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The USA, land of the free and self-appointed protector of the world is an interesting amalgam of people, places and experiences. In many ways, it is a contradiction in terms. It’s united in so many ways, but the recent 2016 elections proved it’s completely divided. A so-called class-less society, there is an obvious split between rich and poor, black and latin. Yet there’s a patriotic fervor here like no other. It’s these tensions that make it an interesting study in humanity – the world looks to it for leadership, trends and ideas, yet they mock it for its exclusionary attitudes. Strange for a country that was a beacon of hope and attracted generations of new-comers to find freedom in the place that was originally (like Australia), a dumping ground for criminals and miscreants.

The best way to experience the United States is to split it up into manageable bite-sized chunks. Start with the obvious coastal cities and the bright lights of Vegas, and then start digging a little deeper to see what makes this such a weird and wonderful place to visit.

One big reason to avoid New Orleans in summer storm season

Summer in New Orleans is the off-season, so when the opportunity for sub $200 flights from New York came up, we didn’t think twice. Little did we know we were walking (or flying) into the worst storms of the season. What New Orleans is like in summer We’d been to New Orleans before, and it couldn’t be more different this time. Last time, it was...

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition, Coney Island

World class competitive decadence is a major draw to Coney Island on the 4th of July for the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition. Americans are known for their love of a fair fight and their love of carbs. These come together perfectly once a year. Nathan’s is one of the original creators of the hot dog (there’s some conjecture between junk food historians)...

Meet The Muppets at the Museum of the Moving Image

It’s time to get things started. It’s time to light the lights because every Friday night you can see the masterworks of visionary director and puppeteer Jim Henson for free at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Movie Magic Everywhere Outside of Hollywood, New York is easily the largest living back lot for film and television production. On any given...

A summer escape to Governors Island, New York

Governors Island is NYC’s best-kept secret. If you haven’t enjoyed lounging in a field of hammocks, sipping local craft beers, watching live bands and having one of the best views of the Statue of Liberty all at once, you’re doing New York wrong. For a budget-friendly summer’s day out in New York City, nothing comes close to a day at Governors Island. A five-minute...

The Dark Past of the Eastern State Penitentiary

The Eastern State Penitentiary takes you back over 50 years to Philly’s darker times. We’ve been to plenty of prison destinations on our travels. Auschwitz, Dachau, Sachsenhausen, Colditz, Kilmainham and the old Melbourne Gaol to name a few, but the Eastern State is one of the best preserved and impressive for both its scale and innovative use of the space...

Dromedary, Bushwick’s best (and only) tiki bar

Cocktails and tiki bars, is there a better boozy combination? Dromedary Bar nails it in its edgy “urban tiki bar” manifestation. Brooklyn’s Bushwick is the current ground zero of hipsterdom meaning there’s no shortage of edgy dive bars and quirky themed experiences. Dromedary captures the essence of a tiki bar and crosses it over with comfy diner booths, couches and...

The Reading Terminal Market – A Foodie Destination

Discover foodie treasures and fare from another time and place inside Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market. Original signage above LUHV Vegan Deli Situated in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, between the Jefferson Station and Chinatown, Reading Terminal is a local favorite for bites on the go and culinary essentials.  The indoor market first opened in 1893...

Getting the best start on November with the New York Marathon

You know it’s November when it’s peak autumn foliage and the New York Marathon. We’ve learnt that the two fall simultaneous on the first weekend of November and both tend to bring out the best in the city – amazing colors and an energy and positivity that speaks volumes for the true character of its residents. Across the five boroughs, of which the marathon weaves...

Seeking asylum on Roosevelt Island

For those seeking a little solace in the city that never sleeps, you can’t look past Roosevelt Island. Not Quite an Island Getaway For the last 150 years, Roosevelt Island has been a dumping ground for the sick, the mentally ill, and the criminally minded. From the 1830s, it was the home of the New York City Lunatic Asylum, a prison that housed notable historic...

Find your secret lair at the Brooklyn Super Hero Supply Co.

When you live in Gotham City, you’ve gotta look the part and at the Brooklyn Super Hero Supply Co.  you can dress to impress. If you were a super hero, what would be your secret power? For Bernie, it’d be the ability to spill coffee out of a sealed cup and for Jess it would be sensing a bodega cat from 20 yards away. We may not save anyone, but luckily we’re not...