Jessica Spiegel

Jessica Spiegel

I'm a writer & a tourist.

I'm a freelance writer, copywriter, & editor who specializes in travel (especially Italy), makes logistical details easy to understand & fun to read, & produces clean work in a timely manner.

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10 Europe Travel Scams and How to Avoid Them

There are seemingly countless scams directed at travelers the world over. Some are the stuff of legend, discussed by generations of tourists. Some are new, as swindlers realize that we’re onto them. This collection of some of the most common travel scams found in Europe is but the tip of the proverbial iceberg, meant to give you an idea of what to expect.

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How to Eat Your Way Around Italy in 20 Dishes

I’m not breaking any news by saying Italy is a food-lover’s paradise. I often surprise people, however, when I say that there’s no such thing as “Italian food.”

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15 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Italy

Italy is so popular that we go into a trip thinking we know what we’re doing. We think research is unnecessary, because we’ve eaten at Italian restaurants before, we’ve long since given up plain coffee for the much-more-Italian “latte” at Starbucks, and we already know what “ciao” means.

Lots of travelers end up in Italy with that mindset and then they’re shocked to find they’re paying for those bread sticks on the table (they’re unlimited back home!), asking for a “latte” gets them a glass of cold milk, and the nice old lady at the market looked put off when she heard “ciao.”

Rather than settle for the “made in Italy” knock-off (that you only find out later was made in China), then, let’s set the record straight on a few things so you can have a genuinely Italian experience on your next trip.

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The 10 Safest Countries in Europe to Travel Right Now

Once upon a time you might have prepared for a trip by booking flights, figuring out where you’d stashed your passport, and (maybe) tossing a guidebook into your bag to do a little research on the plane.

These days, not only will you likely do a bunch of online travel research before you buy a plane ticket, you might even plug phrases like “is it safe to travel to Europe right now” or “is it safe to travel” into Google. You’re not alone. Searches for both of those phrases have gone up over the past few years.

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The Best Places to Go in Italy, According to Travel Bloggers

There’s really no right answer to where you should travel in Italy. Every corner of the country has something marvelous to offer, and everyone’s travel style will dictate different needs for a trip. When you’re up to your eyeballs in planning a trip to such a popular location, though, sometimes it’s helpful to hear about the places that wow experienced travelers. And since I’ve never been good at narrowing down my own love of Italy to one particular favorite spot, I’ve asked a variety of travel bloggers – many of whom live in or focus on Italy – for their favorites.

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Why the Whole World is Rooting for Iceland in Euro 2016

Everyone loves an underdog. Luckily, every big sports tournament has at least one improbable team, the Cinderella who really shouldn’t be there by any laws of nature or logic, but is there anyway. For most, it’s a case of “just being nominated is the real victory,” but for some, the dream is a gift that just keeps giving.

Welcome to the story of Iceland at the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament in France right now.