venice, as well as some ways to get the most value out of your Starwood Preferred Guest points in Italy.

But Can I Make A Reservation For Summer 2027? Visiting The Necropolis Under The Vatican Basilica Will Have To Wait

Italy is one of those places I’ve enjoyed every minute of every day I’ve been there.  Maybe it’s because of my heritage (you, there’s a connection between the name of my blog and my family tree), but I’ve always found the Italians welcoming and the country such a great place to explore.  That’s why we’re scheduling another trip this summer, this time while our oldest daughter should be old enough to make some fabulous memories. I remember waaay back in 2005 when we went for the first time I spent […]

The Travel Game Is A Journey. The Destinations Along The Way Are Just Part Of The Fun, Part 1

I’ve been playing the travel game, collecting miles and points, for well over a decade now.  While it’s gotten harder to find all the perfect flights, there’s still plenty of fun to be had.  I’ve been planning a family trip this summer to Italy and it came together to include some pretty special elements for my family and I.  As the final pieces came into place this weekend I thought I would share the story.  Parts of this are special just for our family or for an airline geek like […]

I Want To Go To The Country Of New York

In today’s environment of increased security, longer lines and full planes, travel can be an adventure.  Smart travelers find ways to make sure the adventure comes when you plan it as opposed to random road blocks along the way.  Two of the best ways to guarantee a positive airport experience are Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check. TSA Pre-Check is a program in the domestic US that allows for expedited security screening.  Due to recent expansion, you can find it at most sizable airports in the US.  You can qualify for […]