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Where should we stay in Washington DC?

I'm looking for a hotel in DC that is within walking distance of some cool attractions for a visit in May. I'd like something reasonably nice, but I'd prefer to stay below $400 a night. The ones I've found so far that look good to me are Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Hotel Lombardy, or the Mandarin Oriental (a little out of my range, but I'm flexible if it's considered awesome for the price. Any Mefites know the DC hotel scene intimately?
posted by blurker on Apr 1, 2016 - 24 answers

A Week in Okoboji

We are set to spend a week in July at Lake Okoboji with my in-laws. We have a toddler. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Mar 30, 2016 - 1 answer

How to hire a support driver for a self-guided bike tour?

I've been some multi-day bike tours, some fancy & fully supported, and some self-guided, with no trip guide or SAG wagon. Both types provide accommodations and transit for your luggage. On the self-guided trips I've thought "I could figure all this out", but I'm at a loss on how to reliably organize moving luggage from A to B. How could one hire a reliable driver just to move the luggage, and how to indemnify such a person? [more inside]
posted by TDIpod on Mar 29, 2016 - 10 answers

Cali, NYC. What to do?

I am planning a summer vacation with my son and Cali and NYC are up for consideration. I will have no transportation, staying with elderly family and it will be our first time in either places. What are some fun things -on a budget- to do there? [more inside]
posted by Whatifyoufly on Mar 29, 2016 - 26 answers

Help make our trip to Europe amazing, Cortona edition

Our family will be spending a few days in Cortona Italy in July. We're traveling with kids, so our plan is for a mostly low-key trip filled with swimming at the public pool, exploring the city and eating gelato in the main square. But we're also looking for other unique or special experiences we could do as a family that would really make our trip special. [more inside]
posted by quantum on Mar 27, 2016 - 1 answer

Sunshiny, peaceful holiday destination in June?

It's getting colder and darker here in Australia and in an effort to prevent the winter blues I will be taking a two week holiday in early June. Where in the world should I go that is a) sunny and b) not humid? [more inside]
posted by Naanwhal on Mar 26, 2016 - 19 answers

Vacation destination with (max) 6 hours drive of Virginia?

Vacation Filter: Help us decide where to go on vacation for a week in May within 4-6 hours drive north of the Virginia/MD state line? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Mar 25, 2016 - 17 answers

Escapism, For One, For Two Weeks

Between 21 June and 18 July I will have finished school and not yet started work. I want to get away, outside, for some if not most of that time. I am based in Toronto. I like biking, hiking, walking, and being outside. I also like cities and reading books and sleeping in. Hope me please? [more inside]
posted by hepta on Mar 23, 2016 - 20 answers

What is a sensible response to a difficult situation?

My ex-wife has just advised she is taking my kids on holiday in just over a weeks time but the specific accommodation seems to be totally inappropriate for a 6 and 8 year old. She is going to Aya Napa in Cyprus which is renowned as a party resort. I feel very uncomfortable and nauseous. Am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by numberstation on Mar 23, 2016 - 31 answers

What is the value of vacation?

The company I work for is being bought. My current company has lower pay, about the top of the lower quartile. But, it has extremely good vacation benefits, about double most other companies in the region. I realize the answer varies a great deal from person to person, but... In any negotiations, how should I value my vacation? [more inside]
posted by porkpop on Mar 13, 2016 - 11 answers

Time off, I'll miss you...

Have you made this move, from a relatively large amount of time off from work to a good deal less? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2016 - 10 answers

Long weekend in Portland, ME in March

Planning a short trip to Portland and would love some advice on veg-friendly restaurants, things to do in the off-season, and more. [more inside]
posted by spectacularicity on Mar 2, 2016 - 4 answers

VacationFilter: Help Plan a Three-Generation Adventure in Ireland.

We're planning an 8 to 12 day vacation in Ireland this summer (late June / early July) for 11 people (mostly Canadian) ages 1 through 70. Looking for suggestions for family-friendly places to stay, things to see, ways to get about. [more inside]
posted by stungeye on Feb 29, 2016 - 7 answers

NYC to LA for a few days

Thinking about taking a long weekend trip to LA (Thurs-Mon in the next few weeks) for a quick getaway with my wife from NYC. How does this sound as an idea? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Feb 24, 2016 - 6 answers

June 23-ish for vacation trip to the UK?

My wife and I have been planning an anniversary trip to the UK for this year but haven't yet decided on the timing. I'm thinking it could be pretty fascinating to schedule it so that the EU referendum vote falls in the middle. Great idea or bonkers? [more inside]
posted by Creosote on Feb 22, 2016 - 11 answers

Honeymooned in Portland and loved it...what's next?

My wife and I honeymooned in Portland, OR in 2012 and loved it. We just did the city. We are looking at planning another PNW getaway this year (up to a week) and are wondering what to do/where to go next? We like city stuff (restaurants, culture, walking, breweries, wineries) as well as being in the outdoors and hiking. What would you recommend for us? There are so many good options, we are having a hard time deciding!
posted by sgo on Feb 15, 2016 - 15 answers

Netherlands and Belgium on a scooter?

We are planning a two-week trip to Amsterdam for the last two weeks in May. Can we do it on rented Vespas? [more inside]
posted by raisingsand on Feb 15, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me plan a beach vacation in mexico

We are planning a beach vacation (for about 7-8 days) in Mexico in next few months with a 5-year-old and an 18-month-old. We are planning on spending most of the time at the beach or around the pool. Might for an excursion, if it’s something that we can handle with an 18-month-old. At night, we like the option of getting out from the resort and walk around the streets (if it’s safe) and maybe try street food. No nightclubs for us. More information inside [more inside]
posted by WizKid on Feb 15, 2016 - 5 answers

Near the sea

Where would you go if you wanted to stay at a cottage near the sea for a short vacation? [more inside]
posted by stepup on Feb 13, 2016 - 23 answers

Near to last minute vacation ideas needed! (east Asia edition)

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]
posted by wallawallasweet on Feb 12, 2016 - 3 answers

London or Paris for a vacation with Me + 2 kiddos under 5?

I need help choosing whether to go to London with a day trip to Paris or stay in Paris the entire trip on our family vacation this summer. [more inside]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle on Feb 10, 2016 - 32 answers

Low cost family vacation?

I don't really want to go to Disney again. Looking for ideas for a family vacation. [more inside]
posted by Ruki on Feb 9, 2016 - 33 answers

Planning a 10-day road trip in Italy

Help me plan a 10-day road trip in Italy in March or April. I've already been to the tourist sites in Rome, Venice, Florence, etc. so would prefer to drive up the coast and stay in little towns along the way. More snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Feb 9, 2016 - 13 answers

Sweet spot for Amsterdam Vacation

Looking to visit Amsterdam and hitting the best two-week period before the largest tourist crowds descend. Basically, what are the latest two weeks before the big crowd surges? [more inside]
posted by raisingsand on Feb 6, 2016 - 10 answers

Short Oahu Escape

Need help with itinerary! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Feb 3, 2016 - 6 answers

Food, cooking, arts trip in Italy...

Please help me figure out how to craft a fabulous vacation for my two kiddos and myself to Italy this summer.. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Jan 31, 2016 - 22 answers

Miami Family Funtimes

My family is going on a Disney Cruise in April out of Miami! Yay! Before that, we want to spend a couple of days vacationing on land. But we have many questions. [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jan 30, 2016 - 5 answers

Help me navigate Memphis and New Orleans by Amtrak and bicycle

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]
posted by rocketman on Jan 28, 2016 - 7 answers

Go play in the snow.

Looking for a vacation spot where two families with 4 young children (between 2 and 6) can enjoy some outdoor winter activities. One family lives in Toronto and one family lives in Montreal, so ideally we'd meet somewhere in the middle, or at least on the west side of Ottawa. Where do you recommend we go during the first week of March? [more inside]
posted by keeo on Jan 26, 2016 - 4 answers

We're living somewhere else for a month. But where?!

We rented our house for 5 weeks in July and early August, so we're outta here (here being White Mountains, New Hampshire). We've got two dogs and a hankering for adventure. Where in the U.S. or Canada should we live for a month or so this summer? [more inside]
posted by nosila on Jan 23, 2016 - 11 answers

What to get as a gift for a host?

My wife and I will be going to Florida on vacation for a week at the end of February. We bought a condo earlier this year, and one of our neighbors is an older couple that has a winter home near Orlando. Their place has a semi-separate one-bedroom living space, and they very generously offered to allow us to stay there while we're on vacation, which will save us a few hundred dollars in hotel costs. [more inside]
posted by markslack on Jan 22, 2016 - 7 answers

US warm long weekend destination in February for solo female traveler

I am thinking about taking a solo long weekend vacation sometime in February to get away from the gloomy Pacific Northwest. Usually I would go to LA but I have been thinking of trying something else in SoCal or even elsewhere. Criteria below the fold. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Jan 19, 2016 - 12 answers

Pros and cons of group tours

I'm hoping to spend my next vacation exploring Vietnam. Can you tell me about the pros and cons of taking an organised group tour to somewhere like Vietnam? What do you wish you had known before you went on your first group tour? Would it be safer than travelling alone for a Western woman?
posted by EatMyHat on Jan 18, 2016 - 10 answers

Like Yosemite, but dog-friendly

I'd like to go on vacation in August somewhere that's similar to Yosemite (Sierra, wilderness, gorgeous). But! I'd like to bring my dog (as well as my husband and 4.5-year-old child). I'm not taking my dog to Yosemite. Also, no camping. [more inside]
posted by purpleclover on Jan 14, 2016 - 8 answers

Air BNB and New Orleans - just how creepy is it?

Married couple, 30 years old, Florida. First extended trip together (5 nights?), as a couple, since our honeymoon 9 years ago. We are looking for a place to stay in New Orleans that is both nice, charming, with the New Orleans feel - and more on the affordable side. (less than $150/160 a night) [more inside]
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah on Jan 14, 2016 - 28 answers

Did I miss my window on notifying my new job of a planned holiday?

In late December, I managed to land myself an interview and a new job at an awesome small company (50-60 employees) in the space of 4 days. I start the new position on 1 February, but I've failed to mention that I have a two-week trip overseas already planned for mid-March, around Easter. Have I missed my window on telling my new employer about my holiday? Should I tell them now or wait until my first day? [more inside]
posted by the_wintry_mizzenmast on Jan 12, 2016 - 10 answers

Winter weekend adventures/essentials in Portland

I'm looking for fun excursions, eateries, etc to undertake during MLK weekend in Portland OR with my wife. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by miltthetank on Jan 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Tropical Mexican beach vacation

I'm getting laid off in February, and after that I'd like to give myself a month to reset by spending most of it on a beach with books and fruity drinks. I can fly to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, or Cancun for free, so I'm looking for places that are within an hour or two of those airports. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by spindrifter on Dec 24, 2015 - 9 answers

Turning off water to house with baseboard heat and gas boiler

We bought a 60-year old house in the Hudson Valley this summer and we're about to leave on our first vacation. The house has hydronic baseboard heating and a very old gas boiler. The forecast looks warm: If I switch off the heat at the thermostat, can I then safely turn off the main water to the house? What would happen if I left the thermostat set very, very low with the main water off? [more inside]
posted by oddovid on Dec 23, 2015 - 11 answers

I may need to cancel a flight. Can I get my money back?

I have one round-trip flight booked with Spirit (I know, I know) airlines to fly to Florida next week to visit my girlfriend's family. It is unlikely the trip will actually happen. Is there any way I can get the money back for my ticket? I did not get the travel insurance that they try to sell you. I purchased the ticket months ago. Any solutions appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Dec 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Suggestions for a family vacation — good balance of relax and activity?

Hey all, I'm looking to take a short vacation with my family somewhere next year, and we're looking for places that are a good balance of relaxing but still has some great activity options. Would like to relax on the beach (or a similar alternative) and also see some culture and do some activities. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Dec 19, 2015 - 14 answers

Holiday for exhausted parents in the UK

Hi! Can anyone recommend a holiday in mid January for two exhausted parents of a four year old and a one year old? We were thinking Centreparcs until we remembered it's based on a self-catering model and really could do with being cooked for for 5 days/a week! [more inside]
posted by dance on Dec 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Ideas for NYC minivacation

I'm headed to NYC to see Hamilton with my sister, niece and niece's friend at the end of Dec. (to be specific, we will arrive 12/27, see show 12/28 pm, head home 12/29). What cool stuff should we do while there? [more inside]
posted by maryrussell on Dec 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Miami/Ft. Lauderdale vacation in December with a 7 year old

Something like St. Augustine but South of West Palm Beach. [more inside]
posted by waving on Nov 23, 2015 - 5 answers

1 year old, thanksgiving, midwest. Go

I live a couple of hours south of Chicago. Given a 4 hour driving radius, what would be a good place to go with a 14 month toddler? I don't expect her to make any memories from this trip, so it's really more of a trip for her parents (us!) . [more inside]
posted by harisund on Nov 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Awesome Ski Vacation for Family

I'm looking for a awesome ski resort in the U.S. or Canada. My kids are 5 and 7 and have never been skiing. I would love to give them an amazing experience in February. I don't mind paying a premium for awesome lodging / amenities. We would be traveling from Austin Texas. Any recommendations for a kid friendly resort?
posted by jasondigitized on Nov 21, 2015 - 20 answers

Help me get away from NYC for a weekend

I'd like to go on a short solo vacation during the Thanksgiving weekend, to somewhere green and quiet, where I can just relax and read. I live in New York City and I don't have a car. I also don't want to fly. Where can I go? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Nov 20, 2015 - 13 answers

Should I ask him to pony up his half of the hotel room?

My boyfriend got sick at the last minute before our planned trip. Should I still ask him to cover his half of the hotel room? Details within. [more inside]
posted by WinterSolstice on Nov 16, 2015 - 38 answers

Best age to take kids to Disneyland?

We're considering taking out two girls to Disneyland next spring, when they'll be 7 and 3 1/2. Is this too young? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Nov 15, 2015 - 27 answers

Riverboat trip on the Danube...

I'm fortunate enough to be taking a river cruise down the Danube in March 2016. Starts in Vienna, then Bratislava, terminating in Budapest. What must I see, do, ??? Four days, three nights. I'm an art lover- mostly Modern. But I want to see beauty, regardless of the century. Also love nature, learning, great architecture. The liberal arts. And great shops and bars. Lots of both... what's hip and edgy? What must I see/do/? on this 4 day, three night trip? And, what might I tack on after- a day or two? Thanking the hive in advance...
posted by ecollie on Nov 13, 2015 - 9 answers

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