Welcome to the first Travel on a Shoestring Carnival for the Americas. Here you’ll find North American, Central American and Caribbean travel tips for those without a lot of money to spend.
For a first-time carnival, we had a great turn out this week! My top three picks are:
Mrs. Micah‘s guest post save money on your trip to DC: prudent financial planning posted at plonkee money. The Mrs. outlines your public transportation options, free and inexpensive sightseeing choices, and tips for eating out frugally in the U.S. capital.
Shannon Bullard presents Shannnon’s Weekend in Seattle at Go Seattle Travel Blog. Shannon and her companion spent less than $300 each for 5 days in the Emerald City, easily besting the budget of NYT’s “frugal traveler” (and she’s not afraid to share a bathroom either, bless her heart!).
Susan, with her post Hit the Open Road With a Free Car and Tank of Gas at The Innovative Traveler. She challenges, “Why spend more than you have to on travel this holiday season? Hit the open road with a free car and a free tank of gas.” This is not the first time I’ve read about car-driving services on a travel blog — though I have yet to read anything from someone who’s actually done it. Anyone experienced out there care to comment?
Taking a flight with young children is stressful for everyone involved. Debbie Dubrow has written 10 Tips for a Smooth Travel Day with Kids, posted at Family Hack. Debbie adds, “A little advance preparation and having a few tricks up your sleeve won’t guarantee perfect behavior, but it sure helps!” You will also find these tricks useful for road trips or even long waits at the doctor’s office.
Finally, ideas for inexpensive activities (for two) can be found in Jesse Moran‘s post 5 “Cheap” Date Ideas to Keep Your Date and Money Happy at CompGifts – The Frugal Way of Living.
Thanks to everyone for participating. Submit your blog article (or encourage your favorite travel bloggers to submit) to the next edition of Travel on a Shoestring: Americas using the carnival submission form. Next week this time we travel to Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. You can still submit your posts to that carnival till Wednesday.