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Help us vacation on an island (Saint Martin vs Grand Cayman)?

We're trying to plan a 1-week vacation over Christmas for the three of us (wife, college-age daughter, myself). Some friends recommended Saint Martin, other friends recommended Grand Cayman, but neither has been to both to compare between the two of them. [more inside]
posted by Runes on Nov 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Help Plan New Years Beach Vacation

I'm looking for a great spot to get away from New England for a New Year's beach vacation. I realize I'm booking last-minute so flights are expensive and lodging inventory is limited. Tulum is high on the list, but it doesn't seem possible to stay anywhere near the water for less than $500/night (which is WAY beyond my budget). Airbnb has places in town for around $1000/week which is well within reach. Would it be a fun/relaxing/rejuvenating beach vacation experience staying in town in Tulum, renting a car, and driving to the beach? if so, does the hive mind have any tips for staying in town? Also, what alternative destinations might I consider in order to get right on the water? [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds on Nov 18, 2014 - 3 answers

Cruise- and wind-friendly game suggestions needed

My partner and I are going on a 10-day cruise to the Caribbean with another couple, and we plan to spend a lot of time lounging outdoors on the pool deck playing board games. We're trying to find games without cards or crucial pieces that will blow away when the wind picks up. Want to know about our preferences? Read further! [more inside]
posted by Somnambulista on Nov 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Tips on planning the perfect disneyland trip on a budget

2 adults, 3 girl kids (2,4,6) want to venture to Disneyland for Christmas, because: 1. Frozen 2. No family nearby to spend the holidays with 3. One kid turns 6 on Christmas eve 4. Frozen Please help me plan the perfect trip on a budget. [more inside]
posted by ramix on Nov 14, 2014 - 20 answers

Reasonably warm, 1 week bike trip in the U.S.?

I want to take off the first week of January to do a bike tour someplace warm in the United States (or possibly in Mexico or Latin America). Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by neematoad on Nov 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Mexico Vacation Rental: please help me not get scammed

I am trying to rent an apartment for a month in Playa del Carmen through a website that I found on google. Lets say it's called rent-playa-del-carmen.com (I can name the actual website if it's relevant). So far, I have been getting very professional responses with all my questions properly answered. The issue is that the agent is now asking for the full month of rent ($2500) plus $1000 deposit 30 days before my arrival. This is raising a bunch of red flags for me. Is this common or am I being scammed? Should I refuse and only pay the deposit? Is this such a big red flag that I I should walk away?
posted by lenny70 on Nov 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Disney World / Orlando Studios / Quiet-ish Beach vacation advice

I'm super bad at planning travel stuff and I'm trying to take a vacation with my girlfriend at the end of December. We'd like to do 3 nights at a quiet-ish beach within reasonable driving distance of Disney World and Universal Studios (because Harry Potter) in Orlando, and 4 nights doing both of those theme parks. First time Disney planner here, and I don't know anything about Florida beaches really. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Nov 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for beachy, kid-friendly sun in January

Where should we go for a vacation in mid-January with our two small children? We don't need anything complicated; we just want to play on the beach, read books, eat tasty food, and maybe see a few fun things. [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Nov 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Romantic yet inexpensive weekend getaway in NC

This Christmas is also my parent's 30th anniversary. I'd like to give them a gift card for a little weekend getaway. Looking for inexpensive yet romantic accommodations in NC. Help! [more inside]
posted by bloody_bonnie on Nov 1, 2014 - 5 answers

A Bay Area DIY writer's retreat on the cheap?

Help me discover a place in the greater Bay Area I can go for a few days to focus on a writing project. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Oct 29, 2014 - 6 answers

where to escape the Texas heat with a toddler and infant?

the chirren, wife, and I want to escape the Texas summer heat next year and are trying to think about places we could go. Next summer we'll have a 3.5 yr old, and an 8 month old, and dread another summer (July & August) sweltering in the sun (100/38 daytime highs). I'm tasked with to find the intersection of all our wants/needs [more inside]
posted by youchirren on Oct 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Road trip in Washington/Pacific Northwest around New Year's Eve

The Mr and I would like to take a 3-5 day road trip out of Seattle this December/January, including going somewhere that it would be fun to celebrate New Year's Eve. We are not interested in skiing or winter sports. We are interested in food, wine, and cultural events. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Oct 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Help with a Norwegian Hospital Bill

An American friend became ill while in Norway last year while on vacation, and had to spend a day in hospital. The hospital now wants >$5,000, despite the bill supposedly being paid by insurance in January (the American insurance company is supposed to have covered it all except for a nominal copayment). They keep on sending him letters from Norway. What should he do? [more inside]
posted by troytroy on Oct 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Texas Hill Country like a local

I am surprising my spouse with a trip to the Hill Country. Difficulty: I know nothing about the Hill Country. And the Hill Country is, like, bigger than my home state. Texans of MeFi, can you help me out? [more inside]
posted by minervous on Oct 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Thailand, including babies!

This Christmastime, as a side excursion from another trip, my family is going to Bangkok and Hua Hin, for a few days each. "Family" here includes my infant son, who will be about seven months old, as well as my wife and in-laws. Huzzah! I now have two related questions. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Oct 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Scandinavia or North Africa for Christmas?

A girlfriend and I are planning on going to Europe over Christmas. Based on places we haven't been, we're debating spending ten days in either, a) Scandinavia (Norway/ Sweden/ Finland/ Denmark), or, b) flying to Paris and then to Morocco. Which option is best? More info below... [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Oct 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Athens in November

I will be traveling to Athens, Greece for 5 days in about a month, and need some suggestions! [more inside]
posted by Curiosity Delay on Oct 2, 2014 - 9 answers

In New York City from October 9 through 17th. Need suggestions please

We will be staying on Upper West Side at 73rd near Broadway from October 9-17. Could you please suggest places to go and things to do? 1. Favorite breakfast places nearby? 2. Favorite things to do in NYC, low to moderate cost? 3. Favorite restaurants for lunch or dinner, both moderately priced and splurgy? 4. Any special events or festivals going on at that time? 5. Any guesses about the weather and how many warm clothes to pack? 6. Inspirations that I haven't thought of? Thanks Hivemind. [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco on Sep 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Divorce recovery: where to go, what to read

tl;dr: My life fell apart, I'm exhausted and not really sure where to go from here. Thinking seriously about a vacation/retreat; looking for suggestions on where I might go, and books/workbooks to take with me. [more inside]
posted by hishtafel on Sep 26, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me plan our perfect 13 people vacation!

There are 4 of us that have been friends for a lifetime, and we all now have families that we want to get together. There will be 8 adults and 5 kids varying in age from 1 year to 13 years. All boys. We are in our 30s. 3 sets of families live all across North Carolina, and one lives in Illinois. Where can we go for a family vacation with a soft budget of $2000? [more inside]
posted by katypickle on Sep 25, 2014 - 18 answers

Ready me for international conference and travel

My trip to Switzerland and Austria sneaked up on me. It's also my first international conference. I have hotels booked. What's left to do? What can I expect when I'm there? [more inside]
posted by inevitability on Sep 24, 2014 - 15 answers

next summer vacation location

We are planning a long-awaited big summer vacation for July/August 2015. For many years, I've kept Croatia as a possibility for a trip like this, as it seems like it has a bit of everything we like - interesting cities, access to the outdoors and it seems to be a fairly 'easy' trip to enjoy without a huge amount of planning. For various reasons, I'm wondering if you could suggest other options. I've included a list of our desired trip components and would love specific suggestions! [more inside]
posted by barnone on Sep 18, 2014 - 6 answers

How to find last-minute vacation package deals

If I decided at the last minute to take a vacation, and wanted to get a really cheap deal on a flight and hotel package, and didn't really care where I went (let's say, "somewhere in Hawaii" or "somewhere in Mexico or Central America"), where would I look to find such a thing? Reputable vendors only, of course. Would it be better to search online or just to call a travel agent?
posted by matildaben on Sep 11, 2014 - 8 answers

How much vacating can we get done in 72 hours, anyway?

I need some fabulous 72-hour vacation ideas from DC! Mr. bowtiesarecool and I enjoy travel when we can, and we're in a good life stage for it (good jobs, some discretionary income, no kids, no sick relatives, no pets, no houseplants, easy to up and go when we want). Mr. bowtiesarecool has three-day weekends every week, but basically no leave beyond that. Please help me come up with an idea stash of fun, worthwhile ways we can get the heck out of Dodge in those three-day, two-night chunks! [more inside]
posted by bowtiesarecool on Sep 10, 2014 - 29 answers

Warm-weather Christmas vacation ideas for the family with special needs?

I'd like some ideas for warm-weather Christmas vacations for a family with special needs. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Sep 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Do you recommend an extra day to visit Art Prize?

I'm planning to visit Art Prize 2014 in Grand Rapids, MI, with a friend. We'll be going on weekdays. My schedule is flexible, such that I could spend about a day extra in either Chicago (where I'm flying in/out) or Grand Rapids. I will not have a car for this extra day, but I will for the 1.5 days that my friend will be with me in Grand Rapids. What are the pros/cons of spending my extra time in Chicago or Grand Rapids? Is 1.5 days enough time to see Art Prize? [more inside]
posted by pril on Sep 7, 2014 - 3 answers

What to do 1000 Islands area

We'll be staying in Watertown, NY Sept. 25-28. I'll be doing other research but I wanted to ask the Green for recommendations. So... any must sees, recommendations for tours, food, etc... [more inside]
posted by pyro979 on Sep 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Maternity Leave Benefits - Canada - Vacation pay questions

This question is about maternity leave benefits (employment insurance) in Canada. Please know I have read everything online that I can and called Service Canada several times, but their recording says that there is such a high volume of calls they can't even put me on hold to talk to a human, it only gives me the option to listen to the recording or hang up. My question is regarding unpaid vacation time that is owed to me but I might not have time to take all of before starting maternity leave. Questions below. [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer on Sep 2, 2014 - 11 answers

The lady pal and I are looking for a mini-vacation in LA. Help!

My girlfriend and I have lived, pool-less, in LA for about 3 years now. We decided that we'd take a little mini-vacation this weekend and check out some part of the city we'd never seen. Unfortunately, its labor day and our attempts to low-ball Priceline aren't bearing fruit. More inside! [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Aug 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Why am I getting so many Airbnb rejections from hosts?

My girlfriend and I have spent several hours picking out places to stay from AirBNB listings in Copenhagen. It SEEMS like there are so many wonderful, available places to stay. But my booking requests (5 so far) have all been declined by the hosts. What's going on here? How do I get a successful booking? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Aug 25, 2014 - 23 answers

Winter mixed group tropical getaway spots

My family and I are trying to pick a spot for a vacation together this winter, and we could use some help finding a spot that will work well for everyone. Desires described below: [more inside]
posted by spindrifter on Aug 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Jaunt me

I'd like to take more weekend trips outside of NYC. I don't drive. Where should I go, and how should I get there? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Aug 25, 2014 - 26 answers

Volunteer Vacation or Vacation Scam?

I'm looking to spend 2-3 weeks on a volunteer vacation with animals somewhere in the world this coming year. Help make the most of my time and select the right program! [more inside]
posted by shew on Aug 23, 2014 - 14 answers

Foliage Vacation Ideas in the Northeast During Mid-Late October

For my friend’s 40th she’s mentioned that she would like to celebrate by renting a house for an extended, 4-day weekend (between this October 18th and 25th) in a place that hits the following touch points: [more inside]
posted by Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific on Aug 22, 2014 - 1 answer

Hawaii on the Cheap? Or where should we go for our 10-year anniversary

Seeking options for Hawaii on the cheap or nominations for alternate holiday destinations for our 10-year wedding anniversary. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Aug 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me do a vacation, part two

A month ago I asked for help picking a place for our upcoming vacation. Based in part on community suggestions, we ended up booking a place in Wildwood, NJ, for the first week in September. Now help me make my beach vacation with two very small kids as awesome as possible! [more inside]
posted by SeedStitch on Aug 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Travel destinations/activities with a broken collarbone

A last-minute injury put a halt on our planned anniversary travel. What is the most fun/exciting/interesting/relaxing place we can go or thing we can do instead, given our limitations? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Aug 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Itinerary ideas: England, the second visit.

I'll be in London for a party & wedding over two weekends, and need ideas for domestic travel during the week in between, and the few days after. I've been to UK before, but all i've really seen is central london, Oxford, and Stonehenge. (i'll be clearer about my schedule and needs after the jump!) [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Aug 5, 2014 - 26 answers

Looking for a week-long vacation destination, no driving whatsoever.

I want to take a vacation at the end of September/early October with the following requirements. 1. No driving. 2. English-speaking or tourist-friendly for people who do not speak the language. 3. Relaxing. 4. Easy for first-time solo traveler. [more inside]
posted by Mavri on Aug 3, 2014 - 20 answers

Help me to be serenaded by loons, please!

For my rapidly approaching 50th birthday I would like to hang out by a lake and listen to some loons. Any suggestions for towns in NH or Vermont where I might accomplish this? Bonus points for recommendations of comfortable and relatively inexpensive lodging. Super duper bonus points for knowledge of handicapped accessible parks or trails in the vicinity. Thank you!
posted by mynamemeansmoon on Aug 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Vacation city recommendations?

Warmish in late November, good for walking, inexpensive. Somewhere in South America? [more inside]
posted by ecsh on Jul 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Things to do around Atlantic City area.

My 2 friends and I (in our 20s & 30s, 1 gay, 1 lesbian and 1 straight guy) are staying in Absecon, NJ this weekend. We are looking for something more than a secluded beach but less than Atlantic City boardwalk. We plan on relaxing on the beach during the day and finding some nightlife if possible. Can you recommend places nearby with a laid back feel and some activity. Perhaps places like a beach bar, outdoor band, mini golf, good cheap eats, must sees and local delights. We have a car and are open to traveling a half hour in any direction. Thanks!
posted by PeaPod on Jul 23, 2014 - 3 answers

Hotels in Vancouver with good transit access

We're off for a late-booked trip to Vancouver in August and need to find a place to stay. Most hotels are booked in the West End/Downtown/Yaletown area. What hotels would you recommend that are moderately ($100-200) priced with easy transit access to tourist attractions? We'd like to use public transit if possible, but can rent a car if public transit is infeasible. We will have at least one member of our party who can't walk longish distances, and a toddler to deal with as well, so frequent bus changes may be a challenge. We were looking at the Holiday Inn Express Burnaby, is this a sane choice?
posted by benzenedream on Jul 19, 2014 - 18 answers

Seeking an early Autumn room with a view

Completely indecisive person seeking an end of September/early October 3-4 day trip from DC - short drive, train, or plane trip for around 1k. No idea where I want to go, but the only must is a room/balcony with a really beautiful nature view. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jul 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Vacation! September! Two kids under three! Eastern US!

My husband and I are in the beginning stages of planning our first vacation in a few years. It'll be our first vacation with kids; our daughters are 13 months and 2.5 years. We will be going in September. I'd prefer to stay in the Eastern time zone so we don't have to mess with sleep schedules. We have to stay in the US, as neither kid has a passport. We'd prefer to drive so we can set our own pace. Budget for the whole shebang is $1,000 - $1,500. [more inside]
posted by SeedStitch on Jul 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Ideas for vacation in Charlottesville and Asheville?

My wife and I are planning a vacation to Charlottesville, VA and Asheville, NC at the beginning of August. We plan to stay three nights in each city. We plan to do some hiking as well as city stuff. What are your favorite places in that area, and what would you recommend doing?
posted by sgo on Jul 18, 2014 - 12 answers

PA to ME road trip

My girlfriend and I will be taking a road trip from Pittsburgh to Port Clyde, Maine and back to visit my vacationing parents. Where should we stop along the way? [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue on Jul 12, 2014 - 8 answers

From the Portland Airport, to the Redwood Forest...

I need to quickly firm up planning for our August vacation in Oregon and Northern California; we have about 10 days to spend and I haven't gotten very as far in terms of specifics. Degree of Difficulty: 16yo daughter and non-drinking husband [more inside]
posted by drlith on Jul 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Last minute vacation ideas: departing from Houston edition...

Has anyone done the whole book a vacation the night before? If so, how? Is it worth it? Any special snowflakes with leaving from Houston? Where do I look? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jul 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Northern Nova Scotia/ Cape Breton vacation tips?

At the end of the month, my girlfriend and I are heading to Nova Scotia. We'll be staying with a friend in Pictou for a few days, then renting a car out of New Glasgow and heading off on our own. We have four days (three nights) before we fly out of Halifax...and no plans at all. Where should we go? Recommendations for nature/odd attractions/good food wanted. Particularly lovely towns? Good routes? Places to stay?
posted by neroli on Jul 9, 2014 - 17 answers

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