We’ve only been living in Austin for three weeks, but I’m already nostalgic for Boston — especially our old neighborhood right on the Cambridge/Somerville line, just between Harvard, Union, Inman and Porter squares.
For any kid who grew up sitting in Cape Cod summer traffic, shouting “Bridge!” ahead of your siblings at the first sighting just to stay sane (while you suspect your parents of going suicidal from road rage any minute), the new Cape Flyer train service see
Although I’m not from Orange County (aka “The OC”, the area of Southern California running from Los Angeles to San Diego), I’m proud to call it home. It’s the perfect combo of diverse, Mediterranean-like culture, landscape, and climate. The people, the scenery, the homes, the sunsets. It’s all prettier in Orange County. Trust me.
More than one million Australians are currently living abroad, and believe it or not, Shoestring has hundreds of ties to the land Down Under — including one resident Aussie on staff.
Friends’ tales of backpacking through Bali, spending weekends in the Hamptons, or wintering in St. Kitts are enviably enticing, though they might be fewer and farther between these days as everyone opts for staycations over vacations.
Shoestring loves a good party — especially a good theme party. Call it a staycation soiree if you must, but a good theme party, incorporating the food and feeling of a faraway time or place, is a great way to leave the worries of the world behind without leaving the comforts of home (or the confines of your budget).
No money to travel South this year? Me either. Luckily for urbanites it’s possible to experience the culture, cuisine, and aperitifs of other countries without even leaving city limits.
We’re barraged daily with a new lexicon of words to describe recession resourcefulness, but whether you call it a staycation