I have never been as scared to travel to a country as I was to go to India. I read every single horror story I could get my hands on before leaving–I read about acid attacks, rapes, muggings, hotel break-ins–whatever I could find, I consumed. I hate how I feed into things like that, but I absolutely do. While I never believe an entire country is the sum total of what its horrible people do, I still like to be informed. And in this case, I’m glad I did. It totally worked in my favor because I ended up having one of the best experiences of my entire life!
With over 200 museums in the district, it is easy to understand why Washington, D.C. is the best museum city in the world! No matter where you stay in Washington, at least one museum is nearby! But with so many museums, how do you know which ones to visit? If you are working with a limited amount of time and a fixed budget, here are four museums to give you a well-rounded experience and make you want to come back for even more.
Boston is one of the best cities in the United States. It boasts awesome historical significance, features some of the best attractions, and has delicious foods to suit everyone’s tastes. And if you stay at a hotel in the heart of the city, it makes getting around this small town a breeze (even on foot)!
If you’re a US history buff, Boston’s the perfect place for you–it was founded by Puritans; the Boston Tea Party became the catalyst for the American Revolution; and anti-slavery movements happened here during the Civil War. There’s plenty of history to be found, but with only a couple of days, here are two of the best options.
When you think of Montreal, food probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind. It’s probably not even the second, but it should be! Montreal is a great place for foodies to explore French-Canadian fare, eat at a local institution, and visit some haute patisseries. And if you’re staying at an Old Montreal hotel, most of these things are within walking distance!
First thing’s first: local favorites! You can’t visit Montreal and not eat the following things or visit the following places.
If you’re a first-time visitor to San Antonio, you might be overwhelmed by how much there is to see and do in the second largest city in Texas! And if you’re only spending a long weekend there, it’s imperative to maximize your time so you can see and do the best things the city has to offer. To start, choose a San Antonio hotel in a central location so you’ll be close to everything. Next, pick a few (or all) of the following things to get a good overview of the city!
When you think of Las Vegas, lots of images flash in front of your eyes: neon signs, grandiose hotel interiors, beautiful women, free drinks at casinos, but the thing that probably remains static is the dollar-sign symbol. Las Vegas can be an expensive destination, but it doesn’t have to be. There are cheaper accommodation choices that will still allow you to be in the hustle and bustle of everything the city has to offer. And there are lots of free and inexpensive things to do so you don’t have to break the bank! Here are just a few ideas to help ensure you make it home with at least a few dollars left in your wallet.
“There is nothing like a train journey for reflection, and the passage from Casablanca to Marrakech is one of the most inspiring I know. Movement has a magical effect on the mind. It stimulates the eyes, distracts them, allowing real thought to take hold. I stared out the window at a landscape changing by slow degree from urban to farmland, and then again, to a desert panorama–baked terra-cotta red.” — Tahir Shah, In Arabian Nights
My journey to Marrakech was a bit of a different route, but much the same experience–eight hours rocking away on a train, watching the landscapes change and feeling myself change from my time in Morocco.
My six-seater first-class car gained and lost a lot of people along the route, giving me time to watch how local people interacted: a wealthy couple in their late-20s–the man looking like he didn’t want to relinquish any control to his wife, but the woman was fiery and feisty and not ready to let him have the last word; an older couple who seemed so sweet and as if they loved each other so deeply that they’d drop anything to care for the other; and finally, my favorite–the old man.
Probably my biggest regret in past travels was never giving myself some time to relax. Nobody really tells you how exhausting long-term and fast travel can be–you think you can keep going on this adrenaline rush, and maybe you can for a little while, but then you just sort of bottom out. And it’s miserable.
With several months of full-time travel, where I hopped between cities and countries every five or so days, I found myself getting burnt out quickly. And what that boiled down to for me was falling into little mini-depressions. I was so tired and so jaded that there were days when I truly did not even want to get out of bed. Here I was on this once-in-a-lifetime trip, exhausted and bemoaning my enviable lot in life. Knowing that only made it worse–that I was sad and tired but that many people would have killed to have been doing what I was doing and to have been where I was.