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 […]

Learning to Ski Again

When I was younger, I was a pretty good skier. I started learning when I was about three. I remember my parents would take my sister and me up skiing throughout the winter. By the time I graduated high school, I could zoom down double black diamonds without any trouble. But then I stopped. My parents no longer went, my friends didn’t ski, and my winter breaks in college were spent working. As I got older and became adverse to […]

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 […]

New York City Architecture

New York City has a rich architectural history. From the iconic Empire State building to Tudor City or the brownstones of the West Village and everything in between, New York encompasses many architectural styles. I always see the buildings, oooo and ahhh at them but realized I didn’t know much about them. Part of traveling is learning the history of the place. It helps put the city, the people, the buildings into context. Heading to Paris and seeing the Eiffel […]

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,” […]

How to Spend 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 […]