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New York City

New York City

New York City is the largest city in the United States and one of the most culturally and commercially influential cities in the world. New York offers so many things and excels at all of them. Landmarks, food, museums, parks, sports and theater are just a few of the experiences to try. Map of New York City The city is divided into five boroughs (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) with Manhattan being home to the most tourist attractions….

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Do’s and Don’ts of Traveling Economically Part III: Transportation

Do’s and Don’ts of Traveling Economically Part III: Transportation

One question I get asked frequently is how I am able to travel economically . To answer that I have put together a series of posts with some of my go-to strategies for saving money on a trip as well as strategies to avoid. This is Part III, which focuses on transportation such as rental cars, taxis, and public transit (Part I discusses flying and Part II discusses accommodations). Getting around once you have arrived at your destination can sometimes…

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Sydney and Melbourne, Australia

Sydney and Melbourne, Australia

In March 2018 I made my first trip to Australia to visit Sydney and Melbourne. It was a beautiful country and I really enjoyed my visit. The only downside was the 14 hour flight to get there from San Francisco. Scroll below to see some of the highlights from the trip as well as links to my photo albums. Sydney Sydney is located on the eastern coast of Australia and is the largest city in the country. It is perhaps most…

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Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong and Macau

In January 2016, as part of a trip to East Asia I visited Hong Kong and Macau which are Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China. Hong Kong was a British colony until 1997 while Macau was a Portuguese colony until 1999. They each maintain political and economic systems that operate separately from mainland China. The combination of Chinese and Western influences make these very unique regions. scroll below to see some of my favorite places as well…

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Favorites from the Non-Contiguous United States

Favorites from the Non-Contiguous United States

Regions of the United States Southeast | Appalachian Highlands | Mid-Atlantic | New England | Great Lakes | Great Plains | Southwest | Mountain West | Pacific Northwest | California | Non-Contiguous The Non-Contiguous United States includes the states of Alaska and Hawaii which are separated from the remaining 48 states. While both states have some unreal scenery that cannot be seen anywhere else in the country I have narrowed down my favorites. I hope to return at some point to…

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Favorites from California

Favorites from California

Regions of the United States Southeast | Appalachian Highlands | Mid-Atlantic | New England | Great Lakes | Great Plains | Southwest | Mountain West | Pacific Northwest | California | Non-Contiguous The most populated state in the country, California is a popular tourist destination. The relatively consistent weather makes it a desirable place to be at any time of the year. One of my favorite things about California is the variety. Beaches, lakes, mountains, national parks, and more are all within a…

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Favorites from the Pacific Northwest

Favorites from the Pacific Northwest

Regions of the United States Southeast | Appalachian Highlands | Mid-Atlantic | New England | Great Lakes | Great Plains | Southwest | Mountain West | Pacific Northwest | California | Non-Contiguous The Pacific Northwest covers the northern half of the West Coast and includes the states of Oregon and Washington. From the coastline to the Cascade Mountains to rolling wheat fields, there is no shortage of natural beauty. Vibrant cities such as Seattle and Portland are also among the highlights…

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Favorites from the Mountain West

Favorites from the Mountain West

Regions of the United States Southeast | Appalachian Highlands | Mid-Atlantic | New England | Great Lakes | Great Plains | Southwest | Mountain West | Pacific Northwest | California | Non-Contiguous The Mountain West region belongs on the short list of areas in the United States to visit. This is primarily because of the national parks which are among the beautiful in the country. The states included are Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Below are my favorite places in the region along…

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Favorites from the Southwest

Favorites from the Southwest

Regions of the United States Southeast | Appalachian Highlands | Mid-Atlantic | New England | Great Lakes | Great Plains | Southwest | Mountain West | Pacific Northwest | California | Non-Contiguous The Southwest is unique for its distinctive landscapes and mix of various cultural influences. The states in this region are Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. It was difficult narrowing my favorites down for this region and there are some fun cities and natural wonders that did not make the list….

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Favorites from the Great Plains

Favorites from the Great Plains

Regions of the United States Southeast | Appalachian Highlands | Mid-Atlantic | New England | Great Lakes | Great Plains | Southwest | Mountain West | Pacific Northwest | California | Non-Contiguous The Great Plains is generally thought of as fly over country, but there are some real gems that should not be overlooked. Both underrated cities and scenic parks and monuments make up the highlights. The states included are Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Below are my favorite places in the…

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