One Fancy-Ass Tea at the Burj Al Arab Skyview Bar

How is it possible that I came away from a tea thinking “that was worth the $200 price tag?” This post isn’t so much about the Skyview Bar tea as it is of the entire experience visiting the Burj Al Arab in Dubai and it isn’t so much a thoughtful review as it is an expression of my emotional attachment to this hotel. If you’re interested in visiting, you can send an email to the…

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What it’s like to go to the largest hot air balloon festival in the world

2 out of 5 hot mess tinis Fiesta-ing and hot air ballooning in Albuquerque I’ve been putting off writing about my experience at last year’s Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, not because it wasn’t a great experience, but because it was just so…so…. wholesome. Writing about it feels “off brand.” Even though I hot-messed hard for my first trip to Albuquerque losing the rental car key immediately after arriving, it was – in the end -…

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You can see SO MUCH roadtripping in Arizona for two days

2 out of 5 hot mess tinis Two days. A billion cool places. Arizona is the tits. So you landed in Phoenix for a road trip… Let’s do this in two days – Phoenix > Grand Canyon > Jerome > Sedona > Page > and back Land in Phoenix If you have extra time in Phoenix, I have a whole ‘nother blog coming for you with things to do there. But to start, you might…

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What to do once, never, and every time in NashVegas

One time in Nashville I handed a street hot dog vendor a $20 and said “give me as many hot dogs as this will buy me.” She was unsurprised by that request. I love Nashville because it’s the kind of place where you can order half a dozen hot dogs and everyone lets you be yourself. Many a friend have asked for my NashVegas recommendations and at this point, I feel I’ve fine-tuned my recommendations…

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Make Knoxville your favorite city in 24 hours

In Austin chatting with a local, the guy told me his favorite city in the US was Knoxville. I was confused because – Knoxville? Especially hearing this in Austin – a city everyone seems to love — I found this quite surprising. I had never been to Knoxville. I wondered, “is it really ‘favorite city’ material”? One day I realized I could get there for $90. I booked the flight, then started googling “What do people even do in…

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