We love Atlanta, and when it comes to sharing our city with others I get even more excited. Atlanta was featured in a new series about traveling on a budget.
George Goes Everywhere will debut on Million Stories, the free financial literacy entertainment channel. Hosted by television writer and YouTube personality George Igoe, the weekly digital series offers inexpensive travel tips in top US cities with a daily budget of only $100!
George dives into local culture and history as he tours cities’ hidden gems, from old subway stops and Naval ships to puppet museums and corn mazes. His 12-city tour kicked off in New York City, where George visits Papaya King, Queens Museum, Old City Hall Subway Station, and takes a class in breakdancing. Upcoming city adventures include Savannah, Boston, Atlanta, Nashville, and beyond!
A New Jersey native, Igoe has worked for shows such as Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, and was a writer on CBS’s Mike & Molly. No stranger to the world of affordable travel, he developed Rich Travel / Poor Travel, a show where he traveled first class with frequent flyer miles, then explored the destination city on a micro-budget.
Interview with Georgia Igoe about his Atlanta episode
When you were doing your research about visiting and experiencing Atlanta, what were some of the resources and websites that you used to plan your trip?
Atlas Obscura is a tremendous resource for finding different and more “off the beaten path” type things. Beyond that, I try to look deeper than the first page of Google or Tripadvisor results. The deeper you dig, the more you’ll find.
In a previous interview, you listed Atlanta as being “Creative,” I’d love to know what made you describe us like this?
Well, it starts with Tiny Doors ATL, which is such a fun and creative concept that’s sprinkled throughout the city. But many other places also included a flourish of creativity… the walls of Homegrown Georgia were covered in art from local artists, the Botanical Gardens had incredible hedge sculptures, and the Center for Puppetry Arts is a world-class destination for an art form that’s been around for hundreds of years.
I had a good laugh at your first tasting and revelations about grits. It’s such a staple here in the South. What did you think about our ground corn product!? Would you have them again?
Definitely! I haven’t spent as much time in the South as I’d like, so my Southern food knowledge is a bit lacking, but I really enjoyed grits. I’ve had them again since and will have them again soon!
Aside from the tasting room at the World of Coca-Cola, what was something that you learned about the brand?
I don’t think I realized just how much of a pop-culture force it’s been throughout the years. With the iconic logo and colors, it seems like everywhere I turned, I saw something that I recognized from my youth.
Were that any places you found during your research that you wanted to visit but didn’t have the time or additional funds to visit?
I’m a huge baseball fan and would have loved to see a Braves game while in town, but unfortunately, the schedule and cost weren’t on my side. I guess I’ll just have to make another trip back.
In addition to George Goes Everywhere, the free streaming platform Million Stories offers a diverse slate of series centering around financial literacy, including Adulting with Richard Sherman, where the San Francisco 49er’s captain coaches young people through ‘adult’ financial decisions. From paying off student loans, creating a budget, or starting an emergency fund, Sherman breaks down his tips and strategies for financial success. Faceplant shares the personal stories from people who discover the value of failure in pursuit of their dreams. A variety of people are profiled including YouTube personality GloZell, Academy Award Winner Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), and two-time Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva.
The Singleton Foundation, which powers Million Stories, is a non-profit organization that has launched the digital media platform dedicated to educating & encouraging Millennials and Gen Z with regard to financial literacy and entrepreneurship through binge-able short-form video content. Million Stories harnesses the power of entertainment and storytelling to make money matters easy, inspiring, and manageable. The channel aims to provide millennials the financial skills and entrepreneurial mindset to face finance challenges through free extensive, easy-to-use learning resources.