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How to be (very, temporarily) alone

I'd like to go somewhere and spend a while (a few days to a few weeks) without seeing or interacting with another person. How, logistically, would I do this? Difficultly level: no car. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Jan 2, 2016 - 17 answers

Visiting Mexico City as a queer mixed-race couple?

For my 30th birthday, I'm planning a week-long trip to Mexico City with my partner. We both have some concerns about physical/emotional safety, especially for her as a trans WOC. I'm looking for advice and anecdotes from people with experience being brown (as a tourist/non-native) and/or queer in Mexico City. [more inside]
posted by (Over) Thinking on Dec 31, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me navigate a work transition/move

I work in 100% travel IT consulting job. Moving soon so I can find local IT consulting (or else) jobs with my wife. Ideal world would to stay at current company, which doesn't have clients in new city, but is expanding there and current client has office there. While I am networking and will start applying for new jobs, I'd like to keep the option to stay. Do you have any thoughts or experiences in how to discuss this and navigate these waters? Some details below fold: [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Dec 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Cash without a bank

I need a decent amount of cash, but I don't live near my bank. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Dec 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Give Me Your Koreatown-Centric Los Angeles Recommendations!

I'm spending tomorrow in Los Angeles with some family and friends. We usually park the car in a couple different places in some adjacent neighborhoods and explore denser neighborhoods on foot. We'd like suggestions for places to visit and things to do in Koreatown, Hollywood, and the surrounding areas (but not DTLA). [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Dec 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Weekend travel in Europe

I'm living in Europe right now, and I need ideas for activity-based weekend travel. Where can I go? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Dec 27, 2015 - 14 answers

Can I walk to Oracle Arena in Oakland?

I'm going to a Golden State Warriors game next week. Ideally I want to stay at hotel nearby, hopefully park the rental car, and walk to the arena. Google Maps suggests this would not be a fun or plausible walk. Asking for local knowledge to confirm or deny... [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Dec 23, 2015 - 24 answers

Arguments for study in two overseas locations

My daughter has narrowed her overseas semester down to two cities. I need some outside opinions and considerations to help her make a decision. [more inside]
posted by fluffycreature on Dec 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Large Public NYE Celebration in the USA

I love large, public street parties for New Year's Eve. Where can I find one in the USA? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Dec 23, 2015 - 9 answers

I may need to cancel a flight. Can I get my money back?

I have one round-trip flight booked with Spirit (I know, I know) airlines to fly to Florida next week to visit my girlfriend's family. It is unlikely the trip will actually happen. Is there any way I can get the money back for my ticket? I did not get the travel insurance that they try to sell you. I purchased the ticket months ago. Any solutions appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Dec 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Have 3 days in SE Asia before official trip starts: where should I go?

Have a few days in SE before a work trip. Should I hang out in Hong Kong, Singapore, or go somewhere else? [more inside]
posted by troytroy on Dec 20, 2015 - 16 answers

Suggestions for a family vacation — good balance of relax and activity?

Hey all, I'm looking to take a short vacation with my family somewhere next year, and we're looking for places that are a good balance of relaxing but still has some great activity options. Would like to relax on the beach (or a similar alternative) and also see some culture and do some activities. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Dec 19, 2015 - 14 answers

Hygienic, traditional tattoo in Burma/Myanmar

I'm looking for suggestions of traditional tattoo artists in Myanmar who are hygienic and willing to work on foreigners. We'll be in the country in January (in the major tourist spots), and my SO would like to have a leg piece done. Many thanks for any help.
posted by eulily on Dec 19, 2015 - 0 answers

Best sim card for NZ

I'm heading home to New Zealand for the holidays and would like to get a prepaid sim with some data and decent coverage. [more inside]
posted by poxandplague on Dec 18, 2015 - 8 answers

Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria - where to go

Ms. deadwax and I are taking trains through Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria in February. We would like to stop at one or two places that are not big cities, go hiking and otherwise get out of town and into nature a bit, probably with 3-5 days parked in one place at a time. If you have been through this part of the world, where would you recommend, particularly in February? [more inside]
posted by deadwax on Dec 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Should we still go to Istanbul?

My partner and I have a one-week trip booked to Istanbul over the new year. We've been receiving a lot of flak about going from both sides of our family to the point where we are very seriously considering cancelling our trip. Our parents are worried about acts of terrorism such as bombings and shootings (things we feel could happen anywhere), as well as extremely unlikely scenarios like being kidnapped by ISIS. My partner's mother has expressly asked us not to go. [more inside]
posted by degoao on Dec 14, 2015 - 45 answers

How do I live in my car for a while?

So, as posted last week, I'm taking a big trip through the southwest. I'll have a car (Jeep grand cherokee) I can sleep in, a tent, a propane cookstove of some sort (plus pots and such), a good ice chest, some money, and clothes. What do I need to know to successfully survive this trip? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Dec 13, 2015 - 35 answers

Taking a 6 month sabbatical. Travel insurance? Regular insurance?

I'm planning to travel for 6 months (France for 3, then who knows) and will not have insurance through work. It's been difficult navigating all the options. Will I need travel insurance in addition to regular insurance? 29yo, located in CA, USA. [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Dec 9, 2015 - 13 answers

bringing frozen bread on a plane

i'm trying to bring 3 frozen loaves of bread on a plane from california to ireland on sunday, and i would like them to stay frozen until i get there. does anyone have experience bringing something frozen on a plane? can you recommend a leakproof soft cooler that would fit inside a (checked) suitcase? i am planning to put some of those blue ice packs in with the bread. is there a better option?
posted by désoeuvrée on Dec 8, 2015 - 9 answers

I want to see EVERYTHING in the USA west/southwest

I want to see all the neat things to see in a large chunk of the USA- Texas to Colorado to California and back, including New Mexico and Arizona. I'll consider the NW too, if something is exceptionally cool. [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Dec 6, 2015 - 52 answers

Can my employer make me pay for the cost of my travel booking mistake?

This past week I was preparing for an international business trip when I realized that I had made a mistake on my visa application. I was able to re-apply and rush things through and get on the plane. If I hadn't, it would have cost $1,000-$3,000 in change and cancellation fees for flights. My boss said that, 'most places would make the employee pay that.' Is that true? [more inside]
posted by oryelle on Dec 5, 2015 - 28 answers

What happens if I don't pay a Danish fine?

While in Copenhagen on business this past October, I received a fine for not (correctly) paying for a Metro ticket. Do I have to pay it? [more inside]
posted by photovox on Dec 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Hotels in DC that offer free shuttle service to both airports

I'm flying into Reagan on a Wednesday and out of Dulles on a Thursday. I have plenty of time to get to my airport and I could rent a car but, I'm thrifty, and I would like to find a reasonably priced, safe hotel, that provides free shuttle service to both airports. [more inside]
posted by myselfasme on Dec 3, 2015 - 15 answers

Itinerary help for 6 week western USA partly-solo roadtrip extravaganza

Past answers have already given me tons of great ideas for the Best Roadtrip Ever™; now help me polish my itinerary to perfection. Bonus points for advice on enjoying the solo stretches of the trip. [more inside]
posted by exutima on Dec 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Help my kitty have a great Christmas roadtrip!

I am visiting my mother for a couple weeks; I'd like to take my adorable little Kokopelli with me. I'll be driving and it's about 9 hours. I want to make sure that (a) my kitty is safe and comfortable during the trip there and back, and that (b) he can have a nice visit once we arrive. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Dec 1, 2015 - 28 answers

Traveling smoothies?

Due to some unfortunate medical issues, I need to start taking smoothies with me to work for breakfast and lunch. Please help me with your best containers and good bag/lunch box recommendations for carrying two smoothies on public transportation! [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on Nov 30, 2015 - 14 answers

Another layover question! Overnight, Berlin edition.

I'll be arriving in Berlin in the evening (earliest I'll be out of the airport is 9pm), with an early early morning flight the next day. Do I just get a hotel close to the airport and sleep? Or do I try to see a sliver of Berlin for the first (and maybe only) time ever that evening, somehow? Difficulty factor: grumpy old person who needs sleep. [more inside]
posted by these are my travel socks on Nov 30, 2015 - 13 answers

Fun things to do in Portland with kids?

What are some fun things to do with kids in Portland? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Nov 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Traveling to Kiev for work. Told to bring small gifts, but what?

I'll be traveling to Kiev to meet new co-workers and for various meetings, and I was told to bring some small gifts to exchange. What should I bring? [more inside]
posted by Atom12 on Nov 29, 2015 - 8 answers

What should I do during a 12-hour layover in Shanghai?

Me and one girlfriend have a layover at Pu Dong airport (yuck yuck yuck) from 7:00 PM to 10:30 AM. We're wondering what to do, and whether it's safe to roam around Shanghai all night. [more inside]
posted by everythingyoudoisaballoon on Nov 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Can I look up my baby's SSN today without having the card?

My kid has a SSN, but I don't know what it is. How can I look it up on short notice? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Nov 28, 2015 - 11 answers

food for a picnic at Storm King Art Center (New Windsor, NY)

I'm planning to go to the Storm King Art Center (in New Windsor, NY) on Friday. I'd like to eat something delicious for lunch while I'm there or before I go. I can bring it from Manhattan (or anyplace in the city, I guess), but I would have to buy it the day before on Thanksgiving. Or, I could eat near the museum or near my hotel in Monroe. [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Nov 26, 2015 - 2 answers

August travel?

We never travel in August, because that's when everyone else travels. But next year we have a big birthday to celebrate in August, and want to take a nice trip somewhere. What's a good place to go (anywhere in the world) that is at its best in August? 30-something couple, no kids, experienced travellers.
posted by smackfu on Nov 23, 2015 - 13 answers

Home of the blues, Christmas edition.

I'm thinking of heading to New Orleans at Christmas. Nuts? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Nov 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Christmas Sights and Doin's in Boston

My family will be joining me in the Boston area for Christmas this year, for the first time, for only a few days surrounding the 25th. If we were in NYC, near where I grew up, I'd know exactly what to do - see the windows, Rockefeller Ctr, St. Patrick's, the Grand Central train show...but I don't know what the Boston equivalents of these sightseeing traditions are. One caveat: Boston seems big on performing arts events for the holidays, and we probably aren't going to be able to coordinate schedules for ticketed events. I'm looking for things you can just drop in to. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Nov 21, 2015 - 12 answers

Not worried about my safety, more about the lockdown

I'm scheduled to visit Brussels from Wed-Sun this week, and given the high alert and reports that seem to suggest shops, public places and events will be shut, I'm concerned that I've picked about the worst possible time. [more inside]
posted by GamblingBlues on Nov 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Travel time from Manhattan to JFK on a Thursday?

I need to catch a 3:00 flight out of JFK on a Thursday (not Thanksgiving) and am wondering how long the trip will take from Manhattan. I am open to cabs, Uber and public transportation. [more inside]
posted by JennyJupiter on Nov 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Thanksgiving in Austin (2015 edition)

Going to meet up with my mom in Austin for Thanksgiving weekend. Neither one of us has ever been before. Where should we eat, drink, and hear great live music over Thanksgiving weekend? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Nov 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Where's the airbnb for cat owners who travel?

We would love to rent out our condo in Vancouver—or participate in some kind of home exchange—but are reluctant to leave our cat with strangers. (And local cat sitters are quite expensive.) Is there a site, or a filter on an existing site, to find others in a similar situation? [more inside]
posted by motownie on Nov 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Memphis to Mobile - what places to see in between?

I'm driving from Memphis to Mobile next week and have 2-3 days to spare in between. What places should I see? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Nov 18, 2015 - 13 answers

Christmas Night in Kiev

I'm going to have quite a long layover in Kiev on Christmas night. Is there anything I can do other than find a place in the airport to camp out? [more inside]
posted by kalimac on Nov 17, 2015 - 2 answers

I'd prefer not to let the terrorists win.

Should we go to Paris this Sunday? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Nov 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Help us get to Zurich

We are heading to Switzerland next spring and are researching the most efficient method of moving our bodies from Orlando to Zurich. In this case the word efficient means the melding of economy, few transfers and speed (ie: we don;t want to spend 24 hours making this journey). We found a direct flight from Tampa (point on transfers & speed, debits for economy) but there's no direct flight back. Options involving a single transfer that gets us close is optimum, as is flying out of Tampa or Jacksonville (we try to avoid the mess that is International travel through Miami).
posted by jeporter99 on Nov 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Best age to take kids to Disneyland?

We're considering taking out two girls to Disneyland next spring, when they'll be 7 and 3 1/2. Is this too young? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Nov 15, 2015 - 27 answers

Infant carseat tips for traveling?

My in-laws gifted us with a Disney cruise for Christmas. My daughter will need to use her car seat for hotel shuttles. I've never taken her on public transportation before. Do you have any tips? Do I simply carry the seat base everywhere with me and strap it into taxi and shuttle seats? Is that practical? Or do I not bring the base and simply hold the car seat? I have no idea how other people have approached this. Thanks for your experienced advice!
posted by jackypaper on Nov 15, 2015 - 10 answers

Small form factor computational device with USB and Wifi

I need to know what else is out there that has a USB port, and a Wifi antenna, is cheap, and can be carried with me on a trip (on foot). Keyboard, Disk drive, HDD larger than 32GB are all basically unnecessary. [more inside]
posted by shenkerism on Nov 10, 2015 - 17 answers

Hawaii Hotels with Zero Entry Pools

We are looking to stay in Kauai (or possibly another Hawaiian island) for a week in the spring and am having the hardest time finding a place to stay that has a zero-entry pool, a separate sleeping area, a/c, and is priced under $300/night. Are these criteria unreasonable or is there hope? [more inside]
posted by mouse noises on Nov 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Alaska, potential December trip, looking for advice

Hi all - I'm looking to maybe visit Alaska in December around Christmas time. Specifically we are looking at Anchorage and maybe Fairbanks. I've found a bunch of stuff online, including the official visitors guides and some old Metafilter asks, but I have some questions and I think it would help me to hear from some locals or people who've visited in the winter before. Specifics below. [more inside]
posted by FireFountain on Nov 10, 2015 - 15 answers

One Day in Lima

My friend has one day to go sightseeing in Lima, Peru. She is overwhelmed by the available options. What are the highlights of Lima? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Nov 10, 2015 - 5 answers

Staying at Berkeley Marina for 3 nights - where to go, what to do?

I'm traveling for work to Berkeley/Berkeley Marina (staying at the Doubletree) this week and will have 3 late afternoons/nights to myself this coming Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I'm leaving Sunday morning. On Thursday I arrive at the SFO airport before 1 pm so I've got the whole day after that. Friday I will be in UC Berkeley until 5pm so I'd like to check that area out while I'm up there. Saturday I'll be staying at the marina and free after 5pm. [more inside]
posted by lafemma on Nov 9, 2015 - 16 answers

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