Welcome to the first Travel on a Shoestring Carnival for South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Here you’ll find South American, African, and Middle Eastern (and Antarctic!) travel tips for those without a lot of money to spend.
Pick of the carnival goes to AJ Block and his post 30 Things To Do When Visiting Santiago, Chile at Santiago Tourist. AJ writes, “Santiago has so many sights and activities worth seeing and doing that it’s hard to limit the recommendations to only 30 items.” His post is chock full of insider information (like request your Chilean sushi without cream cheese — who knew?) any visitor should find useful.
Intelligent Travel is back this week with the post Peruvian Knitting Quest. Jeannette Kimmel‘s post highlights an avid knitter whose penchant for textiles took her off the beaten path in Peru, where she witnessed her hobby as an essential element of daily life for native weavers. Letting your hobby be your guide is an unconventional way to plan what will ultimately amount to a rewarding and personalized trip.
Maria Fernandez encourages you to learn just 100 words before your trip in her post How to Enjoy Traveling Abroad. Her Learn a Foreign Language blog gives tips on and reviews of language learning resources of all kinds.
If you’re still traveling with checked luggage, read Joshua Seth‘s post on How to Pack for Your Next Trip Without Checking Any Luggage posted at Joshua Seth Blog. To his list I would add pajamas and I would disagree with purchasing toiletries and socks in every city you visit — but the point that we simply pack too much for most trips is well taken. (How many unnecessary books do *you* tote along?)
If you’d like to see your post on budget travel in South America, Africa or the Middle East in this carnival, submit using the online form found here. Our next carnival will be posted January 5, when we return to Europe. You can submit your posts for that carnival here.