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Tax strategies for a travel year of no income

My spouse and I are going to leave our jobs at the end of the year and travel internationally throughout 2015, with no income. Are there any strategies we should be following to make the most, tax-wise, of this change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Travel in Hungary - how worried should we be?

My partner and I (both female in our 30s) will be traveling to Central Europe soon and the last leg of our trip will be in Budapest. When we planned the trip, we simply forgot about the current political climate there (right-wing extremism, anti-semitism, xenophobia, homophobia, you name it). How bad is it? Should we be extra-careful? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I handle destination wedding money stress?

A friend of my girlfriend's is getting married in Asia over Christmas 2014. She's planning to go, and wants me to accompany her (and, money aside, I'd like to go). She'll be upset and disappointed if I don't, and is already upset and disappointed that I'm balking. She makes enough money to afford the trip without financial contortions, and...I don't, or don't feel like I do. This is a recurring point of contention in our relationship, and, generally, I'm not sure if I'm being unreasonable, she's being unreasonable, or a little bit of both. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2014 - 58 answers

Prague or Copenhagen?

We're going to Berlin. Should we go to Prague, Copenhagen, or maybe Krakow as an additional stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2014 - 18 answers

How much should potential visitors to Israel be worried about polio?

My family has planned, but have not purchased plane tickets for, a trip to see relatives in Israel a couple of months from now. We are concerned about the presence of wild polio virus there, apparently imported from Syria. The CDC is recommending that adults get a booster dose of IPV (the "killed" virus used in the countries, like the US, where polio infection has been essentially eradicated) and that kids are up to date with our vaccination; for our 3-year-old, this would mean getting her last dose of IPV early (though not so early as to violate any guidelines.) But Israeli children are getting OPV, the live vaccine. If I understand correctly, IPV is effective at preventing you from actually getting paralytic polio, but it does not prevent asymptomatic infection with poliovirus. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Travel in NYC during Thanksgiving?

We will be travelling to the US from Europe next year, and I'm interested in the Macy's parade. Is it worth timing our trip so we can see it - particularly as hotels seem to be cheaper in November - or is it a bad idea to visit the US during Thanksgiving (and maybe the chaos of Black Friday)? Possibly relevant: neither of us have driving licenses so would be reliant on public transport, and would plan on spending a few days in NYC before travelling on or flying home.
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2013 - 39 answers

Yes, thinking about Christmas already. Sorry.

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]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2013 - 18 answers

I Need a New Job

I need a new job, and I have no idea what job I might be good at and enjoy. Please give me ideas for some jobs that I haven't thought of. I'm in my late 20s and working as a research analyst for a large firm, and I can't take the feeling that I'm not doing anything worthwhile (or even enjoyable) with my life. I'm not sure what to do. Do you know of any unconventional careers that might be a good fit? Please give me an idea of where to get started. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2013 - 13 answers

Should we risk a trip up north?

My spouse got into a stupid situation with another family member about four years ago, resulting in a misdemeanor charge. Now we want to take a day trip to Canada and the admissibility rules are confusing. Can we go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Can/should we use trip insurance as our primary medical insurance?

In 6 weeks' time, my husband and I are quitting our jobs to go on a 2-3 month road trip around the USA before moving to Europe. I have some questions about travel/trip/health insurance for folks who may have done this or something similar. Is it sensible or possible to use travel insurance as our primary health insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2013 - 5 answers

We could always visit Buffalo

What's the likelihood of my boyfriend being denied entry into Canada for a reckless operation conviction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Impersonate my sister on the phone with the bank (with her permission)?

My sister left on an international trip (from the US), without getting a chance to inform her bank of her trip (apparently they're closed on weekends). Since she won't be able to easily make phonecalls while abroad, she's asked me to do that for her when the bank reopens on Monday. I have her card number, PIN, security question, etc. Which of these options is best: 1) call the bank, and identify myself as her, even though I don't sound like a woman and my sister has an unambiguously female name 2) call the bank, and tell them the truth - that I am calling on behalf of my sister, or 3) enlist a trusted female friend to make the call, identifying herself as my sister using information I provide. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2013 - 41 answers

The Travelling Programmer

I'd like to travel the world for a few years and work on some iOS app ideas at the same time, with the hope that if one of 'em makes enough money I can keep doing it forever! However, I reckon hostels probably aren't the most productive places in the world. Have any of you ever done something like this? What's the best approach for getting in the zone and being productive when you're on the go and surrounded by people? Are coffeehouse programmers as common in Europe as they are in the Silicon Valley? What about work-life balance -- is it possible to maintain a healthy hostel social life while also getting stuff done? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2013 - 10 answers

$80k: travel or invest? Best use of money.

I've saved up about $80,000 over the past few years, with no debts, loans, or mortgages. It's always been my dream to travel the world, and I've been planning to take my money and run off for the next few years, hopefully figuring out how to run an independent software business in the process. However, I don't know much about investing, and for all I know there might be a better use of my savings right around the corner. (Two questions about investing inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2013 - 20 answers

How is hiring and interviewing different in the UK than the US?

I may be hiring a couple software engineers in the UK this year. What should I expect to be different from the US? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me plan a two week trip to Spain in 48 hours!

Due to some last-minute circumstances, I just booked a trip to Barcelona for two weeks starting on Monday. I'm a mid-twenties guy in-between jobs and traveling alone. What can I do over the next 48 hours to make this trip memorable and pleasant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2013 - 18 answers

Am I overreacting to proxy invites?

I work in the head office for a hotel chain and know hotel managers all over North America. I travel quite a bit for work and because of my job, I stay free. Occasionally with my accumulated air miles I will go somewhere for a getaway and as long as I am careful to avoid peak times, I can usually stay at one of our facilities free as a professional courtesy. If the room is going to be empty, I feel no guilt at hanging my hat there for a night or two. Often I invite someone along for company and to share in my perk. The problem is when someone invites someone else along. And occasionally that someone invites someone else along as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2013 - 37 answers

Help me entertain my friend in Oslo for the next 3 days

I just moved to Oslo, like, last week. My friend is visiting. I live near Carl Brenner Square. How should we spend our time, get around, etc? Assume that I know nothing about Oslo! I've seen other threads about Oslo, but I need a little bit more location specific help and instructions on HOW to get to places etc. because I'm not even sure where I am. She'll be here until Wednesday. HELP!!!!!!
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Travelling the world while running a small business.

I would like to travel the world while writing my own software (for profit). Ideally, I'd like to stay in each place for a couple of months, not just a few days or weeks. Where can I learn about the legal specifics of doing this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Therapy while traveling or in transit.

What are my options for therapy while I am traveling and in the midst of a move to a different part of the world, with a lot more travel on the horizon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Is proof of accommodation REALLY required for a US citizen to enter Spain as a tourist?

US citizen visiting SO's family in Spain for Christmas: will I be asked to show proof of accommodation? Do I really need a letter of invitation to pass customs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2012 - 19 answers

Cheap caribbean vacation

Cheapest Caribbean vacation: where to go, how to begin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Airfare as a gift?

Is there a way to give someone the gift of travel? I think what I'm looking for is some kind of airline credit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2012 - 12 answers

What's a warm low-key place in Europe in November?

I'll be recovering from some cosmetic surgery in mid-November of this year and looking to combine the downtime with a month-long working vacation somewhere in Europe, someplace warm. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Should I pay $300 more for a plane ticket to Europe to keep the peace with friends?

Traveling to Europe with friends. They want to combine plane fares and split the ticket costs evenly. Problem: this means I'll be paying $300 more than what my round-trip ticket would cost if I bought it separately. Should I agree to it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2012 - 74 answers

pregnant Segway-ing... really forbidden?

can I *really* not ride a Segway while pregnant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2012 - 15 answers

interview travel advice needed

Interview travel etiquette advice needed [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2012 - 5 answers

How to WWOOF not quite forever?

Six months in the UK sandwiched between continental European travel for an American WWOOFer who'd rather not get visas if she can possibly avoid it. Your tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Standard medical clearance form?

Is there a standard medical clearance form for immigration purposes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Dogs on the I-5

Traveling from Seattle to Southern California with three dogs... looking for places along the road where we can stop and play! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 - 11 answers

What type of lawyer do we need?

My husband and I would like to be able to travel, but he has a felony conviction that makes things a bit complicated, and we're having trouble sorting out what options we have, what needs to be done, and in what order of operations. I would like to buy an hour or two of a lawyer's time, but I first need to know what kind of lawyer we need. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Foodie gift from Chicago

I am returning from Chicago to NY on a foodie's birthday. What, if anything, can I bring back for him? Limitations/details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 - 20 answers

Can my undocumented friend drive my car? Can I drive his? How do we stay safe?

Can my undocumented friend drive my car? Can I drive his car? Will my insurance cover it and am I putting myself or him (or other drivers) at any risk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Travel planning help.

Travel planning dilemma. Plans, friends, itinerary.. help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Help this freelance writer in Asia figure out his next career move!

I’m a writer, doing OK in a small pond, but I’m looking for a bigger pond to swim in. Help me figure out my next career move. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 3 answers

One way first class ticket to Albequerque^WRomania

Canadian citizens with a minor child investigating a year long stay with a Romanian grandparent. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2011 - 3 answers

How do I refuse the kindness of these strangers that I'm related to?

Long Lost Relatives filter: Am I a bad person for only wanting to take them up on _part_ of their generous offer? If not, help me politely communicate this! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2011 - 12 answers

Hope me ride out the holidays

Ideas for a single person to go somewhere over Christmas break. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Great animal sanctuary destination?

Any great animal-sanctuary-destinations out there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2011 - 12 answers

How do I plan & embark on a RTW trip as an HIV+ gay man?

How do I plan & embark on a RTW trip as an HIV+ man? I'm about to turn 25 and thanks to healthcare legislation I've been given a small window of time to travel unencumbered by the fear of loosing health insurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Is it worth it to move to Washington from NYC?

Moving to DC from NYC: Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2011 - 37 answers

Where to send two BFFs for a weekend somewhere between Michigan and DC (or not)?

surprise weekend get away for two 30-something best friends. One's in DC, one's in Michigan. Where should we send them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Christmas (drama) in July!

Is there a way to tactfully ask my mother to host Christmas this year? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2011 - 14 answers

What US prescription drugs are allowed in Southeast Asia?

I'm traveling to Southeast Asia in two days, and need to determine if I can bring my prescription drugs with me into the region legally. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Is Scabies a game-changer?

How effective is Scabies medication? And how contagious am I while being treated? Should I cancel travel or visits to friends until the full course is complete? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2011 - 12 answers

This is NOT a romantic getaway for two

Single girl traveling with a single guy who I am not interested in. How do I prevent potential misinterpretation and a ruined friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 - 58 answers

Gimme dem points

Starting a new traveling sales job. At what hotel chain should I throw all my business to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Least invasive border crossings?

Which method of traveling/travel route from Europe to the US will be the least invasive in terms of baggage examinations, pat-downs, and background checks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2011 - 9 answers

World travel as a lifestyle?

I want to travel the world as a lifestyle, but I'm a recently-graduated programmer with no job experience. How do I make this a possibility? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2010 - 21 answers

How do I know if quitting my job and traveling is the right move?

I've been working in the same job since college for several years now, and am starting to feel the "what else is out there" itch that I'm sure isn't uncommon for someone approaching 30. I feel like I want to spend several months roaming the world, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it for the right reasons, and if I'm fully evaluating the cost/benefit aspect. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2010 - 16 answers

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