Archive for the “America” Category

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 […]

Why Do I Hate L.A.?

Los Angeles. There’s just something about it I hate. I hate the traffic and the lack of public transportation. I hate the vanity and how everyone is “so Hollywood.” I hate the pollution. I hate the lack of neighborhoods. LA just rubs me the wrong way. But I haven’t spent much time in the city. My opinion has only been formed by a few short visits. I wonder if I really hate LA or just think I do? We all […]

How to Spend Four Days in Boston

As one of the most historic cities in the United States, Boston has a lot of interesting things to do. It’s not as large as New York or Chicago, and it often feels more like a giant town than a city. I think that’s a plus, because Boston offers all the benefits of a big metropolis without the intensity and fast pace of New York. Boston isn’t a city to rush through. Unlike many other destinations, people who visit Boston […]

Great Places to Eat in NYC

New York has a million delicious places to eat, and I was excited to eat at some of the best restaurants in the world. Originally, when I moved to NYC, I had hoped to cook instead of eating out since I don’t get to cook a lot on the road. But then all the great eating possibilities in New York City got to me, and I found myself unable to resist. I ate out. A lot. Now I know the […]

Three Days in New York City

This past weekend, a friend of mine visited New York City. He’d never been before and wanted to see as much as possible, but I only had three days to show him everything. That’s not a lot of time for the “Big Apple.” It made me think, though. Travelers often have just a short time in a city. We see the highlights and move on to our next destination. So if I’m going to show someone one of my favorite […]

Things I Miss About America

While I love traveling the world, sometimes I miss the little things that make America unique and special. It’s not that I want to move back to America. I still love moving around the world and experiencing new things, but there’s a lot I think America does better than other places: Shopping Hours – I love convenience. I like knowing that if it’s 8pm at night on a Sunday I can go shopping or do a quick errand. This is […]

The (Un) Windy City

In 1871, most of Chicago burnt down. The summer had been really dry, and the city’s wooden houses were a matchbox waiting to be lit. There had been small fires all summer, and it was only a matter of time before the city erupted in a major blaze. Around 9pm on Sunday, October 8, a fire began that eventually consumed an area about four miles long, encompassing more than 2,000 acres. It destroyed more than 17,500 buildings and $222 million […]

Budget New York City

New York City can take a big bite out of your budget. It’s notorious for being an expensive place to visit, even if you try to stay in hostels and do “local things.” Most tourists who come here end up spending hundreds per day on hotel, food, and attractions. However, a city this big is bound to have some great deals. There are plenty of things to do in New York City that won’t cost you a few months of […]

The Big Apple

During my visits back to the US, I always try to take a trip down to New York City. Only four hours from Boston, New York’s a great place to visit for many reasons. Many of my friends live there, so it’s a good chance to catch up, and there’s always good food to eat, new shows to see, and new enclaves to explore. New York is so big that no matter how many times I go, I always discover […]