The alms family (2 adults + 8 y.o. + 4 y.o.) is looking to spend 2-3 days in a rural setting over the winter break, with activities like sleigh rides, bonfires, snow shoeing, nature walks, board games, tubing, possibly xc skiing, and other kids activities. We don't downhill ski or snowboard ourselves although we’d consider a ski resort if it has enough of the other things going on. We think a full service inn catering to families is probably the best bet but maybe there is a farm-inn stay, ski resort or rental that would work. [more inside]
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]
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]
I should start by saying I'm a big fan of folding bikes and have been using one to commute to work for the last 8 years.(Brompton SL-2) We have two girls who can now both ride bikes, and are living overseas in the UAE. We can buy bikes where we live but the prices are higher and the selection's a bit limited. I'm thinking of buying a pair of Dahon Boardwalk single speed coaster break folders and bringing them back when we return next week. Has anyone tried folding bikes for kids? I've had our older daughter ride my Brompton--she does fine on it. My sense is they would not be as excited about them initially as opposed to something more kid-like, but that over time it would just come to be seen as what it is--a bicycle we can bring anywhere. I'm wondering if others in the MeFi community have tried folding bikes with kids--have they worked size wise? Lasted over the years? Or languished in a corner of the garage?
What's a good town or smallish city in Spain to visit in the summer with kids (ages 2 and 5) in tow? We're looking at 3 weeks in late July/August, and would prefer a walkable place that's on a train line (or are they all?) so we wouldn't have to rent a car to explore locally or beyond. [more inside]
Do you know a great place near New York City for three generations of family to vacation for three to five days this summer? [more inside]
When I got married I never changed my last name. We're pregnant now (yay!), and thinking the baby will have my last name. Dad will likely big picking kiddo up from daycare/school a lot and we'll be traveling internationally a lot (Oz-US). How big a deal is it if dad has a different surname? [more inside]
I'm spending New Year's in San Francisco so my partner and I can get married (no gay marriage allowed in Montana, so we're headed to the home state of both our families). We plan to be there with our parents and siblings for the event, but are not sure what to do with ourselves on the day of the 1st. [more inside]
What's the age cutoff to expect to be able to tag along with your parents on a vacation? [more inside]
My brother left for Rome, Italy on Monday to do a summer job for a lab there and we (his friends and family) still haven't had any contact from him. I'm worried that something might have happened to him and his wife and kids are worried sick. Is there any good routes to trying to find him in case he's been in an accident? I don't have the name of the lab he's working for or I'd just call them :(
My family will be spending 10 days road tripping through Scotland in May. There will be four adults (myself, my husband, and my retired parents), and one 18 month old toddler. What towns will work best as bases for exploring surrounding areas? [more inside]
My wife's father (Caucasian American) spent five years teaching in Chad, Africa in the late 60's and early 70's. A few years ago he told my wife that while he was there he had a relationship with a woman and that after he left the village where he was living he heard that she had a child who "looked like him." My wife and I are thinking about traveling to Chad to see where her father lived and to possibly try and find this woman who would now be in her 40's. We have some limited information from him (names places etc.) Finding information about Chadian culture has been difficult and we want to be sure that there would be no negative consequences for this woman and her family if we went and tried to find her. We want to be as low-key as possible but it looks like most of the westerners who travel to this part of Africa use guides or tourist companies. We speak a little french but not much. Any info would be so much appreciated!
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]
What are some great family day trips from Cape Town, South Africa? [more inside]
I graduated college a year ago and moved to Baltimore. I’m now considering moving back home to be close to family, save money and travel. Am I possibly making a huge mistake? Special complications inside. [more inside]
Only child makes depressing Christmas visit to parents. How can I prevent this from happening again? [more inside]
How do I best manage a visit to my elderly/dying grandparents with my young children? [more inside]
Two weeks in Italy, from Rome north to Tuscany and back. Where to go? What to do? Where to stay? [more inside]
I'm coming to Phoenix next week with the family. We have all our activities planned, but where should we eat? I want to avoid national chains at all costs. We're staying in Mesa, but we'll have a car.
3 week family vacation in Europe – kids want a mix of cities and beach. We are thinking Spain, but are totally flexible. Is it better for us to travel in July or August? Seems like many Europeans are on vacation in August. [more inside]
Our family (with early teens) is travelling to Paris for a week in mid-March this year, and after perusing the many threads about Paris and France, we have settled on getting a Museum Pass and found suitable accommodations. We are now looking for some more offbeat Paris activities to round out our trip. [more inside]
Please help a family of four with an outdoorsy but non-camping trip to the Grand Tetons and Salt Lake City!
Our family of four (Mom, Dad, 2 boys ages 8 & 12) wants to enjoy Yellowstone Park, the Grand Tetons, and possibly shoot down to the Salt Lake City area for about a week in late July 2012. We love the outdoors, but can't bring camping gear. Will we be able to find spontaneous lodging in cheap hotels or cabins for under $100 per night - or do we need to book everything waaay in advance? [more inside]
Long Lost Relatives filter: Am I a bad person for only wanting to take them up on _part_ of their generous offer? If not, help me politely communicate this! [more inside]
Where should we go as a family next? We have just returned home (Canada) from a great European visit (Germany, Belgium, Holland and England) and are already looking towards planning and saving for our next trip. [more inside]
Looking for a place to stay and things to do in the vicinity of East Lansing, MI at the end of June. [more inside]
Where to go/stay/eat in Austin that will appease my parents (50s) and my sister and I (20s) in April?
Snowflake travel question: trying to find a balance between stuff in Austin my parents (50s) will like, and drunken night time punk rock shenanigans for my sister and I. None of us have ever been to Texas before. Help us do your city justice, oh wise austonians! way [more inside]
What are some fun, small and lesser known cities in Europe? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some great locations for family snorkeling on the Big Island of Hawaii? [more inside]
How to reconcile Xmas when are families are so far away from each other? [more inside]
Where to vacation with three generations of family near Houston, TX? [more inside]
Ok, I'm tenatively planning a trip to see the Grand Canyon with my sister. I'm looking for suggestions for things to do around there that are fun and relatively cheap. [more inside]
When you "win" an argument with your spouse, it's not really winning, or is it? [more inside]
Genius MeFi Brain Trust: my very sweet, very sharp fiancee will be conducting the bulk of her PhD research on a Fulbright in India this year (Delhi and points beyond TBD). She's been once before for a couple of months and she's asked me to get her a birthday present that helps remind her of home and her family. [more inside]
Buenos Aires vacation with a 20-month-old: where to stay, what to do? [more inside]
Does anyone have suggestions for special, kid-friendly dining experiences in Montreal? (More inside) [more inside]
My job is slowly demanding more and more travel. This puts a lot of stress on my family. Any suggestions for making it easier on them and me? [more inside]
Relationship issues involving long-distance and extended vacations. [more inside]
Visiting Mexico from San Diego -- safe or not for a family? [more inside]
Please help me decide whether I should move back to my home country [more inside]
How do I spend a week with my mother without going crazy? [more inside]
Great news! My family has won a $6,000 1-week vacation through my work. Unfortunately, we can’t take the trip until Christmas (2010) but I have to book and pay for the trip by the end of this month. Help! I need kid-friendly suggestions that will also provide some much needed R&R for two exhausted and stressed-out parents. [more inside]
Activities to do in San Francisco for mellow people... [more inside]
Anyone have a recommendation for a nice, family-friendly hotel on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale? [more inside]
I've recently become engaged and my fiancee and I were planning on getting married in the fall. We've learned that one of our sisters is pregnant and is due around the same time. How late is too late for her to travel? Are we being unreasonable in picking a date when we know there's a high likelihood she won't be able to come? [more inside]
Will be in Berlin at the beginning of September with nearly 5-year-old son. What family activities you would recommend?
How do I stop feeling so detached from everything? [more inside]
I've a two week break at Christmas, wife and two little kids, gas prices so cheap I'm thinking road trip. At first I thought we could do Disneyland but I'm not inclined to visit at the busiest time of year. Now I'm thinking maybe ski resorts might be offering good package deals due to the crummy economy. Where could we go, <1000 miles from Seattle, for a great family vacation at a bargain basement price?
What should a gaggle of people of varying ages do in Lake Tahoe this summer? [more inside]
I've decided that I want to take a year to go backpack around Europe. Now what do I tell my current employer and my family? [more inside]
Where's a warm, sunny, beach-y, relatively inexpensive place for my family to visit over Christmas? [more inside]
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