You may have noticed on Tour Italy Now’s homepage, in the upper right-hand corner, an invitation to download our free Insider Vacation Checklist. If you haven’t done so already, consider getting it today. The checklist is a practical wrap-up of advice and tips, ten in all, for planning your vacation in Italy.
We thought it would be great to talk about these great tips for vacationing in Italy here on the blog. In today’s post, we’ll explore the first three items on our Italy vacation checklist. Then, in the coming weeks, we’ll write up summaries of the remaining items. We do hope you’ll chime in and share your thoughts and even your own special tips for traveling in Italy, either here or on Facebook.
Item One: designing and booking your Italy vacation. This is incredibly fun, taking the first step in planning a trip you’ve no doubt been dreaming about for ages. It also requires careful consideration. You know your budget. You’ve narrowed down your dates. The next big choice when working with a tour operator such as Tour Italy Now is deciding whether you want to go on an escorted tour with preselected destinations or whether you prefer a customized itinerary. The great thing about an escorted tour is still having free time to explore on your own. Whether it’s meandering the back roads or getting tickets to an attraction, you’ll have the freedom to see and do the things that are closest to your heart. If you choose a customized itinerary, you’ll have access to our guides and travel experts to answer any other questions you may have.
Items Two and Three on our Italy vacation checklist are practical but absolutely essential: Get, or renew your passport. Get travel insurance. If you already have a valid passport, be sure to check the expiration date. You must make sure your passport is valid for 90 days beyond your return date. In fact, it’s best to pad that with extra time, in case your return plans change. So if your return flight is on August 1, 2012, your U.S. passport must be valid through December 1, 2012. If you don’t have a passport, getting one is easy enough. Make sure to give yourself enough time, it can take six weeks during the spring and other busy seasons. The State Department website has all the information you’ll need for getting or renewing your passport.
Travel insurance, while technically not required, is very highly recommended and really is essential if you want to travel with peace of mind. We can’t tell you how many people book and pay for a package and then, due to unforeseen circumstances, can’t take the trip. And guess what? Sorry, but without travel insurance, there is no refund! A trip is one of life’s more expensive purchases, and it seems risky not to pay a bit more to get your travel insurance. Don’t you think? For more information about this, you can visit the Tour Italy Now travel insurance page. Also, please be aware that travel insurance must be purchased very soon after you book your trip. Ask our Tour Italy Now travel experts for details.
So, those are the first three (and easily the most important) items on your Italy vacation checklist. What are your thoughts? Do you have advice, tips or suggestions to add to our community discussion about how to get started on planning your trip to Italy?