We would like to go to Havana on the person-to-person license, which one does not have to apply for anymore. Apparently you just have to have a self-made itinerary that you can show to the US when coming home. We want to go cheaply, flying independently on one of the new flights from NYC to Havana, and staying at an Air BnB while we are in Havana. [more inside]
Sometimes, in an attempt to facilitate connections, I want a way to reach out to American expats in particular places (this week: South Korea and France). Where should I look? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I are considering a short trip (up to 1 week) to Thailand in January. Help me pick the perfect location for us. [more inside]
Experienced road trippers, what do you do about eating? Especially lunch? [more inside]
Previous travel plans fell through, but I have money set aside and time off from work. Help me brainstorm? Must be March, 2 weeks max. I'm attracted to places with a variety of history, culture, scenery, wildlife, friendly (or at least not hostile to tourists) people. Not interested in shopping, nightlife. [more inside]
My partner is working in Brampton, Ontario next week. He needs to plan how to best travel to Toronto from there. Is there an easy way to do this on public transportation? Or is Uber or taxi his best bet? Any advice would be appteciated. [more inside]
How can we provide the best experience for my (age 5 & 6) children as we travel Central and South America for 7 months? [more inside]
How can I drive most of the way from Boston to New York, park, and then take commuter rail (or similar) into Manhattan? [more inside]
Where can I go on such short notice? [more inside]
I need to get from Sarasota to West Palm Beach. All the major airlines have crazy routes like JFK to Sarasota to JFK to West Palm Beach. Even the bus had an all day travel time. It looks like with a car rental it'd be 3.5 hours, but I let my DL expire. Are there private car services that's make the trip? Like how there's dedicated NYC to the hamptons options? Or anything that's not crazy to get me across the state?
I need to travel from Los Angeles, CA to Yverdon, Switzerland. Nonstop flights aren't available from LAX to Geneva, but are available to Zurich. So, is it better to fly into Zurich and take a 2 hour train, or connect somewhere, fly into Geneva and take a 1 hour train? A local is telling me to make a connection, but a flight connection anywhere in the world, including the US, seems worse than an extra hour in the train.
Hey MeFi! I have travel coming up in January to Iron Mountain, Michigan. I am a special snowflake while traveling and thus somewhat nervous about smaller cities, and this seems to be the smallest that work has ever sent me to by a lot. Please help me enjoy Iron Mountain! Details below the fold. [more inside]
Four people going away for Xmas to a beautiful but remote cottage. How do I approach planning, cooking and splitting food bills? I like cooking, lists and being ORGANISED!! but three of us like to cook, so I don't want to trample over everyone else and get exhausted cooking. I also don't want it to be a mess or end up with not enough. Has anyone else here dealt with a similar group holiday meal/food planning situation? [more inside]
For the first time, we're taking the Christmas show on the road, including two young kids. How do we handle gifts? [more inside]
I am going to an April wedding at the Marriott Courtyard in Carolina, Puerto Rico. I can stay at the hotel if that's the best option, but I did see some neat-looking Airbnbs that are in the walkable area of the hotel. How safe is this area of Puerto Rico? [more inside]
I will be driving from Austin, Texas to Columbia, Missouri to visit family next month. My two children, 10 and 12, will be with me and I'd like to break up the 12-ish hour trip with an interesting stop along the way. What's good? [more inside]
My American father just retired and wants to do more international travel—what are some inspiring books about traveling abroad to less-common tourist destinations? [more inside]
Wondering if anyone had any ideas/recommendations for a warm destination to go over New Year's? [more inside]
We need to decide on our June honeymoon location, but can't seem to make a decision. Help! [more inside]
What is a useful, minimal gift for a first-time European-traveling couple from the US? [more inside]
What are your favorite cool spots/stops around the world that aren't super popular tourist traps? [more inside]
As a 50th birthday present to my self, I am going to be spending six months in the US and Europe. My plan is for it not to be too hectic so I will be based in a couple of cities for a month or so (probably plan mini trips from there). I am going to be alone. How do I avoid becoming lonely? [more inside]
My parents are planning a trip to Vietnam this winter. They're both in their 70s. My dad has not traveled outside the country since his time in the Army, and my mom has never traveled internationally. Neither of them fly much, and my mom did not fly at all until maybe 10 years ago. This is a trip that has been discussed for decades and apparently may actually happen at last. [more inside]
Hi there, I live in NYC and I am driving to homeland (Knoxville, Tennessee) for Thanksgiving. I am leaving on Monday and I need to drop off the car in Knoxville at noon on Wednesday. Along the way I’d love to check out some nature and small-ish towns. Any ideas for pit stops between New York and Knoxville? I’m all ears!
My wife, my parents and I will be taking a 6-day trip to Buenos Aires in late November. What should we not miss? [more inside]
My brother and his partner are traveling to San Jose del Cabo Mexico and are trying to secure a car rental for the trip. They have done some research online and have found a cheap fare on Travelocity through Budget Car Rental, but it's not at the airport. We are trying to get a sense of whether: A) The price might be too good to be true (ie. hidden fees etc...) the fee is stated as $75 for two weeks which seems ridiculous to me. B) Is it safe to be renting anywhere outside of an airport. Does anyone have experience with car rentals in or around this area and could offer some advice or suggestion.
Asking for a friend! Time-sensitive question! On the way up for this 4-hour flight, I suddenly noticed that my left ear hurts when burping or hiccuping (also when I try to pop my ears via the Valsalva manuever, which I haven't successfully done.) Any idea what's going on? Is this going to put me at risk of big-time pain when we descend, and if so, is there any way to minimize/avoid that? I've got a couple hours before we start descending... [more inside]
Looking for a relaxing, drinks and snacks by the pool resort since we can't go on a Caribbean cruise. Ideas? [more inside]
I'm a bit of a career jumble... but to be honest, I like it that way, and I'm looking to brainstorm ways to keep the ball rolling. So far, I've got experience in Outdoor Education, Tour Guiding, Non-profits, and politics. I can move anywhere and I like something intellectually challenging and with people, and have been entertaining the idea of moving back in a more non-profit or activism direction. I am, however, nervous to give up my seasonal life and current travel habits. Open to all and any ideas, the crazier the better. [more inside]
Seeking comfort and beauty. Can you recommend beautiful spots to visit in California? I'm looking for excessively, stunningly beautiful places. Bonus points if they are peaceful. [more inside]
I want to connect to my home network, video and voice chat with my family securely, and possibly even screenshare or remote control one of the the PCs. What do I need? [more inside]
Heading into Boston to commiserate with my BFF. Baby is six months old and actively crawling. Both me and BFF are currently unemployed, so cheap or free is better. Where could we go? [more inside]
Help me send my kid far away for a good portion of the summer... [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for useful iPhone (specifically iPhone 6) apps for airports. Useful means: includes decent maps (ideally including the location of the airline lounges); decent navigation; for multi-terminal airports, shows how to get between terminals quickly; not limited to US (most of my travel is in Europe); includes public transport options. Nice if it works offline. No objection to paying for it--maybe even preferred if it means no ads. [more inside]
Your best recommendations for vegan food in Paris, please. Not looking so much for Michelin-rated/high-end suggestions (although those are fine, too). [more inside]
First time to LA this weekend!! ISO best eats, art, and maybe also lucha? [more inside]
So I've got this round the world ticket. And I've got a little over 3 weeks to use it. So I want to see as much as I can in the time. But I don't want to blow through places that clearly deserve more time to see. I did that in Vienna and regretted it. So what are the best cities in the world to see for just limited times. As in, VERY worth seeing but spending MORE than two days seems excessive.
Looking to buy 8 days of travel insurance for a trip from Canada to the US. Difficulty: Pre-existing condition with an unclear diagnosis. However, I'm willing to pay extra for coverage. Thoughts on a provider? [more inside]
Big family wedding coming up in early December in NYC. There will be a lot of family gatherings going on, so there won't really be time for us to do whole day tourism schleps. We will be staying in Tribeca and I'm looking for any and all recommendations for fun, interesting, cool things to do (in December) that are quick and easy to get to from where we're staying, and won't take all day to experience. Things that we can run out and do in an hour or two in between family events. General interests inside. [more inside]
How do I make two 8-year-old cats comfortable on a 90+ minute car drive, to and from a vacation house every weekend and for the duration of the visit? [more inside]
What is the best, most cost-effective transportation for me and my bags to get from JFK to my hotel in Times Square? [more inside]
A relative of mine is visiting the US without travel insurance, and their child has been hospitalised in New York and is receiving treatment. This relative does not have the means to pay for the hospital stay or treatment, so what will the consequences be? [more inside]
Hello, I will be in Mexico City next week and I’m trying to find an American expat bar that will be showing the coverage of the election. I’d prefer a place skewed towards younger people if possible. I got to watch the last election in an expat bar in Buenos Aires and it was quite an event. If anybody can help me out I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
One of my dearest friends and his husband are going to Antarctica and The Falklands in a few weeks and I would like to get them a small going away gift. If you have been to these places, is there a small thing you wish you had with you? [more inside]
Looking for offbeat, interesting things to do, places to meet people in my age range, traditional or alternative art galleries to visit, craft breweries, live music venues? and anything else that's a must see! Also looking for help on how to handle selling artwork internationally. [more inside]
Looking for everyone's best hacks when it comes to funding travel. [more inside]
Me and my friends are going to Moscow with no plans for a couple of days. Difficulty: we are 10 guys. [more inside]
I'm in grad school in New York, he's working in Wyoming. We've got from Dec 16-Jan 1 to plan an awesome adventure. I love planning. He hates planning. He'd like a option presented to him in full detail that he can happily agree to. [more inside]
Help me figure out what we should be doing on or around the week of Culture Day in Tokyo. [more inside]
I just had my first surfing lesson and it was a lot of fun. I'll be in Bangkok and Pattaya later this week, but somehow I can't find any surf schools. Can the hive recommend and schools or teachers in that area?