In a small corner of southern Italy, Naples sits along the Gulf of Naples, which feeds out into the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city boasts incredible views of the shore, Mount Vesuvius and a booming city within. Known for its pizza, art and architecture, a traveler looking for a lot for a little can find it in Naples.
Mount Vesuvius is actually still active and was famously the volcano that destroyed nearby Roman town Pompeii. While the ruins may be ancient history, they are still on display for travelers and historians, preserved in perfect condition on Pompeii — a short bus ride from Naples. You can get your steps in hiking the trails along the volcano before heading back to the city for a much-earned pizza and Aperol spritz.
Explore the city on your own, stopping in the many open-air cafés and markets as you see them. Shop around and keep your budget in mind. Some shops can still haggle, while others are more established. Be choosey in your purchases and if you’re wavering on a few things, make a point to go back on your last day and see if it still catches your eye.
Keep an eye out for the city’s three castles, incredible royal palace and more cathedrals and churches than you will have time to visit. Pick and choose which you would like to tour if you want to save your pennies for later and continue with your day in the city.
While the entire city is pretty pedestrian-friendly, the Lungomare is basically made for explorers on foot. The two-mile promenade lines the water, boasting unbeatable views, along with plenty of attractions, restaurants and seaside fun.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
As one of the more traveled islands in the South Pacific with an increasingly gay-friendly community and culture of its own, Tahiti is an easy option for your next getaway. You may already know all about the island’s beauty and attractions, but there are a couple specific destinations worth a visit.