Posts By Monica Montesa

Hohenzollern

There’s something magical and mysterious about visiting centuries-old castles. While some would attribute that to Disney films and fairy tales, it’s virtually impossible to stand beneath the towering, ornate buildings without imagining the lives of those who lived in them. Whether you’re gazing upon old tapestries and oil paintings or walking along decaying corridors, there’s beauty and history to be…

Vatican City

If you’re visiting Vatican City this week, you’ll want to be prepared. Considering the Vatican is a crowded destination at all times during the year, travelers can only expect it to be even busier during Holy Week, particularly on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday—in addition to the Papal mass held every Wednesday in Saint Peter’s Square. Add in…

Pasta Dish

I know what you’re thinking. A trip to Italy equals endless amounts of delicious pasta...which also happens to equate to needing a new wardrobe when you return home. But despite the delicious foods Italy is known for—pizza, fettuccine Alfredo, bread—Italian cuisine is more diverse than most people realize. In fact, it even has a Mediterranean flare to it; you’ll find…

Destination wedding

If you’ve been invited to a destination wedding, chances are you’re pretty pumped for the mini-vacation/celebration. Whether you’ll be celebrating love on a Caribbean beach or in a villa in the Tuscan countryside, there’s plenty to look forward to when planning your trip. Aside from actually booking your flight and accommodations and selecting the perfect outfit, you should also prepare…

Tuscany Hills

Some trips are designed for exploration. Others, for trying new things. And then there are the vacations where the main goal is to get a little rest and relaxation—and there’s nothing wrong with that. So what are some of the best destinations for a stress-free trip? Check out our list below: Tuscany What’s more relaxing than kicking back in a…

salmon dish

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, there are tons of valuable lessons to be learned from cultures around the world. While there is no single country that has the healthy eating thing totally down pat (although a recent study showed some countries, such as the Netherlands, are definitely on the right track), there are certain habits we can…

Running by European Society of Cardio

I  know, I know. It’s the holidays. And you don’t want to be berated with tips to stay healthy when you’re away and celebrating. But think about how you usually feel post-holiday-season. Yeah, that feeling. Not so good, right? As we’ve said before, neither travel nor the holidays is an excuse to let yourself go. Sure you should have fun…

Bowing in China

To avoid any unwanted ‘surprises’ during a trip, it’s best to make sure everything is taken care of before you leave. But in addition to booking a place to stay and making sure you have a current passport, there’s one more thing you should add to your checklist: An understanding of the local culture. Now I’m not just talking about…

Couple travel

Wanna re-ignite the romance in your relationship? Or are you wondering if the guy you’re dating is truly the one? To boost your relationship or put it to the test, try this: Go on a trip together. A recent study discovered that 79 percent of couples that traveled together said the trip had a positive impact on their relationship. Psychologists…

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