So I am currently living in Tokyo and my company will be on Shutdown from the 26th of December through the 5th of January. I can't afford to go back home to the States, but I'd like to go somewhere for part of it. Special snowflakey stuff behind the cut. [more inside]
I had to cancel a ticket I bought on Orbitz and I now have $648.04 to spend on a ticket with Korean Air. I'm very open on where I would go. How would I go about searching - and where - to find out how to get the most bang for my buck with this? Google Flights? ITA? And how would i search?
The husband and I would like to go on a trip in before we have our first child. Our ideal would be a relaxing and beachy vacation spot in the tropics (Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico?)—big bonus if it's a place we might want to return to in later years with our kid or kids! Specific resort/condo/hotel recommendations appreciated. [more inside]
Any suggestions on what to do outside the secure area of the Charlotte airport? I'd go to the whitewater center nearby, but I think it closes in an hour from now. I'm waiting for a relative to pick me up Relevant: I have a camera and enjoy photography.
Has there ever been a travel series that focuses on various botanical gardens around the world? I'd like to live vicariously through a presenter as they visit the best temple gardens, indoor jungles, prairie gardens, and so on. Availability on some streaming service or at my local library would be ideal. [more inside]
My husband and I are planning a trip to Europe for early next September. We're estimating about two weeks for the trip, and are targeting three destinations. Prague and Munich appeal to both of us--what would be a good third place to stay/visit? I'm overwhelmed by the options! More details inside. [more inside]
I'm heading to Asia at the end of this week to spend two weeks (on business travel) in: * Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam * Taiwan * Zhongshan [more inside]
I need to move the following to Baltimore within a week or so: one guitar, an amp (about 15" square), an 8' x10' flat rug that rolls or folds easily; two 10-inch studio monitors, a 24"x8" x 2" keyboard, and a large suitcase full of clothing. I don't own a car and don't drive. What's a reliable way of doing this not-so-expensively? Is there something like a "ride board" where I can hire somebody to drive this stuff down for me? Or about how much would it cost to ship all of this FedEx or some other way? I'm in NYC now and could accompany the stuff, or just go down to Baltimore on a bus separately.
Another question about my sister. She has a large pit bull and brings him everywhere (unless it's inconvenient, in which case she leaves him with a friend or family member). She wants to bring him to our house for Christmas. I don't want him to come. [more inside]
I would like to spend the month of February outside North America in a temperate seaside city with an accessible music scene. [more inside]
I'm thinking about a trip to Cuba. Travel groups seem to cost around $4000 a person including airfare from Florida, nowhere near where I live. This is more than I want to spend. I've been reading for years about illegal travel to Cuba via another country, but it's always scared me off... [more inside]
I'm working at a meeting in New Orleans next week - arriving Wednesday afternoon and leaving Saturday afternoon. I have breaks during the day and free evenings. Previously, I toured Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, the Superdome, and the Garden District via streetcar. I'll be staying one block from the French Quarter - a twenty minute walk from Cafe Du Monde, which I will take advantage of daily. [more inside]
My 7th grader is fascinated with Japan and Japanese culture and has been asking for a long time if we can go to Japan. I've never traveled overseas and have no idea where to start. [more inside]
My question relates to my Previous Ask from January. The once-postponed, drama-filled wedding plans of one of my best friends since adolescence are now (allegedly) back on again! Looks like I may need to actively excuse myself from being the MOH this time, that is, IF this wedding actually happens... [more inside]
Hi all! I'm organizing a weekend for some girl friends in the DC area; we're hoping to make this a weekend excursion to Chesapeake Bay. Would love some ideas! [more inside]
I'm traveling to Vietnam in mid November for two weeks with my partner, and am having trouble nailing down spots to visit/stay. We've settled on visiting Phu Quoc, but would love any/all suggestions. If you've traveled around southern Vietnam, what was a must see/do for you? [more inside]
I am weighing a job offer that is 50% travel (consulting). As I consider it, I realize that part of the issue that has me hung up is that I have no idea how to think about living expenses as a person who is only home 50% of the time. Help? [more inside]
I'm going to SLC for a work trip in a couple weeks. It's just a few days, but I'd like to be able to run (jog) while I'm there. But I'm a flatlander. Will the higher elevation adversely affect me? [more inside]
A work trip I'm going on to the Hague finishes at noon on Sunday so I'm thinking of heading over to Amsterdam (where I will fly out of early Monday morning) to spend Sunday afternoon/night. I'm looking for recommendations on where to stay, where to eat and what to do and hoping for the full Amsterdam tourist experience and all it's infamous for, in a single Sunday afternoon/evening. Thanks!
Solo traveler looking for your recommendations for off-the-tourist-trail places roughly between Munich and Milan for the last week of December/first week of January. Bonus points for an interesting place to spend New Year's Eve. [more inside]
I may need to fly across the U.S. (SMF to BDL) at the last minute. I'm looking for deals but so far have turned up nothing below $900 for a round trip flight. Yowza. I'm looking at Kayak which brings up priceline, Expedia, travelocity, eDreams, and OneTravel. Where else should I look?
I'd like to surprise my partner with a trip SOMEWHERE for ~3-5 days from either San Francisco or Washington DC. The annoying part is his birthday is the day after Christmas. [more inside]
I have in my future several trips between the U.S. and Singapore, each one about 24 hrs partly from looooong flights and partly from airport layovers. What are your travel tips to being as comfortable as possible on these journeys? Please hope me! [more inside]
Help a geeky, introverted West Coast girl find good food and fun stuff to do in NYC. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
Within the span of a single visit, what are the best methods for figuring out if a new city would be a good fit for you? [more inside]
I'm 29 and seem to be going through a sort of quarter life crisis. The events of the last few months have caused me to want to change directions, but I need help deciding what that new direction is. [more inside]
Germany, Argentina, Vietnam, somewhere else? [more inside]
My best friend and I want to start planning our winter escape vacation for February. But where to go? Looking for ideas. [more inside]
We want to travel by car around Northern England and Scotland just after the new year (Jan 8-16) for a vacation/holiday. Where should we go given the Xmas/NY/Hogmanay holidays are just finished and weather might be…changable? One Brit, One American, mid 40s, likes culture, nature, art, off-the-wall stuff. [more inside]
Flying into Montreal during Black and Blue. What's the festival like? Also accepting all suggestions re: Montreal in October. [more inside]
I'm spending 5 days house-sitting near Sequim Washington. I've not spent any time in Washington since the 1970's. What are some cool things to do? [more inside]
In two weeks, I'm going to Georgia and then Armenia (each for four days). What should I do? (Difficulty level: traveling alone.) [more inside]
Canadian cheapskate seeking travel communication options. Read on for geek details. [more inside]
I'm going to a wedding in New York City next month. I'm hoping to persuade my spouse to come, too; maybe I can even convince him that the city is not wall-to-wall skyscrapers. Is there a neat place in Brooklyn we should stay? The special requirement is that I want to be able to see friends who live pretty far south along the Q line (think Brighton Beach), so a neighborhood like Williamsburg is probably out. [more inside]
I've got some paternity leave and my family and I are going to Europe in January, starting in London. Where should we stay in London? Where should we go elsewhere? We'll have a two-month-old and a two-year-old. [more inside]
We have next Monday and Tuesday free for our anniversary and are looking for a last-minute overnight outing in or near Seattle (less than 1 hour or so away). Ideally the trip includes at least some of the following: great food including a possibly slightly fancy dinner, a swanky or at least interesting place to stay, water views, bookstores, light to moderate outdoorsiness, strange museums or art, low-key adventure. It need not include Hallmark-card-style "romance." It MUST include at least one really kickass sandwich. [more inside]
What would be good non-USA destinations for around December/January that have (1) natural beauty or cultural landmarks, (2) good deals on airfare and/or cheap once you get there, (3) manageable by someone who only speaks English? Ideally reasonably OK for a woman traveling alone. [more inside]
My (new) husband and I have decided it’s finally time to live the dream by stepping back from our jobs and traveling the world for the indefinite future. We would like to spend at least a month each in cities all around the world. Difficulty level: 14 year old Scottish terrier. Looking for advice of all stripes. [more inside]
Our family rarely takes vacations, and even then, just to visit family, or at best, to a nearby lake. But big leaps forward in our careers have us thinking it's time to finally treat ourselves. We're thinking of taking the kid to Vegas for Christmas and rolling out, if not all the stops, many more than we've customarily been able/willing to afford. Give us tips for Vegas in general, Vegas for families, Vegas at the holidays, and small and medium things we can do to feel like high rollers. [more inside]
I will be a woman of leisure later this week with a free afternoon in Seattle. I haven't been there in over 5 years - is there anything new that I should see or do, downtown-ish? Bonus points if it gets me near a Top Pot Donut location. I'll be light railing from the airport and need to eventually make it downtown or to Capitol Hill by dinner time.
I'm looking for suggestions for places to visit in LA (difficulty level: generally getting around, day spas, costumes, barre, crafting and outlet malls). [more inside]
After six months abroad, I will soon be making my way back home again. Since my old suitcase was starting to fall apart, I decided to get myself a new, bigger suitcase. One that I could fit my winter jacket into, so that I don't ever have to deal with a jacket being stolen from an overhead luggage compartment again. But how can I make the most of the features of my new suitcase? [more inside]
A friend of mine has the opportunity to travel to Sierra Leone for an interesting project later this fall. But he doesn't *have* to go, and all the official sites (CDC, etc.) say that non-essential travel should be avoided due to the Ebola outbreak. Obviously, my friend is concerned, but we've also heard the virus is much more under control now. Anyone with an educated opinion want to weigh in?
This would not normally concern me, however as I developed a illness which literally killed me on my last trip to India I have some 'issues'. I am travelling from Italy back to Australia after 6 months, and the only way I could travel on the same day as my husband is by travelling Air India. I am not looking forward to this. It turns out to be a quick option, with only a 3 hour layover in Dehli. I know this is likely to mean around an hour in the airport between disembarking and boarding. Is there anywhere for good coffee? (Most important). Is there some area that is better to hang around in the airport than another? Will Euros or Australian dollars be useless, or will I need to hit an ATM for an espresso hit? Any other hints? TIA
My parents, siblings and our families are set to converge on the Grand Canyon from Oct. 8-12 for an annual reunion. The plans and reservations were made late last year, and some are flying or traveling by amtrak, though myself and my family will drive from a few hours away. How worried should we be about a potential government shutdown? If it does happen Oct. 1st, is there any lag time before National Parks and similar agencies would cease operations, or would that be immediate? Should we cancel preemptively? I'm hopeful we don't have to do that, but if so, we all plan to donate the cash we'd have spent there to Planned Parenthood.
I'm interested in planning a week-or-two trip at the end of the year to see Mayan ruins and other non-Cancun-y things to do in the region. What's good? [more inside]
We are planning a quick 2-night getaway trip to Brattleboro, leaving from North of Boston. I'd love your help choosing a route that will be scenic to drive, but not too too long, and also your recommendations for interesting, quirky, fun stops between here and there, and/or things to do while based there. We enjoy history, food, drink, farming, music, vintage/flea stuff, Americana, hiking, canoeing, etc. We've never spent time in the town before and will be staying right downtown. Thank you!
Hi! I am traveling to Guatemala City for work and will have three (well, maybe 2.75) days to myself. I definitely want to visit Antigua. I'm worried that cramming in expeditions to Lake Atitlan AND Tikal on the other two days will keep me busier than I'd like to be...but I also don't want to regret not seeing such amazing places. (I have bad travel FOMO.) [more inside]
It looks like I have a chance to travel to Iran for two weeks this November with my son (aged 11). Any tips or hints for someone who has not been there before? [more inside]
Husband and I are seeking trip ideas for Thanksgiving (U.S.) that would involve leaving on Thanksgiving morning (Thursday) and returning Saturday. The dates are not flexible, so we would like to consider places we can fly to (or drive to) pretty quickly from western Mass. [more inside]