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Specific recommendations for Caribbean vacation?

We're taking a honeymoon, 20 months late. I was wondering if people had current suggestions for a place to go close to the Southeast US with white sand, nice rooms, all included rum drinks, and maybe a few other niceties. [more inside]
posted by ftm on Mar 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Solo traveler seeks life beyond Philly

I want to take a short trip to a new-to-me city over Memorial Day weekend. Where would you suggest I go, starting from Philadelphia? Interests, travel restrictions, etc, inside. [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Mar 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Orlando kitschy vacation

My wife and I are taking a quick vacation in Orlando this weekend. We've both visited the area several times before (usually for work) so have visited the big parks and usual tourist attractions. We want this vacation to be different. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars on Mar 1, 2013 - 15 answers

Traveling with me, myself, and I

What should I know or consider before vacationing alone? [more inside]
posted by cecic on Feb 28, 2013 - 32 answers

Where do we go on our honeymoon in Spain?

Help me choose three places in Spain to go for our honeymoon. [more inside]
posted by cali59 on Feb 27, 2013 - 19 answers

Denver recon visit: neighborhoods, music scene?

Last-minute trip to Denver starting March 6. I'll have wed-fri and then monday for me-time in the city and I plan to do my usual routine whenever in a new city: investigate it as a possible future home. [more inside]
posted by myriad gantry on Feb 26, 2013 - 21 answers

Help me identify a neighbourhood to stay in Manhattan for a vacation

My family is going on vacation to New York in june for 9 days. We want to find a nice apartment in airbnb, but we have no clue on what would be an appropiate neighbourhood. My parents are over 60, don't speak the language, and want to do all the tourist-y things, so location is very important. My brothers and I are laid back and want to enjoy city life so we are looking for a neighbourhood with interesting things to do. [more inside]
posted by valdesm on Feb 26, 2013 - 25 answers

Help me go on vacation this fall!

In November, I will be flying to Paris, then going to Barcelona and taking a cruise from there to New Orleans with my husband and our 12 month old girl and possibly two other adults. What are your tips for a successful vacation with a young child? [more inside]
posted by Night_owl on Feb 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Do you know of a lifeguarded beach in North Carolina?

We're considering a family vacation at one of those mondo multi family homes at the shore in North Carolina, but would prefer a lifeguarded beach. Any suggestions? Thanks.
posted by hick57 on Feb 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Honeymoon in Turkey

My fiancee and I are considering Turkey for our honeymoon next October. Should we take a pre-arranged tour or book all our own hotels, in-country travel, etc.? Our considerations are money and how much effort it will be to plan a long trip to a new place in addition to a wedding. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Feb 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Whitewater rafting in West Virginia

Does anyone have a recommendation for white water rafting excursions in West Virginia. Planning for the upcoming summer, with 2 parents and 4 teens, all beginners, but thrill seekers.
posted by Huron90 on Feb 22, 2013 - 8 answers

best places to visit in Spring on Long Island?

We brooklynites want a long weekend getaway in early April. We're thinking Long Island, romantic bed-and-breakfasty but we have a couple of needs and hopes. Can you recommend any specific hotels or b&bs in specific towns that you enjoyed. [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips on Feb 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Where is the real life Rancho Relaxo?

My 40th birthday present to myself is to run away for several days by myself to indulge in restful solitude, nature walks, spa treatments and room service. I live in Oregon and am considering the coast, but could also be talked into Washington/California, or places other than the beach. Price is no object, but would prefer it to be within driving distance of Portland. Requirements and preferences within... [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on Feb 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Quick NYC Jaunt this Weekend: What to do?

I use to work in nyc in mid-town by the MoMA but that was more than a few years ago and I am out of practice getting around/what to do in nyc but I've been put in charge. [more inside]
posted by Carialle on Feb 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Help with London vacation lodging

Family of four adults spending ten days in London in June. We usually prefer apartments/flats and have used VRBO very successfully in the States. My first question (of many to come) concerns what part of the city to stay in. [more inside]
posted by raisingsand on Feb 16, 2013 - 13 answers

How soon is too soon to vacation without baby?

How soon is too soon to vacation without our 1-year-old baby? And what tips can you give us if we have the guts to go? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Feb 12, 2013 - 21 answers

vacation planning to anywhere nonstop

i'm curious which travel website might allow me to see all non-stop flights from my local airport with open seats on a given weekend. there are a couple of airlines i try to avoid, so filtering on a specific airline would also be nice. basically, i want to browse possible vacation destinations using only direct flights from my slightly mid-sized Virginia airport. (i thought kayak would do this sort of thing, but haven't found a way to do it.)
posted by garfy3 on Feb 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Should we take our toddler to Kenya, if not, where?

I have a great opportunity to go to Kenya in June, the question is, does my partner and daughter (20 months by then) come with, or do I meet them somewhere on the way back to Australia? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Feb 2, 2013 - 21 answers

Looking for fun things to do in Kauai!

Looking for fun things to do in Kauai! (and any other advice you may have about vacationing there) [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jan 31, 2013 - 22 answers

Recommend me your best vacation spots near Boston

Please recommend me your best vacation spots near Boston for an early 30s couple that likes the outdoors, history, trivia, movies, books, and good Italian food -- and prefers a trip that’s a mix of active and lazy. We’ll be in the area for a about a week around Memorial Day and want to know our options beyond the city itself.
posted by commander biscuit on Jan 31, 2013 - 14 answers

What is it like to ride in a hot air balloon?

My family of four will be taking a long road trip this summer, from Chicago to Yellowstone, and I had the idea to take a hot air balloon ride somewhere around Mt. Rushmore. It looks to be really really expensive, so before I start saving the money I'd like to get perspective on the experience. For those who have taken a hot air balloon ride: what was it like? How long did it last? Was it scary (for kids or adults with height issues)? Was it worth the money you paid? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Jan 28, 2013 - 19 answers

Have you guys had enough 'what to do in NYC' questions?

My whole family is (finally) comine to visit me in NYC in late March. Help me think of things that will amuse my parents and my 20-year-old sister. PS: We are all giant nerds. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jan 25, 2013 - 17 answers

Where can we watch the Super Bowl in Mexico City?

My Ravens-loving boyfriend wants to watch American football next weekend. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Jan 24, 2013 - 4 answers

One week in Trinidad, or can we do better?

Two part question: 1) Can you recommend a great one-week itinerary in Trinidad and Tobago, or 2) Should we go somewhere else? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Jan 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Accomodations and activities in Maui, in March!

We ended up biting the bullet on tickets to Maui for our spring break in March yesterday (arriving 3/10). You guys were awesome when we went to the Big Island last year- where should we stay and what should we do in Maui? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Jan 22, 2013 - 17 answers

I need a help with a vaca destination in Caribbean or Central America

I am planning a vacation and tortured by all the choices. I'm thinking of the Caribbean or Central America (but open to just about anyplace). I need help narrowing it down. The trip is for my husband, my 5 year old son and me. We'd be flying from Boston and going for a week. So much more inside... [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Jan 22, 2013 - 21 answers

Heading to Iceland with an infant

My wife and I are thinking of heading to Iceland for our summer vacation. This year will be a little different as we will be traveling with our 14month old. Since are on the East Coast the flight to Iceland is reasonably quick and Iceland is quicker than some domestic locations We hope to rent a house in the south eastern part of Iceland in late May or early June. We will use the house as our base and do some small day trips from there. Our only goal for the vacation is to enjoy the scenery and see a few things. We are going to travel light and purchase most food and diapers there. Any hints, tips, and tricks traveling to Iceland with an infant. What can we expect in terms of availability of conventional baby foods and diapers? Anything else we should know?
posted by burlsube on Jan 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Vacation Rentals - How to go about doing it

Looking for guidance and recommendations on renting a house for one week in Rhode Island this coming June. I'm looking to be somewhat near Bristol, RI (but can be as much as 30 miles away), near a beach, biking trails and a cute town with a few nice restaurants and attractions. Would love your recommendations on what town to look for a rental, as well as rental agencies/websites to go to to find properties and information on how one goes about doing it - should I contact the owner, how do I get a guarantee that this person/place is legitimate, and that my deposit is guaranteed. Also, can you give me the ins and outs of renting a home for a week vacation? Tips on how to go about doing it, what to watch out for, as well as how to make the best of a one week's rental or things to do in a Rhode Island seaside town would be fun. Thanks!
posted by BlueMartini7 on Jan 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Where should we go on holiday in mid-February?

Me and my girlfriend want to go on holiday in mid-February. Where should we go/what should we do? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Jan 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Holidaying alone - how do you do it awesomely?

I've got my week in the Canaries booked, and I'm going with only books, music, and pen/paper for company. Have you holidayed alone, and what made it extra awesome? [more inside]
posted by greenish on Jan 11, 2013 - 18 answers

NYC area MLK weekend short trip filter

The girl and I are thinking about a couple of day vacation based out of NYC over MLK weekend, any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Jan 10, 2013 - 6 answers

How do you stay sane on two weeks of vacation a year?

I just accepted my first real job offer! I'm excited, but kind of freaking out about adjusting to a traditional working lifestyle. [more inside]
posted by circumspice on Jan 8, 2013 - 49 answers

Where do grown-ups go on a summer vacation?

In celebration of our tenth anniversary, my husband and I would like to take a real, child-free, not-tacked-on-to-work-travel, vacation. Please, tell us where to go. [more inside]
posted by rebeccabeagle on Jan 8, 2013 - 35 answers

30th Adventure

I'll be turning 30 in April, and I'm planning a trip in celebration. There are a lot of places in the world I'd love to go just to hang out and look around, but I decidedly do NOT want to do that for this trip. I want to travel somewhere and do something active. To give you an idea of what I'm looking for, my front runner so far is a one week stay in Jamaica learning how to make wood fired pottery. What similar "enriching" type experiences are out there? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jan 3, 2013 - 13 answers

Midwest weekend

I want to spend this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday driving around to see/do fun, cheap things in a ~3 hour radius from Champaign, Illinois (closer is preferred). Can you help a sister out? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Jan 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Where can we play slots in our swimsuits?

What magical tropical paradise with beaches and casinos should we take my mom to, within a 4-hour flight of Chicago, for her birthday? Bonus points for a destination with cultural activities for a non-gambler non-sun worshiper. [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Dec 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Wanna beach bum it up for a month in March!

Less touristy Central American beach spot to plunk down for a month in March? Thinking Quepos, Costa Rica, got anything better? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Dec 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Where should we go?

We have the second week in March off. Where should we go for a non-snowy vacation within a day of travel from Alaska? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Dec 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Driving during the honeymoon - Just trying to remove stressors before they happen.

We're going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon! We’re risk-averse and easily scared / frustrated while driving in the US. Should we drive ourselves or hire a driver / drivers in Costa Rica? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Dec 18, 2012 - 19 answers

Great vacation ideas with both beauty and brains?

Asking for a friend: What are some seductive and alluring travel ideas which feature both a) stunning natural beauty and b) some intellectual stimulation more than just learning about history (e.g. solving some mystery, practicing a language, etc.). This would be for a middle-aged couple in average shape, money (within reason) no object. Length: roughly 2-4 weeks. Specific tour recommendations also welcome.
posted by shivohum on Dec 16, 2012 - 15 answers

Inspire me!

Vacation filter: somewhere awe-inspiring. (+ book recommendation also, if you could.) [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Dec 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Where to go south for the winter?

I'm back with another Travel Filter question! Looking for an early New Year trip, first week of January. Looking for Southern Florida. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Stan Grossman on Dec 8, 2012 - 1 answer

But when that open ro-oad starts to callin me/ Theres somethin oer the hill that I gotta see

You have wanderlust, a little money, and unexpectedly, a free month or two. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Dec 6, 2012 - 26 answers

Tips for a Winter Trip to LA

We're spending the 20th-27th in LA, where I haven't been for almost a decade. Please give us your recommendations for wondrous and strange and delicious things to do, see, and eat! [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Dec 6, 2012 - 12 answers

How to see America in July?

My friend who has never been to the US has four weeks for an epic road trip/vacation. The catch: it's in July. What are the must see sights that won't induce heatstroke? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Dec 5, 2012 - 33 answers

Two Canucks Lost in New York!

Help me plan a relatively carefree (yet amazing!) trip to NYC! From Ottawa (potentially by car) in January or in a later month. Looking for a place to stay that won't drain bank accounts and sights to see with someone who has never been. Bonus points if anyone can suggest a fun route there and back. Time limit: I'm only going for a weekend.
posted by Danithegirl on Dec 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Special snowflake adventure for the snowflakeless

Help me figure out a special-snowflake adventure for under $3000 per person, leaving this weekend? [more inside]
posted by ista on Dec 4, 2012 - 16 answers

Send us on a fun mini-trip based out of Phoenix

Where should we go after a week in the Phoenix area? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Dec 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Which Bahamas island to stay on for Christmas/New Years and how do I get there from Nassau island?

Which Bahamas island to stay on for Christmas/New Years and how do I get there from Nassau island? There seems to be no flights to some islands, not sure how ferry works, are there other options? And what's the best island to stay on for "get away from it" kind of vacation? [more inside]
posted by zavulon on Dec 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Stalking the Wild Clooney

Please hope me plan the perfect week in Lake Como, Italy! [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Nov 28, 2012 - 4 answers

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