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Short Spring Break Destinations

The wife and I would like a relaxing, ~4 day spring break getaway the weekend of March 14. Difficulties: we'd prefer no more than ~4 hours driving or ~6 hours in a plane. Would prefer to avoid spring break crowds. We live in Pittsburgh. I'd like somewhere warmer than Pittsburgh. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Feb 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Tour Eastern Canada recommendations

My in-laws are flying in from India to Boston. They've never been to Canada and are curious to see the Eastern part including Toronto, Ottawa, Quebuc, Montreal. Do you have any recommendations on guiding tour companies which they may enjoy. (Please note, they aren't open to renting a car, so I'm researching guided tour options). Thanks in advance, -Z
posted by quiverandquill on Feb 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Is it rude to bring a baby to a bed & breakfast?

Wifey and I are headed to Hawaii for our first vacation post-pregnancy. We've loved staying at B&B's in the past, but don't want our hosts or other guests to cringe when we show up with our 6-month-old daughter. Be honest: have we outgrown this mode of lodging?? [more inside]
posted by atreyu on Feb 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Best strategies for biking in Orkney and Shetland?

We'd like to spend a week each in Orkney and Shetland this (late August/early September). We love bikes, photography, historical monuments/museums. What are we not thinking of/what would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Feb 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Vacationing soon to Port St. Lucie / Fort Pierce area - would love tips!

What nature trails are recommended in the area? What tours are there [art, science, culture, nature] that are budget-friendly and deep in interesting information? Where is the best beach within an hour? [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Feb 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Tips for Las Vegas: Hipster Edition

We'll be going to Las Vegas for a long weekend next week and I'm looking for suggestions that are a little more off the beaten track. Some things I've found on Yelp so far that fit the profile, Drink and Drag bowling, Grouchy John's Coffee Shop, Freakin' Frog. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Feb 8, 2014 - 12 answers

El Salvador in May?

How is El Salvador as a travel destination in May? I'm thinking of going to El Salvador for the last week in May this year and am a little concerned about the weather ( rain in particular ). Is the weather there bad enough that I should think about other options? Are there particular areas that I should either avoid or make a point of visiting at that time of year?
posted by metadave on Feb 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Work leave request policy conundrum. What's fair? What works?

My growing office of 10 is thinking about developing a vacation scheduling/leave request policy, and I'd be responsible for managing it. Staff get about 3-4 weeks vacation every year, and we're in a student service office in a university setting in the US. Before now there were no scheduling snafus, because we closed over the holidays. BUt a new policy has come down - we'll be open over the holidays. So could you tell me how your office juggles vacation leave requests in general, and what you think of it? How do you manage leave over the holidays or other popular times? Do you think seniority is fair? Or should leave be first requested, first serve? What do you think is the best way to develop a leave request policy? I'd like to have a policy that is sensible and user friendly, based on a process that is transparent and fair. HR is giving us leeway on determining a policy and at the very least, I'll ask everyone in the office what they think. But I thought I'd also ask you, hivemind. All suggestions welcome.
posted by anitanita on Feb 7, 2014 - 28 answers

A warm vacation in direct-flight from MSP

Minnesota winter has drained me of the will to live. Help me find a warm, US vacation. Criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Jan 28, 2014 - 23 answers

Help me get the most out of a trip in the sun!

I'm heading to an all-inclusive resort with my significant other, and this is the first time either of us has ever done it (specifically this resort in the Dominican Republic). Tickets booked, hepatitis vaccine injected, but are there any other tips and tricks to getting the most out of doing this kind of vacation that I should know in advance? How do I get the most of out my trip?
posted by cacofonie on Jan 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Vacations are stressful. Help us find a non-cheesy tropical hotel?

I need a recommendation for a 4-7 day tropical vacation sometime this spring. I'm thinking hedonistic amounts of lounging, drinking, napping, reading, and eating in the sun for me and my boyfriend. There are way too many options and I will keep putting it off until I can slim down the choices. I especially could use specific recommendations for hotels, as I find it basically impossible to tell whether food is good anywhere. [more inside]
posted by thirdletter on Jan 20, 2014 - 19 answers

Help me decide where to go for a month of relaxation

I'm planning to take a month of holiday in May or June, and want to find a cheap remote destination anywhere in the world where I can rent a small place and just hang out and read books and unwind. My perfect day there would be lounging around in a hammock/garden/isolated beach, reading, drinking a cappuccino and eating bread and cheese. Maybe I'd go for a little walk. Please give me your suggestions for destinations, including specific rental options if you have any. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Jan 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me decide where to go on vacation.

I need advice on how to best plan my international vacation. Package deal or self made? Eastern Europe, Africa or Middle East? Someplace safe and easy to find my way around. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jan 14, 2014 - 18 answers

What to do during our 3rd trip to Key West

My boyfriend and I are going to Key West for the 3rd year in a row. I'm psyched, but since we've already been there twice somewhat recently, I wondering just how we'll fill our time. [more inside]
posted by Shadow Boxer on Jan 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me plan a Fall'14 trip to Spain and/or Portugal?

Which cities are a must? [more inside]
posted by BitterYouth on Jan 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Looking for advice on leaving the cat alone for a week.

Hard as it is to believe, we are leaving our beloved kitty all alone for the first time since we got him 5 years ago. I'm looking for advice as well as answers to a couple specifics. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Dec 30, 2013 - 32 answers

Vacation days on loan from employer

The company I work for is changing their policy on vacation days. Has anyone ever heard of vacation days being "loaned" to employees to be paid back if/when that employee left the company before the end of the year? [more inside]
posted by Shadow Boxer on Dec 28, 2013 - 28 answers

Altitude sickness and panic. Help me cope!

Traveled to Yellowstone from Illinois. I have gotten hit with with some altitude sickness. Unfortantly my biggest symptoms are insomia, panic, and diarrhea. Ick. YANMD. Can you help with coping strategies ? [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on Dec 25, 2013 - 15 answers

Planning a ski trip... A year in advance

Help me figure out all the logistics involved in planning my very first big-boy vacation: A ski trip to the Rockies. I could use location recommendations or tour companies if any of you have experience with that. Details inside [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Dec 19, 2013 - 14 answers

Christmas vacation places in Southern CA.

Hi! Since most of our family is traveling for the holidays, and we haven’t yet taken our honeymoon (we got married in October), we thought we’d take a trip ourselves. But we could use some recommendations for someplace to go. [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL on Dec 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Where should we stay in Tulum?

Heading to Tulum without the kids at the end of Jan/Beginning of Feb for 3 nights and am seeking recommendations for accommodations based upon relatively recent stays. Our requirements: Quiet, clean, nice bed, ceiling fans, hot water, good restaurant, on the ocean. We'd like a cabana but also would consider the right hotel. We can spend up to $500/night for the right place but I'd love to find something closer to $300. Ideally, not next to any major new developments, which I understand are starting to take over the area. Thanks in advance for any help!
posted by avrobie on Dec 17, 2013 - 4 answers

SoCal Costal Hotels for Overnight Getaway?

My girlfriend and I both have some time off between Christmas and New Years Day. We'd like to take a one-day roadtrip somewhere along the southern California coast, get a hotel, hang out on the beach a while, sleep, come home the next afternoon. We're located in Santa Monica, and on a pretty tight budget. Ideas for great little spots/hotels? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Dec 14, 2013 - 15 answers

Help a Picky Traveler Plan a San Diego Trip

I'm planning a trip to San Diego in early February. Not sightseeing, just being somewhere else and getting out of the Michigan cold for a while. [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Dec 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Send me away, please.

I left my holiday vacation planning until the last minute and I'm at my wits' end as to where I can take a warm, relaxing vacation at any time between Dec. 21st and Jan. 5th without spending my life's savings. Any ideas or frugality resources? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Dec 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me stick to a healthy diet while on holiday

So I have majorly changed the way I have been eating over the past 6 months, and it seems to be working so far. (Yay!) I will be going on an all-inclusive week long vacation in Mexico with a large group of family at the end of January. They love to party and eat, and so do I, but I know that a combination of drinking a lot, eating too many carbs, and staying up late make me super tired, unhappy, and break out. I'm looking for specific strategies to stay on track while I'm at the resort. I intend to enjoy myself, but still not go overboard with the booze, and mostly try to eat well so I don't feel like crap at the end of the week. This is literally the first time in my life I have made significant progress on changing my diet and lifestyle and I don't want to fall back too much. Last time I was at a resort there was lots of food to pick from but most of it was the "standard american diet" with lots of carbs and way too few fresh veggies. What foods can I bring with me and things should I look for on menus to stay close to my healthy diet without making it too difficult to enjoy my all-inclusive vacation? [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer on Dec 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Plan My Day For Me Mount Dora Edition

Mrs. W and I are spending the weekend after Christmas in Mount Dora, FL. Recommendations wanted- restaurants (particularly lunch), arty type stuff, bookstores, out of the way gems we might not otherwise know about. Plan our weekend!
posted by wittgenstein on Nov 30, 2013 - 2 answers

Where's someplace warm and cheap to spend a week or so over New Years

I've been thinking recently that it might be fun to spend 4-7 days in a warm part of North America to ring in the New Year with my girlfriend. I'd love to find a place to get away, warm up from the Chicago winter and maybe sit on a beach if I can. [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Nov 25, 2013 - 15 answers

Looking for a vacation spot in NC or Virginia, need help!

I'm planning to travel south from Massachusetts this summer's vacation, Virginia or NC (with elementary aged kids). Looking a home base with beautiful natural scenery, nice little restaurants nearby, and maybe a river to tube down. [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Nov 24, 2013 - 12 answers

Adventure vacation suggestions

Help me plan our next vacation. [more inside]
posted by TorontoSandy on Nov 23, 2013 - 1 answer

California / Southwest road trip itinerary advice

Boyfriend and I are planning a round trip (by rental car) through California and the Southwest and we'd love some input on the first rough draft of the route. We're going for 23 days in September next year and would like to stay in fairly affordable hotels and motels (no camping). [more inside]
posted by Skybly on Nov 23, 2013 - 34 answers

Where to go in Europe?

Going to Europe. We have 4.5 weeks. Help us narrow down our choices! [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Nov 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Where should we go?

My wife and I have 10 days off after Christmas and would like to take “a trip of a lifetime.” We got married this past June and never got a chance to go on a honeymoon. This is our chance to go on a fantastic trip but we can’t decide where to go. We are hoping you all can help! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by degoao on Nov 19, 2013 - 35 answers

How to consolidate, organize, and share tourism information?

I'm looking for smart ways to consolidate, organize, and share tourism information for people who visit me and for places that my partner and I might visit. [more inside]
posted by neushoorn on Nov 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Employment scam or legit invite?

I've been job searching for the past couple of months. Some online listings compel you to apply for them through a recruiter site. I try to avoid doing this, because I've been spammed as a result by sites like Careerbuilder.com who apparently don't vet their partners very well. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Nov 14, 2013 - 11 answers

All nature all the time

Please recommend interesting spots within the US or Canada for a 7-10 (or even 15) day nature-centric vacation (for example bike tours, canoe trips or long hikes). [more inside]
posted by PorcupineQuills on Nov 13, 2013 - 13 answers

A Broad, Abroad, Alone

In a month, I'll be traveling abroad for the first time, all by my lonesome. Looking for helpful tips for a first-time international traveler. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Nov 13, 2013 - 26 answers

Vacation in El Salvador?

Two wonderful people - a Salvadoran and a Russian, both living in New York - just got married and have invited my girlfriend and me to join them on vacation in El Salvador this December. Carlos is very sweet, very generous, and very excited to show us his country of origin. It all sounds wonderful to me - beach, mountains, pupusas, family, etc. Plus monkeys! My girlfriend is also very fond of the couple and loves the idea of a tropical vacation, but is typically more cautious than I am and is concerned about safety. This seems to be a valid concern, given the overall crime rate, State Department travel warnings, and so on. El Salvador has a murder rate of 69 per 100,000 people, which is about the same as Flint, Michigan and twice that of Baltimore. I'm a fairly experienced traveler and am inclined to think we'd be safe as long as we stuck with Carlos and his family, but don't want to be foolish. Neither of us speaks Spanish terribly well and we could probably be identified as foreigners by our appearance. The same can be said for Carlos' wife. G/f and I decided to turn to the fine folks of MetaFilter for outside perspectives - thoughts, anecdotes, information, or advice - on the safety and advisability of traveling to El Salvador for fun. Thank you!
posted by jcrcarter on Nov 11, 2013 - 6 answers

What's a pretty winter vacation spot between Toronto and Chicago?

We're in Toronto. Our friends are in Chicago. We'd like to meet up roughly halfway between our cities over the Christmas break (i.e. in Michigan or Ontario), and rent a house or cottage somewhere quiet with some natural scenery. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Nov 7, 2013 - 10 answers

10 days in Turkey and Greece in Feburary?

So, we're able to get an AMAZING deal on Airfare to Istanbul in February 16th - 25th. Looking for tips and advice for our visit. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Nov 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Where can I ski in France? Difficulty level: Cheaply?

Hi, I am looking for tips or advice on how to ski cheaply in France. [more inside]
posted by bquarters on Nov 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Share your secret paradises for relaxation and celebration

Where in the world can we vacation and ring in the new year? As it's Nov now, we're terrible at planning. [more inside]
posted by inevitability on Nov 6, 2013 - 6 answers

help us plan a somewhat last minute, gay friendly winter vacation

My wife and I are planning a last minute vacation for the week between Christmas and New Year's. We will be leaving from NYC and would like to go someplace warm where we can mostly relax and lay on the beach. Budget is ~5k-6k flights included. We are happily married lesbians and are not interested in pretending to be sisters/cousins/friends on our big vacation, so we are specifically looking for lgbt friendly destinations or possibly lgbt friendly resorts in moderately lgbt friendly locales. [more inside]
posted by msjoannabanana on Nov 6, 2013 - 13 answers

Can you identify this vacation destination (c 1950)?

Back in the '50s my Mom took a trip with her friends to this tropical island somewhere in the Caribbean. Can anyone help me identify where these pictures were taken? Link to the gallery here.
posted by alball on Nov 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me find a vegan/healthy-friendly, relaxing beach destination

My wife and I are looking for a 4-5 night stay in a couple of weeks. We want somewhere we can relax on the beach, that also has plenty of very healthy places to eat. Vegan-friendly choices are a plus, as are juice bars (or places that serve fresh fruit/veggie juice). [more inside]
posted by entropic on Nov 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Key West and snorkling

Hi, all. My sister and I would like to take some time together for a trip this January. We need some help planning things out. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Oct 21, 2013 - 7 answers

What's your favourite travel website for booking a vacation package?

We want to go somewhere sunny this winter. There are a bewildering number of travel websites hocking flight+hotel deals. Did you have a good experience with any of them? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Yes, thinking about Christmas already. Sorry.

My brother and I would like to give my parents a large chunk of cash this Christmas with the intent that they use it to travel. How do we do this most effectively? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2013 - 18 answers

Applying for a new job- but what to do about a planned vacation?

After years of being on the fence about leaving and gritting my teeth while putting up with a shitty work environment, I'm ready to start applying for jobs. It's taken me a long time to get brave enough to do this, so I'm pretty happy that I'm going to pull the plug! But I feel like I can't start applying for positions because of an upcoming vacation, and I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2013 - 29 answers

What should we do in San Juan for New Year's Eve?

We're going to Puerto Rico for a week after Christmas. We have hostel-type places booked in Vieques and Old San Juan for the first part of our trip, but we don't have plans for the 31st and 1st yet. What is the most awesome thing to do in San Juan on New Year's Eve? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Oct 8, 2013 - 1 answer

Looking for a hotel or rental in Paris in the 6th arrondissement

In Paris, we are looking for a recommendation for a 6 day apartment rental by owner or a hotel in the 6th arrondissement. We would like to pay a maximum of $200 Canadian per night. Though we are looking at the 6th, If you have a place to recommend in the 5th arrondissement, we would also be interested. if you can add a few details about the place,that would be appreciated.
posted by Tziv on Oct 8, 2013 - 6 answers

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