Hi,
 
    Here's a short sample from our new book, "EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL ON A SHOESTRING." Enjoy these sample freebies, links, and tips from two frugal moms who love to travel.
 
 
    If you them helpful, please send this to travel and education-minded folks. When you do, please share the entire letter.
 
 
    Happy trails,
       Judith and Melissa
       http://www.eaglesnesthome.com/
       http://www.DreamsOnAShoestring.com
 
P.S. If you want to see a fresh copy (without any forwarding
marks >>>>), you can find one by clicking here:
http://www.eaglesnesthome.com/tips.htm  
Once there, you can click on "share with a friend."
 
 
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* * 14 TIPS, FREEBIES & FAVORITE WEB SITES * *
 
        o n       E D U C A T I O N A L    T R A V E L
 
                              for frugal families
 
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CONTENTS
 
A,   5 freebies
B.   4 tips
C.   5 Web sites
D.   How to order our books
E.   How to contact us and order our free ezines
 
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A.     5 FREEBIES
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1.  CALL FOR A FREE
    DIRECTORY OF SCENIC BYWAYS
 
   Receive a map of the America's Byways, including photos and descriptions of each scenic byway from the Federal Highway Administration. You can call or order from their Web site.
 
(800) 4- BYWAYS
http://www.Byways.org
 
 
2.  SNAG A FREE AFRICAN-AMERICAN
    HERITAGE DIRECTORY
 
    For a free copy of the African-American Heritage Directory, stop at any
Howard Johnson hotel or motel world-wide. If you do not have easy access to
a Howard Johnson hotel (not the restaurant), you can request a directory by mail by including a a
 self-addressed stamped long (business-size #10) envelope.
 
http://www.hojo.com
“Free African-American Heritage Directory”
Howard Johnson International
1 Sylvan Way
Parsippany, NJ 07050
 
 
3.  REQUEST A FREE SAMPLE OF
    "THE CIVIL WAR NEWS"
 
    Call or write if you are interested in subscribing and want to see
a sample issue.
 
(800) 777-1862
"The Civil War News" 
234 Monarch Hill Rd.
Tunbridge, VT 05077
http://www.CivilWarNews.com
 
 
4.  RECEIVE A FREE SAMPLE OF 
     “CONSUMER REPORTS TRAVEL LETTER”
 
   The newsletter reviews genuine travel deals and alerts you to scams to avoid. For a free sample copy of "Consumer Reports Travel Letter," call or write their office or ask at your public library. 
 
 
Consumer Reports 
101 Truman Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10703
(914)378-2000
http://www.consumerreports.org/Services/travel.html
 
 
5. WRITE FOR A FREE SUBSCRIPTION
    TO A TRAVEL NEWSLETTER 
 
    For a free subscription to "Planet Talk," a quarterly print
newsletter, write or call Lonely Planet Publications, which started out “Down Under,” but now has a US branch. This is not just a free sample—the subscription is free! The newsletter contains information about the publisher's products, but the majority of the
 
publication is about exotic destinations and cultures. You can also
subscribe to their monthly electronic newsletter, "Comet." Check out their
"shoestring" book series. 
 
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden St.
Oakland CA 94607
(800) 275-8555.
http://lonelyplanet.com/comet
 
 
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B.          4 TIPS
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6.  EARN "JUNIOR RANGERS" BADGES
 
    Ask at National Parks and Bureau of Land Management campgrounds about
the Junior Ranger program. For a few dollars (or in some cases, for free),
your child can participate in a nature activity to help learn about the
area you are visiting--anything from spiders in the desert to snow in the
mountains (including the loan of the snowshoes). Your child can earn a badge
or certificate.
 
http://www.nps.gov/learn/juniorranger.htm 
 
7.  PACK A FIELD GUIDE
 
    Bring a cloud identification book if you are flying, or a shell book if
you visit the seashore. The Audubon Society alone publishes over 100
different guides, and there are many others. For people of a certain age (particularly, say, eight-year-old boys), identifying bird droppings is fascinating, and guess what? There's a guide for that, too ("What Bird Did That?" by Peter 
Hansard). Check your library
or bookstore or buy on-line.
 
Try Christian Books at: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/category?category=great_deals&event=AFF&p=1011714 
 
8.  EXPLORE THE NIGHT SKIES
 
    If you have a camera with a telephoto lens and tripod, you can use it as
a telescope. If the moon is out, you can see its craters. If not, the stars
will shine more brightly and clearly. If you visit an area with lower light
pollution, the stars will be much more brilliant than at home. To learn your
way around the sky, read "Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars" by David
Chandler.
 
 
9.  FAMILY VOLUNTEERING ON VACATION
 
    You can call Family Matters, a program of The Points of Light Foundation, toll-free. Enter the zip code of your destination and you will be connected to a family-friendly volunteer center closest to that zip code.
 
 
Try these on-line sites to find volunteer opportunities for meeting new friends and learning from new experiences. Remember, though, you can volunteer without a "program." Simply help someone wherever you go.
 
 
--Family Matters: 
1-(800) VOLUNTEER
http://www.pointsoflight.org
--Volunteer Match:
http://www.VolunteerMatch.org
--Idealist:
http://www.Idealist.org
 
 
 
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C.      5 FAVORITE WEBSITES
                      for family
               educational travel
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10.  FAMILY TRAVEL FORUM
 
    A membership site for frugal family travelers guided by the motto, "Have Kids, Still Travel!" 
 
http://www.FamilyTravelForum.com
 
11.  SPECIAL INTEREST CLUBS
 
    Visit a club on your route. ABCentral lists special-interest clubs and organizations worldwide. 
Click on "societies" and then on any topic imaginable to find local, national, or international groups.
 
http://www.my-edu2.com
 
 
12.  FAMILIES ON THE ROAD
 
    For RV families (and wannabes) who travel full-time or take extended trips. Includes a free active discussion list which includes people who homeschool on the road.
 
 
http://FamiliesOnTheRoad.com
 
 
13.  FESTIVALS
 
    Find festivals and events by country, state, city, or type of festival.
 
http://Festivals.com .
 
 
14.  LAST MINUTE AIRFARES FROM THE AIRPORT NEAREST YOU
 
    Sign up with the airport you use (or more than one), and receive a list of all low fares departing from there each week.
 
 
http://www.SmarterLiving.com (click on "Free Newsletters")
 
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D.          TO   O R D E R   
          O U R   B O O K S
         or our downloadable 
              Resource Guide
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There are many more freebies, tips, helpful organizations and book titles,
and Internet resources in our book, "Educational Travel On a Shoestring,"
and our first book, "Homeschooling On a Shoestring."
 
Click to order Educational Travel On a Shoestring, http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1011714&item_no=882045, or buy it at your local bookstores. 
Click here to order your copy of Homeschooling On a Shoestring, Homeschooling On a Shoestring 
 
Do you hate to type hyperlinks? 
Get your copy of our downloadable Resource Guide for Educational Travel on a Shoestring. 

 

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ABOUT OUR BOOK
 
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  --George Grant
    author of "Just Visiting."
 
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E.       V I S I T    U S
       or subscribe to our
         FREE EZINES
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MELISSA L. MORGAN
   An Eagle's Nest Homeschool
   http://www.eaglesnesthome.com
Melissa’s Blog and E-Letter
http://eaglesnesthome.blogspot.com/ 
 
JUDITH WAITE ALLEE
   Dreams On a Shoestring
   http://www.DreamsOnaShoestring.com
 
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   http://www.DreamsOnAShoestring.com/freebee.html
 
   H A P P Y    T R A I L S!
 
      Judith and Melissa
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