“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
Welcome to PostcardZ from Victoria! My name is Victoria and I looking forward to spending some time together. Do you love to travel, too? I’m passionate about a great many things and one of those passions, travel (and especially travel to Italy) is the heart of this blog.
As a travel advisor, writer, blogger, tour leader, and published author, I’m committed to sharing interesting, relevant and helpful information and advice to help you with your next travel adventure. Whether it be a road trip to the Grand Canyon, a cruise on the Rhine or family reunion in Hawaii, I’ve written my no-nonsense practical tips, insights and guidelines with you in mind! Hopefully, they will take you from dreaming to doing and enjoying your best vacation ever!
Let me be clear…this is not a comprehensive travel guide nor is it meant to be. There are shelves of detailed travel books and sites for that! However, in addition to my personal experiences, I research and share expert advice and information on all aspects of travel planning from a wide variety of sources. Hence, you will find that they are extremely valuable regardless of where you may be going.
I also love sharing my own travel experiences as well as personal observations, insights and suggestions. Of course, my opinions are my own as are my preferences. You may or may not agree but you will always find me to be down-to-earth and having a pretty good time! My travel goals are to experience the people and cultures of the places I visit. (In other words, you won’t read about me bungee jumping or backpacking!)
You will find me traveling, touring or cruising, sometimes solo, often with friends or in groups. You will always find me meeting the locals and appreciating local customs, cuisine, museums, and historical sights – in other words, enjoying and immersing myself in the local lifestyle wherever I go.
In a a straightforward and easily navigated format, everything you need to make that next vacation a great vacation is right here at your fingertips. From travel budget guidelines to coping with jet lag; from packing to pet care to tipping; from travel insurance to post-vacation blues, I’ve got you covered every step of the way!
Let me help you to be savvy, to be safe and to get the most from your sightseeing. Going solo? Want to go green? Celebrating a special occasion? Considering a tour or cruise? Be informed – it’s all here – just a click away!
In addition to the nuts and bolts of travel planning, I love writing about a range of eclectic topics seldom discussed in travel guides. From surviving flying and taking care of your tootsies, from observing local customs to proper toilet etiquette (yes, you got it here first!), not to mention some to-the-point reality checks, (almost) no topic is off limits. It’s all intended to be fun and informative!
Since Italy is my favorite destination, I decided to offer you the opportunity to come with me. In 2014-2015-2016 I introduced my own unique boutique tours to 3 regions; Puglia – Italy’s “heel”, Umbria – Italy’s “heart” and Liguria – the Italian Riviera.
Have another destination in mind? No problem! Along with my local Italy experts and partners, we will help you to Design YOUR Dream Trip to Italy!
I’m honored and pleased to now write expert hotel reviews for The Telegraph London and Forbes Travel Guide.
A regular contributing writer for Italian Talks, Italian Notebook, and L’Italo-Americano for several years as well as a guest writer for other travel blogs, you can find me sharing and chatting on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram) and, of course, on Amazon.
A proud member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA) and The International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA), Victoria is available for talks and book signings.
And now, More coming…Stay tuned! Andiamo! Let’s Go Together!
I’m thrilled that my first book has been so well received!
Get your copy, paperback or Kindle, on Amazon:
Would you like an signed copy? Send me a message & we’ll arrange it!
Victoria is a proud member of UNICO National as well as:
My goal is to inform, involve and inspire YOU to
“Explore. Dream. Discover.”
It’s a big world! So, dust off those travel dreams…and let’s go!
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I would love to hear from YOU! Please stay in touch and let me know how I’m doing!
Your comments, questions, suggestions, and feedback are always appreciated.
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Wish you were here?? You can be!
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(Just in case the link doesn’t work, just send me an email: postcardsfromvictoria(AT)gmail (DOT)com)