Greetings from Austin, TX! After an amazing 7 weeks in Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica we came back home (using frequent flyer points of course!) on Wednesday. Hanging out with our friends who recently moved to Tamarindo, Costa Rica was a great way to end the trip. And having a free place to stay was of course great too – thanks again Kathleen and Steve!
Taking this extended trip to Latin America has certainly re-whetted our appetites to travel some more in that region of the world. Not only is it beautiful and interesting, but if you pick the right places you can really stretch your travel dollars quite well, especially if you travel in the low or shoulder seasons.
And here are the resources for some of the best travel giveaways, contests and resources of the week:
Help wanted: An “enthusiastic” traveler to fly around the globe for a year, all expenses paid, earning $100,000 in salary for blogging about it – and for volunteering to leave each destination “a little better than when you found it.” That’s how Tom Wilson, chief commercial officer of Jauntaroo, a two-year-old ‘vacation matchmaker’ website, sums up the company’s search for a Chief World Explorer whose mission will be to circle the world and share images, videos, and other content via the site and through social media channels. Aspirants need only to log on to Jauntaroo.com and post a 60-second video of themselves stating why they think they’ll succeed; the deadline is September 15.
Are you familiar with some of the reasons people give for not being able to follow their travel dreams? One of the biggest, of course, is that it’s too expensive. We debunk that myth in our book, where we share all the methods and resources that we use to travel for free, spending no more money than staying at home (and sometimes much less!).
Other excuses are “I don’t have time,” “It’s too dangerous,” “I’m too old,” “I have kids,” or “The resume gap will ruin my career.” Well, our friends over at BootsnAll Indie Travel are here to tell you why you can travel long-term, and debunk those myths.
Traveling around the world can be pricey but many cities offer lots of inexpensive, even free options for the Savvy Explorer. Here is our list of 50 free things to do in cities around the world.
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