From the monthly archives:

February 2008

The U.S. State Department provides a number of free information services for travelers and citizens living abroad.
+ At the Travel Registration page, you can notify the local embassy of your intended whereabouts. This makes it easier to find you in event of an emergency back home or evacuations due to civil or political unrest [...]

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A three-night trip to Malta, including round-trip airfare, cost me a whopping 50 euros. I’ll show you how after the jump.

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As of June 2008, the world’s airlines will no longer offer paper tickets to their customers as they move exclusively to e-ticketing. It’s probably been years since most readers have flown with a paper ticket, as e-ticketing is long the norm in the U.S. and Western Europe. However, certain airlines, flights to certain [...]

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Houseguests over the past couple of weeks have reminded me of a few of the rules — the give and take — of hosting and being hosted. Today’s post is on the role of the gracious guest.
In the power hierarchy of the guest-host relationship, guests are at the bottom. A gracious host will make [...]

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Welcome to the third 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.
Photographic inspiration for our carnival this week is again thanks to Intelligent Travel. Romel Jacinto [...]

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We’re two months into our 2008 Travel Events calendar, and in case you forgot to note it down, tonight is a total lunar eclipse, visible from Europe, Africa, and the Americas. USA Today translates the times across the U.S. continental time zones. While Americans can wander outside after finishing dinner, Europe and Africa [...]

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Less Than a Shoestring reached 20,000 hits this week, doubling total page views in just one month! I’m so happy you’re reading along and I thank you for your comments, questions and bookmarks.
This feat is in no small part due to the wider coverage the blog has gotten in the last month. Here’s [...]

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Last week’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York left me with two thoughts burning in my mind:
First, OH MI GAWD SOOOOO CUTE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE MOMMY I WANT ONE RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!
I mean, you saw the Best in Show winner Uno, right? WOOK AT HIS WITTLE FACE! I’m not [...]

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Welcome to the third Travel on a Shoestring Carnival for Asia, Oz. Here you’ll find Asian, Australian, New Zealand and Oceania travel tips for those without a lot of money to spend.
Marilyn Terrell of Intelligent Travel sent in the post Walking Taiwan. It features the blog of D.C.-resident Jeff Chen, who spent his Christmas [...]

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U.S. citizens and permanent residents with permanent disabilities are entitled to a lifetime Access Pass to U.S. National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands. The pass grants free admission for the pass holder and passengers at per-vehicle fee areas or the pass holder and 3 other adults at per-person fee areas. When extra amenities [...]

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