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Walking in the Lake District

My mom and I are planning on taking a walking trip in the UK's Lake District in May. We're currently considering booking with Contours Walking Holidays to walk Cumbria Way. They provide maps and routes and arrange accommodations and baggage transportation. However I haven't been able to find much in the way of reviews for them -- possibly because each person's trip is so different. My question is basically whether using Contours is the way to go here (perhaps someone reading this has personal experience with them?) or if I should be looking at a different company or some other way to make arrangements. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Feb 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Neighborhood and hotel Recs for Istanbul visit

I'm visiting Istanbul in May, we were originally going to stay near Taksim square, but I'm wondering if we should re-think because of the protests. Has anyone been there recently, or any locals able to make some recommendations?
posted by allysahn on Feb 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Kid-Friendly Breakfast Spots & Activities in Charlotte, North Carolina

I am meeting up with some friends in Charlotte who have a long layover there Saturday morning. I live just a couple of hours away but have not spent much time there. Can you recommend a good breakfast spot and/or places we could hang out for a few hours that would occupy the kids (ages 7-9) and also give us adults some time to chat?
posted by something something on Feb 3, 2014 - 6 answers

A February weekend in Maine--what to do...

Some friends and I will be in Maine next weekend--we'll be in Ogunquit and Portland. 3 women in our thirties. Looking for recs for restaurants, bars, cafes, thrift/vintage shops, and anything else interesting in either place. Thank you!
posted by namemeansgazelle on Feb 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Visa agency in Houston, TX for Brazil travel

Recommendations for a visa agency in Houston, Texas (one that's open on weekends) to obtain a tourist visa to travel to Brazil? [more inside]
posted by LLF246 on Feb 1, 2014 - 4 answers

good stops on the way to DC?

I'm planning a road trip from Bloomington Indiana to Washington DC toward the end of March. Will be traveling with a 4 years old and am looking for some suggestions of places to stop along the way. [more inside]
posted by steinwald on Jan 31, 2014 - 10 answers

Help my wife entertain herself, London edition

My wife will be in London for 2 days in late April. She asked me to ask you some things. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jan 29, 2014 - 10 answers

How can we make our first family RV trip awesome?

I've always wanted to do an RV trip, and I've finally convinced my wife to give it a try. We're thinking about taking our two girls (1.5 and 5 yrs) to San Diego this spring and starting from there. How can we make it a fun experience for everyone? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jan 29, 2014 - 13 answers

I'm 26 and cannot shake this itch to travel

For about 5 years I have had an itch to move somewhere completely new and try my hand at something completely new in a different culture. Should I? [more inside]
posted by *lostatsea* on Jan 28, 2014 - 29 answers

Flying to Hong Kong with kids - How to choose a flight?

We're flying to Hong Kong with our 2 young kids. We need help figuring out the best route and the best way to buy tickets. [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Jan 26, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I handle destination wedding money stress?

A friend of my girlfriend's is getting married in Asia over Christmas 2014. She's planning to go, and wants me to accompany her (and, money aside, I'd like to go). She'll be upset and disappointed if I don't, and is already upset and disappointed that I'm balking. She makes enough money to afford the trip without financial contortions, and...I don't, or don't feel like I do. This is a recurring point of contention in our relationship, and, generally, I'm not sure if I'm being unreasonable, she's being unreasonable, or a little bit of both. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2014 - 58 answers

Family of three, two last names. Problem?

When I got married I never changed my last name. We're pregnant now (yay!), and thinking the baby will have my last name. Dad will likely big picking kiddo up from daycare/school a lot and we'll be traveling internationally a lot (Oz-US). How big a deal is it if dad has a different surname? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jan 25, 2014 - 43 answers

Easter in Wallonia or Northern France?

I will be in the Brussels area over Easter weekend and I need tips on where to go. [more inside]
posted by Gringos Without Borders on Jan 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Where in the world should two best friends go on vacation?

Two women in our mid-20's with some international travel experience. No specific budget or length of time designated yet - more info on that inside. Multi-country or multi-city definitely an option. History, art, and food are of interest. [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish on Jan 24, 2014 - 24 answers

Three weeks, three countries - help me make it awesome

I've got the (unexpected) opportunity to spend four solo weeks in Europe in March. I'd like to go to three cities and spend a week in each, book-ended with a couple of days in London at each end. But there are SO MANY cities! Help me choose - special snowflake criteria after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Gwendoline Mary on Jan 24, 2014 - 10 answers

I Suck At Titles, Especially Unique Ones

Alright, I've been letting this problem get in the way of starting a travel blog too long - the blog name I came up with has already been taken by a score of other blogs. So what do I call the damn thing? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jan 24, 2014 - 31 answers

Traveling the world nervousness, questions, and suggestions

I'm trying to make travel plans, however, the whole situation is changing so rapidly. I have not booked any tickets yet. My rough original intention was to travel throughout Southeast Asia through China (Hong Kong) then up to Europe. I originally planned to start in Singapore and work through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam but the recent situation in Bangkok has made me nervous. I'm trying to stay as safe as possible. I want to do as little backtracking as possible. I have saved up a bit of cash and am using the trip as a personal sabbatical/soul searching. My time frame can be up to a year on the road. What would a typical itinerary look like/do you have any alternate suggestions? What do people generally do when on the road for this long/any suggestions to stay busy during this time?
posted by nathanm on Jan 23, 2014 - 14 answers

Seeking a Good, Rugged Sport Jacket for Travel

I am looking to buy this travel sport jacket from Eddie Bauer. Are there other alternatives? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jan 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Giant whale hanging from the ceiling in California or Florida?

I was on vacation somewhere in California (Napa or San Francisco) or in Florida (Orlando or St. Augustine) and I remember seeing a big gigantic whale hanging from the ceiling of a museum, restaurant, or some other tourist attraction... Can anyone tell me where this was?
posted by dope_feeny on Jan 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Planning trip to possible ancestral town in SW England, but what to do?

My extremely-uncommon and forever-mispelled last name—Huxham—happens to also be the name of a tiny village right outside of Exeter in SW England. My ancestors left Britain from the port of Plymouth on the other side of Devonshire, so I feel fairly confident this might be where my last name comes from. However, even though I have the means and the desire to visit this hamlet…what do I do there? Just start knocking on doors? Should I contact the parish priest and/or tourism board? [more inside]
posted by huxham on Jan 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Does anywhere currently exist like Kowloon Walled City?

Looking for slums that are similar to the former Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong -- areas where the population have created their own sorts of internal ecosystems for one reason or another, living together in some kind of (likely rather tense) harmony. Ideally, these would be places where people have trotted out storefronts/small businesses, and have somehow either leeched off the public infrastructure or created their own. Bonus points if the residents are essentially unauthorized to live there. Nowhere in the US, please (though I'd still be interested in knowing). I already know about Dharavi, Kibera, and the Tower of David in Caracas.
posted by dmaterialized on Jan 20, 2014 - 15 answers

Accessible wildlife tour/cruise/trip?

Granddad loves wildlife, and has taken multiple Lindblad/National Geographic tours to Ecuador/Galapagos to see the animals. He would love to go back there, or to somewhere new, but I'm a little worried about his new mobility constraints ( use of wheelchair, walker). Where is the best accessible wildlife viewing in North, Central, South America? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Jan 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me decide where to go for a month of relaxation

I'm planning to take a month of holiday in May or June, and want to find a cheap remote destination anywhere in the world where I can rent a small place and just hang out and read books and unwind. My perfect day there would be lounging around in a hammock/garden/isolated beach, reading, drinking a cappuccino and eating bread and cheese. Maybe I'd go for a little walk. Please give me your suggestions for destinations, including specific rental options if you have any. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Jan 19, 2014 - 10 answers

East of the Rockies travel...where should I go this fall?

I finally have the time and money to really get away this fall and I'd love to hear some ideas for where to go. [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo on Jan 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Vacation ideas for Montreal and Toronto

Help me give my sister ideas for a trip to Montreal and Toronto. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Jan 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Leipzig for the weekend - make it awesome for us

My husband and I are spending next weekend in Leipzig - arriving Friday evening leaving Sunday afternoon/evening, getting to and from by car. We are couchsurfing with people in the south of the city, and have very little in the way of plans other than seeing the train station (we werre last in Leipzig over a decade ago and the train station was closed due to a bomb threat, so we really want to see it this time). Places to visit, places to eat, cake/beer/meals not to be missed - all ideas gratefully recieved.
posted by Megami on Jan 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Peru, 18 days: jungle or no jungle?

Hi, We're going on what I thought would be a long trip to Peru in April... now that I'm planning the itinerary it seems way too short. Can more experienced travellers answer some questions? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on Jan 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me feed my 20-something wanderlust. Difficulty level: Wheelchair

I'm like every other post-college twentysomething in lots of ways: I make too little money, watch too much Netflix and indulge in an existential crisis oh, about once an hour. Also, like many in my cohort, I love the idea of packing up a ratty old duffel bag and heading off to some far corner of the world to taste, see and do all I can, while maybe giving myself either a leg to stand on once I return to the job market here or the warm-n-fuzzies that come from volunteering and/or service learning. All pretty standard fare. Here comes the doozy of snowflake: I'm in a wheelchair and have certain difficulties with speech fluency, owing to my CP and spastic diplegia diagnosis. Try as I might, I can't get myself to give up on the dream of spending a year or more abroad, even with all this in my way. Help me get there, oh beautiful hivemind? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

How to spend 4 nights on the Turquoise Coast

I'll be traveling to Turkey in late April this year, and I plan to spend 4 nights (maybe 5?) on the Turquoise coast. I have the rest of the trip figured planned well enough, but the coast is a big question mark. [more inside]
posted by MsMartian on Jan 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Prague or Copenhagen?

We're going to Berlin. Should we go to Prague, Copenhagen, or maybe Krakow as an additional stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2014 - 18 answers

Best Toiletry Bag Contents?

An unexpected late holiday gift has left me the owner of an amazingly capacious leather toiletry bag (this one to be exact) to replace my previous canvas sack. What can I put in it to make it the best men's toiletry bag ever for someone who travels frequently? I'm already putting in travel toothbrushes and simple shaving supplies, but what else should I include? What unexpected thing has been life-saving (or just really welcome) in your toilet bag? What emergency supplies should I have on hand?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 17, 2014 - 44 answers

Tell Me About Newfoundland

I am considering taking a week's vacation in Newfoundland in late May and I have questions about it. [more inside]
posted by something something on Jan 16, 2014 - 19 answers

Documentary TV Series like Wild China

We (the royal we) have been watching Wild China recently. It's a 6 part nature documentary that's also a bit of a travelogue. What we like about it--they go to a place not usually covered by Public TV nature docs and mix in explorations of the human culture there as well as geographic and biological subjects. What else is like this? What should we watch next? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 16, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I West Coast?

I'm from the UK, and I've got a work trip coming up to Seattle and LA. Most of that time is going to be spent doing work stuff (naturally), but I've got a free Saturday night and Sunday in Seattle and a free Saturday and Sunday morning in LA (staying in Pasadena). What should I do with my Seattle and LA/Pasadena weekends? More details under the cut. [more inside]
posted by terretu on Jan 15, 2014 - 29 answers

Seaside B&B/hotel within commuter rail distance from Boston?

While my partner visits me in Boston we'd like to stay for a few nights in a B&B or hotel outside the city. We don't drive, so the town needs to be easily accessible by train. Ideally, we'd like to be very close to the beach and have a fireplace in the room. A quaint town square with a nice coffee shop would also be great. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Chile and Argentina Travel Help

Help us plan a last-minute trip to South America. [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Jan 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me decide where to go on vacation.

I need advice on how to best plan my international vacation. Package deal or self made? Eastern Europe, Africa or Middle East? Someplace safe and easy to find my way around. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jan 14, 2014 - 18 answers

How can I tell my overprotective parents I´m going nomad?

Without losing them in the process. Click for (a lot) more of details. [more inside]
posted by Fermin on Jan 12, 2014 - 30 answers

Home cooking on windward Oahu (Hawaii)

I'm planning a stay in a guest cottage on windward Oahu (Waimanalo) and for once will have a kitchen and access to an outdoor grill. I'm looking forward to cooking and am gathering information about shopping, farmers markets etc. My budget is flexible and I'll be cooking for 4 people. I would love any recommendations for shopping from people who know the area. Driving some distance is not a problem. I'll be staying in Waikiki for a couple of days prior so could load up on stuff there, too. Any recommendations for fun places to eat would be welcome as well. Food we like? Pretty much anything, hopefully with an emphasis on local. (As an indication of our taste, we have always enjoyed buying poke at Safeway and eating it on the beach.) Mahalo in advance!
posted by BibiRose on Jan 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Traveling to China and Philippines. . .first time. . .

I am traveling on business to China (Guangzhou area) and Philippines (Manila). I have some international travel experience but none to Asia. I'll be working most of the time, so this isn't about sightseeing; it's more about, what are some lessons-learned, travel survival tips, etc., that you can share? Many thanks in advance.
posted by charris5005 on Jan 11, 2014 - 11 answers

Can you recommend a car GPS for North America and continental Europe?

I need some GPS advice. [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Jan 11, 2014 - 9 answers

Intercontinental Travel. Difficulty Level: 1 Year Old Baby

As my BIL is going to get married in late June in Israel, we've started to consider how myself, my husband and son can all attend with the least amount of hassle. Is it even possible? Baby snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jan 9, 2014 - 21 answers

Passport nightmare,, stranded at SEATAC

Can anybody help some Canadians fix this passport debacle? Need some help ASAP [more inside]
posted by wats on Jan 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Fantastic round the world trip planned, except...

The plan was to fly into Mumbai and make my way down the cost to Cochi. I just realized that my visa to India is not going to happen. I now have a 10-14 day gap. I'm leaving Tel Aviv on Feb. 3rd and staying in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 14th, dates somewhat flexible. Where should I go? Things to know: -No countries that require anything other then VOA for a US born citizen please. -In addition to Israel and Kuala Lumpur I'm also going to Hong Kong, much of Japan, Australia and New Zealand. -Have visited western Europe and northern S. America on previous trips. Bonus points if it involves hiking, learning how to sail or involves getting to see the countryside in safety, though perhaps not comfort.
posted by rip on Jan 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Where, oh where, to stay in El Paso

I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for where to stay in El Paso. My colleague and I will be there for work and would like to stay somewhere where we can walk out of the hotel and find some good options. [more inside]
posted by superfille on Jan 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Road Trip!!

Need some advice on places to stay/eat/etc... [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Jan 7, 2014 - 21 answers

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Looking for advice and tips before planning a holiday to Japan to view the cherry blossoms this spring. [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South on Jan 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Is Bali a safe choice for the first time traveller ?

I am a 27 year old female and I want to take an international trip in March. I have never travelled solo and haven't been outside the US in years. I would love to go to Bali but I'm wondering if I might be biting off more than I can chew. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Jan 6, 2014 - 24 answers

How Much Should I Pay For A Monthlong Flat in Paris?

Going on honeymoon in June to Paris. I have a friend who runs a business renting apartments in Paris for a month at a time, and he's just sent me the first two options. One costs 1390 Euro, the other 1250 Euro. Both are crazy good locations with crucial amenities like bathrooms. Is this about right, or should we ask for cheaper quotes? [more inside]
posted by Locative on Jan 6, 2014 - 21 answers

Three-day trip to Mexico City - Must Sees?

What are the can't miss sights, restaurants and happenings in Mexico City from January 18-21? My boyfriend and I are going to Mexico City for a impromptu three-day trip and would love some neighborhood, restaurant/bar/cafe and sightseeing suggestions! [more inside]
posted by foodmapper on Jan 6, 2014 - 10 answers

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