Trying to up my travel game! Looking for your best hacks/tips/etc... [more inside]
You are neither my travel agent nor my financial adviser, but I'm having trouble working out the cost/benefit ratio on this. I'm thinking of taking myself and my husband on a belated honeymoon around the time of our first anniversary, in October. I have the money to do it, and of course I'd like to do it, but I can't seem to pull the trigger on "yes let's go!" or "naw." [more inside]
I'll be driving from Wisconsin to Panama City Beach, FL next week and we are looking for a place to rest our heads somewhere around GA or TN. Can you recommend a hotel on (or close to) the highway where we won't be shanked in the middle of the night? Our route will be on I-65, thanks in advance!
I'm trying to decide between two routes from Columbia, MD to Scranton, PA. Details inside. [more inside]
I urgently need long, well-curated Spotify playlists that I can download for listening to on a long impending Transatlantic flight. Preferred genres: shoegaze/nugaze, neo-psych rock, and/or melodic IDM. Basically anything that matches up with (or preferably blows the socks off) this listening profile. Relatively contemporary preferred. Thanks!
A friend and I take a trip once a year together. Usually it's been something like a national park, but last year we said "screw it, let's go to Disney World" - and had so much fun; not so much because "Disney" but because of the challenges of high-speed navigating a complex ecosystem of timing and logistics and transportation and reservations. What can we do next year that would scratch the same kind of itch? Anywhere in the world is fine. [more inside]
Hi AxMe, I am going to have a week of vacation starting April 10th and would like to go someplace that is conducive to lots of awesome outdoorsiness. I'm in the US. Thoughts? [more inside]
I have difficulty managing energy levels both at home and away, and I'd like some tips to balance things out for an upcoming group tour and avoid burnout. All experience welcome. [more inside]
Planning a last minute trip in late March/early April - need ideas for places to go or itineraries. My criteria: 10-14 day trip in which I can visit a city and an interesting natural area nearby. Top contenders at the moment: Buenos Aires, Athens, Istanbul, Spain. Further details inside. [more inside]
My family is flying in to San Francisco at the end of June. We have 7 days in the area. None of us have ever been to San Francisco before. We also have a strong desire to see the Redwoods, but we are confused when we look up information on them because there seem to be so many different parks that all claim they have Redwoods. So we are looking for advice on what to see and do, and the best way to see the Redwoods from the San Francisco area. [more inside]
My husband and I want to take our will-then-be-10-month-old somewhere for 3-4 weeks in July to immerse ourselves in a different culture. We really want to head back to Japan, but it’ll be disgustingly hot in July, so where should we go instead? [more inside]
I'll be going to a conference in Toronto the first week in June. The conference will be at the convention center. Find me a great place to stay! [more inside]
YANML, but I am a US resident, and have a Korean passport and a US green card. I am going to Canada for less than a week, to give an unpaid talk and meet with people in my field (though the hosts are paying for airfare and hotels). According to the official websites, I'd say this qualifies as a business trip. Does anyone have experience with a similar trip? Do business trips raise more flags at the border?
In late May, I will spend a week with my family in Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice) and then I'm going by myself to the Loire Valley to gawk at castles. Where should I stop for a day or two in between: Nice, Marseille, Lyon? [more inside]
I have a week off next week, and am looking to book a last-minute trip to somewhere warm for a few days, flying from the northeast US. I'm thinking the Caribbean or Mexico, but open to other ideas. My budget is up to $700US for flights and 4-5 nights accommodation, and I don't want a spring break type trip. Am I asking the impossible? [more inside]
What do I need to know to do a bike tour from the top of California to the bottom? [more inside]
Moving to Oregon from Pennsylvania, and trying to plan the drive across the country. Googling keeps telling me weather might be an issue for a more northern route but I can't figure out what to do - details below. [more inside]
I've read that for some smartphones it's possible, when traveling in Europe, to buy a local SIM card and put it in the phone. Is the Samsung Galaxy S III, purchased in Toronto, one of these phones? [more inside]
How should we structure our trip to London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow? [more inside]
I'm planning to travel to Split this June and would like some advice on air travel logistics from people who've been there recently. There seems to be a steep premium on direct itineraries, so I'm trying to decide if there's a better way. Specific questions on traveling through Rome-FCO or Zagreb inside. [more inside]
So my wife, myself and my daughter are going to Hawaii on Monday (yay!). But its a 5-6 hour flight that takes off right around 7am which is when the little girl normally wakes up (boo!). What are some good ways to occupy a generally good natured toddler who can walk but not yet talk or appreciate things like movies? [more inside]
My current mobile situation meets some of my needs, but not others. Can I do better? [more inside]
I've got 2 nights in Berlin, then 2 nights in Hamburg, then 3 nights unbooked before I fly back out of Berlin - where should I spend them? This is around the start of May. I like cities, interesting places, staying in hostels, don't have a huge amount of money. (I've not been to Berlin before and it's possible the answer is "more Berlin").
I am flying into Dulles (IAD) on a Wednesday night at around 9pm. I need to get myself to Baltimore/ Mount Vernon area that same night. What are my options? (No valid driver's licence so can't rent&drive) [more inside]
Which neighborhoods should we be trying to stay in, as first-time travelers to Rome and Florence? Which Greek island should we be looking at? [more inside]
The husband, the baby and I are flying to LA for a week on very short notice (Saturday). I'll be busy for most of the days; he'll be bopping around with the kid (and is familiar with the area). We'll have one full day for fun together. Ideas and tips? [more inside]
Surely, somewhere in the world, there must be one. There certainly *should* be. Musical Instrument Museums abound, in many countries, and would probably be fascinating to visit. But what I really want to see (and want to see archived) is a lovingly-curated collection of TOY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. Does anyone know where in the world such a place might be?
Going out to Salt Lake City for a conference next week and staying through the weekend to see the area. Current plan is just to stay an extra few nights in my current downtown hotel and explore from there but am now thinking about doing an Airbnb somewhere for those days instead. [more inside]
We are finally going on our (rather belated) honeymoon, and we've decided to spend several days in Paris and the Loire valley. I think we've got the Paris bits down, but don't have a whole lot of info on the Loire area - can you help us? Oh yeah, and we're going to do it all by bike. [more inside]
We are moving to the East Coast at the end of the summer. We currently live in the West (Canada). This summer will be our last chance to vacation on this side of the continent. Help me decide whether to pick Las Vegas or somewhere in California in the last week of July. Difficulties: must be super fun for our four-year-old daughter. No Disney (too expensive). [more inside]
First time visitor has a layover from 1 pm to 11 am the next day in Hong Kong. Was advised to see the action and stay in central Hong Kong instead of Kowloon. I am looking for a centrally located hotel costing about $250 (is that possible???) and need suggestions on what to do. I am having problems finding a "centrally located" hotel because I don't know what I should see. Single female traveler. I understand it is very safe even to venture out after dark to see the dramatic skyline. Anything I should definitely do or see? Up for a hectic and fun time before I sack out on an overseas flight the next morning. Thanks, hive.
I'm in TO for a week for work and have evenings free, could any locals suggest a nice somewhere to get a cocktail? [more inside]
I'd like to attend the ATA Conference in Miami this November (I live in CA.) I've never planned a trip of this scale by myself, and I'd like some help! Special snowflakes inside. [more inside]
My partner and I are looking for a cute, cozy B&B for a short getaway at the end of May. Our ideal spot would have... [more inside]
I will be going on a week-long cruise with my wife, parents and brothers and sisters to the Mexican Riviera in a couple weeks. I have never been on a cruise before and neither has my wife. For those of you who have been on cruises, how can we make the most of our trip without being completely overwhelmed? [more inside]
Fastest way to get a U.S. passport renewed for a child under 18? [more inside]
I just found mold all over my luggage and need to replace it - grrr. Help me find a mold-free replacement. [more inside]
I just got a new iPhone and am left with an old Verizon iPhone 4S with no contract that I can either trade in for ~$50 or use as a travel phone. What's my best option? [more inside]
Driving from Cincinnati to Portland near the end of March. Bit concerned about the mountain passes in late winter. The basic options are I-80 to Salt Lake, then on to I-84. Or a more northern route through S. Dakota and Montana on I-90 into Washington before heading southwest. Both drives would be ~34-35 hours—any compelling reasons to choose one over the other?
I'm traveling to some countries where I won't know the native language. I'm terrible at learning languages so I wanted to see if y'all know any quick hacks for communicating. e.g. one method is to carry a phrasebook and point to the relevant lines in it, then hand the book to the other person and have them point out their reply. (Hopefully its in the book :). Another: when on a bus and unsure whether it's the right one: Point forwards, say the destination in an interrogative tone, lift eyebrows.
Where should I go as a solo female traveler?... with some specifics within [more inside]
I'll be attending a conference in March, and staying at Newport Beach (Specifically the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa). I'll be interested in checking out the beach, getting a few good meals, and getting beers after the conference. Is that sort of thing walkable, or should I consider renting a car? [more inside]
My girlfriend and I are going to Copenhagen and Berlin for about a week each in mid-March and are looking for suggestions on things to do. [more inside]
I'm going to Paris this week. I need a haircut. Something fashionable. I barely speak any French. Where should I go, and how do I handle the language barrier without leading to a terrible haircut or uncomfortable situation with the stylist?
Was a physical description necessary for early 20th century railway travel? I've been looking through a lot classifieds from around 1910, specifically the For Sale and Wanted ads (mostly in Oregon), and there are a lot of rail tickets listed. In the ads the people almost always specify what they look like. [more inside]
My family of three (including a two year old) are headed to Japan for 8 days beginning April 8. We've spent enough time in Tokyo and Kyoto in the past that we sort of want to do something different this time. Any thoughts? Please see the inside for our current thinking. [more inside]
I am very curious about WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) exchanges, as a prospective volunteer for short-term periods of time. Before I spend $40 to become a member, can anyone who has worked with WWOOF (either as a volunteer or as a host, but especially as a volunteer) shed light on what to expect? What to do versus what not to do? I'm in the US and will probably want to first consider locations here, but am by no means looking to rule out opportunities abroad! [more inside]
I understand that a good tip (how much?) will be in order. How do I ask the concierge to store my bag, while offering the tip for the service? Do I tip up front or when I pick up the bag? Problem: I will have been a guest at the hotel for one night the week before, but not the night before asking for the storage. [more inside]
I would like to take my family (husband, myself, toddler under 2) to visit my brother in DC this spring. Help us make it work! [more inside]
We're going to Puerto Rico in ~a month, for a week. We have our plane flight & our AirBNB, now it's time to figure out the rest! Advice on things to do, places to visit, how to get around, and anything else appreciated!! This is on a student budget, btw. Bonus question: What's the best way to learn traveller's Spanish in the next few weeks? I am an advanced French speaker, if that makes a difference... [more inside]