The Americas

A guide to renting a car and driving in the US

It’s not just being on the right side of the road while driving in the US that will be tricky, whether you’re moving here or just on holiday. Although, you’ll be surprised how often you get slightly disoriented while making a turn, or walk to the passenger side of a…

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On Halloween and corn mazes

Halloween may have snuck up on me this year, but that doesn’t mean I missed out on the corn mazes. Everywhere you look people are decorating their yards and windows with Jack-o’-Lanterns, witches, brooms and ghosts. Meanwhile I feel like I blinked in August and suddenly it was mid-October. So…

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5 Reasons you need to see a US soccer game

Sports are a huge part of life in the US – be it the NFL, baseball, basketball, hockey or soccer. Getting to a game is on the bucketlist of travellers to the US for good reason. The atmosphere is second to none, you’ve got to try the food, there’s entertainment…

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Visiting Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is stupendous. Now I can rest easy knowing that if you read nothing more, you’ll still know how I feel about Six Flags. For those of you who require slightly more detail than that California surfer dude descriptor, allow me to elaborate. We visited Six Flags…

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5 Experiences in San Jose’s Japantown

San Jose’s Japantown is one of just three in the US. We’ve all been to a Chinatown at least once, but when was the last time you went to, or had even heard of Japantown? All three official Japantowns are nestled in California. Japanese migrants flocked to Los Angeles, San…

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California’s Great America

Summer’s all about beaches, picnics, being outdoors and amusement parks. California’s Great America is one of a few parks that are relatively easy to reach from San Francisco. So we decided to pit two popular amusement parks against each other to see which gives you the best value for money…

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The San Francisco Color Factory

The Color Factory is where you experience all the hues of the rainbow with more than just your eyes. From the first room to the last, you smell colours, taste them, play in them and listen to them. For the spelling aficionados playing along at home, it’s Color Factory by…

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5 Reasons why San Jose is great for family days out

When you’ve got to cater to a group of kids who range in age, it can be tough to plan family days out. You want to entertain all of the children at once, while not being bored out of your skull yourself. That can be a huge ask in some…

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Lizzie Borden and the killer rock-musical

The Borden family axe murders, arguably perpetrated by youngest daughter Lizzie, is so ingrained in American culture that there’s even a children’s rhyme about it. So why not go the whole-hog and turn the grizzly Victorian era killings into a goth-rock musical? Accompanied by a live band cranking out tunes…

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Two days in Yosemite National Park

If you want to get some cute critter sightings out of a camping trip, spending at least two days in Yosemite National Park is a great way to start. I’ve been twice and have so far seen various types of squirrels, chipmunks, deer, and the holy grail of forest creatures…

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