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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

Quick: where should we walk around Austin tonight?

What is the best street to hang out on in Austin? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Feb 13, 2016 - 5 answers

Travel in Northern Japan - yet again help me plan a trip

Mefites have been helpful in the past when I have planned previous trips to Japan, so hoping you can all help again. This time we are planning on going North, and I would love your advice and suggestions. We are a family of three - two parents and a 12 year old boy. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Feb 13, 2016 - 10 answers

Near to last minute vacation ideas needed! (east Asia edition)

I get the bulk of my Lunar New Year vacation two weeks after most people do here--I've got five, maybe six days lined up. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Feb 12, 2016 - 3 answers

Where to go in Wales?

We're going to Wales in May. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by freshwater on Feb 12, 2016 - 18 answers

taxi or uber from LAX - very tight schedule for funeral

I got very short notice for a funeral. I can fly into LAX tomorrow, Saturday, and arrive 11:45 am. The service is at the USC Campus chapel and starts at 2 pm I've been told this may not be enough time. [more inside]
posted by egk on Feb 12, 2016 - 16 answers

New York City in the freezing cold

So I seem to have picked the absolute worst weekend to decide to visit NYC. Any ideas for things to do while keeping warm and minimizing our exposure to the arctic air? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Feb 11, 2016 - 25 answers

Best way to carry money in Europe

I will be travelling to France, Italy, and Spain in a few weeks, and I'm trying to decide the best way to carry money with me. Many sites have recommended money belts, but this seems weird and awkward for actually paying for things! I would feel weird untucking my shirt and reaching into my pants in a fancy restaurant, for example. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Feb 10, 2016 - 42 answers

Cool Things between Charlotte and College Station

This is going to be a first for us - an extended family road trip that's not entirely about driving overnight and getting to the destination ASAP. And so, we are turning to you for some help. [more inside]
posted by daikaisho on Feb 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Jaipur beyond the "single day tourist" schedule?

We are traveling to India (again!) in March (again!) - our itinerary has a couple days at the end, and we are spending Holi with our friend/guide and his family. The day after Holi, the suggestion is Amber Fort/City Palace/Jantar Mantar. We did those things last time. What should we do this time? We will ask our friend for suggestions, but I wanted to ask YOU GUYS too - thanks!
posted by ersatzkat on Feb 9, 2016 - 4 answers

From Merida to Cancun

I need advice on the nuts and bolts of getting from the Centro area of Merida to Cancun by bus. [more inside]
posted by the phlegmatic king on Feb 8, 2016 - 5 answers

One month paid sabbatical. What to do with my time?

I recently got a great offer from my company for a paid sabbatical of one month. Their conditions are to use it on a personal project of some sort and give a presentation afterwards. I. E. "Don't stay at home and watch TV." [more inside]
posted by ts;dr on Feb 7, 2016 - 14 answers

A Week in Paris and London

Traveling to Europe for the first time ever, and I'm super excited! Have most of a plan mapped out, but not sure on details and would appreciate any advice. [more inside]
posted by kmz on Feb 4, 2016 - 46 answers

Pick our layover/stopover

United allows you a free stopovers (hat tip y'all!) with award flights. Where would you pick if you wanted to throw a 2 night trip, 2 full days on the end? We'll be coming back from ten days in non-luxury India. Right now Hong Kong and Istanbul are our two top sites, but Bangkok, Shanghai, Rome, Munich, Dubai are also possibilities. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Feb 4, 2016 - 7 answers

On the platform at TF'Green, tired not_on_display waits, dreaming...

I'm landing at TF Green (PVD) on a Saturday at 9AM. I'd assumed the MBTA Commuter Rail would run from TF Green to Providence ... turns out, yeah, but not on Saturdays! So, what's the next best/cheapest way for someone fresh off the red-eye on a Saturday morning to get from TF Green to Providence Station? Thanks! (Also, my condolences about your Mayor-for-life's term limit being up.)
posted by not_on_display on Feb 3, 2016 - 4 answers

Short Oahu Escape

Need help with itinerary! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Feb 3, 2016 - 6 answers

How do I pack for Los Angeles?

Last year I went to Los Angeles and I packed ALL wrong. I saw highs of 80 and I packed for Wisconsin 80s and Florida 80s and that just wasn't right. It would get warm, even hot for a few hours only to be so cool in the evening. Some days it really felt like it was HOT for only an hour or two, then freezing. Or it would change depending on where I was. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Feb 2, 2016 - 22 answers

In search of organizational peace while living on the road

In a few weeks I leave to spend 3 months touring and living in a van to do outreach for an animal rights organization, and I'm trying to devise a good system for my stuff on the road. In particular, I'm in search of a good, roughly duffel-sized vegan bag that I can use for this tour and beyond, plus a good way to keep my toiletries together. More general tips for staying organized while living on the road are welcome. [more inside]
posted by Gymnopedist on Feb 1, 2016 - 16 answers

One airline lost it, another found it?

An airline recently lost my bag and, after some prompting, gave up and paid compensation. Now, about six weeks later, a totally unrelated airline found my bag and has returned it. Err, what next? [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Jan 28, 2016 - 20 answers

Help me navigate Memphis and New Orleans by Amtrak and bicycle

I'm planning our ten-year anniversary, complete with stays in Memphis and New Orleans in mid-to-late September. I've booked the tickets on Amtrak, and would ideally ship our bikes so we can get around car-free. Can you help me locate good areas to stay? [more inside]
posted by rocketman on Jan 28, 2016 - 7 answers

The Big Island (Hawaii) for 4 days, help me plan a great trip!

I (36-year-old female) am traveling from Boston to Hawaii in early March for 10 days. Planning on 4 days and 4 nights on my own on the Big Island, sandwiched between three days on Oahu and three on Kauai where I will have company. For logistical reasons, I’m in some hurry to book my flights to/from TBI, and so am trying to nail down my itinerary. I’m also inflexible on days of the week on TBI. I’m thinking of one of these two itineraries: [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Jan 28, 2016 - 19 answers

I'm making a travel insurance claim. Do I get my premium back?

The policyholder is Allianz. Just wondering if I include the amount of the original premium in the cost to be reimbursed. I've heard it both ways--just wondering what the standard is. Thanks!
posted by eggman on Jan 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Weekend Roadtrip

You want to take a weekend off...where should you go? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Jan 25, 2016 - 9 answers

Inland Empire Travel - This Sucks!

I am having a hard time coordinating travel from Pomona to Palm Springs, CA and could use some insider/local help. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Jan 24, 2016 - 6 answers

Female road (air) warriors: What's best to wear on a plane?

I travel for work, but not often enough to get the upgrade. What's best to wear on cross-country flights? [more inside]
posted by nadise on Jan 23, 2016 - 29 answers

Quaint stopover between Amboise and Vezac

Traveling with the family through France in June. We will be driving from Amboise to Vezac and we're looking for suggestions for a cute little stopover for the night somewhere in between. [more inside]
posted by quantum on Jan 23, 2016 - 2 answers

Please help this very infrequent flyer.

This is a very simple question, but I haven’t flown in five years and I want to get through the pre-flight BS as easily as possible. [more inside]
posted by Dolley on Jan 21, 2016 - 20 answers

Travel insurance in the case of pet illness

Is there a travel insurance that allows for cancellation in case of pet illness? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 20, 2016 - 4 answers

Another warm vacation question

Where can we go that is warm (80s), DRY, and beachy that is within the U.S., will avoid El Nino, and is within 2-4 flight hours of STL in the middle of February?
posted by Ms Vegetable on Jan 20, 2016 - 9 answers

Ugh, Fine, I'll Go to Hawaii (If You Think That's Okay)

Last week, I was thinking of doing a babymoon in Cancun. Then the CDC issued a warning discouraging pregnant women from traveling to Mexico and 13 other countries because of Zika virus. Now I'm thinking Hawaii. Am I making A Big Mistake? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jan 20, 2016 - 26 answers

How can I download my "saves" from Tripadvisor to Excel?

I'd like to access my saved locations in this way.
posted by jefficator on Jan 19, 2016 - 1 answer

What is the best goddamn vacuum-insulated travel mug in the world?

Show me the last word in vacuum-insulated travel mugs for coffee. Specific requirements within. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Jan 19, 2016 - 32 answers

Good storage/travel solution for absurd number of mobile devices?

I have a giant pile of tablets and smartphones for work, and sometimes I have to travel with them to work from remote locations. Do you have any ideas or suggestions for keeping everything better organized and protected? [more inside]
posted by Vibrissa on Jan 19, 2016 - 10 answers

US warm long weekend destination in February for solo female traveler

I am thinking about taking a solo long weekend vacation sometime in February to get away from the gloomy Pacific Northwest. Usually I would go to LA but I have been thinking of trying something else in SoCal or even elsewhere. Criteria below the fold. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Jan 19, 2016 - 12 answers

Pros and cons of group tours

I'm hoping to spend my next vacation exploring Vietnam. Can you tell me about the pros and cons of taking an organised group tour to somewhere like Vietnam? What do you wish you had known before you went on your first group tour? Would it be safer than travelling alone for a Western woman?
posted by EatMyHat on Jan 18, 2016 - 10 answers

How to best experience the great outdoors without a driver's license?

I live and work in Blacksburg, Virginia, a good place to live without a car, which I don't own due to primarily budget, but also health/anxiety issues. And that's perfectly fine for city living, but there ain't no bus routes to the Appalachian Trail or to the Cascades waterfall or the dozens of other outdoor places I'd like to visit and hike and explore. What would y'all suggest I do? [more inside]
posted by smooshie on Jan 16, 2016 - 12 answers

The thing that can't replace the thing

What small special experiences or things or brief travels might help in a grieving process (for someone who's already got great emotional and structural support)? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jan 16, 2016 - 8 answers

Montreal Trip -- How to maximize exchange rate value?

We are planning a vacation in September of this year and noticed that the Canadian dollar is forecasted to drop as low as ~.55 USD. What is the best way to capitalize on the exchange rate favorably (as US citizens) and how long should we wait/watch the rates to get reservations? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on Jan 15, 2016 - 2 answers

Going to China. What should I do when I'm not working?

I will be in China for two weeks, from April 18th to May 5th, for work. Help me plan what to do/see/explore when I'm on my own time. [more inside]
posted by Marinara on Jan 13, 2016 - 5 answers

Help me find non-racist stories about Westerners in Japan

I'm hunting for examples of stories about Westerners travelling to Japan that don't indulge in orientalist/exoticizing/racist tropes. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Jan 11, 2016 - 14 answers

A man, a woman, a fetus, a plan ...

I'm thinking of taking a trip to Panama in early March when I'll be 25 weeks. Pros, cons, questions and more below the fold! [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jan 11, 2016 - 14 answers

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