101 Fabulous Things To Do in Rome ~ Now In Paperback!

I’m super excited to tell you that my new book Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things to Do in Rome is now available worldwide in paperback!

Best Rome Travel Guide Book Glam Italia 101 Fabulous Things To Do In Rome
Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things To Do In Rome, now available in paperback

Wherever you are in the world you can order it on your local Amazon and it will ship directly to you. (Amazon has exclusive rights to my books)

So far Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things to Do in Rome has been doing really well. It is the Number 1 New Release in Rome Travel Guides, Vatican Travel Guides, Italy Travel Guides, Malta (because of the Caravaggio stories in the book), has been a Best Seller in Rome Travel Guides – there have been days where it has outsold Rick Steves! Amazon called me to tell me that it had been charting high every day and was outperforming expectations. So I am pretty excited!

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Paperback or Digital?

The book is available both in paperback and on Kindle/Kindle App. If you are not sure which is the right version for you, this may help you decide:

DIGITAL:

The digital version of the book is available on Kindle and the Kindle App. I don’t own a Kindle, so I use the app instead. It is on my phone and my iPad (so any smartphone and tablet, and I think laptops too). This is actually how I read books now, everything goes to the app and I read them on my iPad, even library books! It is fantastic for travel and has just become really convenient at home too.

Personally I don’t read books on my phone, I prefer a bigger screen. But it does come in handy when you are out sightseeing and want to pull up information quickly, especially if you don’t have Wi-Fi or only have limited or slow Wi-Fi. This is super useful when you want to order food or wine, are trying to remember where I recommended for Instagram pics or sunsets in Rome, or are at some historic site and want to get the scoop on it.

PAPERBACK:

The only exception to my reading digital is when I buy travel books. I like to highlight things, dog ear pages, put post it notes in there and I tend to write in the margins too. So if that’s you then a print copy might be your best choice.

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What Is Matchbook?

Amazon lets me set the book to Matchbook, so that you can get a digital copy for cheap if you order a print copy.

They set the digital to $2.99 if you already have the print version. (The digital is $8.95 at the moment and will go up next month to $9.95)

When you are out sightseeing all day it can be a nuisance carrying a book with you. That’s where matchbook comes in handy. You can download the Kindle App and get the book on your smartphone, for cheap. You’ve already done your research and know which places you want to visit, so now instead of carrying the book with you, you can just pull it up on your phone on the app and go directly to the chapter you need or the place you are standing in front of.

It can be quite handy. Also, the Matchbook option stays there, so you don’t have to buy both versions at once, instead you can just download the digital version later if it looks like it will be beneficial.

Take A Photo!

If you have the paperback version of either (or both!) of my books and are taking them with you when you travel, please snap a photo of yourself with the book and post it on social media (tag me) or email it to me. I get a huge kick out of seeing my readers with the books. Many of you have emailed me or messaged me on social media to tell me you are doing something from one of the books, and I can’t tell you how much it totally makes my day!

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You can find me on Instagram @CorinnaTravels and @HowToTravelItaly

My Pinterest is @Corinnamakeup. You can find all my Italy boards there, broken up by region. I find it easier to spot the content I want to read for my trips when I can look at visuals (pins) rather than reading through text lists.

On Facebook you can find me @Corinna Cooke Author

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How To Get The Best Deals On International Flights

Are you planning an international trip in the next year or two? Would you like to save hundreds of dollars on your international flights while still using your favorite airlines?

If you are thinking about traveling internationally in the year ahead then you need to read this post before you do anything else!

How To Get The Best Deals On INternational Flights! Learn how to save hundreds of dollars on your airline tickets while still flying the best airlines in the world

My secret talent in life is finding incredible flight deals and saving a fortune on international travel. I have an entire section in my book Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy: Secrets To Glamorous Travel (On A Not So Glamorous Budget) on how to get the best flights possible for the least amount of money. Every hundred dollars you save on airfare is a hundred more dollars you can spend on shopping!

Some of my Glam Italia Tour travelers this past summer saved as much as $800 on their round trip flights using the tips in my book. By this I mean they were able to get the exact same flight on the exact same plane for $800 below price. If the book saves you even $100 on your flights then it was worth spending the $15 to get it! You can get a copy of my book here on Amazon.com

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I am a Sagittarian and I am a Kiwi, so it stands to reason that I have a heavy dose of wanderlust running through my veins. I am never happier than when I’m on my way to the airport about to embark on a new adventure.

The only problem is that I am also a single mom which gives me a different set of budgetary realities to deal with. People are always questioning how I can pull of all the travel I do on such a tight budget. Since 2010 I have flown to Australia round trip twice for free and to Europe five times for free, all using my frequent flier miles. This past weekend I booked a $1700 round trip trans world flight for free, using the ultimate travel hack. I have written about that in a separate post here: How To Fly Anywhere In The World For Free

Grand Canal venice in the late afternoon. If you could fly anywhere in the world where would you go?

The Grand Canal in Venice. If you could fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?

For those of you who are subscribed to my newsletter you will be getting the very specific details on how I do it in your inbox on Friday. If you are not already subscribed to my newsletter you can do so here.

Today I want to look at flight pricing and how to get the very best price on a great flight. There are important steps to follow and they work every time.

How To Get The Best Deals On International Flights

Step One: Go Incognito

Always and only ever look at flights on an incognito window. (Google how to open an incognito window on your computer).

Have you noticed that if you click on an ad or google almost any product these days your social media suddenly gets swamped with ads for that product? You open your computer and everything you try to read or look at gets riddled with ads for that product you only clicked on once???

It’s so annoying! Not only do companies drop cookies into your computer, they also drop Facebook pixels (and no doubt lots of other pixels too) that track you, collect data on what you look at online and change your marketing profile.

Most of the time it’s just annoying, but when it comes to searching for flights it can cost you hundreds of dollars. Now that they know what you’re up to they will keep upping the price of the flights you are researching. Then they start trying to make you panic by flashing “only 3 seats left at this price!” signs at you.

When you only look at flights with an incognito window, each time is the first time and you will see major differences in the price.

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Step Two: Check the airline website.

If you have a favorite airline or an airline you specifically want to use, you need to know what their price point is. My main airline is American Airlines, because that’s where most of my frequent flier miles are, so I check them first.

The airline website will normally show you the most expensive pricing you will find! But you need to know what the top dollar on this flight will cost. It doesn’t hurt to click around on their website and see if they are offering any specials, sales or big discounts somewhere else on the site.

Step Three: Check the consolidators

Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz etc will typically have the same flights for cheaper. The various consolidators have different airlines, so look across several of them.

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Step Four: Separate off the junk.

You will find some amazing pricing with the consolidators, but know that there will be some junk routing you need to avoid.

Watch out for crappy airlines and crazy routing. When I was looking for my flights this past week and weekend there were some great prices but they had horrible routing. Instead of a 24 hour door to door some of them were as much as 41 hours! Sending me all over the place and giving me 13 hour layovers in places I didn’t want to be.

On top of that many of the airlines they were showing me were airlines I wouldn’t want to fly. Taking a long haul flight on a substandard airline is (in my opinion) not a great idea. There are plenty of great airlines out there, so if you are not familiar with a particular airline, check the reviews on it before you discard that flight option. If you see bad reviews, dig deeper – you may have a disgruntled customer who isn’t familiar with overseas travel, but if you keep seeing the same types of negative reviews run a mile!

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Step Five: Look beyond your home airport.

I live in Phoenix, which is an expensive airport to route in and out of, sometimes hundreds of dollars more than other airports. So although I do check pricing from Phoenix I also look at other airports not far from here. Tucson, Las Vegas, Denver and Los Angeles all tend to have much better pricing. Tucson is  only a 2 hour drive, and the other three I can get round trip flights to for $150 or less. I constantly save as much as $700 on a round trip flight by booking it from Los Angeles.

Step Six: Stick with it.

If you persevere invariably you can find something fantastic. Most airlines had my flight starting at $1700 and heading upward in price from there to more than $2400 for the round trip! Others were as low as $800 but the routes were just awful and on airlines with horrible revues.

After clicking around across a couple of days I found the perfect flight. It is direct, so door to door 24 hours (other side of the world), and is with one of the best airlines in the world. And it cost $958 round trip. I didn’t pay so much as a penny for my flights though – I used a frequent flier mileage trick that meant I didn’t even pay airport taxes. Normally if flying on frequent flier miles you still have an out of pocket cash cost on taxes. I am walking away from this with not one cent out of pocket. I have detailed it in this post.

Airline choice is a huge factor, especially on long haul flights. Little details such as seat pitch, food quality  and service are super important, and can mean the difference between arriving feeling sick and exhausted and arriving feeling great.

My book Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy: Secrets To Glamorous Travel (On A Not So Glamorous Budget) goes into depth on how I get all these flights, how I make sure my flights are fantastic, get upgraded much of the time, and avoid jet lag. Regardless of where in the world you are traveling you will find this information both helpful and cost saving. It makes a great gift for anyone you know who is planning travel to anywhere in the world, (not just to Italy). You can get it here on Amazon.com

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Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy

 

I am so excited to be able to tell you that my new book Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy is now available on Amazon.com!

Writing this book has been a labor of absolute love, and now I get to share it with you!

Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy

 

I had a little marketing Q&A recently and thought some of the transcript would give you a really good idea of what’s in the book and why you should buy it! Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy is exclusively available at Amazon.com

Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy

Why Did You Write This Book?

Everywhere I go people tell me they would love to go to Italy but don’t know where to start with planning a trip. Where to go, how long to stay in each place, where to stay, how to get around.

They frequently tell me they don’t want to be on a big bus tour or want more time than 5 hours in a city while on a cruise. Others will tell me they are booked on a cruise but don’t know how best to spend their time in a given city when their time is so brief.

Others tell me they would love to go to Italy but could never afford it. They are blown away when I show them how they can do it for less than they spend on a vacation here in the USA.

I travel to Italy several times per year, so it made sense to write a book explaining how to put a fabulous trip together, and how to do it on a budget.

What Makes It Different From Other Travel Books?

Whenever I buy travel guide books they tell me about things to do in a given town or city, but they don’t tell me how to put a trip together.

They all speak in a very corporate voice that is completely impersonal, and they don’t really care if you love a place or not.

I thought about all the things I would want to know if I was traveling to a country I hadn’t been to before, all the questions I would be asking, and tried to write a book that answers these questions.

In Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy it is me speaking to you. I really do care that you have an amazing time while you are in Italy. I want to help you to plan and then have the absolute trip of a lifetime. I want to take away all the things you might find stressful and set you up to have a vacation the is both fun and fabulous. Most of all I want you to come away from it in love with Italy, like I am!

So What’s In The Book?

Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy is broken up into three sections.

Section One

The first goes into depth helping you to plan your trip so everything flows seamlessly. We look at different accommodation options, how to choose where to stay, how to move around the country, how to make sure you’re not missing anything. There are several elements in this section that will really Wow you. The feedback so far has been very consistent with people saying “I would never have thought of that!!!”

Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy

Section Two

Section two deals with everything you need to know about planning your flights, getting the killer deals, getting upgraded (my specialty!). I go into depth on things you may not otherwise have thought about, from what to wear on a long-haul flight, to what you must have in your carry-on bag (you might be surprised), to avoiding, minimizing, or if the worst happens dealing with jetlag. You will not only save a ton of money with this section, but also arrive in Italy feeling fresh and fabulous and ready to take on the world.

Section Three

The third section is help for you on the ground. You will learn how to choose a restaurant, which foods and wines to order by region. Although Chianti is fabulous you’re not going to order it in Venice and you wouldn’t order it in Positano. I have a cheat sheet guide in the book for quick reference on which wines you order where. The same with foods, Italian cuisine is entirely regional, so there is a chapter telling you specialty foods to order everywhere you go.

There is also help for you when things go wrong, what to do if you get sick, translations for common ailments that you can either day or point to when you are getting help.

I have a step by step guide to using the train system, which can be quite a handful if you don’t know what to do. A photographer I work with told me about trying to get from Verona to Florence by train, and how incredibly stressful it was for her because she didn’t know what anything meant, or how the system worked, and she couldn’t even see the word Florence anywhere! It’s Firenze over there. There are so many things that can make it really stressful, but if you have my little step by step guide with you it’s a breeze.

Section three also teaches you how to order coffee in Italy, things you need to know about beaches and shopping and getting your sales tax back – there is so much in there, it is endlessly helpful even to people who have traveled to Italy before!

What Else?

Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy is peppered with anecdotes and stories from my own travels in Italy. I wanted to be able to back up things that I tell you with stories that put them into perspective. Partly to highlight how when things don’t go as planned there is normally an outcome that is far more fun anyway, so don’t sweat it. Partly to have the reader keep their eyes and ears open for fabulous experiences that are waiting to jump out at them, and partly to have them watch out for the telepass lane at the highway toll booths. You have to read the book to get that one…

What Do You Want Readers To Take Away From This Book?

I really want people to see that a trip to Italy can be incredibly affordable and you don’t have to be wealthy do it.

When my son was 12 I really wanted to take him on a beach vacation. My one stipulation was that I wanted to be able to sit on my balcony and have a view of the ocean, and be able to hear the waves as I fell asleep at night. I tried to find us a place at the beach in San Diego but everything was so completely out of our price range, so we went to Sicily instead!

I want readers to take that trip to Italy, to see some of the big tourist attractions, but also to get off the beaten path and see more of the truly amazing places where the tour buses and cruise ships don’t go.

Where Can We Buy Your Book?

Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy is sold exclusively on Amazon.com. You can get your copy here

It is available in digital form on Kindle or if you don’t have a Kindle (I don’t) you can download it onto the Kindle App.

There will be a paperback version available in the next couple of weeks too.

Free Resources

I am building up a free resources library for my blog readers and my book readers. For now I have my pre-travel checklists available for you to download. These are the checklists I personally use when I travel, and also that my Glam Italia Tour travelers use. Get Your Checklists Here

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