Melissa Tait checks in weekly from her study abroad semester in Rome; catch up with her every Wednesday on Trazee Travel.
The realization I was about to embark on a four-month journey abroad didn’t hit me until about a month before take-off. As I was wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of summer internships, a full-time job and a struggling social life, I was too distracted to think about the upcoming semester. I started getting excited though and managed to pack as much of my wardrobe as would fit in two suitcases.
My flight was a red eye, which allowed me to sleep and hopefully escape the side effects of jetlag — unfortunately, it didn’t. What I did escape to, though, was the beautiful city of Roma. My residence is only 10 minutes north of Vatican City and about a 30-minute walk to my classes at Temple University’s campus.
Instead of using a grid system, Rome’s roads were built around a piece of architecture. This made my first couple of days a navigation nightmare, walking around in circles and asking for directions in broken Italian. When I finally took a tour around where I was staying, the guide told stories about the architecture and pointed out some of the best lunch and dinner spots in town. I was amazed by the amount of facts he knew and began to be intrigued by Rome. A city full of so much history and art, I hope by the end of my trip I will be able to identify every building I walk by and the history behind it — and maybe even have a conversation with locals in Italian.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
The first Saturday in May is a special time of year for comic book fans all over the country. Free Comic Book Day functions exactly like it sounds. Comic book stores across the country host a day of festivities where, regardless of whether you buy anything, you can walk away with free books.
The babymoon trend is adding to the number of women traveling while pregnant. Expecting moms often need special items to take on the road. If you plan to travel while pregnant, you may want to consider adding these products to your suitcase.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
Online shopping continues to soar in popularity with more people choosing to browse an entire catalogue of options instead of making a trip to the store. It makes sense because people are busy and sometimes don’t have time to spend hours browsing a store only to buy a few outfits. When shopping online, people can buy items sporadically or fill up carts and purchase them later. Online shopping is now more than just searching on the web, it’s also swiping through an app. Apps make it easier than ever to keep up with sales, new items and trends.