From the monthly archives:

October 2008

I’m a big fan of installations — high-concept, usually temporary, art displays — the appreciation of which increases the more of yourself you give over to experiencing the piece.
Though I’ve never (gasp!) really been to New York and I can’t imagine myself living in the city, I do have an appreciation for the way [...]

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Until you’ve seen Oktoberfest for yourself, you’re probably not going to believe me when I tell you it’s like the State Fair, minus the animals (butter or otherwise), plus traditional costumes and, obviously, Maß upon Maßloads of beer.
Once you’re there, you’ll wonder why anyone ever thought it was a good idea to mix overconsumption of [...]

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Shoestring reader and friend of the blog James D., currently of the Big Apple, took a trip to Montreal this summer and had the following tips for fellow no-budget travelers:
+ Getting There: if you have time, take the train from NYC. Yes, it is a long ride, but it is a beautiful one, and [...]

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Last week marked the end of the one-month trial period of Montreal’s new public bicycle-sharing program, Bixi.
The system will be up and running for good from mid-April 2009, though those signing up before December 15 will have access to the bikes earlier than the general population in the spring.
Cheapest options for tourists will be either [...]

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For the price of a €10 RyanAir airfare (round-trip), I’m headed to Edinburgh in mid-November (because who doesn’t like traveling when it’s dark and cold?!).
I turn to you again, my wise and fearless readers, for your no-budget travel advice. I’ve got 4.5 days and 5 nights in Scotland, flying in and out of EDI. [...]

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We over on the right side of the Atlantic end daylight savings time (DST) on Sunday, meaning that the time difference between London and New York is currently only 4 hours, between London and Los Angeles 7 hours. The party ends Sunday, when American clocks fall back and the differences increase an hour to standard [...]

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If you’re a Bank of America customer, you’re eligible for free admission to a number of museums across the country on the first full weekend of every month.
Those living in (or often visiting) Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachussetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, [...]

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Spring 2007 I took a daytrip from Bergamo, Italy, (where I was staying) to Lake Como. It was one of those convoluted trips requiring multiple forms of transportation — bus, train, ferry and cable car — to make it even possible. You can’t complain too much, however, when all your connections go off [...]

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This can’t wait till Friday!
Last Thursday was the launch of 2008’s Free Night of Theater, now incorporating over 120 cities across the U.S. You can even see a Broadway show for free! Take yourself and a friend out for a complimentary night of culture by reserving tickets for your area here.
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This week a freebie for our littlest travelers: have the coolest mini suitcase (or diaper bag) on the block with this Elmo luggage tag from Nursery Water! Of course, grown-ups and Sesame Street fans can request one too — no questions asked . . .
Find previous luggage tag freebie offers here.

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