Guest Post: From Teresa Neumann, Author Of “Bianca’s Vineyard”

May 11, 2015 at 12:56 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Guest Post From Teresa Neumann, Author Of “Bianca's Vineyard book coverBianca’s Vineyard”

 Overseas Travel for Writers of Historical Fiction: You Can Do It!

by Teresa Neumann

For writers of historical fiction, travel is often necessary, but for author’s like me who are afraid to fly, that can pose a real challenge.

In 2001, while researching my husband’s family from Italy, the Bertozzis, we were invited to Tuscany to meet them. I faced my fears and bit the bullet. Once I’d gotten my feet wet, I was hooked. Believe me, life has never been the same!

I’m also frugal, and international travel doesn’t come cheap. Unfortunately, since 2001 the euro has not favored the dollar, and although I’m still not a fan of flying, we continue to go back to Europe, primarily Italy, every other year … taking our three children, their spouses, and our grandson with us. Did I mention I don’t like traveling alone?

Many find planning such a large trip daunting, and it is definitely a challenge, but, oh, so worth it. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer and want to plan an affordable family vacation to Italy, I have a few tips to share:

  • Decide on a date everyone can go, and the length of your stay – preferably a minimum of 3 weeks, which will allow you to lease a car rather than rent, if that will be your mode of transportation.

  • Buy your tickets a year in advance, especially if you’re redeeming air miles. Not only will an early purchase defer costs, but taking the plunge will motivate you to …

  • Save money, which if you love to travel, you’ve already been doing. Have garage sales. Skip Starbucks. Take on a temporary job. Work a little overtime.

  • Delegate. Because my income is more flexible, I’m sometimes able to pay for all our lodging. This makes it affordable for our children to go. Ask someone else to be in charge of finding, booking transportation, etc.

  • Book your accommodations, cars, etc. early. Summer reservations go fast for the good, affordable digs. The more prepared you are ahead of time, the more you can relax on when you get there.

  • Involve family members in choices before making a decision. Share the possibilities and get feedback.

  • Determine what’s most important to everyone. Sightseeing? Eating great food? Just hanging out? Build your itinerary around that.

Finally, make a pact before departure. Don’t expect everyone to do what you want to do every day. The great thing about travelling with others means there’s no guilt for those who want to do something different than you. I had to spend time roaming about, jotting down information for my book, taking photos, people watching, soaking up the ambiance. Some family members accompanied me when they felt like it; others did something else. It was all good!  
So for all you writers of historical fiction who find yourselves stymied by a lack of first-hand knowledge: Go for it. You can do it. You won’t regret going … but you may well regret not going. 

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