Archive for the “America” Category

I Didn’t Like Curacao (But I Didn’t Hate it Either)

The oil refinery I saw on the way to my apartment rental in Curacao was a harbinger of things to come. The Caribbean conjures up images of white sand beaches, palm trees, coral reefs, and tropical drinks. This summer, I planned to travel much of the Caribbean (spoiler alert: I didn’t). At the top of my list of places to visit was Curacao, located in the Dutch Antilles, a part of Holland, and famous for its casinos, nightlife, and eponymous […]

24 Amazing Places to Eat and Drink in New York City

New York City is a microcosm of the world, where you stumble upon four different ethnic food shops right next to each other and people speaking a dozen other languages all on the same street. I love living here. I feel like I can escape back to other areas of the world without ever leaving the city. I’ve been living in New York since January, and the more I’m here, the more I fall in love with New York. I’ve […]

Bermuda: The Impossible Budget Destination

Is it possible to travel Bermuda cheaply? It’s a good question, one that deserves an answer. When I was 12, my father took my sister and me to Bermuda to surprise my mom, who was there on a cruise with my grandmother. We spent four days sweltering in the heat, swimming at the beach, and eating at Henry VIII (where my dad swears I told a girl she had nice hooters. I still don’t believe him). Lately, Bermuda’s been on […]

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, […]