This is my last post in Rome (barring anything crazy happens before noon tomorrow). I can’t believe it. It has absolutely flown. I have completely fallen in love with Italy, and I’m already anxious for my next trip here and other trips in the future. All of that being said, I have learned a lot of interesting travel tips that the world should know about.
1. Everyone says that Italians dress up all the time. They don’t. Bring your jeans. All of them. You’ll be so thankful.
2. It’s scorching hot 98% of the time, so bring cool things. ESPECIALLY SINCE
3. 98% of places don’t have air conditioning. This is a slight exaggeration, but not by much. Don’t anticipate it and you’ll be pleasantly surprised if you encounter it.
4. You pay more for things if you sit down or if you have to be served. If you actually go up to the bar (that’s any restaurant not just “bar” in the American sense) and order, you’ll pay less. Drink at the bar, €5. Drink sitting at the place, €8.
5. The metro is super easy and super cheap. There are only 2 lines, so it’s way easier than like the NYC lines for example.
6. They don’t eat real breakfast. Coffee and croissant only.
7. Dryers don’t exist. Washing machines are tiny. Detergent is very inexpensive.
8. Don’t be surprised if you have to pay to go to the bathroom. Nature calls and she wants half a euro.
9. Street vendors are everywhere. Be stern and then ignore them to get them to leave. They’ll come up to your tables in restaurants and everything.
10. No one knows how to drive. It’s a stereotype, but it’s so true. That being said, when you cross the street, just do it with confidence. If you doubt yourself, you look vulnerable. March on!
And I have some tips specifically for the ladies:
1. Toilets here usually don’t have seats. Master the hover, my friends.
2. A lot of the men are very aggressive here. Just be prepared for that. People here are also very touchy. Not necessarily always in a creepy way, but that’s real.
3. Watch your taxis. Girls alone are supposed to get a discount at night. That doesn’t always happen. Sometimes you’ll get price gouged, so just be ready for that.
4. Don’t bother bringing hair appliances. They’ll just get fried here, even if you have an adapter.
I’m sure there are other things, but I’m also sure no one would read a longer list. See ya soon, USA!