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Only A Bag - An Italian Travel Podcast

Only A Bag - An Italian Travel Podcast

By Nathaniel Mellor | Darcy Melton

Since 2016 Nathaniel and Darcy have been on the road sporadically, and since 2019, they've been in Italy full-time. In the past few years, they've learned the ins-and-outs about traveling in Italy and they hope to share that information with you. Even though this podcast focuses on Italy, the most of the general information can be used anywhere in the world.
We hope you enjoy!

Update July 2022: We finally have a website! It's a bit light on the content as we are writing articles as quickly as possible, but we'd love for you to check it out and send us any comments! www.onlyabag.com
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Our Favorite House Sitting Websites (And Why) to Get You Started
Our Favorite House Sitting Websites (And Why) to Get You Started
Welcome back! (If you prefer to read the podcast as an article, you can find it here!) Now that you've learned all you can about getting started with house sitting, we thought we could share our favorite house sitting websites. These might not be the best, but these are the ones we've had the most luck with, or the most pleasant interactions with homeowners through. Like always, we hope you enjoy!  Nathaniel and Darcy Here are some links to the mentioned websites! If you use an affiliate link, we'll make a little money. Trusted House Sitters: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link  Nomador: Non-Affiliate Link MindMyHouse: Non-Affiliate Link House Sitters UK: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link House Sitters America: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link (These are not the best house sitting websites in the world, only the ones we like.) Our website: Only A Bag Instagram Page:  Only_a_bag Medium: @Nathanielmellor
30:52
November 07, 2022
Let's Talk About the "House" in House Sit
Let's Talk About the "House" in House Sit
Welcome back to another episode of our housesitting series! If you prefer to read our advice, you can find the article on our website! In this episode, we talk about the "house." For us, this means cleaning the house when we leave, how to treat the house when we're there, and what to do in the absolute certainty that you break something.  We hope you enjoy! Want to jump right into house sitting? Here are some links to our favorite websites! Trusted House Sitters: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link Nomador: Non-Affiliate Link MindMyHouse: Non-Affiliate Link House Sitters UK: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link House Sitters America: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link (These are not the best house sitting websites in the world, only the ones we like.) Our website: Only A Bag Instagram Page: Only_a_bag Medium: @Nathanielmellor
35:50
October 22, 2022
Getting Your First House Sit
Getting Your First House Sit
Welcome back! If you prefer to read our advice, you can find the article on our website! Now that we've talked about setting up your profile for various house sitting websites, in this episode we discuss our tips on how to get your first sit! We hope you enjoy! Want to jump right into house sitting? Here are some links to our favorite websites! Trusted House Sitters: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link Nomador: Non-Affiliate Link MindMyHouse: Non-Affiliate Link House Sitters UK: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link House Sitters America: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link (These are not the best house sitting websites in the world, only the ones we like.) Our website: Only A Bag Instagram Page: Only_a_bag Medium: @Nathanielmellor
28:02
October 06, 2022
House Sitting: Making Your Profile
House Sitting: Making Your Profile
(For the article version, click here. And as always, we love feedback about our website! Especially with regards to ease of reading and the amount of ads. Thank you!) Welcome back! In this episode of House Sitting: Miniseries Darcy and I discuss setting up your profile, what to include and what to leave out, and sending that first message!  We hope you enjoy! Nathaniel and Darcy Want to jump right into house sitting? Here are some links to our favorite websites! Trusted House Sitters: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link Nomador: Non-Affiliate Link MindMyHouse: Non-Affiliate Link House Sitters UK: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link House Sitters America: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link (These are not the best house sitting websites in the world, only the ones we like.) Our website: Only A Bag Instagram Page: Only_a_bag Medium: @Nathanielmellor
18:39
September 24, 2022
Introduction To House Sitting
Introduction To House Sitting
(For the article version, click here. As we mentioned in the podcast, we would love any feedback about the website, especially around the amount of ads and ease of reading. Thank you!) Hello and welcome back! In previous episodes, you might have heard us mention "house sitting." Well, in this episode, we discuss our introduction to house sitting, as well as some of the websites we like to use.  In the beginning of the episode, we cover some "housekeeping" items, such as our new website, Instagram page, and our new use of affiliate links which will be disclosed. We will also use non-affiliate links in the descriptions of our podcast alongside affiliate links, in case you don't trust affiliate links (we totally understand!). Thank you all so much for listening and your continued support! We can't tell you how much it means to us. Nathaniel and Darcy Want to jump right into house sitting? Here are some links to our favorite websites!  Trusted House Sitters: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link  Nomador: Non-Affiliate Link MindMyHouse: Non-Affiliate Link House Sitters UK: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link House Sitters America: Affiliate Link | Non-Affiliate Link (These are not the best house sitting websites in the world, only the ones we like.) Our website: Only A Bag Instagram Page:  Only_a_bag Medium: Nathanielmellor
31:15
September 15, 2022
Rome: Emergency Numbers, Transportation Tips, and the Kitchen Sink
Rome: Emergency Numbers, Transportation Tips, and the Kitchen Sink
Hello all, and welcome to our "Kitchen Sink" episode for Rome. There were so many little things we wanted to mention in the last few podcasts that either didn't fit, or we weren't factually sure on. So we added them into one large podcast. A "just in case" type of thing. Some of it is also updates to prices or practices as we've experienced them We also have a website! www.onlyabag.com. We will post the blog version of podcasts here as well as any and all other information we think is interesting. At least if it relates to Italy. And we have an instagram! https://www.instagram.com/only_a_bag/ Or, if you want to find it yourself, @only_a_bag.  We hope you enjoy this episode! As always, if you have any questions, please let us know! Nathaniel and Darcy, Thanks for listening. ————————————————————————————————————— Things we said we'd mention in the description: Piazza Del Popolo fountains: There are four fountains in the center and two on the edges. None of these are potable. There is another fountain near the street entrance that is potable. Emergecy Numbers: 112 - General Europe Emergency Number 113 - Italy specific Emergency Number 115 - Firefighters and Search and Rescue 118 - Medical Emergency Number ATAC Cards: Kids under 10 ride free. Tickets lengths are  100 minutes (€1.50), 24 Hours (€7), 48 Hours (€12.50), 72 Hours(€18), and 1 week (€24) General Updates: Gelato = More Expensive Air Conditioning = Less Common 
58:44
July 28, 2022
Exploring the Used Clothing Markets in Rome
Exploring the Used Clothing Markets in Rome
Welcome back to another episode of the Rome series!  In this episode we discuss how to navigate the used clothing markets of Italy, and the ones we like to frequent. We hope you enjoy!  If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. Towards the end we mentioned a group of vintage stores in the Monti neighborhood which are: Pifebo Vintage Shop Flamingo Vintage Shop Roma Humana Vintage Roma King Size Vintage Pulp Vintage Blue Goose Abito Update July 2022: We finally have a website! It's a bit light on the content as we are writing articles as quickly as possible, but we'd love for you to check it out and send us any comments! www.onlyabag.com
01:17:15
July 07, 2022
How to find the best gelato and our favorite gelaterie in Rome
How to find the best gelato and our favorite gelaterie in Rome
Welcome back after our impromptu 6 month break!  To get things started, we figured we should round out the last of the food episodes talking about the thing we love best: gelato. Not only do we discuss the parts of a gelato cone, we discuss things to look for when hunting for the best gelateria in any city.  At the end, we mentioned our list of our all-time favorite gelaterie in Rome, and here it is! Some of these gelateria have multiple locations, we list the ones we visited.  Neve di Latte - Via Luigi Poletti, 6, 00196 Roma RM Otaleg! - Via di S. Cosimato, 14a, 00153 Roma RM Fatamorgana -  Via Roma Libera, 11, 00153 Roma RM Gracchi -  Via dei Gracchi, 272, 00193 Roma RM I Caruso -  Via Collina, 15, 00187 Roma RM We're headed back to Rome in July, so if there's anything you'd like us to cover, please let us know! Nathaniel: @MellorNathaniel on Twitter Darcy: @not_mr_darcy on Twitter Thank you all so much for listening!  Update July 2022: We finally have a website! It's a bit light on the content as we are writing articles as quickly as possible, but we'd love for you to check it out and send us any comments! www.onlyabag.com
01:02:52
June 01, 2022
Coffee and Drink culture in Rome
Coffee and Drink culture in Rome
What's the best way to order a coffee in Rome? Do you sit down and wait for someone to come over? Or go to the bar? What is a "normal coffee?" What are those red drinks everyone is drinking around 5 o'clock? Are the water fountains in Rome potable? In this episode Darcy and I take a look into coffee and drink culture in Rome.  As always, I hope you enjoy! Nathaniel: @MellorNathaniel Darcy: @not_mr_darcy Also, we kept pronouncing "brusque" as "brisk." I only noticed while editing. Sorry! 
56:11
November 09, 2021
How to eat at a restaurant in Rome
How to eat at a restaurant in Rome
Everyone tells us where to eat in Rome. Where to find the best cacio e pepe or pizza. Even Google Maps gives advice. So we wanted to tell you all how to eat at restaurants and what to expect when you do. As always, I hope you enjoy! Nathaniel on Twitter: @MellorNathaniel Darcy on Twitter: @not_mr_darcy Update July 2022: We finally have a website! It's a bit light on the content as we are writing articles as quickly as possible, but we'd love for you to check it out and send us any comments! www.onlyabag.com
35:01
November 01, 2021
[Street]Food - Food Markets - Buying Groceries in Rome
[Street]Food - Food Markets - Buying Groceries in Rome
Welcome back to our episode on food! We try to lay the groundwork for any trip you might take to Rome by discussing street food, food markets, groceries, the customs around food, and what to do if you have allergies. Darcy was coming off a bit of a cold, so I did a heavy portion of the talking, sorry about that! We hope you all enjoy! Update July 2022: We finally have a website! It's a bit light on the content as we are writing articles as quickly as possible, but we'd love for you to check it out and send us any comments! www.onlyabag.com
01:15:27
October 27, 2021
Getting to Rome/Getting around Rome
Getting to Rome/Getting around Rome
Hello everyone! We are so sorry for our long absence. We moved houses again, lost internet, and real life got in the way. We are now back!  In this episode we talk about getting to Rome by flying there, getting from the airport to the city, and getting around Rome once you're there.  I also mentioned a website for cheap student flights which is called www.studentuniverse.com. Some of my talking might be quick in this episode, and I do apologize! I realize I talk quickly when I'm excited about something, and I'm working on talking slower so everyone can understand.  I hope you enjoy!  This podcast is going to be broken up into multiple posts/articles given the length. But, the first one is out!  How to get to Rome centro (center of Rome/Termini, Rome's central train station) from FCO.  On the website: https://onlyabag.com/fco-to-rome/ For those who prefer Medium: https://medium.com/globetrotters/fco-to-rome-how-to-get-to-romes-centro-from-the-airport-fcfcae2f72dc
46:09
October 14, 2021
Rome: An Introduction
Rome: An Introduction
For the next few episodes Darcy and I will be talking about Rome, since that's where we are currently!  Instead of talking about the normal sights and "to-do" lists, we thought we'd talk about some of the quieter sides of life. Like gelato, used clothing markets, and finding good food! I hope you enjoy!  Update July 2022: We finally have a website! It's a bit light on the content as we are writing articles as quickly as possible, but we'd love for you to check it out and send us any comments! www.onlyabag.com
07:24
August 22, 2021
Traveling with a Partner: Is it worth it?
Traveling with a Partner: Is it worth it?
In this episode I invited my travel partner, Darcy, to talk with me about traveling together. We discuss the pros and cons, costs, and how it's important to sometimes take some time apart. I hop you enjoy! Update July 2022: We finally have a website! It's a bit light on the content as we are writing articles as quickly as possible, but we'd love for you to check it out and send us any comments! www.onlyabag.com
32:27
July 20, 2021
Traveling Alone: Best decision you've ever made or a pit of loneliness?
Traveling Alone: Best decision you've ever made or a pit of loneliness?
Possibly the greatest debate while traveling is whether or not to go alone. For some, it's an eye-opening experience, a chance to connect with themselves and learn about the person they really are without distractions. For others, it's a deeply lonely experience that reinforces how far out of their comfort zone they are. In this episode, I discuss having a new normal, changing your perspective, and learning how to travel alone. I hope you enjoy!  Update July 2022: We finally have a website! It's a bit light on the content as we are writing articles as quickly as possible, but we'd love for you to check it out and send us any comments! www.onlyabag.com
23:27
July 18, 2021
What do you need before you hit the road? Passports, visas, and more!
What do you need before you hit the road? Passports, visas, and more!
In this episode I cover things you will need before you hit the road. This isn't about packing or any gadgets, but the bare basics such as a passport, visa, vaccines, travel insurance, and more. I hope you enjoy!  Update July 2022: We finally have a website! It's a bit light on the content as we are writing articles as quickly as possible, but we'd love for you to check it out and send us any comments! www.onlyabag.com
28:59
July 05, 2021
An introduction to One Bag, Ethical Traveling, and More!
An introduction to One Bag, Ethical Traveling, and More!
Welcome to Only a Bag, a travel podcast! Since this podcast will weave certain topics in and out of every episode, I thought it would make sense to give a brief overview of those topics: One bag, ethical traveling, long-term traveling, and housesitting. I will go into more depth in the following episodes. If you have anything you'd like to hear me talk about, please let me know! Thanks for listening, Nathaniel Update July 2022: We finally have a website! It's a bit light on the content as we are writing articles as quickly as possible, but we'd love for you to check it out and send us any comments! www.onlyabag.com
21:49
June 10, 2021