Archive for the “America” Category

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 […]

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 L.A. 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 […]

Learning Pura Vida in Costa Rica

The most distinct part of living or traveling through Costa Rica is what I call the “calming down effect.” Life is so simple there; the most stressful decision to make all day is often where to watch the sunset. Physical changes arrive thanks to the opportunity of living in a world surrounded by untouched nature. Monkeys play in the trees, and roosters roam the streets. But not everything is perfect. I lived a year in the land of “pura vida,” […]