On my budget trip to Las Vegas last year, I decided to (mostly) stay away from the strip. Instead of spending time in the chaotic center of Vegas, I stayed in Downtown Las Vegas.
Downtown Vegas will change the way you see the city. While there’s still a lot of focus on nightlife, entertainment, and partying, it’s not quite as wild as it is on the strip. You’ll find a lot of local businesses and cool little places to hang out. There’s also a lot of art and creative energy going on downtown.
This quick guide to Downtown Las Vegas will show you some of my favorite places. It’s a simple itinerary for a day spent downtown. I recommend staying downtown on your trip to Vegas, but you can also just hop on the bus from the strip to try out some of this stuff.
I’m doing something a little bit different today. I usually only post about places I’ve been, but this is going to be a post about places I want to go. More specifically, a list of the U.S. National Parks I most want to visit.
Eventually, I’d love to visit all 59 of the official national parks in the U.S., but there are a few that are calling to me more strongly than the others. I’m lucky enough to have visited a handful in the past, and I’m already planning to visit some more this year. However, the ones on this list will take a little bit more planning on my part.
As of this writing, my absolute favorite national park is Grand Teton National Park. It has a strong hold on my heart for many reasons—something I may write about in the future. Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon are probably the most famous national parks I’ve been to, and they are both pretty spectacular. I’ve been to parks out in the desert, and lots of parks up in the mountains.
Of all the beautiful and interesting U.S. national parks out there, these are the top ten parks I most want to visit.
The little seaside town of Oamaru, New Zealand isn’t on the main traveler trail. A lot of people would never think to stop here, but those who do are probably here to see the Victorian architecture or the penguins.
Whatever your reason for visiting Oamaru, you’re going to need a place to stay. If you’re a budget traveler like I am, your first instinct will be to search for hostels. There are a few options in Oamaru, but I personally was not impressed with most of them.
I did, however, really love Oamaru Backpackers. It is better described as a flashpackers, rather than a typical hostel. I only stayed here one night, but I was very happy with my experience.
There are many ways to get around New Zealand: by car, by bus, by plane, by ferry—even by bike or by foot! But if you want the best views of this mountainous country, the best option is to travel New Zealand by train.
From the moment I arrived in the country, I knew I wanted to travel New Zealand by train. I’ve had a fascination with train travel for a while, but before New Zealand, I had never actually done it. I made my away around the North Island by bus, but once I hit the South Island, I was determined to start riding the rails. However, I ran into a few road blocks at first.
One of the first things I look for when I visit a new city is the local gardens. Maybe there’s a big botanic garden; maybe there are decorative gardens set alongside an historic home; or maybe it’s just a small park with cool flowers. But whatever it is, if plants are involved, I want to go.
You won’t be surprised by this if you read my blog regularly. I LOVE botanic gardens because there’s just something magical about plants and flowers. They’re pretty and they’re visually-inspiring. I like colors and design. Fun fact: I once considered studying horticulture and floral design.
That little background is just my long-winded way to introduce you to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
New Zealand’s Capital City is a fun and creative hub for both tourists and locals. Wellington is filled with cool stuff, like huge museums, beautiful parks, extensive walking trails, interesting art, and a million other things. As if that weren’t enough, a lot of this cool stuff is free!
Yes, that’s right. There are tons of free things to do in Wellington. Whether you’re into food, music, art, history, plants, beer, nature, exercise, sun, animals, politics…literally anything you’re into, there’s probably a free activity focused on it in Wellington.
All of the free things to do in Wellington is part of what makes it such a great city for travelers. You could spend days—an entire week—hanging out in Wellington just doing free activities and attractions.
Here are 19 of the best free things to do in Wellington!