Travel on a Shoestring Carnival: Americas #8

February 18, 2013

in Caribbean, Carnivals, Cheap Activities, Free Stuff, Museums, Photos, Travel, USA

Welcome to the eighth Travel on a Shoestring Carnival for the Americas. Here you’ll find North American, Central American and Caribbean travel tips for those without a lot of money to spend.

Speaking of the Caribbean, have you followed this horror story of the Triumph cruise gone awry?  Apparently the passengers couldn’t catch a break, even once they were rescued:  following their cruise ship disaster, their charter bus to the airport broke down, then their charted flight had technical problems and was also delayed.  As noted in the article, the only thing that can get you through such a serious string of bad travel juju is keeping a sense of humor about the situation.

The first article reports that passengers were not only being refunded their fares, but given equal credit toward a future cruise.  After such an experience, would that entice you back on board?  Could anything?

Onto happier thoughts …

Photo inspiration for this week’s carnival comes courtesy of Andrew Crusoe of Byteful Travel.

In his post A Stunning Hiking Tour into Red Rock Canyon, NV, Andrew describes his adventure through the trails of gorgeous rock formations at Red Rock Canyon, just outside of Las Vegas.

It’s absolutely no wonder then that Dani Blanchette has Red Rock Canyon on her list of Free Things To Do In Vegas Guide 1 and Guide 2 posted at Going Nomadic, right?

Zhu from Correr Es Mi Destino is back again this week with Ten Things That Surprised Me in New York City.  She writes, “One of the rea­sons it took us so long to pay NYC a visit is that, like most major world cities, it has a rep­u­ta­tion for being expen­sive. This is true to a cer­tain extent, but there are many ways to enjoy NYC on a budget.”

Zhu mentions saving money by visiting the MoMA for free Friday nights, but readers should note that’s just one of many free entries to museums and cultural institutions across the U.S. made possible by Target sponsorship.  You can find more about this, including participating organizations near you, in my post, Friday Freebie:  Target Free Museum Days.

On this same theme, Spencer Spellman at EuroCheapo Blog has the scoop on San Francisco:  Calendar of Free Museum Days.

We close up this week’s carnival with some advice from William at at Card Guys Blog. In his post Don’t sunburn your credit card, he explains how to economically protect oneself while giving into the post-holiday urge to follow the sun.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Travel on a Shoestring: Americas using our carnival submission form. Check out previous editions of this and other Shoestring carnivals here.

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