My husband and I will be driving along I-20 from Atlanta to Dallas soon and plan to stay overnight somewhere in Mississippi or Louisiana. Do you know of a cool/weird/interesting/kitschy place to stay along that route, say within 30-45 minutes of the highway? I am thinking something like the Tee Pee Motel, The Clown Motel, or other interesting places to stay.
I flew into Cancun from the US yesterday and stupidly did not check the expiration date on my passport. The US Consular Agency in Cancun opens 8AM tomorrow, and my flight back to the US is at 2:30PM on Tuesday. I'll go to the Consular Agency as soon as they open, but does anyone know what I should expect? Is there a chance to receive emergency travel documents on the same day, or will I have to change my flight?
My extended family wants to do Christmas "away" this year. Looking for recommendations of awesome (and affordable) Xmas Away locales you have enjoyed. [more inside]
I need to drive a rental car one way from Memphis to Atlanta and want to know if there's a way to avoid the hefty "drop off fee" that I wasn't aware I'd have to pay. [more inside]
Leaving the Arenal region of Costa Rica to return to Toronto today. We're staying in a lush, insecty area and there's tiny ants and spiders all over everything. Pretty positive they'll be plenty in our packed bags. [more inside]
I'll be visiting upstate New York on business in a week's time and am planning to extend the trip by a few days to explore NYC and possibly surroundings. I've never really considered going to NYC before, so I'm struggling to know what I should do to make the most of my time there! [more inside]
I want to go to Tel Aviv. If I've to Lebanon twice in the last year, should I be worried about security at the airport? [more inside]
How many days should we spend in Tokyo vs Kyoto and where could we take a day trip to from either? [more inside]
What are some great backpacker cities in Latin America? I am leaving for an open-ended backpacking trip and I would like to know some great backpacker cities to stop in, and any can't-misss locations. In particular I am looking for places where I can immerse in the local culture without breaking the bank.
I got stuck with a work trip to Nicaragua, and have to admit that I'm a little concerned about the safety aspect among other things. Any tips or advice to stay safe and not worry so much? [more inside]
What are some hidden gems around Mittenwald / Oberammergau / Bad Tolz? My wife and I are going on a trip to Germany! Yay! We're planning on spending 4-5 days in Munich, and we really want to get a car and drive around the Bavarian Alps. [more inside]
My plan is to embark on a year-long round-the-world trip at the end of year (roughly Dec 2016), but I'm having difficulty in deciding how to fund the trip amidst fluctuations in the benchmark currencies. As an expat living in Korea, I'm wondering which currency I should exchange for. [more inside]
At a conference in March, I'll be organizing a group of public history colleagues for a dinner conversation. I'd really like skip the hotel restaurants and chains take them to Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood, but I don't know much about the area. Can you recommend a good place where 15 people could have dinner, ideally in a private room or somewhere easy to hear? And what other sites/stops/points of interest would some geeky historians like to know about? Thanks!
A work trip to LACMA looks like it's happening, so I'm asking for help planning as an LA newbie. [more inside]
Considering a family trip this summer. What's fun for a family in Montreal? [more inside]
My wife and I are thinking of spending a week in San Francisco and the Napa Valley in mid-July for our 10th anniversary. Neither of us have ever been to SF or wine country. Can you wonderful people provide any tips, tricks, or suggestions? Best wineries to visit, things to do in SF, places to stay, etc. Basically where should we go and what should we do? Any help greatly appreciated!
I want to go on a nice trip next weekend (March 4-6) with the person I'm dating, but I'm having trouble finding affordable, appealing, not-already-booked places that are within a 3-4 hour drive. Hope me? [more inside]
I'm heading home for a week to visit my elderly but active parents in Knaresborough (between Harrogate and York). Looking for shopping and family outing ideas. [more inside]
Teeny Everyday was born ten days ago, and mom and baby are doing very well. To celebrate paternity leave ending, Mom had the bright (or maybe not so bright) idea of a road trip to her favorite national park, Death Valley. However, I've only been there once, and am somewhat hazy on the details of how we got to certain places of interest, like Zabriskie Point. Is this trip unrealistic with a newborn? [more inside]
We're moving cross-country in about a month (3/21-3/28), from Portland, OR to Myrtle Beach, SC. I've scoured the Internet and I think I have a good plan, taking a southerly route to avoid possible snow up north but if someone who has actually driven across the country (mostly on 40) could give feedback that would really help. [more inside]
Is there a business/service I can hire to help research somewhat complicated airline travel purchases? Like if I'm looking at a multi-city itinerary with some flexibility on specific cities and dates, using a combination of cash and existing miles and transferable points from various credit cards, looking for business/first upgrades or fares, etc? I am coming up short trying to comprehensively figure out my choices using kayak and airline web sites and so on and would gladly pay for an expert to do it for me. Are travel agents still a thing?
Help a chronic over-packer get to San Fransisco with her one carry-on bag intact. [more inside]
I’m an American thinking about traveling to Mumbai in the next few months. I’ve never been to India. What should I know? [more inside]
My wife and I would like to rent a simple furnished apartment or small house somewhere along the Mediterranean this summer, for about a month. We just want a place where we can do some writing and go swimming every day. The catch is that we don't have much more than 500€ or so to pay for rent. Seeking recommendations for countries, specific islands, towns or villages, or website recommendations! [more inside]
I've been feeling more and more pressure to fulfill the rite of passage given to young white males: Travel. Financially, I barely have the means, but as a single guy who doesn't drink or know how to drive, I don't know if I should. Advice? [more inside]
I'm planning a trip to northern areas this july/august with the goal of seeing icebergs and nature and whatnot. It has come very quickly to my attention that this is not a cheap thing to do! Please help me to plan an itinerary that maximizes our time and minimizes our spending. [more inside]
I've read past threads about transporting pets and they've put my mind at easy that Lola will survive the 20+ hour plane ride from the US to South Africa, even if she's not thrilled with me afterwards. Of course, I still want it to be as easy and non-traumatic as possible. There are a few different options and I'm having a hard time finding information on which would be best for our collective mental health. [more inside]
Where would you go if you wanted to stay at a cottage near the sea for a short vacation? [more inside]
What is the best street to hang out on in Austin? [more inside]
Mefites have been helpful in the past when I have planned previous trips to Japan, so hoping you can all help again. This time we are planning on going North, and I would love your advice and suggestions. We are a family of three - two parents and a 12 year old boy. [more inside]
I get the bulk of my Lunar New Year vacation two weeks after most people do here--I've got five, maybe six days lined up. Where should I go? [more inside]
We're going to Wales in May. Where should we go? [more inside]
I got very short notice for a funeral. I can fly into LAX tomorrow, Saturday, and arrive 11:45 am. The service is at the USC Campus chapel and starts at 2 pm I've been told this may not be enough time. [more inside]
So I seem to have picked the absolute worst weekend to decide to visit NYC. Any ideas for things to do while keeping warm and minimizing our exposure to the arctic air? [more inside]
I will be travelling to France, Italy, and Spain in a few weeks, and I'm trying to decide the best way to carry money with me. Many sites have recommended money belts, but this seems weird and awkward for actually paying for things! I would feel weird untucking my shirt and reaching into my pants in a fancy restaurant, for example. [more inside]
This is going to be a first for us - an extended family road trip that's not entirely about driving overnight and getting to the destination ASAP. And so, we are turning to you for some help. [more inside]
We are traveling to India (again!) in March (again!) - our itinerary has a couple days at the end, and we are spending Holi with our friend/guide and his family. The day after Holi, the suggestion is Amber Fort/City Palace/Jantar Mantar. We did those things last time. What should we do this time? We will ask our friend for suggestions, but I wanted to ask YOU GUYS too - thanks!
I need advice on the nuts and bolts of getting from the Centro area of Merida to Cancun by bus. [more inside]
I recently got a great offer from my company for a paid sabbatical of one month. Their conditions are to use it on a personal project of some sort and give a presentation afterwards. I. E. "Don't stay at home and watch TV." [more inside]
Traveling to Europe for the first time ever, and I'm super excited! Have most of a plan mapped out, but not sure on details and would appreciate any advice. [more inside]
United allows you a free stopovers (hat tip y'all!) with award flights. Where would you pick if you wanted to throw a 2 night trip, 2 full days on the end? We'll be coming back from ten days in non-luxury India. Right now Hong Kong and Istanbul are our two top sites, but Bangkok, Shanghai, Rome, Munich, Dubai are also possibilities. [more inside]
I'm landing at TF Green (PVD) on a Saturday at 9AM. I'd assumed the MBTA Commuter Rail would run from TF Green to Providence ... turns out, yeah, but not on Saturdays! So, what's the next best/cheapest way for someone fresh off the red-eye on a Saturday morning to get from TF Green to Providence Station? Thanks! (Also, my condolences about your Mayor-for-life's term limit being up.)
Need help with itinerary! [more inside]
Last year I went to Los Angeles and I packed ALL wrong. I saw highs of 80 and I packed for Wisconsin 80s and Florida 80s and that just wasn't right. It would get warm, even hot for a few hours only to be so cool in the evening. Some days it really felt like it was HOT for only an hour or two, then freezing. Or it would change depending on where I was. [more inside]
In a few weeks I leave to spend 3 months touring and living in a van to do outreach for an animal rights organization, and I'm trying to devise a good system for my stuff on the road. In particular, I'm in search of a good, roughly duffel-sized vegan bag that I can use for this tour and beyond, plus a good way to keep my toiletries together. More general tips for staying organized while living on the road are welcome. [more inside]
An airline recently lost my bag and, after some prompting, gave up and paid compensation. Now, about six weeks later, a totally unrelated airline found my bag and has returned it. Err, what next? [more inside]
I'm planning our ten-year anniversary, complete with stays in Memphis and New Orleans in mid-to-late September. I've booked the tickets on Amtrak, and would ideally ship our bikes so we can get around car-free. Can you help me locate good areas to stay? [more inside]
I (36-year-old female) am traveling from Boston to Hawaii in early March for 10 days. Planning on 4 days and 4 nights on my own on the Big Island, sandwiched between three days on Oahu and three on Kauai where I will have company. For logistical reasons, I’m in some hurry to book my flights to/from TBI, and so am trying to nail down my itinerary. I’m also inflexible on days of the week on TBI. I’m thinking of one of these two itineraries: [more inside]
The policyholder is Allianz. Just wondering if I include the amount of the original premium in the cost to be reimbursed. I've heard it both ways--just wondering what the standard is. Thanks!
You want to take a weekend off...where should you go? [more inside]