Travel on a Shoestring Carnival: South America, Africa, Middle East #4

March 31, 2008

in Africa, Carnivals, Ecuador, Middle East, South America, Travel, Web Tips

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 . . .

Moroccan door

Since I very nearly headed to Morocco instead of Spain on RyanAir’s latest no taxes-no fees sale, I was interested in reading more about a potential future destination. All roads pointed to Maryam of My Marrakesh, whose blog provides this week’s photographic inspiration.

Everywhere I hope to go, it seems, National Geographic has already been. This month’s featured destination was Marrakesh, with Mary Beth LaRue highlighting various forms of media to get you in the mood for your own Moroccan adventure. I was happy to see Chris Christensen of the Amateur Traveler’s podcast on Marrakesh as one of the chosen offerings.

National Geographic Traveler also offers an online Africa travel planner. Their advice for saving money is a good read for budget-minded travelers. Body in Motion offers up 10 Things You Should Know Before Coming to Africa, with tried and tested traveler truisms such as carry your own toilet paper and “Be prepared to spend most of your time waiting for a bus/your lunch/your bill/a meeting/change.”

Those looking for more reads on Africa generally might check out the irregularly updated Beautiful Africa Carnival site.

If you’ve thought about taking a service-oriented trip abroad, try Catherine Pearson at Intelligent Travel’s post on her Voluntour of Duty with Habitat for Humanity in Mozambique.

Of Laura Milligan’s Lost and Found: 12 Ancient Cities Rediscovered, three are in this carnival’s region. Find out which destinations she recommends at Travelhacker.

South American fliers might be happy to know that a low-cost carrier (the newest project by JetBlue’s founder) may be coming to Brazil. Read further details at Budget Travel’s This Just In.

Wrapping up this week, Heather of Heather on her Travels is after my winter-chilled heart with her post Warm baths and waterfalls in Ecuador. She adds, “Where in the world would you be asked, when checking into your hotel, whether you’d like a view of the garden or of the waterfall? Explore the Ecuadorian holiday town of Banos where the warm baths are fed by the thermal springs from an active volcano and cooled by the freezing waterfalls that cascade down the cliffs that surround the town.” That reminds me . . . gotta pack my swimsuit!

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. Readers, encourage your favorite regional bloggers to submit posts for next month! Our next carnival will be posted April 5, when we return to Europe. You can submit your posts for that carnival here.

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1 Marilyn Terrell 03.31.08 at 4:08 am

Thanks for the great roundup! I was intrigued by Laura Milligan’s “Lost and Found: 12 Ancient Cities Rediscovered.” It made me think of the grand city of Fatepur Sikri, built by Mughal emperor Akbar the Great in the 1570s to rival London in an arid, unpopulated region of Uttar Pradesh, India. Now it’s a ghost town, but the beautiful abandoned buildings are still standing. Here’s a cool excerpt about it from the History Channel:
http://3quarksdaily.blogs.com/3quarksdaily/2008/03/eo-wilson-says.html

2 chris2x 03.31.08 at 6:58 am

cool… thanks for including the Amateur Traveler.

3 maryam in marrakesh 03.31.08 at 8:58 am

Thanks so much for including My Marrakesh! And I am a fan of Mary Beth and Heather already!

4 Heather Cowper 03.31.08 at 3:29 pm

Many thanks for including me in the carnival – as always, there are lots of treats to enjoy here. Some old favourites and some interesting stuff that’s new to me.

5 Marilyn Terrell 03.31.08 at 9:35 pm

Oops! I left the wrong link for Fatehpur Sikri. I meant to link to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHMfc4eo1io
And thanks for highlighting Intelligent Travel!

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