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About Sammey La Porta

Sammey La Porta is a Northern California native, recent graduate of the University of California Davis and former resident of Florence, Italy.  As a self described wanderer, adventurer, rock climber, rabbit owner and travel book hoarder, she writes for Trekity and her personal travel blog travellingsquirrel.blogspot.com where you can follow her travel companion Filibuster, a tiny plush squirrel.

15 Must-Read Tips for All Road Trips

Road trips are BIG in the U.S.

Just how BIG?

According to a survey by Scout GPS, roughly 90% of Americans take holiday road trips, with 35% clocking in over 100 miles!

So chances are you’ll hit the road sometime in the near future.

But before you explore far and away lands, be prepared by following these practical road trip tips…

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125 Best Travel Books for Women

Love to read? Then, you’ll love this quote by Anne Lamott…

What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott

And while we explore the world, what better way to explore ourselves than with a great book?

This list of travel books was either written by a woman OR features a strong female character and is organized alphabetically by book title.

So without further ado, here’s the 125 best travel books for women… Continue

The 7 Best National Parks in the United States…

Almost 280 million people visit National Parks in the U.S. each year.

And it’s no surprise.

The U.S. is home to a whopping 59 National Parks across 27 states.

But of those 59, just seven rise above the rest for their stunning scenery and unique natural elements.

Find out which national park made the cut and why…

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Comfortable Travel Gear for Women…

I love to travel.

But let’s face it ladies, packing can be a challenge.

Picture it:

All your clothing, shoes, travel gear, and documents sprawled out on the bed.  Then having to narrow down that HUGE pile to just a few essentials.

And the worst part…

Having to leave those sexy heels behind for the boring, but comfortable shoes that you know won’t destroy your feet.

Don’t stress.

I’ve compiled a list of nine essential travel gear items that works no matter where you travel and keep you comfortable too…

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Girlfriend’s Guide: Things to do in Florence, Italy

It was the birthplace and home of some of the greatest people on the planet…

  • Donatello, Sculptor
  • Michelangelo, Painter
  • Amerigo Vespucci, Explorer
  • Niccolo Macchiavelli, Philosopher
  • Galileo Galilei, Astronomer

Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and is famed for its artistic and architectural heritage drawing thousands of tourists every year.

But with countless museums, galleries, site and monuments, what’s a girl to do?

Don’t worry…

As a former resident of Florence,  I’ve got you covered with this Girlfriends Guide of things to do in Florence, Italy…

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