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Things to do in Las Vegas

This is a guest post by Amber Kingsley. If you’re planning on travelling to the USA, Las Vegas is definitely a place you won’t want to miss. Not only is there an unbelievable amount of entertainment and nightlife to enjoy, there is also a great deal of history and natural beauty both in the city and in the surrounding area. Even if it is not the only place you visit in the United States, it definitely... read more

How we got a $2,500 trip to Bermuda for free + Book Giveaway

During the last 2 years I’ve been trying out a lot of things and took on quite a few projects to explore different opportunities. One of these side projects is Travel Hacking and if you’re a loyal reader of this blog, you probably remember me writing about it before. After reading the Frequent Flyer Master eBook* from Chris Guillebeau I started out to give this a try and just recently treated... read more

430 Million Unused Vacation Days

Yesterday morning  I read an article in our local newspaper why so many Americans don’t use their vacation days. So let me try to paraphrase it in my own words. You’ve probably heard already that U.S. workers do not take a lot of vacation days during the year, mainly due to the fact that they don’t get a lot. There’s no mandatory amount of paid days off, that companies have to... read more

Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

This is a guest post by Flora Cox. America is definitely top-notch when it comes to offering tourists both local and international with various holiday get away and tourist destination sites at affordable and low prices. Vacation places here come at a wide range and enjoyable delicacies in some of the best restaurants at reasonable prices. Yellowstone This natural attraction site has numerous hiking as... read more

The Best and Worst in American Traffic

Different country, different rules. Traffic is no exception. Here’s my take on some traffic rules and observations that I’ve made in the last 9 years. Let’s start with… The Best in American Traffic U-Turns The fact that U-Turns are so common in the U.S. makes traffic a lot easier. You missed to take a turn a second ago? No problem! Just drive to the next intersection and make a... read more

5 Tips to Avoid Looking Like an Idiot

Being new to a country comes with a lot of challenges and you always want to do as best as you can to fit right in without looking like an idiot. There are a lot of situations that you’re not familiar with at first and that you would manage totally different in your own country. Here are 5 tips on very common situation and how to master them. Gas Pump “not working” When I travelled... read more

5 Must See Historical Monuments in the United States

This is a guest post by Flora Cox. Every nation has a history and United States is no exception. Although its history may not be as rich as that of china or England it has numerous historical sites that honour the American history and heritage. These landmarks portrays America’s rich history from the early day’s right into modern times. People interested in visiting and explore these monuments have an... read more

3 Places to See in NYC That Are Not in Your Tourist Guide

This is a guest post from Christina Loiacono. New York City is one of the most traveled-to and written-about cities in the world. Visitors come to see the tall buildings, gaze at the bright lights, and walk down Broadway. After being a resident for nearly five years, I can confirm that New York really is everything all the tourist guides say it is. It’s colorful, energetic, charming, and the amount of... read more

Interview with Chris Guillebeau

I’ve interviewed only expats from countries other than the U.S. so far in my blog. Time to switch it up a little and do an interview with an American for a change. Someone who has lots of experience with other cultures and can compare it to America first hand. I believe there’s no better choice than Chris Guillebeau for this interview, because he has literally seen every single country on this... read more

What You Should Know About Speeding Tickets

Germans like me who are used to the Autobahn probably have the hardest time on America’s interstates with its strict speed limits of anywhere between 60 mph to 85 mph. In fact, 85 mph is only allowed on a 41-mile segment somewhere in Texas. A few other parts of Texas as well as the whole state of Utah set the speed limit to 80 mph. With everybody usually being in a rush to get from A to B, traffic... read more

5 Fun Ski Towns to Visit in the U.S.

Ski season is here, and that means a wide array of both elegant and quirky ski towns to visit throughout the U.S. For skiers who are passionate about great powder and a charming atmosphere, there are many mountains to explore. Here are some favorite American mountain towns that will play the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable ski trip this winter. 1. Steamboat Springs, Colorado Colorado is home to some... read more

USA and England Through the Eyes of a German Expat

For most of my life I lived only 500 miles away from England, but never visited until recently. I guess now, that I live 4,000 miles away, in America, made England a more desirable destination, so my wife and I recently made a 4-day trip to London. The fun thing as expats living in an English speaking country is to experience another English speaking country and to find out about the differences.... read more

Q&A: Sales Taxes, Driving Automatic and Speeding Tickets

How much is the sales tax and why does it vary so much? Sales tax varies from state to state and can be under 1%, but also 10% or higher in some areas. It’s been administered on the state level and food is usually a lot lower than other goods. States determine a base rate and the individual counties in that state can then add even more on top of that. Charlotte, NC for example is in Mecklenburg... read more

Q&A: Open Container Laws, HOV and the $2 Bill

Why is drinking alcohol in public prohibited? In order to avoid public intoxication or even worse, being drunk behind the steering wheel, America has Open Container Laws that can slightly vary from state to state. In the majority of US states this law prohibits posession and/or consumption of open alcohol containers in public places like on the street or in a park. However, most states adhere to that law... read more

How to Become a Frequent Flyer Millionaire

Dividend miles programs have been out there for many years and even though I signed up and used Lufthansa’s frequent flyer program in the past, I never really paid closer attention to how you could take this system to the next level. I knew that I can earn miles with every flight and then hopefully redeem my earned miles after a few years for a free flight, if the miles have not expired by then. One... read more

Christmas in October – Santa’s Land in Cherokee, NC

What if I told you that you can take care of your annual Christmas family picture during the year without having to stand in line? You can even wear shorts and flip flops. Well, Americans wear flip flops all year long, but let’s just say you can dress lightly and get to chat with Santa himself in his own living room. You’re in Santa’s Land in North Carolina. Located in Cherokee – the... read more

21 Tips for First Time Cruisers

Final part of my 3-part Cruise Vacation series. You did it! You finally decided on your first cruise and even convinced your partner, friend or family to join you. It better be good, because this could be your one and only shot to get them on board for more cruise adventures. To make this an enjoyable vacation for all of you, read on for some helpful things that you may or may not know about. Prep Work... read more

Royal Caribbean vs. Carnival

Part 2 of my 3-part Cruise Vacation series. I didn’t have any desire of taking a cruise for years. My wife however kept mentioning it, so one year I finally gave in and I just loved it. Up until now we took a total of 3 cruises and I’m sure there will be more. However, there are some important differences between all the cruise lines. Up until the time I’m writing this, we tried out... read more

What Cruise Line Should I Choose?

Part 1 of my 3-part Cruise Vacation series. One of the most popular vacation getaways in the United States are cruises. You see multiple different places within a short period of time and it’s great for family get togethers or family vacations. Cruises are very inexpensive for the level of service and entertainment that you get, and it’s pretty much all inclusive except for drinks, souvenirs... read more

Be Smart on Your Road Trip Adventure

Oh, how much fun it is to be on a road trip in the USA. And it’s so easy and stress free. Seeing lots of world famous places, living out of the suitcase and staying wherever and whenever you want. These used to be my favorite kind of trips when I was younger, and they still are. You just get a ton of impressions and thousands of great pictures in a short amount of time. My vehicle of choice for... read more