Archive for the “America” Category

12 Things to Do in Vegas that Don’t Involve a Casino

A lot of people tell me they hate Las Vegas or never want to go. “I don’t gamble, I don’t want to get drunk, it’s overpriced,” etc., etc. The excuses are numerous, because Vegas is always portrayed through the glitz and glamour of the Strip. But there’s so much more to Vegas than just this stretch of hotels, casinos, and restaurants—and letting this one aspect of the city keep you away is a mistake. Every time I go to Vegas, […]

Eating the World’s Hottest Pepper and Barely Surviving to Tell the Tale

A few weeks ago, I was in Austin, Texas for the SXSW music festival. Since I was in town for over 10 days, I wanted to get away from the festival and explore Austin. I asked some of my local friends to give me a list of their Austin. I wanted something more than what I’d find online. One of the items on that list was Tears of Joy, a hot sauce shop located downtown. There I could buy some […]

How to Be a High Roller in Vegas on a Low Roller Budget

I love Las Vegas. I avoided going for years because I like to gamble, but when I finally went, I found the city offered a lot more than just ways to lose money. Many people think Vegas is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways to experience Vegas without breaking the bank. Today, I’ve enlisted my friend Abby Tegnelia, editor of Vegas Magazine and all-around Vegas guru to show us how to have a first-class […]

The Tightwad’s Guide to NYC Culture

This is a guest post by Jeff Dobbins, a New York City based writer and tour guide, who is one of the best authorities on the city I know. New York City has an abundance of cultural riches – remarkable sights, incredible food, world-class museums, and superb theater, music, and dance. But a look at some of the city’s prices ($450 for dinner at Masa Restaurant, $477 for a ticket to the Broadway show, The Book of Mormon) and visitors tend […]

How to Vote in the U.S. Election While Overseas

Now that the conventions are over, the candidates have been nominated, and the United States presidential election is just months away, it’s important that all Americans—at home and abroad—cast their ballots. Elections are important events, and if you don’t vote, you don’t have a say. I hate when people who don’t vote complain about politics. If you don’t participate, you don’t get to complain. And I want people to participate. People don’t often vote while traveling or living abroad because […]

7 Gorgeous Hikes Around Yosemite Park

This is a guest post by Adam Costa. Yosemite is the second oldest national park in the U.S. and is unquestionably one of the world’s most beautiful places. Its collection of granite domes, alpine meadows and high altitude lakes draw roughly four million visitors a year. For me, it was my home for three months as I served burgers and fries by day and hiked the vast landscape in the afternoons and weekends. I lived in Tuolumne Meadows, located along […]

The Best Restaurants I’ve Eaten at in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is heaven for foodies, which should be no surprise considering all the money that flows into the city. People want fantastic meals when they’re on vacation, celebrating a casino win, celebrating their Vegas wedding, or dropping millions at the blackjack table. Celebrities and “whales” (the Vegas name for high rollers) want top-of-the-line celebrity chefs to cook their food. Every trip to Vegas, I discover even more new and amazing restaurants—from hole-in-the-wall diners to first-class sushi restaurants. For me, […]

Giving Thanks Today

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, and American families everywhere are coming together to celebrate family, life, and all the good that happened over the past year. Thanksgiving was established as a holiday in 1863 during the American Civil War. It was supposed to bring the country together when Americans were the most divided they’d ever been. Thanksgiving was seen as a way to unite the divided country, remember our pioneering spirit, and heal the wounds of war. The […]

Interesting Facts About the United States

I’m unexpectedly back in the United States for two weeks. After four and a half months in Europe, I needed a bit of a break from traveling to start writing my book. Hostels just aren’t the right environment for writing, and with an airline credit I needed to use, I figured my parents’ house was a good place to go. Despite all my time overseas, I really do like the United States. It’s got a fascinating history. Here are some […]

The Casinos of the Las Vegas Strip

Last Updated: August 2013 I love gambling. It’s my one major vice. To avoid losing my shirt, house, and everything in between, I’ve always avoided Las Vegas, because it seems like an adult playground that I’d enjoy too much. ButHowever, last year, I finally bit the bullet and went because the BlogWorld conference was held there. I figured lots of meetings and networking events would keep me from gambling. They didn’t, but that’s another story. While I was there, I […]