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28 Mar

Hi! For those who haven’t gotten a chance to read the “About” section, I thought I would take a moment to tell the world what you can expect from


La Dulce Vita


First off, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a twenty-something slight workaholic living in NYC (a workaholic in NYC? Shocker!). Ever since I studied abroad in Florence, Italy during my junior year of college, I have had a bad case of wanderlust, looking to get my travel fix with a big trip every year. I love to travel and just as much, I love planning trips. In fact, one of my favorite hobbies is planning hypothetical trip itineraries just for the fun of it. If I can actually venture on that trip, great, and if not, I have that plan in my back pocket for a rainy day.

I created for a few reasons:

  1. To organize my “wish list” trip itineraries. You will find these labeled as “Bucket List Trips.” These are the places

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    I’m dying to go to. So much so that I’ve even planned the trip but haven’t found the right time to go.

  2. To keep track of my future trips. Making the planning process public is fun! People can chime in with their experiences and I can keep track of new ideas, etc. You will find these labeled as “In the Queue.”
  3. To keep track of the trips I have been on. You will find these labeled as “Flashback Trips.” I can’t tell you how many times my mind goes blank when I try to think of the bed and breakfast I stayed at in Newport, RI, or the tour company we used during our trip to Manuel Antonio park in Costa Rica. Keeping track of my vacations is a foolproof way for me to share the best/worst of every trip without having to rely on my terrible memory.
  4. To share. I am constantly asked by friends and family members for my itineraries, suggestions for where to go, scoop on travel deals, etc. This will allow me to keep them updated on everything I know, have done, plan to do, want to do, etc.
  5. To help other travelers like myself. I would love to spend three months exploring Southeast Asia. Of course I would; who wouldn’t? But frankly, I don’t work in an industry that allows me to just sneak away for a month, or even a couple of weeks, at a time. Most people don’t. Does that mean I am always stuck with a cruise or a trip to the Caribbean? Absolutely not. Instead, I spend countless hours researching my next trip with a few things in mind: how much I can experience in a

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    week to 10 days; climate (if I can only travel during the winter or summer- what countries are best?); and budget (you won’t find backpacker tips on this blog but you also won’t find those for the ultra-luxe). I get so irritated when “travel veterans” discourage people like myself from visiting other countries for only a few days. If that’s all we have, why NOT go? Wouldn’t it be a bigger missed opportunity to never have visited that country at all? I say make the best of the time you have and don’t let bitter cranky travelers get into your head. If you have to go the tourist route your first time visiting some place, that’s great! It’s the tourist route for a reason—it contains all the “must see” destinations! Most people have done that, no matter what they say, and the amount of times you will hear “I’m so jealous” will totally outweigh the amount of rolled eyes you receive when you share your itinerary.

  6. To keep track of deals, news, products, etc. I can’t tell you how many times I forward myself emails as a reminder of something I should keep in mind for the future. Do I ever see those emails when I actually need them? Absolutely not. How handy would have that article on vaccinations have been when I was questioning whether I needed shots before my trip to Panama? Too bad it was lost in the endless email shuffle. With this blog, I hope to keep track of these things and also share them with other travelers who may find them helpful as well.
  7. Help for the “under pressure planner.” You’ve just spotted an amazing deal on Travelzoo for a 5-day getaway to Iceland for $600 (with air!) and only have 2 days to book it. Sure, Iceland could be cool but you’ve never thought about it before and don’t know a thing about it. The clock is ticking as you scramble to not only find a travel buddy (and convince them why they should go when you, yourself, know nothing about this country), but to also learn a little bit about this place. You’ve got back-to-back conference calls, emails galore and dinner to cook as soon as you get home (yea, the gym is not an option right now…), so how on Earth do you have time to research a whole vacation in just two days? That’s where I hope to help. I will keep track of all the deals I read about and provide you with links and personal commentary for what you need to know in order to make an informed decision about this vacation. I hope to one day be able to provide a “Bucket List” itinerary for every deal I spot, or a first-hand account of the same trip, but until then, I will rely on other travel experts and credible sources. The advertised price may say everything for $600 but perhaps what they aren’t telling you is that you will have to rely on taxis to get around, expensive tour prices, etc. By providing information for these destinations, I hope to help you feel confident about buying these packages and excited for the trip. Sure, a bargain is great, but how much better is it to be excited for all the cool things you are going to experience? Not to mention how much better it is to buy something without an excessive amount of buyer’s remorse…

So there you have it. This isn’t one of those “oogle through my personal travel stories” websites. I aim to share information with fellow travel enthusiasts (like you!) to help feed your own wanderlust or even plan your next trip. I’m new at this and unfortunately cannot do this full time so bare with me as I get the hang of how this works. I would love to post something every day but for now, I’m going to start with baby steps.

See you around!

– J


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