After many transcontinental and transatlantic flights, I’ve experienced my share of pillows that felt like burlap stuffed with toilet paper and blankets that were nothing more than oversized napkins. After freezing my buns off with my face firmly planted against the window flying from NYC to San Francisco I assembled what I now call my “coach class survival kit”

Surprise! Your TrenItalia ticket…is in Italian! This is for a ticket issued at the ticket window (sportello) or from a self service machine. If you’ve purchased single tickets in advance from Rail Europe (which I do NOT recommend) your ticket may look different as it may not have actually been issued in Italy! Here is…

So you’ve arrived at your hotel in Rome to discover you’ve dropped your passport somewhere between border control and the check-in desk. Luckily, you made color photocopies of your passport before you left and this gets you checked in. (Do NOT tell the desk agent your passport is missing.) Scratching a few things off the…