From the monthly archives:

March 2008

Happy Monday! Lots of news and updates since my last roundup post.
First, Europe changed their clocks on Sunday — I meant to blog about this before any of you could have missed your flights, buses, cruises, trains, breakfasts, what have you . . . Due to a U.S. law passed in 2005, neither [...]


Welcome to the fourth 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. Follow us inside . . .

Since I very nearly headed to Morocco instead of Spain [...]


Here’s a freebie I’ve been sitting on for awhile:
The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle offers free boat rides every Sunday from 2-3 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made in person only at the Center’s front desk.
Also Sundays, starting at 1 p.m., visitors are invited to work on a 37-foot log [...]


U.S. Divers is offering a free luggage tag here. Enter your email address and another page will open; you can uncheck “subscribe” on the left side of the screen if you are not interested in receiving their newsletter.
Previous luggage tag freebie offers:

2 tags free from TripAdvisor
Leather tag free from Cutter & Buck

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Per yesterday’s post, I’m off in April for my first trip to Spain and have tied in time in gateway country England as well. That’ll be 4.5 days in London, .5 days passing through Valladolid to Madrid (unless someone argues I should spend more time there), 4 days in Madrid, 3.5 days in Barcelona, [...]


If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, I’ll let you in on today’s activity: RyanAir is advertising another of their “no taxes, no fees, no charges” sales. Included are flights for the month of April only. Tickets must be purchased by midnight tonight. The good news: despite the booking engine [...]


. . . on St. Patrick’s Day. Put on a little green, have yourself a corned beef and drink a pint of Guinness. Or better yet, sit down this evening with a big bowl of popcorn and watch The Fugitive. (Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks of that movie on [...]


Welcome to the fourth 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.
Photographic inspiration this week is courtesy of Karen Castle. Her image of Niall David Begley’s Swaanen is from the annual Sculpture by the Sea [...]


Attention flashpackers! IBM and Microsoft/Novell are giving away USB flash drives. More than handy for transferring files or downloading travel photos, you can smartly use your portable storage to save a copy of your passport’s first page, your emergency contact sheet, or extra passport-sized photos safely until needed.

IBM: 512MB (solar) key, comes loaded [...]


While passing through the “Czech Republic,” I picked up a flier (similar to this one) targeted at German tourists on breweries in the Plzen region. (If you’re a beer drinker, you are certainly familiar with the anglicized name of their traditional beer, pilsener.) While the vast majority of beer consumed is today produced [...]