Have you ever seen a movie or a TV drama that takes place in a lush Italian villa (or French chateau, Spanish castle or English manor house) and found yourself daydreaming of what it might be like to experience that lifestyle? Janice Davis, author of the acclaimed guide to taking a one-on-one trip with a child, A Kid, A Grown Up & A Travel Bug, now turns her focus from traveling with children to traveling with a large group of friends or family - in style and economically! Based on many years of experience renting luxurious and often historic European homes with groups of up to to twenty-seven friends, Davis provides readers with a template for successful villa adventures. Every aspect of organizing such a holiday is covered, from how to locate your villa to what factors you'll need to weigh when making your selection, to dealing with pricing and figuring out who gets which room. Also included are travel basics (such as how to find the best air fare, how to pack efficiently, and how to beat jet lag) and anecdotes from her own villa experiences. The Travel Bug series, while in some ways sharing the purpose of other travel books in that they convey the sense of wonder and excitement that travel brings, is not so much about the 'where' as about the 'why' and 'how.' The focus is on all there is to be personally gained by travel and how it can enrich you long after your return home, as well as giving practical advice for trips that are worry-free and affordable on nearly any budget. What really makes the Travel Bug series unique among other travel publications, however, is its focus on whom you're traveling with. The books explore how the travel experience can enhance your relationships with those who accompany you, and how those companions can enhance your own experience of the trip. Each book focuses on different arrangements of fellow travelers, from traveling with a child, to traveling with group, to the next book in the series which will spotlight traveling solo. Whichever mode you choose and whomever you choose to accompany you, travel is an exciting, soul-enriching, fun adventure that the Travel Bug series will help you organize and appreciate to the fullest.
About the Author: Janice Davis is a native New Yorker who lives in Brooklyn Heights with her two children, Chelsea & Graham, when one, two or all three of them aren't off exploring other parts of the globe. Traveling has long been Janice's passion, whether with a large group of friends as described in this book, or with just one of her kids or a whole-family vacation, or on a romantic getaway, or even solo. She tries to do a little of all of the above whenever possible and welcomes any opportunity to step onto a plane whether for work or leisure. A traveler and a writer by avocation, Janice is a scenery and exhibit designer professionally. Her career originated in design for the theatre and television, and later focused on design for corporate events and exhibits. In recent years Janice has added theatrically-styled interior design to her resume, including retail stores, showrooms and public spaces such as children's libraries (www.janicedavisdesign.com). She's taught at Hunter College and New York University (from which she received an MFA in set design). She's also taught seminars at the NYC Learning Annex on Traveling Solo, and has had travel articles published in several in-flight magazines. In addition to Friends, A Villa and A Travel Bug, Janice is the author of A Kid, A Grown Up and a Travel Bug (now available in its second edition), and the soon-to-be released Me, Myself, and A Travel Bug (to be released in early 2012).