Roulette Travel Guide: The Ultimate Off-Season Oregon Road Trip

The Pacific Northwest, specifically Oregon, is a wonderland of lush forests, towering redwoods, megalith and driftwood lined beaches, gushing waterfalls - and much more. But - with the incredible sights, come incredible crowds. Many places in Oregon are as busy…

Building “Big Jenny” – the $7,500 Shuttle Bus Tiny Home

Lets get a few things out of the way, before the pictures become a little misleading - as of now, Big Jenny the Shuttle Bus Tiny Home is living a stationary life in Upstate New York. While she technically is…

Roulette Travel Review: Glamping at an Old Zoo Near the Catskill Mountains

"Glamping" is a recent phenomenon that has brought together some of the luxuries of a hotel stay, with the natural setting and simplicity of camping. I had only ever experienced this one other time through Fancy Camps at a music…

Is AWD (All-Wheel Drive) a Necessity for Winters in the Northeast?

To save you some time - and money - the short answer is NOPE! But, you might need snow tires. There are pros and cons to each type of vehicle, and after living through winters with both a front-wheel drive…

Upstate New York – the Budget Friendly Alternative to a Winter Trip Out West

When many think of where to plan their winter trip, the popular destinations out west usually come to mind - Aspen, Lake Tahoe, Jackson Hole, Park City, etc. However, with this popularity, there also comes the high price - these…

How to Reduce (or even Eliminate) the Pesky AirBnB Cleaning Fees

We've all had it happen - you find a perfect spot to stay, and it looks like its right in your budget. Then, when going to confirm your reservation - you see that astronomical cleaning fee. Okay, so in reality…

Roulette Travel Guide: Getting to, thru (and outta) Cuba

For a long time, U.S. Citizens couldn't go to Cuba due to the longstanding embargo until changes were made that finally opened travel again in 2014. I feel fortunate to have made it to Cuba before more changes to our…

How to Avoid the Minimum Spend on Rewards Credit Cards

You often see those ads for '50,000 bonus points' on a credit card, only to find out that it comes with the caveat of spending upwards of $3,000 in the first few months of having the card. For some people,…

Should You Be Worried About Black Bears when Hiking in New York?

One of the most frequently asked questions that I get when taking clients hiking in the Catskills is "will we see bears?!" And I usually give them the same answer - technically, we could, but statistically (for me at least),…

“Through the Looking Glass” Phone Pics

If you like these types of pictures, and are wondering how to take them, keep reading.  While driving through the Adirondack Mountains, I stumbled upon the field that you see in the first picture.  I had recently bought one of…