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Paris in June for a Month - Help!

Flat for entirety of June in Paris, with my British sister meeting me in Deauville for two days. I haven't left the USA since before 9/11, and my partner hasn't since he was a kid. I need ALL THE ADVICE: apps to help, other day trips, is Italy feasible sans car, June weather, language sites -- I am combing MeFi but am just overwhelmed, and fearful older content is out of date. Help! [more inside]
posted by Locative on May 8, 2014 - 23 answers

This is not a scam. Asking for a wire to an international address.

Mom, who only communicates through e-mail but has a distinctive style and insider information (so I know it's Mom), is traveling in the UK until 4/8/2014. She thought the lost her debit and credit card so she cancelled them. Now she has only her cash which won't get her all the way there. My challenge: figure out (with your help!) the best way to get her some funds so she can enjoy the trip. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Mar 18, 2014 - 35 answers

Have self, will travel

Where are some good, safe places for a single woman to travel by herself? [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Oct 27, 2013 - 42 answers

Wedding gifts worth taking overseas?

My wife and I are attending a wedding(ish) event, and are a bit stumped for gift ideas. The couple is currently in the US for the ceremony and attendant celebration, but will soon be heading back to Thailand, where they normally live and work. They didn't do any sort of registry, and obviously won't want to take anything bulky or heavy with them. Any brilliant ideas, other than cash?
posted by jon1270 on Jul 20, 2013 - 18 answers

How do I find the best route from Seattle to Kampala?

When I say "best," I mean with the least travel time. Cost is a factor, but not the deciding one. There are dozens of ways to get from Seattle (SEA) to Uganda (EBB), but how can I find the optimal route without sifting through hundreds of less desirable options? This is for mid-November. For example, United.com has Seattle > Chicago > London > Kampala, at a travel time of 26 hours and 6,000 miles. But how can I know if there's not something more direct using other airlines? Many thanks!
posted by Short Attention Sp on Jun 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Are Groupon Getaways/LivingSocial Escapes worth it?

Cheap International Travel-filter: How good of a deal do Groupon Getaways/LivingSocial Escapes tend to be, particularly this one to Turkey? How does one find cheap international airfare and travel in general? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Mar 26, 2013 - 27 answers

Travel agent for French Polynesia?

Asking for a friend: Planning a trip to French Polynesia: Bora Bora, Tahiti, etc. Should we be using a travel agent, or can we get a good deal booking directly? Can anyone recommend a good travel agent for that part of the world? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on Jan 3, 2013 - 3 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

Is it safe to visit Beirut right now?

Is Beirut safe right now to visit? I heard about the Ashrafieh bombing recently -- is that known as a not-so-safe area, or are attacks really an "anytime, anywhere, no safe zones" sort of thing? Aside from bombings, if there's an angry mob are they likely to react particularly violently toward Americans, or would we just blend into the scenery?
posted by Televangelist on Nov 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Is there a better way to do this?

How do you make sure you have a car seat waiting for you at a rental car company when you are travelling internationally? Details and crazy plan inside. [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on Aug 31, 2012 - 29 answers

Where is the best place in the world for a porter/stout (beer) enthusiast to travel if they want to taste it all?

Where is the best place in the world for a porter/stout (beer) enthusiast to travel if they want to taste it all? If there isn't a place that's best for those dark styles specifically, where do you go if you're a beer enthusiast generally? [more inside]
posted by juliplease on May 20, 2012 - 24 answers

I need to be plugged in while in Europe.

US resident here who has traveled extensively to Europe...pre 1990. Haven't been back since and will likely need to travel to Europe at least 2 times for > 1 week each trip in the coming year. Might be as many as four trips. Back in the day, one's only contact with home was via landline/long distance calling cards etc.. Now there are cellphones, computers, wifi, skype, and the need for on the go data. To be clear, I need to be as nearly plugged into the "grid" as I am while at home. What are modern day US-to-Europe travelling hacks, particularly in regards to staying plugged in? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on May 20, 2012 - 12 answers

Shotgun of emergency international travel questions

A dear family member suddenly passed in Italy. I live in the Mid-Atlantic USA. I really need to travel to Italy on very short notice for the funeral. I am not a frequent air traveler to begin with, but have never been abroad in my life (though I do have a passport). I have no idea how this works. I want to know anything I should know about getting to and from my destination (e.g., negotiating customs). I also want to know how bereavement fares work, whether I should bother trying to get one, who people have had good experiences with, etc. [more inside]
posted by Keter on Apr 25, 2012 - 35 answers

Fly Me To... Any Place Within One Contiguous Landmass, Unfotunately

Travel mavens: need tips/pointers/insider info on how to get the most out of two free (but somewhat restricted) airline tickets. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Feb 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Pre-international flight checklist.

What is the process for/before boarding an international flight (to Canada) and roughly how long does it take? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Jul 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Travel tips/hacks for long international flights to China?

Travel tips/hacks for long international flights to China? Travel pillow and video recorder recommendations? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on May 24, 2011 - 20 answers

Will a nearly-expired passport give me trouble traveling in Japan and Singapore?

I'm traveling to Japan and Singapore soon, returning to the US on October 1, 2010. My passport expires April 11, 2011. Singapore's entry requirements state that the passport must be valid for at least six more months. Do I need to renew before I go? [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Aug 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Best international sim card to use

I'm heading to Sweden and Denmark in a week (volcano willing) and will need a cell phone while I'm traveling about for 2 weeks. I'm been looking at a number of different sim card providers, but reviews seem to almost always include someone saying how badly they were cheated. I need this phone to call people soon after I land (and depending on where my flight gets re-routed, it might be key), and was hoping to be able to call the U.S. once or twice. Has anyone had any experiences with any good international sim card providers where they weren't horribly gouged?
posted by redbeard on Apr 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me and my circadian rhythms.

First big international trip: help me keep jet lag at a minimum. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Feb 14, 2010 - 15 answers

Please help a n00b!

I will be flying to Poland on Friday from San Francisco (SFO) on United with a transfer to LOT at JFK. Do I check in at the domestic or international terminal? [more inside]
posted by The Light Fantastic on Oct 21, 2009 - 9 answers

Hippest Woman in Seattle

Help me fly to Belgium for surgery next month: [more inside]
posted by tejolote on Mar 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Booking international travel...how?

Is there an international version of sidestep? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies on Oct 28, 2007 - 5 answers

Why hello, Castro.

A friend of mine has a sibling who is studying in Cuba. How can said friend get to Havana from NYC for a visit? [more inside]
posted by otolith on Oct 21, 2007 - 27 answers

Advice for living overseas but getting paid at home

I'm looking for advice on banking while living overseas but getting paid in the US for a year. [more inside]
posted by Nothing on Aug 2, 2007 - 9 answers

Thailand Vacation: Early Planning Stage

After two years of saving, I’m planning my first Asian vacation (!) and will be off to Thailand in approximately six months. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by the planning- please help! [more inside]
posted by chickletworks on Aug 24, 2006 - 19 answers

Can I leave the US on a UK passport but re-enter on a US one?

I hold both a US and a UK passport. When I leave the country next year (from the US to Greece) should I travel out on the UK passport and back in on the US? Is this even allowed anymore? [more inside]
posted by dual_action on Aug 4, 2005 - 26 answers

Electrical Compatibility in Kyoto

I'm going to Japan in a few weeks and I'm wondering about the differences in electrical outlets and how my laptop (powerbook g4) will be able to handle it, and if there is a special kind of adapter I need because it's a computer. All the power adaptor kits i've found thus far have been for hairdryers and what not. Anyone know?

And while I'm at it, anyone know anything good to do in Kyoto, especially for New Years? heh.
posted by atom128 on Dec 12, 2004 - 18 answers

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