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Lana Valente, Writer

A bona fide expert in budget travel, Lana has been to 25 countries across four continents (although she hopes to round that up to seven soon!), as well as 29 U.S. states. She has a penchant for country hopping and proudly presents tips and tricks to help our readers do the same. Lana is currently based near Philadelphia, but spends a significant amount of time in Italy with family.

She's fluent in three languages - English, Italian, and American Sign Language - and, through her studies, has been inducted into the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars and the Gamma Kappa Alpha Italian Language Society.

Lana Valente's Recent Posts

There’s nothing quite like a visit to the desert, even if you’re staying in the city. Arizona’s unique climate makes for an incredible experience. Naturally, Arizona’s capital, Phoenix, boasts plenty of perks of its own. Sometimes, though, you need a break from the skyscrapers. That’s why we’re here: to tell you about the must-see places …

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When it comes to charming towns with a rich history amidst majestic natural beauty, there’s nowhere on Earth like Tuscany, in Italy. You’ll find bustling cities, charming towns, and picturesque villages everywhere. Each with its fascinating traditions, local culture, and invariably incredible food. Surrounded by rolling countryside, with an ancient, colorful past and immeasurable monuments …

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Calabasas is a great spot for foodies for many reasons. It’s a star-studded area with top-tier dining in an oceanside community. It’s close to Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, and Agoura Hills, so you’ll have your pick of the crop for a tasty meal you’ll love. We’re here to help you figure out the best …

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What if you could travel through picturesque landscapes and travel back in time, simultaneously? Would it feel like a dream? If you ask us, there’s nothing quite like a leisurely train ride through rolling hills and small towns, and North Carolina is a great place to experience riding the rails. Train trips in the Tar …

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If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get out and about in the surrounding mountains, you’ve come to the right place. From the tallest peaks to the lowest lakes, we’ve assembled a collection of your eight favorite hikes to explore. This is not a definitively ranked list because all the hikes you’ll find below …

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Buongiorno, travelers! Welcome to beautiful, historic Venice—always a favorite for travelers, and for many a good reason. Here, you’ll find everything you’ve dreamed of, from canals to gondolas to ethereal blown glass; isn’t it only natural that this city would be one of Italy’s most popular places to visit? We sure think so. Its picturesque views, …

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Mystery. History. And most of all, a spooky incarnation of so many ghostly tales come to life. Does that sound up your alley? If so, you’ve come to just the right place. You’ve likely heard of the Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island, but what do you know about the inspiration behind it? It might come …

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Ah, Rome, the Eternal City, known for its Spanish Steps, central church, and many a fountain— a prominent one goes by the name of Trevi. We’re sure you’ve heard of it, haven’t you? Even if you haven’t, everyone’s due for a wish… so toss that coin over your shoulder and get ready for the adventure …

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When you think of an Italian summer, what is it that you picture? Is it warm colors, dripping gelato, and hot sun? Maybe it’s not—maybe it’s crystal clear blue waters instead, juxtaposed against a rocky background of sheer cliffs and pebbled beaches. No matter what you imagine when you visualize Italy in the summertime, inevitably, …

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Moving abroad is always challenging. Administrative tasks in your home country, let alone those in a foreign country, can be complex… and when it comes to health and travel insurance for expats, it can be even more complicated. How do you begin determining what international medical insurance plan you’ll need? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. In this post, …

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When you’re looking for an adventure, it’s not hard to find where to start: California is the place to be, with sunshine, beaches, and street art galore… but that’s just the beginning. Picture it: the people, the weather, the whole atmosphere of the state—wouldn’t you say it has a certain “je ne sais quoi?” A …

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Are you looking for a travel bag? Perhaps you are hoping for stylish, affordable options, like a cute and practical purse. We’ve rounded up a list for varying budgets to help you find the best travel purses, from the ideal lightweight bags to other versatile options. Why, may you ask? We’ve assembled these bags—eighteen to …

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Sand, stone, sea—put all that together, and what do you get? That’s a recipe for the Mediterranean if I’ve ever seen one! These are the best places to stay in Cinque Terre. When your next adventure calls for the Italian coast, finding a place to stay is just one part of the journey. We’re here …

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Known for the production of some of the finest wines in the world, Italy has more than 1.5 million acres of vineyards. That’s right, 1.5 million. Can you believe that? You should! These vineyards produce exceptional quality wine. If you’re a fan, you’re in the right place: follow your nose through vitality and stop for …

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