A Budget Friendly 14 Hour Layover in Lisbon, Portugal

A Budget Friendly 14 Hour Layover in Lisbon, Portugal

Whenever I start researching flights I always look for the ones with long layovers, taking routes that I’ve never flown before. It’s like buy one get one free, at the start of my most recent trip to Italy was no different. I found a flight from Boston to Rome, stopping in Lisbon for a good price and since I’ve never been to Portugal it’s the perfect place for a long stop.

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Sextantio Le Grotte delle Civita, Matera, Italy

Sextantio Le Grotte delle Civita, Matera, Italy

My first introduction to the Sassi di Matera in Matera, Italy was through a search for eco-friendly places to stay in Italy. Sextantio Le Grotte delle Civita was fascinating to me because of the concept. They took a carefully chosen group of caves and restored them using period details and materials that I knew I had to see it for myself. 

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A Mini Guide to Matera, Italy

A Mini Guide to Matera, Italy

Most people have never heard of Matera, Italy. It’s one of those places that I found by chance while researching eco-friendly hotels in Italy. I was looking for unique places to stay that I could add to my list of cities that are a must visit. Matera is definitely a must visit. 

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Alternative Things to do in Rome, Italy

Alternative Things to do in Rome, Italy

Rome is a huge city full of history, a history that dates back over two thousand years. We all know about the Coliseum, Forum, Vatican, St. Peter’s, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, etc. and yes, if you’re a first time visitor to Rome seeing those places is a must. To not go would almost be blasphemous. But after one or two days of that, then what? Rome is so much more than those few sites. There are so many other buildings, neighborhoods, parks and squares that deserve just as much attention. These are not ”non-touristy” places, just less visited and therefore void of the overwhelming crowds.

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How to Find Eco-Friendly Hotels

How to Find Eco-Friendly Hotels

On my recent trip through Europe I wanted to find eco-friendly hotels to try out so that I can recommend them first hand. Trying to find a hotel in general when planning a trip can be a daunting task, but add eco-friendly to the mix and it can seem even more overwhelming. Ecotourism is on the rise and travelers are becoming more conscious about the way they travel. I have a few tips for finding the perfect place. These are the steps that I take for every trip that I plan, it does take more effort than looking for a regular hotel but it's getting easier.

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12 Unique Ecofriendly Resorts

12 Unique Ecofriendly Resorts

These 12 ecoresorts are just a few of the many resorts around the world that strive to make a difference in health of the environment as well as the financial health of the communities they operate in. All beautifully designed for comfort and style while maximizing the healing benefits of the natural surroundings. This is why we travel.

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