Belgian Beer Tours: What’s It Like to Take One and Is It Worth It?

During my PlacePass beer tour of Brussels, my tour guide Simon had no qualms about telling us, a group of Americans, exactly what he thought of American beer. He was the leader of a two and a half hour long beer tasting tour in Brussels, and he was certainly proud of his country’s beer heritage. After being assured that American …

Brooklyn Walking Tour: Impressive Brooklyn Transformations   

Brooklyn paves the the way for all things hip, trendy, and edgy (while staying PC of course). Oftentimes, these new trends involve acts of repurposing, recycling, and reinventing. Think exposed brick and mason jars. After this Brooklyn walking tour, I learned that the borough’s act of repurposing extends further than originally thought. Here are a few times when Brooklyn really …

Your Visit to Liverpool: Understanding Scouse

When you visit Liverpool, you’ll probably notice their accent is rather different from what most people associate with a British accent. The distinct Liverpudlian lilt has confounded and intrigued visitors for decades. In “Scouse,” as the accent is called, “cut” rhymes with “foot,” “nurse” has the same vowel as “square,” and T is often dropped from the end of words. …

The Ultimate Guide to Big Bend National Park

In Big Bend National Park, you’re right in the middle of the desert, where clouds are scarce and the views are unparalleled. You can meander along the roads of Big Bend in your car or four-by-four, but that would be an insult to this beautiful landscape. The Lost Mine Peak hiking trail (4¾ mi. round-trip) takes visitors up 1300 ft. …

Top of the Rock or The Empire State Building?

View from the Top of the Rock.

When visiting New York City, there’s one essential question: Top of the Rock or The Empire State Building? If you can only choose one, my answer is Top of the Rock. But before you quit reading and purchase a skip-the-line Top of the Rock ticket, hear me out. This was a tough decision, but my rationale essentially boiled down to …

Sydney Bridge Climb: A View Unlike Any Other

 On my first day in Sydney, I climbed a hill to watch the sun set over the city. I didn’t know the name of anything yet and the city seemed enormous. With the glow of an orange sky in the background, I remember being able to make out a handful of figures ascending the arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I …

Visit Boston: From Baseball to Beaches

This piece, “Visit Boston” is part of the PlacePass Hometown series, where we feature the hometowns of our employees. Caty from the PlacePass marketing team calls Boston home.  With a strong claim as the birthplace of the United States, Boston has it all. The city and surrounding regions are brimming with fun activities to while away the summer days. Whether you’re in …

Tulips in Amsterdam: Worth the Visit?

If you’re going to Amsterdam, chances are you’ll encounter beautiful fields of colorful tulips. These make this already magical city seem all the more unbelievable. Walking through the beautiful fields of tulips in the Keukenhof Gardens, just outside of Amsterdam, is what one would imagine walking through a rainbow would be like. Now, imagine that every color in the rainbow …