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Ideas/advice for pain-free family visits

I live in a different country than my parents and in-laws, and my wife and kid are able to visit once a year. How can we restructure this annual trip home to maximize quality time without everyone going nuts/bananas? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by elected_potato on Sep 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Christmas in the Bay Area

My family likes to do Christmas-time together, and a critical mass of us are in the Bay Area now. Where should we go and what should we do within a few hours of here? [more inside]
posted by The Notorious B.F.G. on Sep 25, 2016 - 5 answers

Teletubbies on the beach?

What is the reality of taking a 2 year old on a beach / pool vacation? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Sep 24, 2016 - 18 answers

How do I resolve conflicting holiday goals?

I'm planning a trip to celebrate holidays, partly with my girlfriend and partly with my mother, and I'm having a communication / conflict issue between the two. Can you help? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble on Sep 24, 2016 - 27 answers

Two weeks in Ireland without a car?

I’ll be in Ireland in October, but won’t be able to rent a car (no license). Is it enough of a disadvantage that I’d be better off visiting just Dublin, leaving other areas to be properly explored with a car on my next trip? [more inside]
posted by taupe on Sep 20, 2016 - 18 answers

Travel Agents in 2016?

Can anyone recommend a good online travel agent for vacation planning? Yes I have fingers and an internet connection and have self-booked many flights and hotels in my lifetime. But plotting itineraries, finding cool places to stay, navigating transportation schedules and local attractions, etc requires time and energy I do not have. [more inside]
posted by pocketfullofrye on Sep 19, 2016 - 9 answers

Lakes District or Inner Hebrides?

Ms. Window and I are heading to Scotland and The North in mid-October. We have a chance to spend two days in the Lakes District or two days on Mull and Iona, islands of the Inner Hebrides. Which should we select? Difficulty: Ms. Window has trouble walking long distances and for long durations, so we'll be bringing her electric mobility scooter. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Sep 17, 2016 - 6 answers

Where can you go on vacation and leave the driving to others?

I live in Tennessee and just got back from a cruise, we got ourselves to Nashville airport and was chauffeured from that point forward, shuttle to hotel, shuttle to ship, tours at our ports. It was so relaxing not having to drive and just let others do it for you. What are some vacations that would be like this besides a cruise? I just don't enjoy driving in strange places and am willing to pay for it once a year. Needs to be in USA although we did go to the Caribbean on the cruise.
posted by just asking on Sep 16, 2016 - 30 answers

London tourist: Nightlife edition

We are a couple in mid 20s first time visiting London for 6 nights (Sept 18 - 24) and looking for recommendations for things to do in the evenings. More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Danniman on Sep 14, 2016 - 11 answers

How to Negiotiate for More Vacation Time?

I'm strongly considering a job offer and while I'm pleased with the salary and benefits I'd like more vacation time. [more inside]
posted by CosmicSeeker42 on Sep 14, 2016 - 13 answers

Get on train, relax.

Ideas for a low-key weekend trip on Metra from Chicago? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Sep 13, 2016 - 9 answers

What is the most relaxing kind of vacation you can have with a toddler?

We'd like a relaxing vacation, but no vacation we've taken as a family has ever been relaxing. They've been fun, and they've gotten us out of our routines, but they're always intense, and we're always more tired than when we left. Is there a Somewhere Special we could go where that wouldn't be the case? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Sep 5, 2016 - 32 answers

Where to stay in and around Cartagena.

We're thinking of going to Colombia for 2 weeks this February, to the Cartagena area. Where to go / stay / do? [more inside]
posted by signal on Sep 4, 2016 - 2 answers

Industrial Heritage Sites in Western Europe

I will be leaving Bastogne on the morning of 9/26 and arriving in Bruges/Brugge on the evening of 9/28 and have no plans yet for the time in between. I will have access to a car and would like to tour some industrial or industrial heritage sites during that time. I am willing to drive a good couple hundred miles out of my way to do so. Do you have any suggestions for me? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Sep 2, 2016 - 9 answers

Help a nerd go back in time.

I'm fascinated by history, all kinds of history. I’d love nothing more than to wake up in a very convincing facsimile of another time—and I just found out about this. Can you help me find more? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Aug 23, 2016 - 10 answers

Beach Vacation Recommendations in South and Central America

Please recommend some places for a 4-6 day beach vacation in Central or South America in mid-late February. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Aug 15, 2016 - 7 answers

What beachy place on the U.S. east coast can I go alone but feel safe?

Looking for hotel or AirBnB recommendations walking distance from a beach. Snowflakes: female going by myself (no travel groups/guides, please); seeking a balance of safety+pleasantness between empty (would feel too unsafe to doze, walk at sunrise) and unpleasantly packed; I don't drive so need paid/free conveyance from airport/train station to hotel/beach/groceries. [more inside]
posted by rollcredits on Aug 14, 2016 - 38 answers

Let's make some memories.

What awesome things should I do before I move away from Denver. Slight wrinkle, pregnant. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Aug 12, 2016 - 9 answers

I suck at vacation

It is a running joke that I suck at being on vacation. I'm going away this weekend and really want to not suck. Help. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Aug 8, 2016 - 19 answers

I want to go where no one knows my name: Pittsburgh to Tampa edition

By the time my birthday rolls around in early October, I am going to be well past burned out. I want to go sit alone on a beach and have no one speak to me for three days. I do not want to spend all day on a plane or in airports getting to said beach. For various logistical reasons, I think Tampa is the most practical airport to fly in to. But where to stay? Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen on Aug 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Last minute getaway within driving distance of NYC

My family is looking for a last minute beach or lake house getaway within driving distance of NYC. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Aug 8, 2016 - 10 answers

Places to avoid around Oceanside, CA?

I booked a rental place in Oceanside, and I'm going to visit Legoland and a few friends in SoCal. But when I mentioned that I was staying in Oceanside, there seemed to be some concern that parts of Oceanside are "sketchy" (with gang-related activity)? Is that a real problem for tourists? How do I avoid the bad parts, so I don't just blindly follow my GPS somewhere....
posted by mhh5 on Aug 2, 2016 - 8 answers

Where should I go for a modest, boring personal retreat?

I'd like to celebrate my retirement with a month-long personal retreat devoted primarily to moderate exercise and quiet relaxation. I'm a man in my 60's. Given the following criteria, where should I go? [more inside]
posted by Jackson on Aug 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Roadtrip advice: last minute edition (Eastern WA --> SLC)

The fates have conspired to give me a week off with a car to myself and no plans. I am starting out in Wenatchee, WA and need to be back in 7 days to catch a train home. Given my rough draft itinerary, where should I eat and what should I see while I'm out there? [more inside]
posted by Snacks on Jul 31, 2016 - 3 answers

Where’s a good place to go and write (and vacation)?

I have a book proposal I need to write. I would like to leave NYC for a bit to do it. I’m taking off at the end of August/Labor Day weekend, so I have six days. Where should I go? Caveat: I don’t drive. [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein on Jul 30, 2016 - 6 answers

Why is my boss allowed to take vacation in the middle of a production?

My boss has only been working there for less than 4 months [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jul 28, 2016 - 33 answers

Cheap travel in New Mexico?

How can I save money while travelling around Santa Fe and parts of northern New Mexico? Creative answers welcome! [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jul 27, 2016 - 17 answers

Nature retreat, for individuals, within 3-4 hours of DC

I would like to spend a long weekend or perhaps full week, in mid to late October, alone or semi-alone in nature. An individual retreat that involves yoga, hiking, meditation and contemplation (and maybe even homesteading activities), but is not overly "woo" or religious, sounds ideal to me. Where can I do this within a (maximum) 3-4 hour drive of DC? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jul 23, 2016 - 5 answers

Vacation recommendations for Corsica

We're going to Corsica for two weeks at the end of September/beginning of October. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by ltl on Jul 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Help a wanderer wander.

I have eight days of vacation time and a freshly renewed passport. Where in this wide world should I go? [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Jul 16, 2016 - 10 answers

Once in a lifetime trip...only one problem...where do we go?

My husband and I got married 2 years ago but we did not go on a honeymoon. As of recently, I've been diagnosed with a terminal illness. We want to take a spectacular, once in a lifetime trip. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by Amalie-Suzette on Jul 13, 2016 - 25 answers

Go West Young One (and even younger one)

Looking for some advice on where to go for a family vacation in Colorado. [more inside]
posted by limagringo on Jul 12, 2016 - 4 answers

Must see in Portland, OR

Hi! I'm going to be in Portland in a couple of weeks visiting friends in the Grant Park neighborhood. I'm staying with them, but I have two days where they're at work and I will be entertaining myself (which I am looking forward to). I have access to a car and the only thing I am certain of is that I will be spending 1/2 a day at Powell's. Is there anything else I shouldn't miss? [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Jul 8, 2016 - 31 answers

San Diego relaxing beachy vacation

I perused many of the San Diego questions but didn't feel that any fit the bill. I'm going to San Diego with my husband the last weekend (Thu-Sun) in July (weekend after Comic-con). We'd like to do relaxing beach-y (walking along or swimming, not surfing) or historical sight-seeing things, sit in nice coffeeshops and eat good food. More snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Jul 5, 2016 - 18 answers

Where next for mind-broadening global family travel?

Our family has taken and vastly enjoyed a couple of international trips (#1=Amsterdam/Brussels/Paris, #2=Hong Kong) during our boys' Spring Break school vacation windows, but we are really flailing and struggling to decide where to target for our next window of opportunity in late March 2017. Location(s) must alter the global perspective of 13- and 10-year-old boys! Boundary conditions: date range March 24~April 3, reasonably accessible from US west coast, safe, delicious food, can get by with English and/or limited French. Bonus points inside... [more inside]
posted by rodeoclown on Jul 5, 2016 - 23 answers

What are your tips for long road trips?

I'm leaving for an ambitious 2000 mile road trip through eastern Canada later this week. I've been on road trips before, but this one will be the longest. What are your tips for staying comfortable and not bored to tears during long car rides? I have a pile of podcasts to listen to and some company to converse with, but I'm sure that there are things I haven't thought of that can make the trip more enjoyable. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto on Jul 5, 2016 - 34 answers

Warm Thanksgiving non-beach vacation locales

Can you recommend a natural-beauty vacation locale that will be warm over (American) Thanksgiving? International destinations are fine but total travel time needs to fit into 5 days. Snowflakes: no (or not just) beaches, hiking should accommodate a range of fitness levels.
posted by serelliya on Jul 1, 2016 - 6 answers

Share memorable grandparent/preschooler activities and traditions

What creative, offbeat fun do your preschoolers enjoy when they stay with their grandparents? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Jun 27, 2016 - 13 answers

What Can I Accomplish in Two Months?

I'm a Boston-area high school teacher and for the first time in many years, I'm not working summer school. This means I have NOTHING I have to do for the next two months. I want the time to be relatively productive as well as very relaxing. What types of activities/hobbies/skills can a person pick up in two months? [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes on Jun 26, 2016 - 28 answers

How unrealistic is a tour of multiple countries in Asia in two weeks?

We're hashing out honeymoon plans. I've never been anywhere in Asia and he has been to Japan and the Philippines but hasn't really had time to fully enjoy his trips. He likes Japan and would like to see more of it. I am interested in squeezing as much of east Asia as possible into one trip, because I probably won't have the time/energy/money to plan a second trip anytime soon. Please talk me out of this if it's crazy? [more inside]
posted by quincunx on Jun 25, 2016 - 26 answers

NYC July 8th-11th

My partner and I are coming down for the weekend in early July: are there any interesting things happening that weekend worth checking out? [more inside]
posted by The Notorious SRD on Jun 25, 2016 - 5 answers

Looking for the perfect anniversary getaway!

My boyfriend (24M) and I (23F) are looking for an anniversary vacation spot in mid-September! I'm open to any commentary on my shortlist below and options I haven't considered. [more inside]
posted by bonifate on Jun 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Vacation that's driving distance from Montreal? With 1 year old?

So this summer, we're all off for the last two weeks of July. We originally didn't plan a vacation because our budget has been tight, but we now have a little wiggle room and would like to do a short getaway with our 12 month old daughter. We'd like to stay in Canada due to the exchange rate, and would prefer to stay within a reasonable driving distance from Montreal for baby. Where can we go? [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Jun 21, 2016 - 10 answers

Vacation, all I ever wanted...vacation, had to get away

Paralyzed by vacation options, restrictions, and desires. Please help. [more inside]
posted by cooker girl on Jun 20, 2016 - 21 answers

Over the river, through the woods but NOT to grandmother's house we go

We have time off from work the week of the American Thanksgiving (late November) and are trying to figure out an interesting family trip to new destination. Two 50-something parents, two twenty-something adult children. Challenge: Child A is adventurous and would be exceptionally bored if asked to just hang out with family for a week, even in a pretty location. Child B has issues with chronic pain so on her good days is limited in how active she can be and on her worst days focuses on just making it from the bedroom to the kitchen. B is Ok with being left behind sometimes but we want there to be some fun family options that include her. [more inside]
posted by metahawk on Jun 19, 2016 - 15 answers

Toddler Safety at a Lakefront Vacation Rental House

Please suggest tips and gear for keeping an active toddler safe for a week's vacation at a lakefront rental house. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jun 16, 2016 - 35 answers

Mexico City and beyond with children?

My family is traveling to Mexico City in August for a 10 day vacation. It will be myself, my wife, and our three boys - ages 5 years, 3 years and 8 months. We're planning to spend four days in Mexico City, two near Teotihuacan, and the rest is to be determined. What are your recommendations? Is there another side trip after Teotihuacan we should consider spending 2-3 days at before flying home? [more inside]
posted by John Frum on Jun 13, 2016 - 6 answers

Where in the Southern hemisphere would you take a 10-month old baby?

Boyfriend and I are planning on taking our (blessedly low-maintenance so far) will-be-10-month old on an international family vacation come Thanksgiving, for about 16 days. We are well-traveled, but newbie parent-travelers. Which is the most practical country(ies) within Africa/ South America/ Oceania with regard to experiencing much of what the region has to offer, in which to travel with a baby? I hope I'm asking the right questions in my post below. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Jun 13, 2016 - 7 answers

Improve my cross-country drive!

I'm driving from Memphis to Seattle alone with a dog in July. What can I do, aside from the obvious podcasts, audiobooks, etc., to make the trip minimally stressful and (hopefully) fun? [more inside]
posted by deus ex machina on Jun 11, 2016 - 13 answers

Europe in Late September - Where to?

I have the opportunity to spend a week on vacation in Europe in late September, and I'm paralyzed by all the possible choices of where to go. Help me decide! [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jun 9, 2016 - 27 answers

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