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Weary travellers seek entertainment!

Seven hours to kill in Los Angeles - how to occupy our time? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by liquorice on Jul 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Can I let my 2 year-old sleep in the back during a 10 hour long drive?

My wife and I want to go on a trip to Luxembourg. Its a 10 hour drive, and we want to do it during nighttime. However we have a 2,5 year old and we're wondering if we can let her sleep in the back in the car-seat for the entire ride? Will we do permanent damage to her body if we let her sleep in the carseat? Usually we just take a break if we go on long rides, and we've never considered her sleeping during a really long ride.
posted by madcow20 on May 15, 2014 - 16 answers

Traveling with a 4-month-old

We're planning to take our son to visit his grandparents for 4-5 days. He will be 4 months old. It's a 6 hour drive away. He's never spent the night away from home and the longest he's ever been in the car is 1 hour. What steps can we take to maximize our chances of a fun (and not especially sleepless) visit? [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Mar 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Where to go with a car near Dublin and Cork?

Driving Around Dublin: SO and I will be visiting Ireland (Dublin and Cork) for about a week and half right after Christmas and we'll have a car. What are some fun, interesting day trips from the two cities (or stops along the way between them?) [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Nov 26, 2012 - 14 answers

gettin our kicks on route 66...

Ideas for gifts for a road-tripping couple? [more inside]
posted by animalrainbow on Sep 21, 2012 - 15 answers

Pitfalls or advice for a family of 4 driving a rental car from upstate NY to FL right before X-mas?

Got any advice or pitfall warnings for a family of 4 who may be driving a rental car from upstate NY to St. Augustine, FL, on December 22-23 (weekend)? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y on Aug 20, 2012 - 15 answers

NYC to Atlanta and back on $200 or less.

Round-trip from NYC to Atlanta, GA for under $200? On Labor Day weekend? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Jul 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Headrest Mount For iPad Wanted

Looking for a car headrest mount for my iPad [more inside]
posted by TedW on Mar 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Can I rent a car - one-way - from the Isle of Skye to Edinburgh?

I am planning an April trip to Scotland and would like to take the West Highland train from Glasgow to Mallaig/Skye. Arriving in Skye, I would like to rent a car. Problem is, I would like to return to Edinburgh through Glencoe or Loch Lomond, and enjoy the flexibility that comes along with having your own car, rather than take the bus. Can I rent a one way car between Skye and Edinburgh? [more inside]
posted by eirelander on Mar 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Help a Brit with an American travel conundrum?

I need to get to Indian River County in Florida from Orlando International Airport. How am I going to do it? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Mar 4, 2012 - 12 answers

book recommendation for armchair vacation

i am hoping you guys can help me find a great book to read. i loved bill bryson's "a walk in the woods." do you know of one that would be in that vein (travel/ humor) but dealing with car camping, or national parks, or maybe even driving with your family cross country? alternately, how about something similar to Annie dillard's "pilgrim at tinker creek" but more specific to the canyonlands area? thank you!
posted by orangemacky on Feb 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Are dedicated snow tires worth it?

We have a Ford E150 van (2005) and are driving from Utah to Oregon. The last time we made this trip in we had to put on chains when crossing the blue mountains around 2003 (via I-84). Should we get dedicated snow tires this time around? [more inside]
posted by craniac on Dec 3, 2011 - 15 answers

Need some advice for moving with a cat in the winter.

Help me move my crankypants kitty across the 2/3 of the country in the dead of winter. [more inside]
posted by loudguitars on Nov 1, 2011 - 16 answers

Where to meet in Chicago?

Looking for suggestions for a convenient (and delicious?) place to meet a friend traveling through Chicago with a small dog. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Oct 19, 2011 - 6 answers

I just ordered my passport.

I want to travel to Europe (France, Germany, Austria, and maybe Poland) this fall. I have never left the United States. I have absolutely no idea how to plan this. Many details inside. [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Jul 28, 2011 - 28 answers

How can I map out the elevations between two cities?

How steep are the roads between Albuquerque, NM; Gallup, NM; Zion National Park, UT; Las Vegas, NV; Yosemite National Park, CA; and San Jose, CA? [more inside]
posted by jng on Jul 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Tiny baby is tiny. Car Seat doesn't fit!

My sister just had her first child and on the car ride home, she discovered that her tiny, 3 day old, 5 pound baby is too small for her infant car seat! Is there a safe way to modify a normal car seat temporarily for an extra tiny individual? Is there anything else she needs to know about dealing with an extra-small infant? [more inside]
posted by aristan on Oct 2, 2010 - 21 answers

Cheapest way to get someone across the country?

We have a friend who, through a series of bad decisions, ended up stranded in Florida with no income stream. We're trying to help her figure out the cheapest way to move within a month. [more inside]
posted by ®@ on Sep 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Going to Chicago next Sunday - car some days; what to do?

Headed to Chicago the 15th. Been to Chicago before (love it!) First time for the fiance. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Aug 7, 2010 - 16 answers

Cross-country rental car help, please!

Cross-country rental car help, please! [more inside]
posted by lolalivia on Jul 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Go West! ... then north.

What should I see and do on a roadtrip to northern BC? [more inside]
posted by ouchitburns on May 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Car vs Train vs Plane with toddlers

Least stressful way to transport a family from London to Toulouse? Car vs Train vs Plane! [more inside]
posted by Joh on Apr 9, 2010 - 24 answers

Which car rental places let you drive out of state?

Which car rental places let you drive out of state? [more inside]
posted by and1 on Mar 24, 2010 - 18 answers

On The Road To Feeling Weird

Why do I feel so weird when I return home from a long car trip and how can I prevent these feelings? [more inside]
posted by mmmbacon on Nov 29, 2009 - 10 answers

How do we fit all this stuff in a Hyundai?

What's the best way to carry cargo on extended road trip with a mid-size SUV? [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower on Oct 28, 2009 - 12 answers

Who can hire me a car to drive from the UK to the Netherlands?

I need to hire a car to drive from Bristol, UK and to drop off in Haarlem Netherlands. Avis says no, europecar says no, hertz are difficult to get hold of. Suggestions? Recommendations?
posted by gonzo_ID on Oct 19, 2009 - 12 answers

Help me help my boss not get lost.

My boss wants me to research GPS units for him to use since he'll be traveling a lot more in the near future. Any recommendations? I really don't know what I should be looking for in a good GPS unit. [more inside]
posted by chiababe on Jul 14, 2009 - 18 answers

Zipcar Update?

Daytrip Dreamin': I've read the previous question about Zipcars in NYC, but it's about a year old and I have some specific questions. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on May 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Plan my roadtrip.

PlanMyRoadtrip Filter: Driving from St. Louis, MO to Brownsville, TX in 3 days. What should we do along the way? [more inside]
posted by lockestockbarrel on Feb 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Permanent Road Trip

Advice on taking a permanent road trip. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Oct 17, 2008 - 52 answers

Cheap travel from Delaware to NYC?

What are the cheapest ways to get from Newark, Delaware, to New York City? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Oct 7, 2008 - 12 answers

help my wife and cats get home

Looking for one way car rental, ride share, or other transport east from Toronto. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Oct 7, 2008 - 4 answers

Litterbox issue when traveling by car with cat

I am getting ready to move 1000 miles with my cat. I have a crate for him, and a litter box to travel with. But I'm concerned about when he might have to use it during the trip because I would like to keep him in the crate (as recommended by just about everyone I've talked to.) Is it ok to have him in the crate for 8 hours and give him occasional food and water and then let him use his litterbox when we arrive at our destination each night? Around the house he often goes that long without using his litterbox...but I'm just not sure if that will be ok. [more inside]
posted by kathleenl on Jul 17, 2008 - 19 answers

What would happen if I used a portable air conditioner in my car?

Is this possible? Or just dumb? What would happen if we used one of those new, small, portable air-conditioners in a car on a temporary basis? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot on Jul 14, 2008 - 18 answers

Any word if the IRS will rate the 2008 mileage rate because of the rapid increase in gas prices?

Any word if the IRS will rate the 2008 mileage rate because of the rapid increase in gas prices? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Jun 9, 2008 - 4 answers

An American in Germany - keep me mobile!

Help an American traveling in Germany get around for a month this summer - car or train? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Apr 23, 2008 - 15 answers

Best way to get to a store from an airport

[Little Rock Transportation Filter]: I have a 3+ hour layover in Little Rock, Arkansas and during that time, I need to get to a store that is near the intersections of route 630 and 430. What is my best option? [more inside]
posted by stratastar on Mar 31, 2008 - 6 answers

What is the best way to live-blog a cross-country road trip??

What is the best method & location for live-blogging a cross country trip using a MacBook, DSLR camera, DV camera, t-mobile EDGE and intermittent wifi? [more inside]
posted by tarthur on Jun 13, 2007 - 6 answers

Help me live out of my car!

I'm about to live out of my car for about two months. What tips or tricks should I know before doing this? [more inside]
posted by mulkey on Jun 3, 2007 - 23 answers

Car seats in the city

Car seats in cabs/cars for hire in NYC? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate on Mar 16, 2007 - 12 answers

Getting around in Iceland

Can you recommend a car rental firm in Iceland? (Or have you travelled around Iceland using public transit? In February? How'd it work out for you?) [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Dec 5, 2006 - 5 answers

best vehicle GPS for older folks?

Please help recommend a vehicle GPS unit suitable for old geezers (my parents). [more inside]
posted by gluechunk on Dec 4, 2006 - 2 answers

Travelling in Mexico by car.

I'm planning a trip to mexico by car. I want to find out some basic travel details such as mileage between cities, length of journey, etc.. I know I can find this in your typical Rand mcNally map, but is their an Online service such as Mapquest that does the same thing? Mapquest has no service for mexico apart from some maps of cities, but nothing to help me with planning a trip between cities. [more inside]
posted by leftfooter on Jul 24, 2006 - 9 answers

Tips for first-time roadtrippers

My SO and I are driving from Minneapolis, MN to Southern Virginia to visit my folks the first few weeks of August. We've never been on a road trip before. What should we know? What should we bring? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Jun 29, 2006 - 22 answers

Humless DC->AC Power Inverter?

What DC to AC power inverter can I buy for use in a car that won't contribute hum to an audio signal from devices it powers? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Nov 15, 2005 - 11 answers

Did I get a good deal, or am I hosed?

Do I owe $270 or $638 for an auto rental? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc on Oct 24, 2005 - 7 answers

Long distance parking violation

I got a parking ticket on a rental car in Reykjavik, Iceland recently (meter expired.) I'm back in the US now. The ticket is all in Icelandic (but there is a web address) and I don't see any obvious location for a credit card # or really anything to make heads or tails of it. How do I pay it? [more inside]
posted by neustile on Oct 13, 2005 - 15 answers

travel tips for New Hampshire and Maine?

In my quest to visit all 50 states, I'm finally going to New Hampshire and Maine this fall. Please help me decide where to go and what to do. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Aug 25, 2005 - 27 answers

Hawaii - Hotel, car rental and inter-island flight advice

My boyfriend and I are leaving from Ottawa to Honolulu in 10 days for 10 days. Should we book the hotels, car rentals and inter-island flights in advance or can we get away with doing it when we get there? [more inside]
posted by KathyK on May 31, 2005 - 11 answers

Portable road entertainment

What's the coolest thing I can buy to keep my kids entertained on a 15 hour road trip to Oregon, for $200? I will probably try to find a decent portable dvd player but it occured to me that there might be a portable gaming system or something that would improve the bang/buck ratio. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Mar 26, 2005 - 30 answers

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