Articles By: Briana P

The Sad State of the American Gap Year – And Why We Should Change Our Ways

The Sad State of the American Gap Year – And Why We Should Change Our Ways
By Rachel Friedman Special to The Lost Girls There’s a beloved statistic bandied about by travelers, sometimes behind our backs but mostly right in front of our faces, an open challenge: “Only 5 percent of Americans have passports.” Cue non-American looking aghast. The number changes depending...
July 19th, 2011 | Adventure Travel, Solo Travel, Studying Abroad, Working Abroad | Read More

Book Review: The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost

Book Review: The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost
By Briana Palma LG Contributor If you ever need inspiration to hit the road without feeling guilty for leaving behind responsibilities – especially if you’re a confused college student or graduate itching to see the world – pick up The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost. In this memoir, author...
June 29th, 2011 | Solo Travel, Travel Books & Movies | Read More

How to Experience New York City Like A Local

How to Experience New York City Like A Local
By Rob Silverman Special to Lost Girls World I wrote my book New York, New York, So Good They Named it Twice, as a guide to experiencing what it’s like to live in the greatest city in the world. I came to live in New York 15 years ago, and my wife and I are so in love with living in this city that...
June 7th, 2011 | City Travel, New York City | Read More

3 Tranquil Spots to Read a Book in Rome

3 Tranquil Spots to Read a Book in Rome
by Briana Palma LG Contributor Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, an alive, outdoor museum of ancient civilization. But today, it’s also chaotic and noisy in a sometimes overwhelming way. From my second floor apartment on a side street near Vatican City, I experienced very few...
May 18th, 2011 | City Travel, Italy | Read More

Madrid Travel Guide

Madrid Travel Guide
By Briana Palma LG Contributor Travelers often skip over Spain’s vibrant capital city, opting instead for artistic adventures in Barcelona or relaxing getaways in the south. But Madrid, touted as the most Spanish city, is more about experiences rather than simple sights. From discovering national...
April 20th, 2011 | Spain, Travel Guides - Country Guides | Read More

Experience Rome with all 5 Senses

Experience Rome with all 5 Senses
By Briana Palma LG Contributor In Italy, indulgence is the law of land. People often opt for pleasure, whether in the comfort of home-cooked food or the excitement of an extramarital affair. The Mediterranean country awakens the senses, and no place more than its historic and vibrant capital city. See A...
March 23rd, 2011 | Cultural Travel, Italy | Read More

Plan Your Perfect Italian Vacation: Part 2

Plan Your Perfect Italian Vacation: Part 2
By Briana Palma LG Contributor Italy offers experiences for many different types of travelers. Check out Part 1 of this planning special for trip ideas for both hopeless romantics and thrill-seekers. Epicure People around the world imitate Italy’s cuisine, but natives claim that foreign versions rarely...
February 23rd, 2011 | Extras, Planning | Read More

Plan Your Perfect Italian Vacation: Part I

By Briana Palma LG Contributor Travel means different things to different people. Some envision beach days and spa visits, while others imagine volunteering on a farm or in an impoverished nation. No matter what kind of traveler you are, though, you’re likely to find options in Italy. One of the world’s...
February 9th, 2011 | Adventure Travel, Couples Travel, Italy | Read More

Required Reading for your Italian Vacation: 4 Not-to-Miss Books

Required Reading for your Italian Vacation: 4 Not-to-Miss Books
By Briana Palma LG Contributor Over the years, Italian culture and food have seamlessly integrated with the American experience. Many cities across the U.S. even boast a Little Italy area that plays off the Mediterranean country’s magic, responsible for attracting more than 40 million international...
January 26th, 2011 | Travel Books & Movies | Read More

Spain Itineraries: Sunday in Madrid

Spain Itineraries: Sunday in Madrid
By Briana Palma LG Contributor In Spain, Friday and Saturday consist of late-night dinners and early morning dancing, so it comes as no surprise that natives consider Sunday a day of rest. Even in the normally bustling capital city, streets seem deserted, especially at lunchtime, when the few open...
January 12th, 2011 | City Travel, Spain | Read More