Posts in United States

5 Secrets to Exploring Los Angeles on a Budget

Los Angeles: the city of glamour, fame, and fortune. It can be a “hella” fun place to visit — but it can also bottom out your bank account if you aren’t careful. Traveling to Los Angeles? Then take note of these simple hacks to save money in the City of Angels. Some travelers come to LA expecting to spend tons of money on the clubs and clothes, and if that’s your intention for a vacation, fine. Splurge on the high-end restaurants and wax museums and “Star Sightings” buses. Are you a backpacker or… Read More

Weekly Travel Photo: Union Soldiers playing Dixie at Gettysburg

This week’s travel photo comes from Gettysburg Pennsylvania, a place I hadn’t visited since I was in elementary school. After I returned to the US recently, an old friend offered to take me around the battlefield and the historical town and give me an in-depth history lesson. The Battle of Gettysburg, fought between July 1st-3rd of 1863 was one of the largest battles fought of the American Civil War, and a decisive win for the Union army after forcing the Confederates to retreat. Here are modern day re-enactors, donning Civil… Read More

Weekly Photo: Surfing in the fiery sunset in San Diego

  Before my trip to Southeast Asia, I had a chance to spend a few days exploring San Diego. I had been a couple of times before, but usually just for a day or so, or I was staying just outside the city. One night I decided to walk to the beach to catch a sunset, and it was one of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever experienced. The smoldering sun sank deeper into the silver horizon, the slow lapping waves reflecting its last bit of fiery reign for the day. Out… Read More

Amtrak Across America Day 3: Seeing Clearly

Another day on the cold steel road, more lessons. The third day of my Amtrak train adventure across America taught me about life in a timeline, and why you should take advantage of every moment. It was through hazy grey-blue eyes that I felt as though I could travel through most of the history of the United States. Marge, with those time traveling cloud-like eyes which matched the color of her knit sweater, told in her sweet yet lively voice of days long past. Long past and disappearing. She smiled,… Read More

Weekly Photo Mojo: Desolate Beauty in the Salton Sea.

Besides the hungry gulls squawking, an eery silence lays over Bombay Beach. Once a town, floods from the Colorado River submerged the area and only left remnants of a town that once was. The ground is crusted over by salt from the Salton Sea which has a salinity level higher than the entire Pacific Ocean combined. While exploring California before my big trip to Southeast Asia, my friends and I stopped by to walk around. Just desolate beauty remained besides this ghostly shirt that fluttered in the salty breeze. (Many… Read More

Weekly Photo Mojo: A Silver Lake Reflects the Sky in Infinite Symmetry across Oregon.

It was Day 3 of my train adventure across America and my last day on the Empire Builder. We were just entering into Oregon when I woke up and looked out my sleeper car and peeked out the window and saw this. Immediately I grabbed my Canon, racked the shutter speed up to 500, and began snapping photos. The clouds and the sky melted into the horizon becoming one with the mirror lake. The world could be flipped upside down and we’d never know. If you like the photo, share… Read More

Amtrak Train Across America Day 2: Discoveries.

The second day of my Amtrak train adventure across America gave rise to more discovery. Unexpected, one of self belief. The other — forgotten values of America through interactions with people I wouldn’t have spoken to in every day life. I woke in a slight mental haze around 8:00am. Confusion. Bewilderment. Maybe it was just sleeping on a train that did it to me. Or maybe it has been the lack of sleep I’ve had leading up to this trip. One might assume I’d be used to sleeping on trains by… Read More

Weekly Photo Mojo: The Amtrak 19 Crescent Train and a Wild Perspective.

I’ve been raving so much lately about my upcoming 6 day Amtrak trip on the famous Empire Builder train that I thought I’d show a photo from one of my previous trips. Here is the Amtrak 19 Crescent stopped at a station on one of our brief rest breaks during the 26hr journey. I loved this photo because of the perspective, as it seems like the train goes on forever into the distance. If you fancy spreading the inspiration, share the photo below! Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your… Read More

What, Where, Why: 30 Days until My Great American Train Adventure!

Earlier this morning I received a notification from my phone and immediately I got butterflies in my stomach. 30 days until my Amtrak trip across the United States, and 30 days until the beginning of a new adventure. So where am I exactly going? What will I be doing on this trip? Why the train and not flying? No worries, I’m here to fill ya in on all the juicy tidbits of this upcoming trip.   Why the train? First off, let me tell you a little about the train… Read More

Weekly Photo Mojo: New Orleans, it’s in the Clip-Clop of the Horse and Buggy.

One of the normal sights and sounds of New Orleans, especially in the French Quarter, is that of the colorful row houses with wrought-iron railings and the clip-clop of the horse and buggy rides. Yet another reason why this town just has a soul different from the rest of the United States, and yet another reason why it is my favorite city in North America. Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your cortex with retina rupturing and awe-inspiring photos from around the world to help you reach Terminal Vicariosity (The… Read More

Weekly Photo Mojo: From a New Orleans Marching Band Perspective.

A lot of elements combine together to make New Orleans one of my favorite cities I’ve ever been to, but the most prominent has to be the music. At its heart, New Orleans is a place that thumps against your heart with the sound of tubas, raises the hairs on your skin with the song of saxophones, and gets your feet jiving to the tune of trombones. And the most cliché and accurate representation about the New Orleans musical vibes is their marching bands. Every weekend throughout the year, you’ll find… Read More

Weekly Photo Mojo: New Orleans Expressed in One Picture.

New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the United States for many reasons, and a few of them can be summed up by this one photo. As I was wandering the streets, my attention was suddenly drawn to a woman walking down the street. No, it wasn’t because my male instincts were checking her out (I’m sure she is very pretty) but it was the 1950’s style dress she wore. It suddenly felt as though I had time traveled. The French style architecture i the houses that lined… Read More

Great Falls National Park: Best Day Hike Near Washington DC

A fierce white, frothing river cuts through grey, jagged bedrock at thousands of pounds per second. Parallel sits a now docile canal, once built-in hopes of increasing trade and traffic through the region. The thunderous roar of the falls can be heard for miles amongst the green brushed treetops and the lush, fern covered shorelines. When you think of Washington D.C. do you really ever picture this in your head? Not many people do. Most will think of a bustling historic city, the monuments overflowing with selfie taking tourists, and… Read More

Weekly Photo: Sunning Sunrise over a New Orleans Cemetery.

As we creaked out of New Orleans on the Amtrak Crescent train, we happened to stop beside this massive cemetery just as the sun was crawling over the horizon and flooding through these above ground crypts. All I can say is – hauntingly beautiful. Recently I took a trip down to New Orleans for a wedding, and subsequently fell in love with this lively city. I was aching to visit the above ground crypts and vaults that New Orleans is known for, but unfortunately I didn’t have time while I… Read More

Why I am So Damn Excited to be in New Orleans.

Ever since I was a young boy, I have been drawn to New Orleans. There is something about the city that I am pulled towards; a vibrant energy that calls to me every time I see photos of it, or like a siren song calling me when I hear jazz music in the streets blaring out lively tunes. Growing up, it was regular to hear similar tunes blaring out of the old stereo, and I couldn’t go a week without my father calling me downstairs to listen to “House of… Read More

Weekly Photo Mojo: Washington Monument in the Haze.

On a windswept winters day while wandering Washington D.C. I paused to admire the giant obelisk that is one of our most well-known national monuments. The haze was thick enough to blot out the sun, and it looked as if the tree’s skeleton silhouette was grasping it. Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your cortex with retina rupturing and awe-inspiring photos from around the world to help you reach Terminal Vicariosity (The point where the mind reaches maximum capacity from living vicariously through someone else, and chooses to start actually… Read More

Weekly Photo Mojo: Grand Army of the Republic Memorial – D.C.

Recently on a cold January day in Washington D.C. I came across this memorial while wandering the city with my good friend. We had been discussing our upcoming trip to Haiti (more on that to come) when the aged bronze and the stone obelisk caught my eye. A Civil War memorial for the Grand Army of the Republic, a group founded by Dr. Benjamin F. Stephenson in 1866 for veteran Union soldiers after the American civil war ended. The GAR became an advocacy voice for black American’s voting rights and… Read More

Weekly Photo Mojo: Fiery Inaugural Sunrise Over the Capital Building.

On the frigid morning of Monday January 21st, 2013, the sky was set aflame by the rising sun as it climbed over the horizon. It was bone-chilling and all our breath dissipated about in the sky as we shivered and huddled together like Antarctic penguins trying to stay warm. It was a big day, the day United States President Barack Obama would be sworn into office for a second term. As we struggled to keep our spirits high for the occasion, this dazzling sunrise brought a brief, but much-needed sense of… Read More