What you need to know for your first trip to Italy. Plus a few tricks for women traveling to Italy.
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A Guide For Women – Tips & Tricks For Your First Trip to Italy

Whether you’re traveling to Italy for its history, its food, its wine, its art or its architecture there is so much that the country has to offer. On your first trip to Italy try to spend time in Rome to get your major city fill in, head to the Amalfi Coast for breathtaking beaches or into Tuscany for peaceful wine country.

If you’re traveling to Italy as a woman there are a few things you should know before you book your first trip. At the same time, it makes a great destination for solo female travel, a girl’s trip, romantic getaway or family vacation. If you’re looking for a travel buddy to Italy don’t forget to stay in touch with Lioness Travel.What you need to know for your first trip to Italy. Plus a few tricks for women traveling to Italy.

Dress Like the Italians

If you just pack your ever-weekend outfits you’ll likely stand out in Italy as a tourist. The Italians tend to dress nicer than most of the world does for just about every situation. There isn’t a true casual dress. So pack your flowy dresses, some nice slacks, and blouses.

You’ll also want to be sure to have something to cover your shoulders with you at all times since you’ll likely stumble upon a church worth exploring. Find some tips on how to pack for ItalyWhat you need to know for your first trip to Italy. Plus a few tricks for women traveling to Italy.

Travel By Train

The best way to explore Italy is by train. Whether it’s for day trips or getting from one side of the country to the other. It’s more affordable than flights or private cars and it also allows you to take in the stunning countryside.

A few things to remember is to look into purchasing a rail pass but make sure to check that it’s actually the best deal. Either way, it’s cheaper to buy your ticket in advance. Some cities have more than one station so make sure you’re getting off at the right spot. And, do not, forget to validate your ticket before you get on the train.

Pre-Book Major Sites

Spots like the Vatican or the Last Supper can be packed even in the low season. They are worth the visit but buy your tickets ahead of time and you might even want to splurge for a tour or VIP access to skip some of the lines that can come with these types of attractions.What you need to know for your first trip to Italy. Plus a few tricks for women traveling to Italy.

Be Prepared For Extra Attention

Being a woman in Italy means you will get extra attention. This is true no matter where you go or what you are wearing. You’ll get some catcalling, but it is some of the most flattering catcalling I’ve heard around the world. You may even get offered flowers, and not just for sale. As always, only engage on a level you’re comfortable but for the most part, Italian men are forward but not aggressive. Right or wrong their intent is to flatter you. They will respect if you’re not interested.

Don’t Tip & Expect A Surcharge For Sitting

Especially if you’re coming from America there is always the question to tip or not tip when you travel. One thing you should know for your first trip to Italy is not to tip! It is actually considered rude.

You should also be prepared to pay a little more if you’re sitting down. Especially at cafes. If you order a cappuccino at the bar it will be cheaper than if you sit at a table to order it. Essentially this is a tip but it’s put into the cost of your coffee.What you need to know for your first trip to Italy. Plus a few tricks for women traveling to Italy.

Take in A Little of Everything On Your First Trip to Italy

One more tip for anyone’s first trip to Italy is to make sure you take in a little bit of everything the country has to offer. Spend time in Rome to explore the big city and its history. Make sure to visit some of the coasts whether it’s Amalfi or Cinque Terre, and head out to one of the wine countries to taste your way through the beautiful hills. What you need to know for your first trip to Italy. Plus a few tricks for women traveling to Italy.

Tips and tricks you need to make the most out of your next road trip.

Must Have Tricks for Your Next Road Trip

As the year begins to warm up it’s the perfect time to start planning your next road trip. Whether it’s a summer vacation trip visiting family, a road trip with girlfriends, or a solo adventure somewhere new taking a road trip can be the best way to explore much of the world.

A road trip is perfect for a weekend getaway or is often a more affordable way to explore a new country. Think about driving along the California Coastline, exploring a few countries in Europe, or even explore the Southern island of New Zealand.Tips and tricks you need to make the most out of your next road trip.

Planning the Trip

You’ll want to start out planning your trip with the basics like where and when you’ll be going. It can be fun to just get in the car and go but there are a few things that will help you make the most out of your next road trip.

Find Your Travel Buddy

First things first, who are you going with? A road trip can be a great way to better get to know a friend or family member. It can also be a chance for them to drive you a little nuts. If you’re looking for a travel buddy don’t forget to sign up for our updates on the Lioness Travel App that will allow you to find the perfect travel companion on your next road trip.

Plan Your Route

There are a few approaches to mapping a route. Do you want to get there fast? Are their major attractions you can’t miss? Is it the scenic drive you’re looking for? Think about what you’re hoping to get out of your next road trip and make sure you and your travel buddy are on the same page as you map your route.

Leave Room For Spontaneity

Figure out how much spontaneity you want on the trip. You might book a few hotels or campsite or you might want to play it by ear. Even if you’re a serious planner make sure to leave some room for a spontaneous side trip or stop every once in a while. Tips and tricks you need to make the most out of your next road trip.

Packing Up the Car

You’ll want to make the most of the space you have for both your destination and the road trip itself. Consider making a list to make sure you don’t forget anything important.

Technology & Chargers

While sometimes it’s nice to get away from the digital world you’ll want to bring along a few piece of technology. You’ll, of course, bring along a smartphone or two, but does your car have a Bluetooth speaker or should you bring one along. Also, make sure to have all the chargers and adapters you need so your map doesn’t disappear when you need it most.

Comfort & A Little Protection

Get cozy! You’re spending a few days in a car and you’ll want to be comfortable. Consider the clothes you’re bringing as well as any pillows, window shades, or other accessories that will keep you comfortable in the car. And don’t forget the sunblock! You might roll down the window and the next thing you know you’ll be sunburnt on one side. Bug spray always helps as well since you won’t know exactly where you’ll be stopping.

Don’t Forget Snacks & Water

A good way to avoid stopping too often and spending too much is bringing along your own water and snacks. You’ll avoid being miles between stops and having a craving or a thirst. Always pack a little more than you think you need just in case. Tips and tricks you need to make the most out of your next road trip.

Saving Along the Way on Your Next Road Trip

In many ways taking a road trip can be a cheaper way to travel but it’s also easy to spend a lot on the road. Check out a few tips on how to save on your next road trip.

Find The Cheaper Gas

Gas can quickly become one of the biggest expenses when you’re on your next road trip. It’s also easy to be stuck needing to fill up and only have one option where prices are inflated. Consider using an app like GasBuddy that allows you to search for gas stations by cost. Plan ahead a little and you can save enough for a splurge somewhere else.

Avoid Rush Hour

To save on gas and time try and avoid rush hour in metropolitan areas. You won’t have to stress out about sitting in traffic and you’ll get better gas mileage. Sometimes it’s unavoidable but think about stopping to check out an attraction or enjoy a meal.

Camp, Stay with Friends or try Airbnb

A great way to save on your next road trip is on accommodations. Consider planning your route around where you have friends’ couches to crash on or look into camping a few nights. Another great way to save is staying at an Airbnb where you can just rent a room and even meet some locals. Tips and tricks you need to make the most out of your next road trip.

Women History's Month - Traveling Women to Inspire Your Wanderlust

Traveling Women To Inspire Your Wanderlust During Women’s History Month

There is a lot of talk about travel women today. Those who are traveling in groups and those taking off on solo adventures. Women from all generations are increasing their travel today.

But what about the traveling women who were taking adventures around the globe decades and even centuries ago?

In honor of Women’s History Month, take a look at these women travelers and adventures from across history to inspire your wanderlust!

Featured image to inspire traveling women was taken by Luke Price

Elizabeth Jane Cochrane

Better known as Nellie Bly is best known for being one of the pioneers of investigative journalism. On top of that, after being inspired by the book Around the World in 80 Days, she took off on her own round-the-world trip and beat that. She was the first woman to travel the globe in only 72 days. You can even read her book “Round the World with Nellie Bly”. Learn more about her here.
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Aimee Crocker

A railroad heiress, Aimee Crocker was known for living life outside of the boundaries for women of her time. From outlandish parties to traveling to the “Far East”. In her 1936 memoir, “And I’d do it Again”, she details stories from being given her own island from a Hawaiian King to being poisoned in Hong Kong.


Not only did Sacagawea play a major role in the Lewis & Clark Expedition, she did all of this while caring for her two-month-old son. Traveling from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean. While she may not have been the traditional “guide” talked about in our history books, she was a vital interpreter and resource for the expedition. Without her presence along the journey, it is would have traveled peacefully and successful to the West Coast. Read more about her here.

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Amelia Earhart

One of the best-known women explorers who continues to inspire our wanderlust to this day. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. After this, she continued to push boundaries in both her flights and activism. She was a Read more about her here.

Bessie Coleman

Another groundbreaking female pilot. Bessie Coleman was the first African-American and Native American woman to hold a pilot’s licenses. She was so determined to become a pilot, that she saved up enough money to travel to France where she was able to attend flight school as a woman. She then came back to the U.S. and became a successful air show pilot. Unfortunately, she died at the age of 34 in a flight accident. Learn more about her here.

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Annie Londonderry

A Latvian immigrant to the U.S. that was born Annie Cohen Kopchovsky. She became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe on a bicycle. The adventure came out of a wager that no woman would be able to complete the task. Having only started riding a bike a few days before her trip Annie was able to prove them wrong. Read more about her here.

Junko Tabei

The most current of our traveling women. Junko was born in Japan in 1932, was a groundbreaking mountaineer. She began mountain climbing at the age of ten. She was the first woman to reach the top of both Mount Everest and all Seven Summits. She continued breaking records into her sixties on top of working to advocated for ecological issues. She passed just last year. Learn more about her here.

Junko Tabei

Jeanne Baret

From 1766-1769, Jeanne joined an expedition to circumnavigate the globe. She did this by disguising herself as a part of the all-male crew as “Jean. While she was eventually discovered, she eventually made it back to France. This endeavor led her to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Read more about her story here.

Women to Inspire Your Wanderlust

Throughout history, traveling women have been breaking barriers and stereotypes to explore the world. Now it’s your turn to take off and travel.

If you’re interested in joining a community of today’s inspiring women traveler’s make sure to sign up for Lioness Travel to meet other women travelers near and far.