We'll be visiting Kiev and Chernobyl (here with a guided tour) the next week. Already bought Lonely Planet and will check Atlas Obscura, Tripadvisor. But I'm a bit sceptical with travel advice coming from these sources - I'd rather have a mefite telling me what to do and what to avoid. [more inside]
Asking for a friend: Single US woman, mid-20s, wants to spend a week or so in Tallinn this autumn. She's heard some pretty sketchy stories about the hostel situation in the city, and is wondering how safe it would be for her to travel and stay there. Other than the usual travel precautions, is there anything in particular for her to be aware of in Tallinn?
I'm flying with my emotional support dog for the first time- any tips? [more inside]
What is the quietest place a day's drive from Chicago? [more inside]
Is it worthwhile for me--a lifelong, but casual racing fan--to make the trip to Saratoga? [more inside]
Is it appropriate to request to travel across the country for an on-site visit when my position doesn't typically involve travel? [more inside]
In a few weeks, I'll be making a trip from Canada to Ordos, China. It'll be my first time doing such a trip. I've got a few questions and I'm wondering if there's anything else I need to know. [more inside]
I need to book myself a holiday but, never having travelling abroad, I'm a bit at a loss to figure out where I want to go. Given my list of requirements, can the Hive Mind suggest where I should start looking? [more inside]
Planning to buy an unlocked Android phone US / Amazon for regular visits to the US, but also need it to work in several other countries if I just buy a sim on arrival. I do not need roaming or to receive calls to a US number in other countries. There are a gazillion different answers on different websites. Anyone have a pretty good idea if I'm OK with this one? [more inside]
My definition, based on my admittedly limited experience, is that the per diem is paid as a lump sum, either up-front or after the fact, for [per diem amount * days worked] without regard to how much the recipient actually spends. What this company offers is reimbursement for actual expenses up to [per diem amount], with receipts required from the contractor/employee. [more inside]
I've been dating a person for three months. We booked a short trip but since the booking I learned things about how he processes conflict that concern me. We've had a good conversation since then. I'm not worried for my safety, but is this trip still a good idea? [more inside]
My daughter has to catch a 9:30 AM flight out of New York's JFK airport tomorrow. Will she be okay if she gets to the airport by 7:30 AM? [more inside]
How crazy am I? I have a significant chunk of savings... almost enough in cash to do something i've been talking about doing for years. I'm not eating into my RRSPs, and I'm leaving 6 months of salary untouched... but I'm seriously debating spending all of the rest (and maybe a bit more via a small loan) to chase a dream. I feel it's a completely irresponsible thing to do and yet I really, really want to do it. [more inside]
Coming to San Francisco next week for a conference and staying near Union Square. Looking for restaurant ideas for quick breakfasts, hour long lunches, and long lingering dinners within walking distance. I eat everything, and while cheap is good, good is more important. The only other time I've been in the city your recommendations for Bi-Rite and Tartine were spot-on, so let me know where I should go next. [more inside]
We (me, wife, kids 5 and 10) are traveling from Salt Lake City to Yosemite for 3 days of camping, and then to Monterey for 3 days. Help us plan the rest of a great trip. [more inside]
My boyfriend and I are traveling to Guadeloupe Nov 18-21, flying into Pointe-a-Pitre at 6:30pm on the 18th. Any suggestions on where to stay, where to explore, where to eat etc? We're not into fancy B&Bs and resorts, we like DIY adventure (without nonetheless 'roughing it' backpacker style). Budget for housing is $50-75/night. We'll have a car. Thanks for any and all recs!
I would like to spend a long weekend or perhaps full week, in mid to late October, alone or semi-alone in nature. An individual retreat that involves yoga, hiking, meditation and contemplation (and maybe even homesteading activities), but is not overly "woo" or religious, sounds ideal to me. Where can I do this within a (maximum) 3-4 hour drive of DC? [more inside]
There are early rumblings that my cousins might start planning our next family reunion (an every four years thing) in Italy for summer 2018. How can I best start saving now to make this a possibility for me, a person of modest means? [more inside]
We will be driving through Denver en route to Breckenridge Saturday night. We'd like to stop for dinner, but we'll have our 15 lb. terrier mutt with us. Where should we stop? [more inside]
Driving from Northern NJ to Bar Harbor ME in late august (peak tourism!), and trying to find a good place to spend the night on the way up. [more inside]
I would like to take a two week vacation to Europe this upcoming fall (most likely October) and I am currently overwhelmed with all the possible options! I'm looking at a few different places, but maybe you can recommend an interesting activity, festival, spectacle that I just have to see. [more inside]
We're going to Corsica for two weeks at the end of September/beginning of October. Recommendations? [more inside]
We're headed to a conference in Cleveland, and giving ourselves a full day to explore and enjoy the roadtrip there. What magical treasures and delicious treats lie along Rte 76 through Pennsylvania and Ohio?
Traveling to Cancun, connecting through DC on United. We need a lot of sunscreen plus would like to not check luggage. Can we buy sunscreen and aloe after the security checkpoint in our originating city and get through DC with them on the international flight? [more inside]
Hi all! We are driving from PDX to Southwest OR in early August. We'll have time for one or maybe two good stops, and since it's my first time in OR, I would love to learn about good spots to include on our coastal drive. [more inside]
Im seeking suggestions for games or any apps to download before taking an upcoming trip. I will have a couple f 15+ hour flights, several shorter ones and plenty of time stuck in a car in traffic (although I should have data service and will certainly have more entertaining things to look at for the road portions of the journeys). I'm not opposed to spending some money but I am not looking to shell out a ton of cash on games/apps which I will tire of immediately.
I'm attending a conference at Leiden University in about a month and a half, and urgently need to finalize my travel plans. I've never been able to visit Europe before, so I'm considering staying in Europe a few days after the conference. I don't want to spend a lot of time traveling, though, so I'm deciding between either spending the entire time in Leiden, or going to perhaps one other city. [more inside]
My husband and I got married 2 years ago but we did not go on a honeymoon. As of recently, I've been diagnosed with a terminal illness. We want to take a spectacular, once in a lifetime trip. Where should we go? [more inside]
Are there any good books telling the story of imperialism/colonialism through food? [more inside]
I love the technology of flight but hate the logistics, legal strictures, and carbon footprint of travel. What's an ethical and selfish traveler to do? [more inside]
Looking for some advice on where to go for a family vacation in Colorado. [more inside]
It's the late 19th century or early 20th century, I'm in a London shop that sells art. I ask to see paintings and prints that depict India and other colonial areas. What artists will I likely be shown? Were there any bestselling works or collections? Is there anywhere on the internet that has a good collection of pieces in this category?
I'm applying for permission to attend a training workshop in Austin, TX, from Aug. 21-25, and I have some transit questions for Austinites!: [more inside]
I want to hike for 3-4 days in a desert in the American Southwest - where should I go, where can I see the most beauty, and is early September a bad time for this? [more inside]
I want to get a new point and click camera sometime this week that automatically uploads photos without having to plug the damn thing into a computer. Please give me suggestions! Hopefully this kind of thing exists with my details within! [more inside]
We're spending a week with friends in Athens towards the end of August. Coordination breakdown means that we have three days left in Athens after they leave and we're not sure what the best thing to do is. [more inside]
I'm heading to the Beaufort/New Bern/Morehead City area in North CarolIna for a week later this summer and would love insiders' tips about unusually fun historical sites, the smartest seafood and vegetarian restaurants, and the best places to hike, kayak or canoe to see wildlife and tent camp for a night or two. What would you consider musts for a nature and history lover in that area?
Emergency England travel advice. My sister is very sick and I need to get to England as soon as possible. I am in Nashville, TN USA. Where can I get the cheapest plane tickets? Do I need to clear cookies from my browser every time I search, or is there a site that is best? If I fly into Heathrow are there trains to Brighton? I will have my infant with me also. Any advice welcome.
I'm heading off for my first semi-solo road trip with kids (and my mom) from either DC or Winchester to the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area of Florida. We are planning to take two days and stop every few hours for a break, preferably somewhere scenic and fun for the kids. [more inside]
I will be in Breckenridge, CO for a week. What should I do, where should I eat? [more inside]
I will be spending 4-5 days alone while wife is in a conference during the day in Hamburg Germany, Since the highlight of Hamburg seems to be a huuuge toy train museum (Miniatur Wunderland), I wanted to know if there are day trips (via train) I could take to neighboring cities/countries (berlin?, Paris?) that might be feasible or recommended to get the most out of my trip, but be able to get back at night.
Our family has taken and vastly enjoyed a couple of international trips (#1=Amsterdam/Brussels/Paris, #2=Hong Kong) during our boys' Spring Break school vacation windows, but we are really flailing and struggling to decide where to target for our next window of opportunity in late March 2017. Location(s) must alter the global perspective of 13- and 10-year-old boys! Boundary conditions: date range March 24~April 3, reasonably accessible from US west coast, safe, delicious food, can get by with English and/or limited French. Bonus points inside... [more inside]
I'm leaving for an ambitious 2000 mile road trip through eastern Canada later this week. I've been on road trips before, but this one will be the longest. What are your tips for staying comfortable and not bored to tears during long car rides? I have a pile of podcasts to listen to and some company to converse with, but I'm sure that there are things I haven't thought of that can make the trip more enjoyable. Thanks!
I just fell madly in love with Amsterdam. I'd like to go back in December (mostly because it's easiest for me to get away then). Of course, I have no idea what Amsterdam will be like in December, so I'm turning to the hive mind. I'm also looking for some specific advice on where to stay. [more inside]
Hey Me-fites, I'm dipping my toes into the pool of time travel novels. My main character is going back to 1984--because I want to write about 1984 Vancouver, pre Expo, pre Olympics, when it was a hick town on the far edge of the world. When my characters back in time, he's going to check out some bands, preferably pre-famous, you know, $5 cover, one of three acts, tiny clubs, etc. So, oh wise ones, what band should he find himself seeing?
We are planning a trip to Ireland in late August and had a high-level question for the world-travelers here. Our flights are both in and out of Dublin and have accommodations for both ends of the trip in Dublin. My question is regarding the rest of the trip and how important it is to book rooms for every night of our stay. [more inside]
In search of several weekend-length mini-breaks in Europe. Where do I go? [more inside]
Can you recommend a natural-beauty vacation locale that will be warm over (American) Thanksgiving? International destinations are fine but total travel time needs to fit into 5 days. Snowflakes: no (or not just) beaches, hiking should accommodate a range of fitness levels.
I need that mind-clearing, get-away-from-your-everyday byproduct of travel. But when I open up a trip planning site, I just get tired. I don't want to sightsee, I don't want to hike, I don't want to party. So what else can I do that I'm not thinking of? [more inside]
As seems to be the trend around here, my wife and I will visit Reykjavik in October. However, our flight gets in to Keflavik very early. Any suggestions for entertainment in the mean time? Additional questions inside. [more inside]