The D Vegas Hotel and Casino

Because it’s not the Las Vegas Strip. “Le duh Spence,” you may be saying to yourself. But hear me out. Why do people come to Vegas? For the nightlife, the gambling, the food, the shows, and the novelty of the Las Vegas Strip that is unrivaled? But it’s exactly those reasons that many people don’t like Las Vegas. “There’s no culture.” “Everything is so expensive.” “It’s so touristy.”

43, 44, 45, 46. No, I’m not counting how many days in a row it has been raining in Seattle, but rather how many states I’ve visited. While I grew up within a family that advocated the importance of domestic travel, Hawaii has always been one of those elusive, fantasy-like destinations to me, similar to Rivendell. Since I saw 95% of the U.S. by the time I graduated high school, you would’ve thought that Hawaii would’ve been one of the first U.S. states I visited, especially with how…

Funny how the things we seem to need the most — those things that seem to complete and make us the happiest, are often the first to be eliminated from our lives. When I briefly studied physical education in college, it came at a time when many states were cutting down on physical education classes, all the while the obesity rates and instances of illnesses due to poor health maintenance were sky-rocketing. This was the first thing that came to my mind recently when I heard that Washington…

I don’t consider it a broad-sweeping statement that everyone has their “non-negotiables”. Maybe you only drink domestic beer, shop at boutique stores, or date bearded men. I would imagine that your non-negotiables carry over to the realm of travel. While my list of travel non-negotiables has evolved over the years, there is one that to this day I won’t budge on. My non-negotiable is that of using a local tour guide. I’ve never booked one online or before I’ve taken a trip. I’ve always gotten to the destination,…

As I wrote about a couple months ago in What the Price is Right and Plinko Taught Me About Travel, there is typically no rhyme or reason to the destinations I choose to travel to. At any given moment, I may have my mind on 10 different destinations, but there’s always that one destination that always rises to the top. This winter it’s been Central America, spending most of my time in Costa Rica, but also visiting Nicaragua. After a short visit back to the states this spring,…

If you know anything about me, than you probably know that Black Friday isn’t exactly my favorite day of the year. I typically do anything and everything to revolt against the day, including but not limited to: sleeping in, not showering until later in the day, and not spending a penny. It’s my own “opt-out” day. To celebrate Black Friday this year I decided to do a giveaway, so that you can have a chance at an early holiday gift, while not having to move from your comfy…