Michael Tieso

The Winter Guide to Kemi, Finland

By Michael Tieso | March 21, 2013

Located in the southwest of the Lapland region is a town of just 22,000 called Kemi. Compared to what I’m usually use to, this is a town but for Finland it’s more of a city. It takes only about an hour by plane to get here from Helsinki. Tourism is big in Kemi and especially […]

East Coast Busses: Megabus VS Boltbus VS Greyhound- Which is better?

By Michael Tieso | March 19, 2013

One of the cheapest ways to get around on the east coast of the US is by traveling by bus. We travel often between New York and Washington DC either to see family, friends or attend events. It’s convenient, they leave often, and they’re cheap. Megabus and Boltbus are two of the most popular budget-friendly East Coast […]

What to Pack for Finland in Winter

By Michael Tieso | March 17, 2013

Lapland region in Finland was the furthest north I had ever been. It was also the first time I had flown to a destination purposely for the winter activities. Since I don’t usually travel to places that go below zero degrees, I had very few clothes or gear that would prepare me for Finland. So […]

What It’s Like to Sleep in a Snow Castle

By Michael Tieso | February 27, 2013

I was snugged inside my sleeping bag sweating from my neck down but my face was freezing. I reached for my ski-mask and slept with my face covered and a tiny opening where I can stick my head out from the sleeping bag. I was sleeping inside a SnowCastle at -5 degrees Celsius / 23 degrees Fahrenheit […]

Dog-Sledding with Husky’s in Finland

By Michael Tieso | February 24, 2013

One of my favorite dogs in the world are the Siberian Husky’s. I love their soft big fur, how intelligent they are, and their bright and interesting eyes. I love when one of their eyes has a icy-blue color and the other is an amber color. I like when sometimes they’ll howl rather than bark. They’re just so darn […]

The SnowCastle of Kemi, Finland

By Michael Tieso | February 22, 2013

One of the most popular attractions in Kemi, Finland during the winter is the SnowCastle. Each year the SnowCastle is completely rebuilt with a different theme during the winter only lasting from January to April. The construction starts in December and takes about five weeks to build with over 50 people building the snowcastle. This […]

The Process of Getting Italian Citizenship

By Michael Tieso | February 4, 2013

I’ve been in the process of getting my Italian citizenship since the summer of 2011. The Italian consulate in Philadelphia had a wait of a year and a half for the next appointment. During that time, I had to gather all the necessary paperwork to recognize myself as an Italian citizen. Sometimes I say I’m applying to become an Italian but […]

When is it Cheaper to Purchase a EuRail Pass?

By Michael Tieso | January 4, 2013

This was a fairly difficult article to put together because there were so many conditions. I hope this helps you decide whether a EuRail pass is right for you. Purchasing Single Tickets Prices fluctuate according to when you purchase them. The more in advanced your purchase your ticket, the cheaper the ticket will be. If you’re […]

Fiji on a Budget

By Michael Tieso | December 26, 2012

5-star resorts, private beaches, cocktails, and fancy meals is what many people think when they think of Fiji. It’s hard to believe that Fiji can be affordable when you look at the pictures. The truth is though that Fiji on a budget IS possible even for backpackers. What’s great is that Fiji recognizes backpackers as an […]

Bula Bula Fiji – Video of our trip through Fiji

By Michael Tieso | November 26, 2012

Hard to imagine that six months ago, we were in Fiji. We basically had our honeymoon before we were even engaged. It’s a trip that we’ll never forget. We still talk about our trip pretty often even months later. Here’s a short video of our trip through Fiji. Enjoy! Our trip through Fiji was sponsored by […]

What To Tell Your Family and Friends When You’re Leaving for Travel

By Michael Tieso | November 20, 2012

It was the summer of 2008 when I told my family and friends that I was considering to quit my job and travel around the world. It didn’t go so well the first time. This is what happened. I was working in a nice comfy job making an okay living for myself. I had a […]

10 Cities Great For Walking Around

By Michael Tieso | November 16, 2012

I love cities that are easy to walk around in. I like it when everything is close, the buildings are colorful, transportation is easy, and there’s a good selection of food. Those are the best cities for walking around. Here’s a few cities that I’ve visited over the years that I loved for walking around: New […]