Friday Travel Dreaming – 9/27/13

Happy Friday! The last Friday of September before we officially move into fall. It’s still warm here in Central Texas but cooling down a little. Here’s what we’ve got for you this weekend:

Free Museum Day Nationwide

Tomorrow is an awesome day you should know about. It’s Museum Day Live! Put on by the Smithsonian, for the whole day of Saturday, September 28 more than 1,400 museums around the country will be totally free. You must have a ticket, which you can download for free. Tickets are good for two people per household. There’s an interactive map where you can look up participating museums in your area. This is a great deal, whether you are traveling and want something free to do in your destination – or you just want to enjoy a fun, free museum day in your own hometown.

10 Reasons Why Ecuador is a Great Budget Travel Destination

Kissing on the Equator in Ecuador, July 2013

Kissing on the Equator in Ecuador

We recently returned from seven weeks traveling in Latin America, where we started in Ecuador and spent most of the month of July there. We found it a beautiful, diverse, fascinating country with wonderful people and amazing sights. While it might not be as cheap as Central American countries such as El Salvador and Nicaragua, it is certainly a budget destination where you can easily spend less money than you would staying at home – our definition of traveling for free. In this article, Tim Leffel explains why you should put Ecuador on your travel list if you’re not loaded with cash.

Why It’s Not Crazy for Working Professionals to Quit Their Jobs and Travel the World

From our friends at BootsnAll, this article addresses a big topic when it comes to long-term travel. From the “American Dream” which usually includes a pre-supposed life plan consisting of things like get a good job, get married, buy a house, have a lifelong career – there are those of us who’d rather do a little something different with our lives. But not to be worried – taking off to travel the world very rarely hurts a person’s career. Keith took off two years to travel around Asia – and returned to discover that not only had it not hurt him in getting another job, but that potential employers were intrigued and envious of his experience.

If this is a concern of yours as you plan or consider long-term travel, read Adam Seper’s story that tackles some of the most common concerns regarding travel and careers.

How to House-Sit your Way Around the World

You’ve heard about pet–sitting, but what about house–sitting to save money while traveling? Dalene and Peter Heck are one Canadian couple who did just that: four years ago, they sold everything for the sake of travel, and started a website, Hecktic Travels, about how they saved over $30,000 in accommodations costs by house–sitting their way around the world. Learn how they did it!

Luggage Features that Aid Frugal Travel

Skipping checked baggage, and the fees that come with it can be seriously stressful when you’re left juggling all of your belongings through multiple airport connections, bus stops and hotel stairwells. Digging for your cell phone’s backup battery in a bottomless bag filled with everything from clothing to project files while trying to stay on schedule can leaving you feeling like frugal travel is for the birds. Remembering to pack all of the necessary supplies is only part of the picture. This article by our travel writer friend Myscha Theriault shows how choosing luggage with the proper support features will help you put your best budget foot forward.

And this week’s roundups of travel contests and giveaways:

Fiat Urban Surf Party Sweepstakes | Win a Trip for 2 to Hawaii

Enter to win a trip to majestic Iceland

Enter to win a trip for two to Hawaii and swim with turtles

Enter for a Chance to Win a Trip to the British Virgin Islands

Win a trip to the Super Bowl!

Win a trip to Australia from Air New Zealand

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About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."
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