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Lodging in Seattle - general tips

The plan is in motion. We have Amtrak tickets to Seattle in May. This question is mostly about lodging. [more inside]
posted by notned on Jan 8, 2015 - 8 answers

Um, when and where the hell is your wedding happening??

I've agreed to be the MOH at an old, cherished friend's destination second wedding this year (after the couple secretly eloped), but unfortunately, the bride and groom can't agree upon an actual wedding date and location. As of today, this wedding is potentially either 5 or 8 months away but still up in the air. Which is beginning to interfere with the ability of the guests to plan their lives this year... snowflakes below... [more inside]
posted by hush on Jan 7, 2015 - 22 answers

Is there any benefit to flying into Newark instead of New York?

Hey peeps, we're planning a future trip and really need some local knowledge. We want to fly from Canada to New York. There aren't any direct flights from where I live to JFK or LaGuardia. We would need to make a layover in Toronto... [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Jan 6, 2015 - 37 answers

Cross-country Road Trip in January

I'm moving from NYC to Seattle this weekend. My brother will join me and we'll be driving a big SUV. Leaving Friday night and hoping to arrive Monday afternoon. I need mapping advice. [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Jan 6, 2015 - 21 answers

Maggie the Cat Needs a Lift

My husband's sister's father has died, and we are trying to get her from Macon GA to Virginia Beach, VA for the funeral. We are running into some serious snags, both logistically and financially. Looking for possible options. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jan 5, 2015 - 22 answers

Help me schlep my stuff!

I recently started commuting by public transit and need help carrying all my stuff. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty on Jan 5, 2015 - 20 answers

40th Birthday Getaway

I need to plan an awesome 4-5 day getaway for my wife's 40th birthday sometime in late March / early April. The less time we can spend traveling the better. We are based in Austin Texas so anywhere in the U.S. or parts close by wouldn't be out of the question. I am willing to spend 3 - 5k. I am looking for specific recommendations on a city / town / resort we can go to simply have an awesome time. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Jan 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Maximizing flight benefits- Need a travel mentor

I travel quite a bit for my profession; about 50% of the time, on my dime, reimbursed. I know of flyertalk along with reddit/r/churning - what I'm really looking for is a "start here" method. I have several travels coming up, including one in the middle east, and I want to be able to maximize whatever benefits I can get. Someone has done this before, right? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Jan 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Where, and how best to travel in Europe

My fiance and I are trying to plan our honeymoon. We really want to plan a European trip, but are not satisfied with one destination. Once you are in Europe, what is the best way to travel? Eurail? Air? Not to mention, where are the best places to go? [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jan 4, 2015 - 24 answers

Holiday Road

Where can a family of four Floridians drive to have a fun vacation? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jan 3, 2015 - 7 answers

How to prepare for a ~3 month stay in Sydney, Australia.

If the visa arrives, I'm going to be spending mid-Feb to May in Sydney; I've never been to Australia before & know no one in the city. I'd like to prep by signing up to useful emails & following twitter accounts to help me feel more familiar with the city before I fly out. [more inside]
posted by AFII on Jan 3, 2015 - 10 answers

Travel 5 weeks before wife’s due date? Chances of missing the birth?

I'm thinking about being a away for a week, around 4-5 weeks before my wife's due date. I'm looking hard statistics (chances of missing the birth) and soft advice (what would you do) to help with this decision. [more inside]
posted by PersonAndSalt on Jan 2, 2015 - 34 answers

Plan our pre-baby Februrary getaway from Montreal!

We are trying to plan a no-stress vacation for two - our last as a couple before we have a baby! The plan is to go somewhere easy and hot, easily-ish accessible from Montreal, to lie on the beach and not think about too many stressful details, for about a week. I'm going to be 6 months pregnant, so we are trying to avoid places that are likely to give me food poisoning (yes we know the risks are everywhere.) What's your best place/hotel/resort/beach suggestion with direct flights to Montreal? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Dec 29, 2014 - 4 answers

One day in Boston, with kids. What should we do?

I'll be in Boston with my kids for one day (two nights) in February. They're ages 8 and 12. Too old for the Children's Museum, too young to be set free to wander on their own. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 29, 2014 - 21 answers

Traveling to Reunion Island

This April we're going to Reunion Island (South Indian Ocean, SW of Mauritius). The good thing is that it's well off the beaten path for US tourists. The bad part is that it's well off the beaten path for US tourists, so it's somewhat more difficult to research than most destinations. I'm looking for recommendations and advice. [more inside]
posted by kaszeta on Dec 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for travel ideas for 2015

We take a trip every year, and the past few years we've had no problem coming up with destinations. But this year I'm stumped. I've looked at other questions, but it turns out that I'm a special snowflake (just like everyone else), so details below the jump. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl on Dec 28, 2014 - 24 answers

Take me armchair traveling: your favorite works of travel writing?

I won't be able to afford much travel in the next year or two. In the meantime, I'd love to be swept away with rich and vivid descriptions of faraway places. The more introspective, the better. Can be either non-fiction or fiction; essays/short stories or longer format writing; graphic novels are fine; am open to any locations. Bonus points if it also focuses on local food, and/or has an ethnographic approach, and/or is written from a woman's perspective. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 28, 2014 - 36 answers

Japan with an infant - now or later?

We want to take our 3 month old to Japan. Should we go ASAP or wait for better weather? [more inside]
posted by tealcake on Dec 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Which prepaid smartphone should I get for international travel?

I'm planning my first (and hopefully not last) international vacation and I'd like to get a smartphone for traveling that can be used on a prepaid basis for both voice and data. When not traveling it will not be used as a phone, although I'd still like it to perform double duty as a mp3/move player at home. Home is the united states and travel will be to Iceland (and beyond). [more inside]
posted by waxboy on Dec 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Good places to eat between Jersey City and Bristol, TN?

We'll be making a long car trip sometime later this winter from Jersey City to Bristol, TN. We'll pack a cooler, but any suggestions for good restaurants to eat at on 78 West to Harrisburg and then 81 South to Tennessee? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Dec 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Favorite Fishing Spots

I'm curious as to some of your favorite fishing spots, whether they are local or they were part of a fishing trip. [more inside]
posted by MMiller3669 on Dec 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Uniquely fun restaurant and bar recommendations in midtown Manhattan?

I'll be coming to NYC from Jan. 1-4 with some fun party people in tow, primarily to see the Gogol Bordello show on Jan. 2. I was wondering if any kind Mefites might have some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Go Banana on Dec 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Can I Deduct These Trips?

Self employed person who blogs (money generating and part of the business) about a personal hobby considering a trip related to the hobby, wondering if you can consider it a business expense and tax deductible, or how to figure it out. [more inside]
posted by christiehawk on Dec 22, 2014 - 3 answers

Gift for Utah lover

I'd like to give a gift to someone who adores Utah and will be making his second trip there next year. Any suggestions for the best travel books or some kind of unusual service/gift certificate I could give him? He likes wide open spaces and adventurous travel off the grid.
posted by Paris Elk on Dec 21, 2014 - 6 answers

What to do in Berlin on Christmas Day? and the next 6 days...

We're headed to Berlin for the holidays. We have a general sense of where to go and what to see from previous MeFi posts but wonder specifically: What's the city like on December 25th and over the holidays in general? Are there any activities, sights, events occurring during this time that we shouldn't miss? Oh, and where should we eat? [more inside]
posted by lotusfeet on Dec 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Flying into LAX on Dec 25th, with kid, long layover: argh. Advice?

My family including young kids (aged five and up) is flying into LAX on Dec 25th, arriving at around 6:30 AM after a fifteen-hour flight from Australia. We have a seven hour layover. What should I expect from LA traffic on that day? What, if anything, will be open? How easy will it be to call cabs? Any recommendations for kid-friendly things to do, bearing in mind the time constraints, possibly-grumpy kids?
posted by a post by a post posted by at at on Dec 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Chirstmas in NOLA

We decided to not worry about the in-laws this year and booked a last-minute Christmas trip to New Orleans instead. So where do we eat on Christmas? [more inside]
posted by thecjm on Dec 18, 2014 - 16 answers

I want to wrap presents here and give them in another city. HOW?

Every year I buy a bunch of gifts, schlepp them home, and wrap them surreptitiously in a secret corner of my mom's house about 3 minutes before I have to give them over, all in the name of national security. Am I being stupid? Can I do this differently? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Dec 18, 2014 - 21 answers

U.S. train travel around the 1860s

I'm looking for descriptions of mid-19th-century passenger rail trips. I prefer contemporary accounts, and particularly of travel in the South. I can also use later research, and descriptions of travel anywhere in the country are helpful. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Dec 17, 2014 - 6 answers

A place to think...

Where in the US can I live for a month with a budget of $1000? [more inside]
posted by laptolain on Dec 17, 2014 - 19 answers

New England Getaway

My boyfriend and I are spending the holidays with our families near Lake George, NY and Great Barrington, MA. We would like to spend a couple of days between Christmas and New Year's away but in the area. Looking for location suggestions, as well as things to do and places to stay. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Dec 17, 2014 - 6 answers

two travel booking questions

I'm putting together some travel plans for 2015 and am considering my online travel booking options. [more inside]
posted by trixie119 on Dec 12, 2014 - 8 answers

On evening in Dublin next Monday. What to do?

Thanks to the UK border agency inconveniently scheduling my visa start date, I have to leave the UK and re-enter after 15 Dec. Since flights were very cheap to Dublin, I decided to book a flight to Dublin, stay an evening, then fly back. I'll be by myself. I've never been to Dublin. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Dec 11, 2014 - 7 answers

Best battery-operated CPAP machine?

My father-in-law needs a CPAP machine to sleep well. What do you recommend for a portable, battery-powered version? [more inside]
posted by brianogilvie on Dec 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Best / Cheapest routes to New Zealand from the United States?

Traveling to New Zealand from the United States (Raleigh) in January, any travel pro routes to NZ that are non-obvious but might be cheaper? [more inside]
posted by jzb on Dec 9, 2014 - 10 answers

I would like to be invited back next year...

I'll be spending my second Christmas with my boyfriend's lovely family, and want to get them a gift they'll enjoy. Unfortunately, I don't know them that well, and feel pretty stuck. Deets inside. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Dec 9, 2014 - 16 answers

Two days in Seattle: Any must-sees or must-eats?

I'm visiting my brother in Seattle this weekend, flying up Saturday morning and back down Sunday night. I'm already doing Theo Chocolate tour and I've done Seattle underground but he's never been to Seattle at all and I haven't been in a few years. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Dec 9, 2014 - 15 answers

Indonesian speakers on the green?

I'm looking for the appropriate translation of a couple of key but relatively obscure phrases for our visit to Indonesia with a baby in tow in a month's time. We'll be in Bali. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Dec 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Seeking a winter get aways with kids in New England

The alms family (2 adults + 8 y.o. + 4 y.o.) is looking to spend 2-3 days in a rural setting over the winter break, with activities like sleigh rides, bonfires, snow shoeing, nature walks, board games, tubing, possibly xc skiing, and other kids activities. We don't downhill ski or snowboard ourselves although we’d consider a ski resort if it has enough of the other things going on. We think a full service inn catering to families is probably the best bet but maybe there is a farm-inn stay, ski resort or rental that would work. [more inside]
posted by alms on Dec 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Traveling alone to DC on Christmas weekend. What to do?

So I have a few days off and just want to get away on a small budget. I have decided that I will take the bus to Washington, DC over the Christmas weekend, and will probably be staying at a hostel or maybe couchsurfing. I will probably stay for one or two nights. I don't have any friends or family in the DC area and, so far, I couldn't find anyone to travel with me, so I will be traveling alone. [more inside]
posted by wye naught on Dec 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Big Bandwidth in the Big Apple

I need to upload several GB of data fast while on travel to New York. How do I pull this off? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Dec 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Seattle visit in January - How to get around, where to stay, what to see

My wife and I are visiting Portland, OR for a conference in January, and decided to tack on a quick visit to Seattle afterwards. We know Portland pretty well, but neither of have been to Seattle. We were hoping to use public transit there, but my wife has trouble walking long distances or standing for long periods of time, so we'd need lines that have very frequent and predictable arrivals. More inside. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Dec 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Plan My East Coast Vacation, Please

I know next to nothing about the Northeastern US coast, other than it's pretty and I'd like to see it. Please help me plan a relaxing vacation to a place I know nothing about! [more inside]
posted by erst on Dec 4, 2014 - 32 answers

Driving and exploring northern Norway?

We're heading to Norway at the beginning of February for a week. We're thinking a few days in Oslo, and then up to Tromsø to try to see the northern lights. We've got a bunch of questions about renting a car and driving in the winter, as well as exploring northern Norway. [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Dec 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Sarasota downtown or "nice walks" lodging with kitchen-type facilities?

Sarasota Where-To-Stay: We want to stay in Sarasota, Florida, USA, Dec. 27-30 to visit with my dude's parents. Can anybody recommend a nice place to stay with kitchenette-type facilities (i.e., at least refrigerator/microwave - or maybe a friendly BNB) with _somewhere_ nice to walk, i.e., not located on a high-traffic road with nothing nearby but uninteresting industrial stuff, nail salons, or chain stores? I'm working with a travel agent, and have looked around a bit myself, so this is a long shot. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Dec 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for a good RV one-way transport website

What is a good website for finding cheap renting deals on RVs to travel one-way to the destination the company needs the RV moved to?
posted by yoz420 on Nov 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Non-touristy Honeymoon spots in Asia.

Our honeymoon is going to be next August, we want to go someplace in Asia, but we'd like to go a bit off the beaten track -- here's our criteria: [more inside]
posted by empath on Nov 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Thanksgiving Day in New York City

What should a couple in their early 30s do in New York City on Thanksgiving Day? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Nov 25, 2014 - 3 answers

How to VPN while traveling

I'm going to be traveling a fair amount over the holidays which means I'll likely be on public WiFi a lot more than usual, and with all of the various security and privacy issues that have popped up in the news recently, I figure the time is ripe to figure out a VPN strategy (since not everything I do is over SSL/HTTPS). [more inside]
posted by Aleyn on Nov 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Best time of year to hike the Lake District?

My husband and I are thinking of taking an anniversary/delayed honeymoon trip to the UK, and going on one of the semi-packaged Lake District hikes (where you hike from inn to inn and they trundle your baggage to the next inn for you). I'm getting conflicting information about the best month to do this. Data points inside. [more inside]
posted by missrachael on Nov 21, 2014 - 9 answers

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