Our family rarely takes vacations, and even then, just to visit family, or at best, to a nearby lake. But big leaps forward in our careers have us thinking it's time to finally treat ourselves. We're thinking of taking the kid to Vegas for Christmas and rolling out, if not all the stops, many more than we've customarily been able/willing to afford. Give us tips for Vegas in general, Vegas for families, Vegas at the holidays, and small and medium things we can do to feel like high rollers. [more inside]
I escaped a long-term abusive marriage homeless with a lot of hermit like attributes. It's been about three years of clawing and crawling out of that hole, and while I'm not completely out, I do have an apartment, job, friends, and enough money to feed me and my kid three squares a day. That deserves a celebration and I'm determined that I'm going to spend a long weekend with my best friend in London in December as a combo birthday/holiday gift to myself. I want to see Hyde Park done up for the holidays, do a Jack the Ripper tour, eat in a pub, and visit a museum [more inside]
We decided to not worry about the in-laws this year and booked a last-minute Christmas trip to New Orleans instead. So where do we eat on Christmas? [more inside]
I need to figure out a delightful holiday gift for my travelling brother (and perhaps his girlfriend as well). Help me earn Awesome Big Sister Points! [more inside]
flying solo, two-week christmas adventure, 2014... but where? [more inside]
What is the best city in Western Europe in which to spend Christmas? My spouse and I have decided to spend Christmas and New Year's in Europe! We will be going to Athens for New Year's Eve, but we aren't sure where we should spend Christmas, and the days leading up to it. [more inside]
I will be in Paris for a week and some change between Christmas and New Years. I've been before so I know all the standard tourist spots- but I know the holiday season will mess up openings and closings so I'm interested in fun, interesting things and places ...that will be open. Ideally looking for performances, music, English-language theater, etc. I'll be traveling with a classical musician with a fondness for opera, so looking for things along those lines. Any seasonally specific events or things I shouldn't miss?
My brother and I would like to give my parents a large chunk of cash this Christmas with the intent that they use it to travel. How do we do this most effectively? [more inside]
I'm interested in passing Christmas (24/25 December) somewhere that does not celebrate Christmas at that time. The shops and monuments should be open, the people should be doing their thing, and life should be going on more-or-less as normal. For a number of reasons, I'm particularly interested in doing this in a place that celebrates the Orthodox Christmas (6/7 January). Have any of you spent the holiday season in such a country? Which one? What was going on during the 24/25 Dec? Would you recommend visiting? I'm also curious to hear about your New Year's experiences in those places, but it is less important. (If you have a really awesome idea in another region I'll hear you out for the sake of others who may have a similar question.)
Looking for Parisian hotels in Monmartre or in central Paris with US-quality wifi or Internet access during the Christmas season. No wifi tokens or credits or anything like that, looking for flat fee wifi within guest rooms for at least one device. That the hotel be nice to stay at is a plus.
I’m currently based in Andalucía, Spain, teaching English for the school year, and am planning to visit neighboring France during Christmas vacation. France fascinates me and will be the first country I visit outside of Spain during my time in Europe, but to be honest: I know nothing. I have approximately 13 days to spend in the country, I would like to see Paris and a few other sites in the northwest, and I will probably enter the country on the Mediterranean coast (from Spain) and leave via the Basque Country (to return to Spain). What should I see? [more inside]
Skipping Christmas, International Travel Edition: Where should we go?? [more inside]
Where to travel for Xmas/New Year's in Europe? [more inside]
Help my wife and I pick a vacation/honeymoon destination for the Christmas Holiday. [more inside]
Help me plan an awesome Christmas vacation to Berlin! [more inside]
I'm looking for the best time to book a flight from NYC to Honolulu for Christmas -- I'm afraid I've already missed the best deals and wonder if I should snatch up the next decent fare or wait for something better. [Of course, special snowflake details inside.] [more inside]
Travel in northern europe over Christmas: insane, or eminently reasonable with minor hiccups? [more inside]
Is there a way to tactfully ask my mother to host Christmas this year? [more inside]
Best time and any hacks for buying Christmas-time flights from the UK to New Zealand? [more inside]
What should a lone traveler do to celebrate Christmas in a strange city? (in this case, Christchurch, New Zealand?) [more inside]
A friend, a student, is stuck in London over Christmas: no family or close friends to hang out with over the day itself etc. What could he do, by himself, to make it all warm and fuzzy. Anything from travel (if that becomes possible in the next few days) to stuff to do around London that he wouldn't otherwise get around to.
I'd like to travel around Germany for a few days before ending up in Berlin on 28th December for New Year's. Assuming I can actually leave the UK and get to Germany does anyone have suggestions for places to go, things to see; someone recommended Christmas markets to me?
I need to get from Bedford to Solihull near Birmingham, UK, on Christmas Day, ideally via public transport. I have no idea if this is possible but it's looking like it might not be. Help! [more inside]
europe, winter, december -- two students looking for recs for somewhere to spend christmas eve (and several days before that). [more inside]
I WANT TO GET HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!!! [more inside]
Spending Xmas alone in Athens: help me make the most of my impromptu holiday. Antiquities, contemporary art, laid back cafes, beautiful scenery, itinerary, etc. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for things to do in London. Asking on behalf of a colleague, who is visiting from America for a week over Christmas. [more inside]
Children and Christmas in NYC - where are all the good windows? Where should we eat dinner? And what else should we check out? [more inside]
Which towns in the Mid-Atlantic and New England have good Victorian Christmas celebrations in November / December? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I would like to bring some traditional Austin or Texas foods to Louisiana for his family to try over the holidays. Basically, we're looking for tasty treats that will withstand 8 hours in the car (we're bringing a cooler, so cold stuff is fine). So far we've thought of sausage from Lockhart and Bee Butter from the Bee Cave Honey Company. We need some more/better ideas!
I just decided to take a winter vacation to Switzerland for the week before Christmas with my friend. I have never been to Switzerland (or outside North America for that matter) and I was wondering if anyone had been to Switzerland and had suggestions about what to do/where to go? I am up for anything! [more inside]
How do I give an airline ticket as a Christmas gift? [more inside]
Where's a warm, sunny, beach-y, relatively inexpensive place for my family to visit over Christmas? [more inside]
I need a good, creative Christmas gift idea for my dad. He's really into travel by air and rail--not the vehicles themselves so much, but their schedules, the logic behind putting a particular model on a particular flight, etc. [more inside]
Where do we go to see neighborhood Christmas lights in Mobile, AL and metro Atlanta? [more inside]
My partner and I would like to go away over Christmas week. Is this a lost cause at this point? How about LGBT-friendly bed and breakfasts driving-distance from DC? [more inside]
RelationshipFilter: How do my wife and I solve the Christmas family dilemma? Specifically, I'm looking for advice and suggestions on how we decide which family to visit each year. Of course, it's more complicated than that... [more inside]
When will the UK passenger rail service, particularly journeys on Virgin Cross Country via Birmingam New Street, be quietest: Thursday evening or Friday morning? I'm getting the train home for Christmas from Oxford to Sheffield, and am keen to avoid the annual ordeal of fighting for seats and sitting on the floor outside the toilets.
We would like to hear from you if you spent Christmas in Spain in the past. Are there things to do during Christmas Day? Is everything closed? [more inside]
We are going to be on Malta for the last 5 days of December and are looking for specific suggestions of unique things to do, explore, special places to eat, nightlife etc.
Anyone have a recommendation great European destinations for last minute late december travel for two Bay Area 30-somethings? Someplace that isn't totally overrun with Christmas or ski tourists, but where all the restaurants and museums aren't closed for the season? [more inside]
Christmas in Hawaii? [more inside]
My best friend, who lives about 300 miles away from me, and I had made plans to get together for Christmas, along with our other best friend, for whom I paid 600 bucks to fly out here so we all could be together. Now 300-mile away best friend has e-mailed me with a weak excuse and cancelled his visit here. I know he's not adjusting well to his new home, and seems to be isolating himself from everyone, including me. I'm hurt and angry. How best to address this situation?
If you could spend the Christmas holidays anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why? [mi] [more inside]
Where should I go for my birthday? [mi] [more inside]
Going home to Manila for Christmas, and Mom just emailed, asking me to bring along an entire fricking leg of Virginia Ham. I've checked the State Dept site and the US Embassy in Manila for regulations on bringing in food, but I'm running into dead links. Plus, I'm flying Emirates, with an overnight layover in Dubai. The ham should fit in my bags, well within the weight allowance, but is it safe and legal?