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Forgive us for stating the blatantly obvious, but we really think the last thing the world needs is yet another guide listing the 101 top things to do in Venice. Do you really need to be told that a romantic ride long the Grand Canal may be a good activity to plan? Or that watching the sun set in St Mark’s Square is not to be missed? No? Good! To be honest, if you don’t have a vision of days spent getting hopelessly lost exploring the most hidden alleyways and canals of what is arguably the most enchanting city in the world, you don’t even deserve to go!

Instead, we thought we’d share our most tried and tested insider tips on how to get the most out of your visit.

Moreover, we’ll also tell you why we think some of our tips are truly priceless. We promise there is no madness to our thinking!

Buon Viaggio!

Our top 3 tips to getting the most out of your trip to Venice

Jun 15th 2014, 08:06 by Laura Pattara

When visiting a foreign city for the week-end, there’s always an overwhelming desire to see and do it all. I don’t know about you, but whenever I plan a long-list of activities or sites to visit on a short break, I’m lucky if I even manage a third of what I initially envisaged. Nowadays, after having learnt my lesson about a dozen or so times, I’m a lot more realistic of how much I can accomplish in just three days in a city.

I now know that I need to account for time getting to and from places and I also keep my energy and interest levels in check. No matter how much I may want to museum-hop aaaalllll day, I know I get bored after about three hours. So I keep it real. My enjoyment of getting jostled in big crowds is also time limited to about four hours, so I also no longer plan a full day outing to a major shopping street or busy commercial area.

Here are some tips on how to maximise your time, and minimize your stress!

How not to make the most of your week-end away

Don’t get me wrong...I love a hidden gem as much as the next traveller. Venturing off the tourist grid just a tad, and discovering an amazing place, person, sight, smell or taste, is as soul reviving as seeing some of the world’s most celebrated attractions. These moments of unexpected finds make one feel like an ancient explorer; perhaps the first and only soul to ever stumble upon a particular treasure.

Considering the fact we live in an era when you’d be hard pressed to unearth a nook of the world not yet ‘seen’ or ‘done’ by someone else (apparently there are a few in the depths of the Amazon but I’m far too allergic to all things sticky and bitey to prove the theory myself), feeling like a 21st century Marco Polo in Europe certainly has its rewards. Yet sometimes, I do wonder if our incessant drive to unveil the unexplored has the potential to lead us astray.

Are we doing the places we visit a disservice, by blatantly dismissing some of their most revered attractions?

Can the search of the authentic ever be taken too far?

Apr 16th 2014, 15:08 by Laura Pattara

Post your intention to pack your bags for a glorious week-end away to an amazing city and your Facebook feed will no doubt be inundated with 1001 snippets of advice, insider tips and invaluable hints. Or so it will seem...

Whilst your friends’ intentions are admirable, their actions are far less ‘priceless’ than they may appear. It’s bad enough that our own governments do nothing but warn us of the dangers of travelling abroad, whilst misleadingly leaving their own turf to appear as a safe haven, now we also have to listen to Aunt Betty who is adamant that all French people are rude and that Paris is just awash with young thuds just itching to snatch your bag. Never mind that Aunt Betty has never actually even been to Paris!

The Worst Travel Advice You Will Ever Hear

Apr 7th 2014, 12:39 by Laura Pattara

I’m a firm believer that everyone should travel alone at least once in life. The benefits are so extensive (read all about them here), and at times so life changing, that it should really be at the top of everyone’s bucket-list. Yes, it can be THAT powerful!

However, I can certainly understand the trepidation felt by many who have not yet discovered this most incredible way to experience the world. The questions are many: will I get lonely? Will I be safe? Will I get bored? I may smile to myself and think ‘oh if only you knew!’, but that’s easy for me to do. I travelled alone for years, all those fears are now long past me. But I vividly remember what it was like to get out of the airport, in a foreign city, all on my own for the very first time. If I remember correctly, I was a nervous wreck, sucked a whole Ventolin in a jiffy and thought I wouldn’t last five minutes. Twenty years later and the memory of that first week-end away still warms the cockles of my heart.

Lone ranger, the world is your oyster! Here are the best ways to shuck it out of its shell.

Travel Alone: Top Tips for a Safe and Fun Adventure