Welcome to the third 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. We have an eclectic mix of posts this week, so let’s get right to it.
Winner in the “I Can’t Believe They Blogged About This” category is Jessica Hupp and her post Top 10 Competitive Eating Contests posted at Travelhacker. I must say there is something so . . . American about making eating competitive, focusing on quantity (and speed) over quality. And yet, probably because there’s so much money at stake, an entire industry has blossomed around this idea. You can read more about the big names in (I swear I am not making this up) gurgitating at the Major League Eating homepage, and get one competitive eater’s take on FAQs about the sport here. Find other upcoming eating events on this page.
Best deal of the month goes to Jamie at Go San Diego Card Blog, saying, “February is Museum Month in San Diego, where Macy’s is offering a free pass to get 50% off all museum ticket prices for the whole month.”
Best no-budget find for February goes to Alex Robertson Textor at Spendthrift Shoestring. His Nassau Layover Suggestion on where to score good food at the airport illustrates why no-budget travelers in doubt always ask (or follow) the locals.
Rookie of the week award goes to Matt Caldwell‘s post We’re Not in Kansas Anymore…but why? at his brand-new blog Life, Analyzed… We’re looking forward to more thoughtful posts from Matt on travel in the future.
Looking for a Big Apple splurge on a little budget? Sarah of SARAHSPY recommends the Best NYC brunch spots — my picks. My favorite thought from the post: “Does that restaurant you can’t afford for dinner offer brunch?” Priceless.
For travelers headed to Eureka Springs, Arkansas (believe it or not, I found myself there in 2007), Sheila Scarborough at Family Travel: See The World With Your Kids has a budget spa idea with Photo of the Week: 1901 spa therapy still used today. Don’t worry — I’m sure you can squeeze it in after the antiquing . . .
Not sure how to get there? Lana Burris touts her favorite U.S. low-cost carrier in The Feel Good Airline: 11 Reasons to Fly Southwest posted at Happiness Quotient Headquarters.
Finally, in a piece of advice I’ve been known to throw around, Raymond presents Join and Participate In Hotel Rewards Programs To Earn Free Hotel Stays posted at Money Blue Book. What’s great about this post is it has many of the sign-up pages in one place, for easy reference.
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.