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Going on budget tour and wondering if there were any operators to avoid

I'm planning on traveling to India or China on a budget tour, maybe something like this. Are there any operators that people expressly recommend or advise against? Do people have any tips for traveling/booking budget tours - things that you would have done differently?
posted by hTristan on Mar 20, 2016 - 4 answers

To phx

I'm driving from Sacramento to Phoenix for a quasi-family emergency. I'm two hours from Bakersfield, when I will have to make a decision: Take I-40 out of Barstow, or go further south to I-10. Will stop somewhere tonight. Which is the least bad drive, given traffic, construction, etc. I'm on 99 now, North of Fresno. Thanks!
posted by mudpuppie on Mar 18, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me help my Dad live in the rainforest

My father is moving to a tropical island for a year to work. What can I do to make his trip better? [more inside]
posted by slanket wizard on Mar 17, 2016 - 23 answers

Northern California coast road trip with young kids

We're planning a last-minute road trip down to the northern California coast for Spring Break (next week), leaving from Portland this weekend. Looking for cool stuff to do with 2 active girls, ages 3 and 7. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Mar 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Sim card or whatever for iPhone while travelling in US

This seems like an obvious question but the internet is being surprisingly non-informative and what information I can find seems to be several years old. I will be travelling for about 1 month. I have a totally unlocked iPhone 6s purchased in the UK. Can I walk into a store in the US when I arrive, buy a pre-paid nano sim with a data allowance, and stick it in my phone and use it? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Mar 16, 2016 - 8 answers

What should I do in greater Boston for the next 48 hours?

I came back to take care of some personal stuff in New England this week, but it's all already done! So outside of a couple evenings and dinners with family and friends, I have the next few days free. I have some money and some time and a rental car - what adventures do you recommend?
posted by boghead on Mar 16, 2016 - 6 answers

Best luggage for a short trip while in a walking cast?

I am in a walking boot for an ankle injury, and I have to fly next week for a 3-day work trip. I need to figure how to pack for this trip to make things as easy as possible for me. [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Mar 15, 2016 - 9 answers

Best ways to get from town to town along French and Italian riviera

Traveling along the Côte d'Azur and the Ligurian Sea in the next few weeks. Need to optimize our travel between the towns on our itinerary but searching is giving me incomplete information. Can you walk me through it, step by step? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Mar 15, 2016 - 7 answers

Tokyo & Kyoto for 11-year-old girl into Minecraft and YouTube

Japan travel question, with some specific wants. My 11-year-old niece loves Minecraft and YouTube, and has expressed interest in learning to code. What are some things that might interest her in Tokyo & Kyoto on a short trip? [more inside]
posted by shortfuse on Mar 15, 2016 - 6 answers

Looking for a Unique, Quaint Beachside Vacation Spot for April 2016

Hi all. Girlfriend and I have only five days in April for a beach vacation so we're looking to make the most of it. We've done plenty of Googling but feel this question needs the human touch. [more inside]
posted by jack.brodey on Mar 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Living the expat life!

I need recommendations for services that would let me do the following: Have a virtual US address. Maintain a US phone number. Ship packages internationally. Watch US TV channels. VPN services that are reliable and can let me access US based content. I don't mind paying a small fee for decent, reliable service. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2016 - 12 answers

Driving in Ecuador

I am considering a trip that involves renting a car and driving from Quito to Cuenca (and back possibly) OR flying all the way to Cuenca and driving around the area. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Mar 12, 2016 - 2 answers

Good eats in downtown Halifax

Where are your favorite places to chow down in downtown Halifax? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Mar 12, 2016 - 10 answers

Go away!

Cheapest place to visit leaving from Gold Coast, Australia as a solo flaneur (including plane fare)? I have a passport. I like nature and history more than resorts or theme parks. I like cold weather, not hot. I'm okay with camping or single rooms in backpackers. I can't drive. Late 40s, female, unfit (but happy to walk max 20k per day), introvert, 1-2 weeks, some time in April to June. [Thinking about Tasmania, Bali, Norfolk Island. I know the east coast of Australia like the back of my hand, same for Queensland outback and northern NSW. I've been to the Alice and Uluru and spent 3 weeks in New Zealand in December so let's rule them out. Oh and i'm off to Korea in August, so not there either.] Estimated budget for suggested trip appreciated.
posted by b33j on Mar 11, 2016 - 8 answers

New Zealand travel recommendations in July

Have you traveled in New Zealand during the winter? Help us plan our 15-day trip in New Zealand this July! While we have some ideas about places we’d like to hit, we’re not sure if the tentative itinerary we’ve laid out is reasonable or too crazy (i.e. too much driving and not enough time at each destination). [more inside]
posted by st elmo's fire on Mar 10, 2016 - 15 answers

Soho has werewolves, so where should we stay in London?

Spending two weeks in late August in London, with a couple of trips to castles and stone circles and historical re-enactments out of town. What London neighborhood should we stay in? We like places with flavor. [more inside]
posted by musofire on Mar 10, 2016 - 9 answers

Strategizing a reasonably priced flight to Europe?

How do we find the best airline ticket window for getting to Europe in July? Bonus points if it includes an Icelandic Air Wellness stopover. [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Mar 10, 2016 - 7 answers

How to Yelp in San Francisco?

I'm going to be in SF for a week -- my first visit! -- and my plan is to spend most of my time walking around and eating delicious food. At home in NYC, I use Yelp for this sort of thing, but I'm not sure if my usual review-processing system is going to work in SF. (Or if I should be using a totally different app!) [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Mar 10, 2016 - 22 answers

One Night in Vienna

I've get into Vienna for an overnight layover at 7pm. I've got a hotel in town, but looking for suggestions on a great restaurant and/or a cool bar. [more inside]
posted by Sleddog_Afterburn on Mar 10, 2016 - 9 answers

Gift for someone starting a job that involves international travel?

I have a friend and coworker who is quitting to take a job related to international development. I'd like to get her a small gift to celebrate this new stage in her life. The new job involves some international travel - probably one week away out of every 2-3 months. I'm thinking it would be nice to get her something that is supportive of her new job - maybe something that will make the travel nicer. What should I get her? What are small things that improve life for international business travelers? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Mar 9, 2016 - 35 answers

New Zealand's North Island in 5 days and 5 nights?

I'm going to be spending ~5 days and 5 nights on New Zealand's North Island in the last week of March (after Easter). I'll be there with a friend. Can you help make our trip a little less vague than it currently is? Details under the cut. [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Mar 9, 2016 - 12 answers

15 days in Japan next month -- best suggestions?

I'll be in Japan (arrive Tokyo) for 2 weeks in early-mid April. I'm really into: hot springs, local food and drink (esp fermented), hiking & mountaineering, live music, herbal medicine & botany, artisanal crafts. [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Mar 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Interesting Place to Stay Along I-20 in Mississippi or Louisiana

My husband and I will be driving along I-20 from Atlanta to Dallas soon and plan to stay overnight somewhere in Mississippi or Louisiana. Do you know of a cool/weird/interesting/kitschy place to stay along that route, say within 30-45 minutes of the highway? I am thinking something like the Tee Pee Motel, The Clown Motel, or other interesting places to stay.
posted by LizBoBiz on Mar 7, 2016 - 5 answers

US Citizen in Cancun, passport expired today, what to expect?

I flew into Cancun from the US yesterday and stupidly did not check the expiration date on my passport. The US Consular Agency in Cancun opens 8AM tomorrow, and my flight back to the US is at 2:30PM on Tuesday. I'll go to the Consular Agency as soon as they open, but does anyone know what I should expect? Is there a chance to receive emergency travel documents on the same day, or will I have to change my flight?
posted by Dipped Pretzels on Mar 6, 2016 - 5 answers

Santa! Over here! We're over here!

My extended family wants to do Christmas "away" this year. Looking for recommendations of awesome (and affordable) Xmas Away locales you have enjoyed. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Mar 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Ways to avoid a one-way car rental "drop off fee"?

I need to drive a rental car one way from Memphis to Atlanta and want to know if there's a way to avoid the hefty "drop off fee" that I wasn't aware I'd have to pay. [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Mar 6, 2016 - 14 answers

Travelling back to Canada with bugs?

Leaving the Arenal region of Costa Rica to return to Toronto today. We're staying in a lush, insecty area and there's tiny ants and spiders all over everything. Pretty positive they'll be plenty in our packed bags. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop on Mar 5, 2016 - 3 answers

Impromptu trip to New York - what to do?

I'll be visiting upstate New York on business in a week's time and am planning to extend the trip by a few days to explore NYC and possibly surroundings. I've never really considered going to NYC before, so I'm struggling to know what I should do to make the most of my time there! [more inside]
posted by bent back tulips on Mar 5, 2016 - 22 answers

Security at Ben Gurion Airport

I want to go to Tel Aviv. If I've to Lebanon twice in the last year, should I be worried about security at the airport? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Japan Quickly but Where and for How Long?

How many days should we spend in Tokyo vs Kyoto and where could we take a day trip to from either? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Feb 29, 2016 - 18 answers

What are some great backpacker cities in Latin America?

What are some great backpacker cities in Latin America? I am leaving for an open-ended backpacking trip and I would like to know some great backpacker cities to stop in, and any can't-misss locations. In particular I am looking for places where I can immerse in the local culture without breaking the bank.
posted by alocalhistorian on Feb 29, 2016 - 9 answers

Traveling to Managua for work, any tips and/or advice?

I got stuck with a work trip to Nicaragua, and have to admit that I'm a little concerned about the safety aspect among other things. Any tips or advice to stay safe and not worry so much? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Feb 27, 2016 - 8 answers

Trip Advice: Bavarian Alps

What are some hidden gems around Mittenwald / Oberammergau / Bad Tolz? My wife and I are going on a trip to Germany! Yay! We're planning on spending 4-5 days in Munich, and we really want to get a car and drive around the Bavarian Alps. [more inside]
posted by The Ted on Feb 27, 2016 - 10 answers

RTW trip prep: Buy currency now or later?

My plan is to embark on a year-long round-the-world trip at the end of year (roughly Dec 2016), but I'm having difficulty in deciding how to fund the trip amidst fluctuations in the benchmark currencies. As an expat living in Korea, I'm wondering which currency I should exchange for. [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Feb 26, 2016 - 6 answers

411 on Baltimore's Little Italy

At a conference in March, I'll be organizing a group of public history colleagues for a dinner conversation. I'd really like skip the hotel restaurants and chains take them to Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood, but I don't know much about the area. Can you recommend a good place where 15 people could have dinner, ideally in a private room or somewhere easy to hear? And what other sites/stops/points of interest would some geeky historians like to know about? Thanks!
posted by Miko on Feb 26, 2016 - 8 answers

LA work visit with some free time built in

A work trip to LACMA looks like it's happening, so I'm asking for help planning as an LA newbie. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Feb 24, 2016 - 15 answers

Summer in Montreal, with a kid...

Considering a family trip this summer. What's fun for a family in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Feb 24, 2016 - 9 answers

Maybe Some F**king Merlot?

My wife and I are thinking of spending a week in San Francisco and the Napa Valley in mid-July for our 10th anniversary. Neither of us have ever been to SF or wine country. Can you wonderful people provide any tips, tricks, or suggestions? Best wineries to visit, things to do in SF, places to stay, etc. Basically where should we go and what should we do? Any help greatly appreciated!
posted by joelhunt on Feb 24, 2016 - 34 answers

Affordable last-minute weekend vacation options near the SF Bay?

I want to go on a nice trip next weekend (March 4-6) with the person I'm dating, but I'm having trouble finding affordable, appealing, not-already-booked places that are within a 3-4 hour drive. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Feb 23, 2016 - 14 answers

March in NY (North Yorkshire)

I'm heading home for a week to visit my elderly but active parents in Knaresborough (between Harrogate and York). Looking for shopping and family outing ideas. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Feb 23, 2016 - 6 answers

Is two weeks too young for a road trip to Death Valley?

Teeny Everyday was born ten days ago, and mom and baby are doing very well. To celebrate paternity leave ending, Mom had the bright (or maybe not so bright) idea of a road trip to her favorite national park, Death Valley. However, I've only been there once, and am somewhat hazy on the details of how we got to certain places of interest, like Zabriskie Point. Is this trip unrealistic with a newborn? [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Feb 22, 2016 - 33 answers

Critique my cross-country driving route please: Oregon to South Carolina

We're moving cross-country in about a month (3/21-3/28), from Portland, OR to Myrtle Beach, SC. I've scoured the Internet and I think I have a good plan, taking a southerly route to avoid possible snow up north but if someone who has actually driven across the country (mostly on 40) could give feedback that would really help. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Feb 22, 2016 - 30 answers

Does a service exist to optimize complex airline travel purchase?

Is there a business/service I can hire to help research somewhat complicated airline travel purchases? Like if I'm looking at a multi-city itinerary with some flexibility on specific cities and dates, using a combination of cash and existing miles and transferable points from various credit cards, looking for business/first upgrades or fares, etc? I am coming up short trying to comprehensively figure out my choices using kayak and airline web sites and so on and would gladly pay for an expert to do it for me. Are travel agents still a thing?
posted by Perplexity on Feb 19, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me get to Northern California without excess baggage

Help a chronic over-packer get to San Fransisco with her one carry-on bag intact. [more inside]
posted by Champagne Supernova on Feb 18, 2016 - 13 answers

Mumbai for the Clueless

I’m an American thinking about traveling to Mumbai in the next few months. I’ve never been to India. What should I know? [more inside]
posted by Itaxpica on Feb 18, 2016 - 12 answers

Quiet, non-lux living along the Mediterranean this summer: where to?

My wife and I would like to rent a simple furnished apartment or small house somewhere along the Mediterranean this summer, for about a month. We just want a place where we can do some writing and go swimming every day. The catch is that we don't have much more than 500€ or so to pay for rent. Seeking recommendations for countries, specific islands, towns or villages, or website recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Feb 18, 2016 - 8 answers

Travel: Is it even a reasonable idea?

I've been feeling more and more pressure to fulfill the rite of passage given to young white males: Travel. Financially, I barely have the means, but as a single guy who doesn't drink or know how to drive, I don't know if I should. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall on Feb 15, 2016 - 40 answers

Planning a trip to see Arctic things in July

I'm planning a trip to northern areas this july/august with the goal of seeing icebergs and nature and whatnot. It has come very quickly to my attention that this is not a cheap thing to do! Please help me to plan an itinerary that maximizes our time and minimizes our spending. [more inside]
posted by Acari on Feb 14, 2016 - 6 answers

Best route to get cat halfway across the world?

I've read past threads about transporting pets and they've put my mind at easy that Lola will survive the 20+ hour plane ride from the US to South Africa, even if she's not thrilled with me afterwards. Of course, I still want it to be as easy and non-traumatic as possible. There are a few different options and I'm having a hard time finding information on which would be best for our collective mental health. [more inside]
posted by exutima on Feb 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Near the sea

Where would you go if you wanted to stay at a cottage near the sea for a short vacation? [more inside]
posted by stepup on Feb 13, 2016 - 23 answers

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