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Are You Starting To Update Your Travel Wishlist Again?

It’s been a long long pandemic and people are getting excited about the possibility of traveling again. I am so looking forward to discovering new places with my own family and friends. I recently was flattered to be asked to share the wonderful centrally located Hotel Mediterrano in Rome with you. This hotel is rich in history and style and the perfect addition to your must-visit list.

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Boasting nearly 150 years of Italian hospitality in Rome, Bettoja Hotels just announced the reopening of the iconic Hotel Mediterraneo featuring recent renovations and stylish new additions including a new rooftop panoramic terrace and lounge bar!

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After a year of being closed during the pandemic, 4-star Hotel Mediterraneo has reopened its doors Celebrating the inauguration of the reopening, the hotel now features a beautiful, renovated panoramic rooftop terrace with breathtaking city views of the Eternal City. Soaring 50 meters high, the hotel’s Roof Garden Restaurant and Terrace also welcomes a new addition with its Ligea Lounge Bar. With an elegant vintage atmosphere, the new lounge bar serves as a prime meeting point for guests and non-guests from around the world to gather in its eclectic indoor and outdoor areas. 

Precious 1940’s lamps and restored Art Deco interior design pieces designed by Mario Loreti and Gustavo Pulitzer Finali furnish the Ligea Lounge Bar on the tenth floor of the Hotel Mediterraneo, creating a new location to be discovered during the magical days and evenings of one of the best cities in the world. The lounge is adorned with velvet sofas, mirrors, and fine vintage pieces with exotic plants that create an exclusive green nest in which to take refuge, all with a spectacular 180 ° view of the capital.

Chef Antonio Vitale completes the gastronomic offer of the new Ligea Lounge Bar with and fresh snacks, with menus that will follow the seasons. A robust list of cocktails and wines offering fine labels will accompany the evening and dinner menus daily from 5 pm until midnight. Guests can also experience this space by choosing to reserve it completely for private events, gala dinners, or standing cocktails.

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The Bettoja flagship property, Hotel Mediterraneo, was designed in 1938 by the architect Loreti and has recently been restored following a careful collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, featuring the participation of master artisans and the most meticulous of Italian restorers. The timeline of restorations began in 2018 and recently concluded with the restoration of the Mosaic Room featuring the “Medieval Hunt” by Franco d’Urso, a beautiful mosaic based on a sketch by the painter Achille Capizzano. These restorations have brought the historical heritage of the Hotel Mediterraneo to the forefront, highlighting the charm of its monumental architectural feats and the value of its artistic elements. As part of the restoration of the hotel, the rooms feature carefully restored and preserved period furniture.

This is so amazing…..Thanks to the deep love and dedication for hospitality, the Bettoja family has always kept the hotels open through the two World Wars and the pandemic and remains a true point of reference in Rome.

About Bettoja Hotels

Located in the heart of Rome, surrounded by the famous artistic and cultural wonders of the Eternal City, Bettoja Hotels is a family-run hotel chain born from the passion of the Bettoja family for hospitality. The Bettoja group was born in Rome in 1875 and has borne witness to the history of Italy since its Unification. With its four facilities, 650 rooms in total, and a number of business meeting rooms, Bettoja Hotels are the perfect mix of tradition and innovation. Hotel Massimo d’Azeglio, the first property to be acquired by the group, maintains its “Umbertino” style and exudes all the charm of the Risorgimento: it boasts a precious cellar of fine wines where the suggestive Italian atmosphere of the turn of the century reigns supreme. The Hotel features one historic restaurant- the Ristorante Massimo D’Azeglio which is part of the Italian Historical Places Association, and three modern meeting rooms which can accommodate up to 180 people theater style. The Hotel Mediterraneo stands out for its severe and monumental luxury and is amongst the best examples of Art Déco in the capital. A classic example of 1940s architecture, the interiors are dominated by wood and marble and the recurring sea theme, from which the hotel takes its name, is clearly evident throughout the structure. With its seven meeting rooms that accommodate up to 120 people theater-style, two restaurants, and a Roof Garden that boasts a 360 ° view of the capital, it is the largest building of the group, and one of the tallest in Rome. The Hotel Atlantico, also located on the Esquiline, welcomes guests in a charming building from 1935 with 3 meeting rooms with natural light with a maximum capacity of 45 pax theater-style. The Bettoja offer has now added the presence of Hotel Nord Nuova Roma, a 3-star hotel, which boasts cozy rooms, three meeting rooms for up to 50 people, and a splendid terrace overlooking the Baths of Diocletian.

Let’s Go Glamping

Do you love the outdoors but can’t imagine sleeping without the comforts of home? Then glamping is for you. A luxurious take on camping, glamping brings many of the amenities of city life to the backcountry. This has become such a popular getaway lately. Here are some tips to prepare for your next adventure.

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Book Online

Many different websites allow you to browse glamping options throughout the US. You can choose from teepees, large safari tents, treehouses, yurts and cabins. These options are all trendy, so become familiar with how far out reservations are released. It’s not uncommon for locations to book up as far as six months to a year in advance. Websites list the amenities provided, show pictures and give you an idea of how secluded the area is. Many of these glamping sites offer pillow-top mattresses, cooking stoves and showers, so decide how glamorous you want your vacation to be and search for those items specifically.

Pack the Appropriate Clothing

Once you know your location and date, you can review the weather expectations for your trip. Even if heating or fans are an amenity you seek out, always bring an extra layer such as a jacket or coat to prepare for any weather changes. Evenings in the wilderness are sometimes chilly. Since you won’t have access to laundry facilities, be sure to include extra pairs of your necessities such as your Lulalu bras, socks and bathing suits. Include shoes that can hold up to hiking, an outfit for canoeing or fishing, and an extra sweatshirt for the campfire at night. Keep in mind, if your location is a hike-in and not located adjacent to the parking area, you have to carry in all your items, so pack wisely.

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Bring Your Own Linens

Even if your destination includes bedding, it’s always a good idea to bring your own. These give you an extra layer if you are cold or a touch of home comfort for sleeping. Everyone’s opinion of luxury is different so having your own bedding guarantees you relax comfortably. It’s also a good idea to bring extra towels, too. Things get dropped, muddied, or don’t dry quick enough when you are in the wilderness. Having extra towels ensures you and your belongings stay dry.

Plan a Menu

If you choose a Glamping package that does not include meals…..It is good to know that not every glamping option includes a small refrigerator, but if yours does, you are in luck. This makes packing perishables, such as milk, eggs and meat much more manageable. If you don’t have a fridge, you need to pack cold food in an ice chest. Since this is only good for a short-term stay, be sure to pack many nonperishable foods. Items like cans of chili, soups, instant noodles and peanut butter sandwiches don’t require cooling and always fill you up. 

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Taking a weekend or week-long excursion glamping is a great way to get outdoors and comfortably enjoy a break. There are many options available depending on what amenities and location you seek. When you’re ready to hit the road, pack your clothes, linens and food, and you are set to go. 

Bringing A New Sense Of Achievement To Your Trips From Home

Why is it that you travel? To see more of the world? To bring back memories? For a lot of people, there is a sense of achievement that comes with broadening one’s horizons. But if you’re longing for that feeling, there are even more ways to bolster that sense of achievement and purpose with your trips away from home. Here are some interesting suggestions.

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Start A New Career

If you’re a travel lover, there are plenty of jobs that can help you see more of the world. What’s more, you can get into a career that helps you gain a whole new sense of satisfaction wherever you go. You can look into being a travel consultant. In this position, you will understand your clients needs and suggest suitable trips, especially now since travel is mostly local. And, there is still great demand.

Learn the lingo

If you want to not only get a sense of achievement but also foster some real improvements in your trip, then there are few better ways to do that than by learning to speak the language. By being better able to interface with the language of the place you visit, not only can you communicate better, but you can navigate better, spend more wisely, and even make some friends on your travels. Linguistic apps like Mondly can make a huge difference to the way that you see travel, even if you don’t necessarily become fluent. And you will be all ready and well prepared for your next trip, when the time comes.

Engage with the wildlife

Wherever you go, there will be wildlife to see and, sometimes, to interact with more closely. Safari trips can be deeply satisfying because they can allow you to get closer to animals in their natural habitat than you ever would, otherwise. Learning to fish with sites like Tailored Tackle can be just as engaging. Not only can you get involved in the struggle of nature locally, but you can also come back with a souvenir too. And pick up a new hobby!!!

Preserve the places that you visit

There’s an increasing trend towards forms of responsible travel that allow people on vacation to help take care of the places that they visit. Volunteer travel programs as described in Volunteer Forever have some great tips for helping to organize a trip to help the environment that you visit.

Vacations away from home offer far more than just things to do and attractions to see. They offer ways to accomplish new goals and develop further as a person. The above examples can help you see how to do just that.

A Weekend In Newport.

I’m not complaining…I am so happy everyone is safe and sound but honestly its time for a change of scenery. My anniversary was last Saturday and my husband suggested we go to Newport to celebrate. I love Newport. It such a pretty area, the Mansions of the Gilded age are fabulous. I have toured them with my mom but never with my husband so I was excited to do that together. We spent a lot of time wandering around the Breakers, the Vanderbilt mansion but the Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff are also spectacular. We saw the Warhol exhibit “Big Shot” at the Newport Museum of Art, which I loved. Also, the restaurants in Newport are amazing…HERE is a guide to some of the best..However, I love the Chanler and Castle Hill. And you have to check out the Top of Newport Bar at the Viking Hotel!! Here are some of the highlights of our little getaway. As you can see I really really loved it…I hope I inspired you to have your own little change of scenery trip!!!! Bon Voyage!!!

Moving Abroad Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

Sometimes, we visit a country for vacation and realize that we never want to leave. Whether you fall in love with the food, the culture, or the weather, you might make the bold decision to move abroad. Thankfully, there is plenty of advice online that is designed to help make moving home easier, though much of this advice doesn’t take into account those that may be moving to another country.  

With that in mind, here are some tips that can make moving abroad easier!

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1: Nail down the technicalities 

When you move to another country, you need to ensure you have all of the appropriate documentation required to live there safely and legally. This means you will need to obtain a visa. The type of visa you will need will vary largely on the country you are moving to, so ensure you spend some time researching visas until you find one that best matches your needs. For example, if you are moving to the UK, you can apply for a range of visas, including: 

  • An artist’s visa
  • Family visa
  • Finance visa
  • Spouse visa
  • Unmarried partner visa
  • Tier 1/Tier 2 Visa

If you have been living in the UK for five years, and continue to wish to stay, work and live within the UK, you can reach out to an immigration lawyer who can assist with your UK ILR application. This means the rules pertaining to your ability to work are the same as those that pertain to British citizens.

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2: Set yourself a budget. Stick to it. 

You’ve probably already figured out that moving abroad is going to be expensive. From visa fees to transportation costs, you’re going to need to dip into your savings a little to make it all possible. As a result, it is important that you reign in your spending wherever possible. One way in which you can do this is by noting down everything you need to pay for – from the cost of having your belongings shipped overseas, to the cost of living in your new destination – and curating a budget accordingly. There are plenty of budgeting apps you can download on your phone that make budgeting easy!

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3: Travel Lightly

It can be hard to let go of your belongings, but moving your entire life abroad would be particularly costly, especially if you are planning on shipping heavy-duty items, such as your wardrobe and bed. As a result, you must travel as light as possible – bring with you the essentials you’ll need to go about your daily life, and nothing more. You can always ask friends and family to send over items later if you realize you need them. You can keep things you don’t bring along in storage, or if you no longer have use for them, donate them to local charities or sell them to earn extra cash before the big move. Remember, you’ll be able to buy new furniture, clothes and more in your new home. Not bringing everything along gives you a great excuse to go shopping!

Let’s Go Camping….

I was scrolling through Facebook a couple of weeks ago and something stopped me in my tracks. It was an old friend’s post…She had just explained how she finished a very unique renovation project and encouraged her friends to take on a dream and make it happen. My friend is Ruthie, and we have known each other for years and years…Ruthie has always been so cool and totally chill and really inspiring..BUT her lastest adventure honestly has me even more in complete awe of her talents. Ruthie and her family have just embarked on an RV adventure…She bought an RV and completely overhauled the entire thing, BY HERSELF. And, I have to say it is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. I have all the before and after photos below and honestly, I have to say this is one of my favorite posts that I have EVER done. The work that Ruthie did on this Camper is so amazing. I learned from talking to Ruthie that the RV business is so behind every other in terms of design and updating its look. Basically this is going to be their home on wheels for months so why shouldn’t it reflect the beauty and style of their permanent home. Since Ruthie finished her own RV, she has taken deposits to do 2 more…what once was a dream has become a hugely successfully launched business…….I cannot wait for you to see Ruthie’s Camper…and don’t forget to follow her HERE. Bon Voyage Ruthie….We cannot wait to follow you along the way!!!!