Archive for the “America” Category

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 […]

Free Things to Do in Washington, D.C.

Last week I was in Washington DC to visit the city, meet a few bloggers, and go to a close friend’s wedding. I’ve been to Washington DC many times before, and I really love the city. There are people from all over the world, making the city very eclectic, diverse, and a foodie’s dream. Yet there’s one really big downside to the city: cost. Washington DC is not a cheap city. With all those free-spending politicians, lobbyists, and diplomats floating […]

The True History of Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, and American families everywhere are coming together to celebrate the harvest, family, country, and all the good that happened over the past year. Today we eat, drink, and are merry. We watch parades and (American) football. We commemorate brotherhood and the coming together of the Pilgrims and Native Americans, and remember the first Thanksgiving with its turkey, corn, gravy, pumpkin pie, and all those other goodies. Or so the myth goes. The real […]

Happy Halloween

Today is October 31st, and it’s Halloween—one of my favorite holidays of the year. Around the globe (mostly in North America and Europe), children are going door to door trick-or-treating, and adults are getting ready for a party or two. It’s a day for everyone to be a kid, dress up in costumes, and cut loose. Come to think of it, Halloween is my favorite holiday. So here’s some information on one of the most fun days of the year. […]

Why Americans Don’t Travel Overseas

We’ve all heard the alarming statistic—only 15% of Americans own a passport. (2014 update: That number is about 36% now, compared to about 70% of Brits and Australians.) That number is rising, but only because Americans are now required to show a passport when going to Mexico and Canada. Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin first got her passport last year and has only traveled overseas to military bases in Iraq and Germany. In fact, she’s implied that traveling is for […]

Free Things to do in Boston

Boston is one of the most-visited cities in America, and people from around the world flock here during the summer months. Chances are Boston is on your list to see and, as you know, big cities can be hard on the wallet. Boston has a lot to do, meals get expensive, and hotels aren’t cheap. But I grew up in this city, and though it’s no longer my home, I know it like the back of my hand. There’s a […]