Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Need a good idea for a thrifty Italian vacation??

Ever think that Italy is too expensive for a family or a romantic getaway? I can show you how to see one of my favorite cities for less than you would think.

Varenna is an elegant little village on Lake Como.

 You fly into Milan and take the train directly to Varenna (about an hour north). Not only can you rent an apartment in Varenna for about $500-700 for a week, but you can visit all the other cities on Lake Como via the ferry! Bellagio, Lake Como, Menaggio! No need to rent a car or even rent a cab... unless you don't want to hike up hill to see the castle! (however, the view can not be beat and there even is a little cafe at the top!!)

If you don't want to spend the money on dinner out, there are plenty of markets to buy your groceries. A day trip is also possible to St. Moritz via the Bernina Train!

 A family friend went there for his honeymoon and did a day trip to a cooking class!

I will post try to pictures and links to the rentals in Varenna. Don't miss this hidden gem!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Found a new website for booking cheaper hotels!

I am not sure I would ever stop using PriceLine for booking hotels, but I found a great website with great deals! Check out ! If you need to find a great rate for a specific hotel, I would definitely check this one out.

Some other favorites are:
and of course -

Always look for last minute deals! Even if you have your flight booked, wait to book your hotel till the week before... The hotel does not want to be empty and would rather give you a lower rate than have a room sit empty.

New twist for my blog!

I have decided to change things up a bit... I now will be blogging about something I know how to do well, travel on the cheap! I will share tricks and tips I have learned through the years. Can't wait to get started!!