From the monthly archives:

May 2008

Thursday’s post, Saving for Plane Tickets, Part One, broke down airfares to different destinations into a daily, weekly and monthly savings budget. Of course, the most straightforward way to save $3/day is to divert it immediately from your paycheck into a separate account, preferably one earning higher interest and which is difficult for you [...]


U.S. credit card and bank account holders, today is the last day to submit your Currency Conversion Fee Refund Claim.  It’s at least $25 absolutely free if you used a credit card or ATM abroad (or purchased anything in foreign currency) between 1996 and 2006.
This is totally legit and the easiest money you’ll earn (back [...]


Vacationing in the New York or Los Angeles areas? Perhaps a local without air conditioning seeking reprieve from the summer heat? A fun and free activity is to become a member of a live studio audience for one of your favorite talk shows, game shows or sitcoms. (Heck, you never know — [...]


Want to fly overseas in the next year? Here’s a quick calculation of what you’d have to save over the next 12 months to pay for your flights:
$2000+ = plane tickets between U.S. and Australia/New Zealand

At the lower end, this works out to $5.55/day, $38.89/week, $166.67/month.

$1500 = plane tickets between U.S. and Africa, really [...]


Readers are often skeptical at first that I travel as cheaply as I say I do, and the first target of their criticism is usually the cost of my flights. Looking over my budgets, you’ll see that I don’t crack the 30 euro mark on airfare, even when my trip is made up of [...]


Planes, trains and automobiles! We’ve got it all in this week’s news roundup.
Traveling around the UK over a bank holiday weekend can lead to major delays on public transportation, warns Pam Kent of the IHT Globespotters Blog. In a recent post (inspired by tomorrow’s holiday), she notes,
Network Rail, the government body that looks [...]


Anheuser-Busch is offering single free admission to its theme parks for active duty servicemen and -women, Guard members and their families (max. 3 dependents). Offer is valid through the end of 2008.
The parks included are:

SeaWorld Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or Williamsburg
Sesame Place (near Philadelphia)

Adventure Island (Tampa)
Water Country USA (Williamsburg)

Fill [...]

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+ Before you take off on your trip, purge your wallet of all unnecessary cards (library cards, gift cards, Blockbuster, etc.) and leave them at home. Better yet, use a different wallet for your trip and selectively and consciously put items you need (ATM card, credit card, insurance information, driver’s license if you’ll [...]


Less Than a Shoestring will be participating in a live blogging event held today over at Europe a la Carte. Topic is the ever-popular “How to get more from your Euro”; you’ll find advice from a star-studded lineup of budget travel bloggers. You can read more about us here, and even get yourself [...]

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Travel on a Shoestring Carnival. It’s been a good long while since our last carnival, so instead of trying to catch each carnival up individually, we will throw them all together (hopefully resetting the BlogCarnival listings) and hold the very first SUPERCARNIVAL. In this adventure, we’ll circle [...]