USA

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.

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Atlantic City, the Vegas of the east, the Jersey Shore (with real life Jersey Shore ‘celebrities’, the Boardwalk Empire and yes, the promise of gambling within a couple of hours of Manhattan. A...

Frenchmen Street, New Orleans

If Bourbon Street is NOLA’s seedy underbelly, Frenchmen Street is the New Orleans experience you’ve been promised in magazines. Frenchmen Street is a refuge for locals – the place to go for decent...

Caesar’s Palace, Atlantic City, NJ

Caesar’s Palace symbolizes decadence, wealth and power. As one of the world’s most recognizable casino brands, the Atlantic City location proved to be more like an imperial summer home when compared...

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar, Austin, TX

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar is an Austin staple, with raucous sing-alongs, charismatic performers and two grand pianos facing each other. We have been on our feet all day, walking back to hotel after...

Fort Tryon Medieval Fair, New York

Once a year, New York’s nerds and history buffs descend on Fort Tryon Park for the annual medieval fair. After a dreary, wet week and the promise of a clearer, warmer escape to the outdoors, we...

Cruising the Bayou, Louisiana

Cruising a bayou in Louisiana is something we’d always wanted to experience. The promise of Gators and possibly the chance to see a real raccoon was always an exciting proposition. This will...

Harrah’s Casino, Atlantic City

Harrah’s Atlantic City is the closest casino for New Yorkers looking for that Las Vegas pool party experience. For our first visit, we stay at Harrah’s Atlantic City – a casino a little out of...