Michael Tieso

The Roman Amphitheatre of Arles – Still in Use Today

By Michael Tieso | October 18, 2012

I’d love to have the opportunity to DJ or go to a concert in a 90 AD amphitheatre with 20,000 spectators. The Arles Amphitheatre in Arles, France has plays, concerts, and bullfighting during the summer. When it’s not busy entertaining people, you can tour inside and around the amphitheatre. Sitting in the middle of Arles, the Amphithéâtre d’Arles was first […]

Colorful Girona, Spain

By Michael Tieso | October 17, 2012

I couldn’t have picked a better place to go to for my first stop in Europe. It was colorful, pretty, and peaceful. Girona is located in the northeast of Catalonia, Spain. The main reason for going was for Travel Blog Exchange. If it wasn’t for TBEX, I wouldn’t have planned to go to Europe at all. After […]

Québec City’s New France Festival: Best Cultural Festival in Quebec

By Michael Tieso | August 28, 2012

One of the greatest parts about traveling is learning about different cultures. It’s hard sometimes though. Unless someone explains the significance of everything around me and its history, I can only learn from what I’m observing. That’s why the New France Festival couldn’t have come in a better time. The festival was during the same weekend I was in […]

Puebla, Mexico is Foodie Heaven

By Michael Tieso | August 13, 2012

Mexico alone is foodie heaven but Puebla specifically has dishes I could literally eat several times a day for weeks straight. In Puebla and for many other regions in Mexico, you’ll find dishes that don’t exist elsewhere in the country. They are only unique for that region. Puebla takes it up to the next level though and […]

Top of the Rockies Road Trip

By Michael Tieso | August 1, 2012

115 miles of scenic roads that rarely go below 9,000 feet in altitude. It’s the ultimate road trip outside of Denver, Colorado. Stephanie and I explored some of the highlights Top of the Rockies road has to offer. It’s beautiful. It was an unexpected road trip. We were in Breckenridge with our rental vehicle and we knew we […]

Cotopaxi, Ecuador

How to Deal with Altitude Sickness

By Michael Tieso | July 5, 2012

Being in high altitude feels like being choked to death slowly. I’d walk two blocks or a flight of stairs and it starts to feel like I ran a marathon. You might say I suffer from altitude sickness. Outside of Denver is a small city called Leadville. It’s the highest incorporated city and the second highest incorporated […]

Mexico Ruins: Cantona Archaeological Ruins in Puebla

By Michael Tieso | June 26, 2012

The Cantona Archaeological Ruins in Puebla, Mexico is a Mesoamerican city that, as cliche as it sounds, is off-the-beaten path. It’s rarely talked about in travel books and as the tour guide told me, they only receive two tours a month. Cantona is one of the largest and most urbanized cities in pre-Hispanic Mexico and should be […]

River Rafting in Fiji

By Michael Tieso | May 26, 2012

Before I went to Fiji, I thought of Fiji as mostly a relaxing destination. I imagined chilling out on the beach and kayaking on the calm ocean waters. It definitely has that as well but I found that Fiji is actually so much more than that. In the next couple weeks, I’ll be publishing a […]

Facturas: A Guide To Argentina’s Breakfast Pastries

By Michael Tieso | May 8, 2012

Nearly every other block in Buenos Aires has a panaderia (bakery). The bakers wake up extra early to cook and fully stock up their inventory. It’s an unavoidable smell every morning and it’s great. All the good bakeries have a line and sometimes a number system in the early morning waiting to get the freshest inventory. You’re given a […]

How to Rent an Apartment in Buenos Aires

By Michael Tieso | April 19, 2012

Buenos Aires has one the highest number of hostels than most cities in the world. Dorms go for typically $15 to $25 a night and privates for $20 to $40 a night per person. Since there’s so many hostels, there’s a whole lot of crap. One hostel I stayed in had three 3 story bunk […]

Solo vs Couple Travel in Thailand

By Michael Tieso | March 17, 2012

I’ve been to Thailand twice and for a month each time backpacking throughout the country. The difference was the first time I went I was single and traveling solo. Over a year later I went again but with my girlfriend. The first time I went was during the low season and the second time during […]

A Guide To Driving The Uruguay Coast

By Michael Tieso | March 15, 2012

Not as many backpackers are passing through Uruguay compared to some of the other countries in South America. I’m not sure why either. It’s a small country but has so much to see and do. Renting a car either at a city or outside of the city is a popular tourist activity in Uruguay. There […]