The Best 24 Hours in Rome

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Rome is not just the capital city of Italy; it also serves as one of the country’s most prominent tourist destinations. Nicknamed the “Eternal City”, Rome is filled with well-preserved historic sites, top-notch museums, world-class restaurants, and several other points of interest that make it a must-see when in Italy. In fact, you can spend several days in Rome and still not be able to cover everything.

That said, there are some reasons or circumstances, such as a layover or a stop on a cruise, where you only get 24 hours to explore the city. While everyone knows that Rome wasn’t built in a day, it is technically possible to see the best that the city has to offer in one full day. If you want to have the best 24 hours in Rome, check out this guide we’ve carefully put together for you.

Useful Tips for a Day Trip in Rome

  • Stick to the highlights! We know you want to see as much as you can but with the little time you have, it’s not advisable. Instead, just stick to the must-see attractions for this day trip.
  • Book all your tickets in advance! We can’t stress this enough; while you can always buy on-site, this can be time-consuming and inconvenient. There are plenty of ways to buy tickets online; you can also check out tour options that combine multiple attractions in order to save time and money.
  • You can also opt to get the Omnia Pass, which gives you access to Rome’s top landmarks as well as famous Vatican City attractions.
  • With a lot of walking in store, it’s best to travel light! Stow your luggage, backpacks, or bags at a Rome luggage storage facility if you find yourself getting weighed down as you explore.
  • Dress appropriately; wear comfortable shoes and avoid revealing clothes in holy sites such as churches.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Simple things that will give you peace of mind on your next vacation

When we book a holiday, we do so with rest and relaxation in mind. Long days spent lounging by the pool, soaking up the sun, or spending your free time trying new activities and enjoying time with the kids without schedules, homework or deadlines is usually the order of the day. 

But for some people, the ability to really let go of their responsibilities and fully unwind whilst away from home doesn’t come easy. Old habits die hard, including checking your emails, scrolling through your phone and feelings of stress and tension.

If you want to make your next vacation your most relaxing yet, you may want to consider preparing for the unexpected. Often, it’s the simplest of things that can give us peace of mind, especially when we’re overseas and far away from home. Read on to find out more. 

Understand your consumer rights

Vacationing whilst there are strict travel restrictions and ever-changing regulations isn’t easy. It often means plans being altered at the last moment and holidays being cancelled overnight. This kind of uncertainty can bring all kinds of stress, casting a dark shadow over your break. Thankfully, this helpful infographic, produced by the knowledgeable team at Creditfix, details everything you need to know about applying for a refund and what to do if your holiday plans are impacted due to Covid-19. Knowing where you stand in the event of your vacation going awry will give you peace of mind throughout your holiday.

Create a basic itinerary

Knowing that you can be easily reached in the event of an emergency will also give you peace of mind. Drafting an itinerary and giving it to friends and family means that if something happens at home or you’re caught up in a terrorist attack or natural disaster, you can be easily found and contacted. You don’t have to plan your holiday down to the minute, but drafting a basic itinerary and including all your flight and transfer details as well as hotel information and contacts will give everyone peace of mind! 

Create a call list

We all keep our contacts on our phones. But what if your phone is lost, stolen or it won’t charge? It’s a nightmare scenario, but the solution is simple. If the idea of being unable to communicate with those back home fills you with dread, write down an emergency call list. Friends, family, your doctor, lawyer, your bank’s contact details and anyone else you think may be useful. It’s also a good idea to know the emergency number for the country you’re visiting! 

And finally, work out your budget

It’s easy to get swept away in the excitement of a well-deserved holiday. We want to buy all those little extra treats, souvenirs and indulge in all those once in a lifetime activities. But you should exercise caution, running out of money whilst overseas and the idea of coming home to a hefty credit card bill is enough to ruin any holiday. Before you travel, know your budget and make sure you stick to it! 

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How to stay safe during the pandemic

Regardless of whether influenza, the COVID-19, MERS or Zika, the danger of a plague can strike dread in individuals around the globe. It’s practical to stay alert and safe during these pandemics. All things considered; each can sicken individuals. However, there’s no reason to panic. As organizations resume during the worldwide pandemic, general health authorities express the most ideal approach to forestall disease is to try not to be exposed to this infection. Mentioned below are a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help keep yourself as well as other people safe. Contact your physician and contact a lawyer at a Galveston office near you, if you think you have been exposed and have developed.

  • Cover your mouth

Wear a mask to cover your mouth and nose around others and when you go out in the open. The mask is intended to secure others if you are contaminated. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and discard the tissue after use. If tissue isn’t accessible, sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands. 

  • Keep yourself clean

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds, particularly in the wake of being in a public spot, or after cleaning your nose, sneezing, or coughing. On the off chance that soap and water are not accessible, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

  • Keep away from the 3Cs: closed spaces, crowd, or close contact. 

Cases of outbreaks have been accounted for in eateries, gyms, clubs, workplaces, and places of worship where individuals have accumulated, frequently in jam-packed indoor settings where they talk noisily, yell, inhale vigorously, or sing. The dangers of getting COVID-19 are higher in crowded and deficiently ventilated spaces where infected individuals fraternize closely. These are the places where the infection seems to spreads by respiratory droplets or aerosols more effectively, so avoiding potential risk is much more significant. Meet individuals outside. Open-air social events are more secure than indoor ones, especially if indoor spaces are small and without a ventilation system. 

  • Sterilize surfaces 

These incorporate work areas, telephone keypads, PC consoles, TV controllers, door handles and, kitchen counters. Rub them with a cloth or paper towel that has been hosed with liquor-based disinfectant. (Try not to get hardware wet. A hosed cloth is adequate and won’t damage your gadgets.) 

  • Take care of your self

Feeling exhausted, dizzy, or sick? It very well may be an infection; however, it could likewise be dehydration. At the point when you lose an excessive amount of liquid, your body can’t work appropriately. Get enough rest! Grown-ups who get less than six hours of sleep a night are bound to catch a cold than those getting the required seven hours. 

  • Try not to share papers. 

Right now, is an ideal opportunity to use computerized documents. On the off chance that your teachers don’t request papers on a PC, recommend it. With regards to the everyday mail, discard envelopes and any papers you don’t require.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Making Your Adventures Entertaining To Read About

Sometimes, it can be hard to write up a super interesting and fun account about your most recent adventure as a family. After all, there was a lot of complaining in the back of the car, along with rain and bad weather, and the beach was closed – who wants to know about that?!

And for someone who runs a travel blog, not knowing how to approach a post like this can make your job very difficult. After all, your tone and style is what makes you money, and if you can’t keep churning it out in the way people love you for, you’re not going to pay your bills as easily this month! So, if you’re struggling with your next travel post, here are some tips to keep in mind. 

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Come Up with a Moral or Goal

If you’ve got only a bad or unsatisfying story to tell, it doesn’t mean you have to chuck it away. You can reframe the story at hand, and turn it into a moral for people who might experience similar things during their adventures. Or, you could clearly define a goal for the post, and let your readers know all about it. For example, if the weather held you back on your recent trip, write about prevention tips for rainy and windy travel. 

It’s All About the First Paragraph

Following on from the point above, the first paragraph needs to draw people in, and make what the post is about obvious and engaging to the person behind the screen. For example, even from just the little summary paragraph on ‘Travel’ on the Richard Spanton blog gives the reader a clear tone and purpose about what’s on offer – the same thing needs to be seen in every single one of your posts from the get go!

That first paragraph needs to have a taste of everything – what you’re about to write, what you’re offering the reader, how you felt about the trip, and what they need to take away from the experience. All in all, read that paragraph and think about how it might prepare someone for the words ahead. 

Be Both Practical and Creative

You need to have both a sense of realism, and a sense of the mystical, when you’re trying to write a post about your adventures. The age old ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ rule comes to mind here, because you need to have a healthy dose of both in your travel posts. 

People need to be both charmed and kept grounded when reading up on your experiences, to ensure they get a taste of both the good and the honest. We all know vacations have their ups and downs, and promising something magical at all ends will only end badly for your reputation as a travel blog. So, take that bad trip and give it a new tone in this vein! 

Your travel adventures might be a slump sometimes, but that can still make for an entertaining article!

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Don’t Let The Sun Set On Your Family Evenings

Everyone’s surely agreed that working parents deserve medals. You super mums and dads are quite literally burning the candle at both ends, and for the most part, you’re doing an amazing job. In fact, you’re effectively working two full-time positions!

That’s no easy task. In fact, with just a set number of hours in the day, it can often seem like an impossibility. Inevitably, that means that some things fall by the wayside, and those compromises tend to happen at home. 

The sad fact is that it’s all too easy to slip into time-wasting habits that mean the time you do get to spend with your kids isn’t as valuable as you’d like. That’s nothing to beat yourself up about, but it might well be something you’d like to change. 

We’re sorry to say that we don’t have a time machine, which would really be the best solution. What we do have is a few organization pointers that mean your evenings can be as productive as your workdays, just in a different way. 

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1) Eat earlier

Meals form a large part of any family evening, and so they should. Research has shown time and again that making an effort to uphold family mealtimes is a fantastic way to implement positive food patterns. What’s more, there’s nothing quite like a natter around the table for catching up. That said, if you aren’t careful, said mealtime can take up what feels like the entire evening, leaving you with little time to unwind with the family. 

The solution here is simple, and it comes down to moving that mealtime forward a little. After all, if you don’t eat until seven, you’ll likely spend the evening until that point in the kitchen. Then, before you know it, the kids will head to bed. That’s terrible news for your home life, and it simply doesn’t need to happen.

By instead moving mealtimes forward, you ensure that you can kick back in the living room with everyone else. And, all you need do to make that possible is think about making family mealtimes more efficient with options like pre-planning, meal prep, and even a cheeky freezer selection sometimes. 

 

Let chores wait until tomorrow

Chores are the enemy of any parent, working or not. Add a day job to the equation, and it’s not surprising that many of us turn our attention to basics like polishing, vacuuming and more once the sun sets. The trouble is that, if you’re cleaning the house, you aren’t spending time with the kids. And, it doesn’t take a genius to work out which priority should take precedence. 

Of course, that’s not to say you can scrap chores altogether. Aside from posing a fair few health risks, a dirty house is bound to do your head in within a week of throwing caution to the wind. Rather, changing the time in which you tackle chores could work wonders. 

The fact is that you don’t need to do all your chores in the evening. Some things, such as vacuuming, will obviously need to wait until everyone’s awake. For the most part, though, waking up an hour or even half an hour before everyone else each day is all it takes to get this right. That way, you get a headstart, have a clean house, and still have your evenings free to enjoy the family you work so hard to keep happy.

Take tech out of the equation

Technology has done a lot of great things for our lifestyles, especially with regards to learning and communications. But, it’s not unusual for families to waste their quality evenings staring at a screen. Luckily most parents do realize the damage this can cause their kids, but it’s surprising how few extend that thinking to their own usage. Just like that, you’ve got a situation where parents are glued to their phones instead of their families.

To get the most out of your evenings, it’s therefore worth putting a tech ban across the household after a certain time. That’s not to say that you should scrap tech altogether, but something like an ‘only before mealtime’ rule ensures you don’t miss out on each other. With that mealtime moving forward, you’ll especially be able to feel the benefits here. 

Set aside a drawer or storage container in which to dump all those phones at this point, and make sure to switch off televisions or laptops. It’s amazing how long your time together will feel without these distractions in place. A word of warning, it might feel strange for everyone at first, but you’ll soon start to find a few more wholesome evening activities to keep you entertained. 

Focus on things you can do together

Speaking of keeping yourselves entertained, the last pointer on this list is to find things that you can do together. An evening of disjointed activities is simply never going to lead to the satisfaction of a quality evening well spent. Rather, you’ll fall into the trap of living in the same household while barely communicating with each other. 

Make sure that doesn’t happen by forever finding activities that you can do together. There are many options you could choose here, and each is bound to be worth your while. Reading is an obvious top choice, especially when you consider the importance of reading aloud to your child on an educational level. Equally, something like a good board game, or even a programme you all love pre-tech watershed would work wonderfully. You could even get stuck in with some family crafts and learn new skills together, a sure way to strengthen those bonds. 

 

You aren’t alone if you’ve been letting your evenings pass you by without some much-needed family time. We all get into bad habits now and again, and your busy lifestyle is almost certainly to blame. But, it isn’t difficult to make the most of family evenings at last. Simply implement these pointers, and watch your time at home grow into something spectacular.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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