a Volkswagon beetle bus painted in crazy colours

What I learned travelling 24 states in 34 days

It’s hard to believe that over nearly 5 weeks, we covered 24 States *deep breath*: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan…plus, not to be forgotten, District of Columbia!  We managed to…

a slice of deep dish pizza full of cheese and tomato sauce

A quick taste of Chicago

Chicago could be the city that never sleeps, just as much as it is the windy city.  No last call for alcohol, and you can always find a place that’s open and happening, even if you are visiting the city on a Sunday and Monday like we were.  Having been to Chicago before, we skipped…

A bronze statue of a man sitting in a hair with a farmhouse behind him

Kentucky: Bourbon and Pizza?!

Our trip through Kentucky included a stopover at Jim Beam’s American Stillhouse, home of the world’s #1 selling bourbon and one of 9 distilleries on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail.  This area is certainly worth a weekend trip to really take in the countryside, tour the distilleries, and hear some traditional bluegrass.  Jim Beam offers tours, but…

a band on stage with USA flag in the background

Taking in Music City: Nashville, TN

Two things we noticed immediately about Nashville: live music everywhere and everyone seems to be under 25!  Perhaps I’m exaggerating on the second point a bit, so let’s call it under 30.  With 21 universities and 6 community colleges and an overall population of only 600,000, Nashville’s student vibe is quickly noticeable. Even the tourists…

Several cadillacs buried nose first in the dessert and spray painted in various colours

Travelling through cattle country: Texas & Oklahoma

Continuing the road trip down Historic Route 66, we made our way out of New Mexico and past the sprawling cattle ranches of Texas and Oklahoma enroute to Tennessee. Leaving Albuquerque in the morning gives you have the chance to stopover at a few interesting stops in Amarillo and Oklahoma City, the two major cities…

a purple blooming tree outside of a gallery

City Different: Santa Fe, New Mexico

You can’t really appreciate Santa Fe’s nickname until you arrive in the “City Different”. The flourishing arts town in simultaneously hippyish and upscale. It’s pueblo architecture is like nothing I’ve seen before. Founded in 1607 at an elevation of 7,000 feet, it is America’s oldest and highest capital city. Full of history and culture, it…

bright lights of Old Vegas casinos

Viva Las Vegas (on a budget)!

There has been so much written about Las Vegas already, and whether you think it’s gaudy, garish or glamorous, it’s a city you should see at least once for yourself, even if for the sheer spectacle of it all.  You can do Vegas high end staying at the best hotels on the strip (try Caesar’s…