Why I Don’t Think the Smithsonian Museums are Worth It

When I say worth it, I mean worth the time. Not the money. Because they’re free. That’s one of the things that make them pull in more and more tourists. But if you’re time crunched and stressing out about what you can fit in, don’t try and do everything! Just don’t do the Smithsonian Museums! They may have some awesome stuff! They’re great to visit, especially for kids. But not nearly as great as other things, like the national galleries or the white house. But they bored me. They wasted the one day I had in Washington DC. Sorry if I’m…

Business vs Coach vs Sleeper

If you haven’t already seen it, and before reading this, you should definitely go check out Amtrak’s US Rail Pass. Find super cheap deals to see as much of the country as you can. For me, it was $450 to go to 21 states in 2 weeks. I know. That’s what I thought when I first saw it too. Go find more information on it here or here. To sign up for that US Rail Pass, you also need to know what seat to buy. Coach, Business or Sleeper. Let’s quickly describe all of those here for you: Coach: Reasonably comfortable and the…

Why Terrorism Won’t Stop Me from Traveling (And Shouldn’t Stop You Either)

Here’s some interesting statistics. You are more likely to die from obesity than terrorism. A toddler has a higher chance of killing you than a terrorist. In the past 5 years, you were 4 times more likely to be struck by lightning than killed by a terrorist. 4 times!! Unless you’ve been struck by lightning anytime recently, I don’t think you need to be worried. Of course, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to be aware. In 2016, a total of 25,600 deaths occurred via terrorism worldwide (although 6,700 of them were terrorists that died.) Although it seems like a…

Photo Essay: Modernity

Modernity. Eternity. History. The past syncs with the future. And the future is now. The future is towering skyscrapers, shimmering lights and creative capabilities. It is the capacity to show nothing, or everything, in one photograph. It is the explicit ability to show one thing. Today.   As you know, photo essays are a new thing for me. I have decided to release one photo essay a month. A photo essay consists of one theme, consistent throughout the whole project. 10 photos that display this theme are chosen, and they all go into the essay!   In this case, it…

My Favorite Travel Apps

The best way to find cheap deals, great destinations and awesome ideas is simple: Apps! There are apps for everything now. You can read someone’s blog post, or find hotels the day of. Rent someone’s car, or keep track of where you’ve been in the world! Here are some of the best apps I have ever used on my iPhone to travel the world. Airfare: Airhelp – Simple; Get paid when you’re delayed! It’s the easiest way to get money when your flight is delayed. Jetradar – A good system to find a flight when you know where and when you want…

The 10 Countries I Most Want to Visit

Ready for this? I’m excited about this post. To share with you where I want to go most in the world. What things I want to see. What places I want to go. What experiences I want to have. Do I want to go on a safari in South Africa, or a trek in Greenland? I guess we’ll find out. (Note: None of the photos in here are by me because, obviously, I don’t have pictures from any of these places.) 10. Italy Whether you’re interested in the creative Dolomites or beautiful Mediteranean beaches, Italy is surely for you. Or…

Juggling Travel and School

Some of you (Most of you) probably know that I am only 14 years old. Barely in High School, and yet somehow I manage to travel near and far to take beautiful photos and see beautiful places. That’s because I know how to juggle travel and school. The first main thing is that you can’t be worried about visiting far away places. Sure, when you have time over times like Summer or Winter Break. But when you only have a week off school, or even a 3 day weekend, you can’t be worried about flying to Africa and going on…

Canyonlands vs Arches National Park

Utah has the third most national parks of any state, but has the 13th most land of any state. Utah is filled with 5 national parks. Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches. Canyonlands and Arches National Parks surround the city of Moab. Moab is a very touristy city. Jeep rentals, tours and motels crowd the area, while crazy rock formations surround it. However, you don’t want to waste the time you have in Moab! You want to spend the time you have in the right places. Arches National Park receives 1.5 million visitors annually, while Canyonlands much less,…

Budget Travel for Dummies

Ever tried budget travel? It’s pretty hard. You want to buy clothes, food and experiences. Get your photo taken! Go on a cruise. Hell, even I want to! It’s hard, for sure. It was hard for me to travel across the country on a budget, and yes, we had a few binge days. But check out my blogs in August for the full update on Backpacking across the US on a low budget, or here. Budget travel, unlike common knowledge, doesn’t consist of saying no. It consists of saying YES! Say yes to having fun, on a budget. Say yes to…

Taking Advantage of Weekends to Travel

I think everyone wants to travel, in one way or another. Be free! Explore! That’s what life is about, after all. That’s what some of us live for. Of course, some of us don’t have the option of spending thousands of dollars to fly to international destinations, or go on big fancy cruises. Some of us are weighed down, either financially or by work, school, or family. This is about the some of us. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I am a little bit more lucky than some of you when it comes to what I can fit in a…