Almost all the articles I read on being "location independent" involve teaching english or having some kind of remote computer work based in the US. What about hands on and manual labor work? [more inside]
In August, my best friend and I (both 20-something guys) begin a 5 month adventure across the Americas. We started to research the trip last September, and have basically scoured the internet since then. Instagram has proved to be a great source to connect with the overlanding community and there's a couple of good blogs out there of people currently doing the trip. Still, we'd still really appreciate if the askmefi community could weigh in. As I start to put together a detailed itinerary I'm beginning to feel overwhelmed by all the details and possibilities. Where to go? What to plan? How much to budget? And, just generally, what level of detail should I plan to? Normally I'd come up with a broad plan in a few days and then wing it but given the dangers, sheer size of this adventure, and the amount of unforgettable places to see I want to really plan it. UNESCO sites, nature, must-see towns and villages... Can anybody help us? [more inside]
Moving to Sydney in July. What are the top things I need to do before making the move? [more inside]
A friend and I are hoping to find a Spanish language school where we can go for 1-3 weeks, late May-June, somewhere in Latin America. We've been considering going to Guatemala, but hear very mixed things about safety from various anecdotal sources. We're both relatively inexperienced female international travelers and don't really know how to assess what's actually safe for us. Questions: 1) Should we go to Guatemala for this ? 2) If not, where should we go? If so, where should we go? I know there have been questions on this, but it seems things may have changed in recent years. [more inside]
I'll be attending a conference in June from Sunday - Thursday in Dublin, but I'm flying out of Shannon on Sunday morning. I was planning on taking the train from Dublin to Galway on Friday morning. Where should I stay and how do I get to Shannon in time to make a 11:30 am international flight? [more inside]
Are travel size toiletries (shampoo, mouthwash, moisturizer, etc.) readily available in France and Italy? [more inside]
I'm looking for a relaxing place to stay in Northern California for two nights in June. I have a few particular requirements. The first, which is non-negotiable: 1) Room must have a balcony or patio. [more inside]
Work has me travelling to Zhongwei city in the Ningxia province of China in about a month. Exciting! It's my first time to China, and I've got some questions. [more inside]
OverwhelmedByJapan-filter: I have at least a (solo) week in Japan en route to Indonesia, and despite referencing DVD's, youtube videos, guidebooks & internet, I'm still grossly lacking in confidence as to how I'm going to; use public transport, find my hotel, communicate with hotel staff, order food, and find a public restroom when required. To where do I turn? Is there possibly a service by which I can rent an English speaking guide (not like tourist, but more cultural) for an afternoon? Am I blowing this out of proportion? [more inside]
In Nashville for a random Wednesday night in May. Where can we stay that will allow us to see a bit of the city and have a fun night preferably without driving? [more inside]
Hey MeFites familiar with the Nashville area! I am coming to your neck of the woods for work for a day or two, and would like to find some things: [more inside]
Is there a website which will give me an idea of how much a flight between A and B should cost at any given time? Ballpark is fine. [more inside]
Can you recommend Annapolis/DC area travel destinations for me? Complication: Fourth of July holiday weekend. [more inside]
I need some help narrowing down options for my one nice ($$$) meal in New York City. [more inside]
I just spent the weekend in Paris with a friend, which was... okay. It wasn't great. We have another trip planned in a month's time but haven't booked tickets yet. How can I weasel out of this without hurting my friend's feelings? [more inside]
My cousin is getting married abroad, and I don't want to go. I can't come to a decision. It's not a big financial/time strain, but I don't want to go, and don't know how to respond. [more inside]
I'm 22, about to graduate, and have a free summer. This is amazing! Might be the last chunk of time I have like this for, I don't know, ever? And omg, what do I do with it? [more inside]
My sister is coming to visit in 2 days - yay! We'll be spending 14 days in Sydney and 5 in Melbourne, I think I have most things covered but can you see anything I've missed/have hot tips to make her visit supercool? She hasn't been on holiday for years. [more inside]
I've got about six hours in Hamburg coming up. What is your One Thing To Do there? [more inside]
I'm planning to fly to Peru this summer with my late 60's mother. She isn't comfortable flying alone, so I need to meet up with her in Dallas or Houston to fly the rest of the way. She lives in Texas. I live in NYC. I am considering whether it would be worth it to use a travel agent. [more inside]
Hey folks, need advice about how (logistically) to most easily rent/return formal attire for a wedding where I'll take several buses and flights between home and the wedding, then fly out directly for backpacking. [more inside]
Need help planning our road trip through the Southern United States! [more inside]
My family and I are going to a wedding next week in Kennesaw, GA and will have a couple days to kill beforehand. What should we do? Where should we eat? [more inside]
We are going to Rhodes for a week in June. What should we do and see? We are enthusiastic ballroom and Latin dancers, so we would be especially delighted if we could find somewhere where we could engage in a bit of partner dancing. Any particularly lovely spots for swimming would also be wonderful. We would love to hear about a wide range of options, though. [more inside]
My wife and I are planning a two week trip through Tuscany the first couple of weeks of June, and I'd love to get some tips. [more inside]
We want to stop overnight somewhere around Winterthur, so we can wake up, drive to the museum, see the gardens, and head back to the City. What towns along the way are worth staying in? Any notable hotels or B&B's? We're driving back from DC to NYC around June 22. [more inside]
LAX to ATL. Need tips from expert travelers. [more inside]
First time in life that I have the freedom and resources to truly adventure for a while, and would like to do so without totally destroying my savings. What are the options? [more inside]
I'm from the US, so I'm accustomed to the tipping customs here. I understand they are different in the UK and want to know what is customary. [more inside]
I was booked via Travelocity to fly through Washington Regan with about 36 minutes between flights...same airline, same terminal, different aircraft. I thought that was cutting it close. Since then the airline has changed flight times and now there would be only 30 minutes between flights. Do I stand any chance asking for an earlier first leg? They have a flight every hour. Complication: Non-refundable ticket.
We have an opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park and/or environs, and Mt Rushmore, etc. BUT, the window is limited to the first 2 weeks of July. Is that a horrible time to visit, given that I hate crowds and 85+ degree temps without relief (breaks in air conditioned spaces)? In terms of potential crowds of people, are there places nearby YNP that are less crowded and just as interesting/beautiful to visit? (We'd be driving between Colorado and Minnesota.)
I'm going to be spending almost two months in Tuscany, and I want reading material. But I'm picky. Book recommendations for the traveling jaded literary snob? [more inside]
My daughter is planning on spending her semester abroad in Rabat, Morocco. I've looked through Wikipedia/travel, but what should I know about the place beyond that information? [more inside]
What credit card is best in life for traveling abroad? I'm in the U.S., headed to Israel next month. Would like to get a new credit card that has no foreign transaction fees and no annual fee. Any recommendations welcome. Thanks!
My RV-living friends are leaving Mesa, AZ on Wednesday for another season of traveling. Please help with the playlist. (Already covered what's in this ask from 2006.) Thank you!
I am going to start commuting via the Commuter Rail (train) to Boston next week after driving myself to work my entire career. The trip will take about 1 hour. What are some tips & tricks to taking the train to work? Boston specific tips (heading to North Station from North Shore and walking to work from there)? Best way to carry my computer & lunch (commuter luggage)? Which car should I sit in? Can I have conference calls on the train? Work on my computer? Best way to purchase monthly tickets? How to make sure I get a good seat on the train? Other stuff I haven't thought of yet but would be good to know? Thanks!
Considering a trip to Yellowstone starting on April 17th, but the information on the site is sparse about what's really available. Any MeFis with experience here? [more inside]
Mrs. Ferg and I are planning a trip to New England in June with the smaller Fergs. Since my previous questions about travel activities have been successes, I'm here to query the hive-mind about what our agenda should include to get the maximal "New England" experience. Of course, there's [more inside]
When I go to Greece this summer, will I regret it if I don't visit one of the islands? [more inside]
Travel error filter: Booked a ticket to the wrong place at the wrong time. Have prepaid hotel room in another location. Seeking solutions and ideas. [more inside]
I've been accepted to a conference in Kraków, Poland in the first week of July. I've decided to add some vacation on the end. However, I've never travelled outside North America before, and am not really sure how to go about getting started. Plane tickets, insurance, route planning, picking where to go, eep! [more inside]
What products can I get over the counter (OTC) in Europe that require a prescription in the U.S.?
I'm a fairly experienced hiker who would like to explore Hawaii on foot. [more inside]
Hello Portlanders - I'll be coming to your fair city in mid-April and although I've visited a few times previously I don't really have a go-to hotel near the city. Can you recommend some good options? [more inside]
My debit card was stolen remotely (I assume over the Internet). There are two processed transactions on my statement and one pending. I called both places and neither could find a record of the transactions. What gives? [more inside]
We will be going on honeymoon to a few major cities in Western Europe. I would love to hear your best practical advice for traveling in that region of the world. [more inside]
What 2 things would you recommend a friend do during a 5 day trip to Portland, Oregon in mid April?
I want to go to Africa and learn French. I have seen an old ask mefi question asking similar, but I specifically am looking for the cities in Africa that speak French with the highest frequency, and it would be a bonus if they don't speak English (So I'll be forced to learn French). I haven't been able to google any statistics by city. Thanks.
Looking for suggestions for cool/quirky places to see in an afternoon at Newport Beach (history, nerdy, technology, walks/views, etc.). I'll probably head down towards the beach, and take it from there. Bike rental is a possibility. Cheap-ish (non-fancy) seafood and Asian places would be appreciated. I could also stand a $20-25 cab ride each way to somewhere interesting. Thank you! [more inside]
My two best options for completing an extended trip to Germany for career development purposes have not panned out. How ridiculous would it be to consider trying to make it there on my own? [more inside]