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Traveling alone to DC on Christmas weekend. What to do?

So I have a few days off and just want to get away on a small budget. I have decided that I will take the bus to Washington, DC over the Christmas weekend, and will probably be staying at a hostel or maybe couchsurfing. I will probably stay for one or two nights. I don't have any friends or family in the DC area and, so far, I couldn't find anyone to travel with me, so I will be traveling alone. [more inside]
posted by wye naught on Dec 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Gillian Welch without David Rawlings?

I love Gillian Welch's songs and her voice, but I really dislike David Rawlings' guitar-playing. Are there any substantive recordings of Gillian Welch playing solo, without Rawlings accompanying her? [more inside]
posted by aparrish on Jun 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Adventure, but not too much adventure

I am planning on going to Turkey at the end of November for just shy of two weeks and am looking for a couple of pieces of advice: Is a side trip to Cairo alone for two days a terrible decision? And are there lodgings in Istanbul where it is easy to meet other travelers that don't involve giant dorms and drunken twenty somethings? [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop on Apr 22, 2014 - 2 answers

Let's Travel Alone...Together

Solo traveling mefites! Have you found active travel tours that tend to learn a little to the younger crowd. I'm not trying to find a singles-ready-to-mingle tour, but would hike with folks who are more excited about the hike than the souvenirs. I'm comfortable traveling solo to most places - but, who wants to go on a safari solo? Ideas for companies or feedback from those who have taken REI-type travel tours would be great! Thanks globe-trotters,
posted by msfrizzle on Mar 7, 2014 - 12 answers

What should I do alone in Montreal tonight?

Staying downtown near Atwater metro. 25 year old woman [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Dec 27, 2013 - 2 answers

You bastards!

I want to hear more pre-solo exclamations. I'm talking about the thing where the vocalist yells something (not just the end of a chorus or verse) to kick off a guitar solo. Examples: You bastards!, Do it! [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Nov 21, 2013 - 51 answers

Help me date myself

I went through a pretty wretched breakup of a long-term relationship earlier this year and am still dealing with the ill effects. I'm not interested in dating anyone, or rather don't think I should date anyone, for a while. But I'm getting really into the idea of dating myself. Please help me come up with ideas to do that! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2013 - 21 answers

Ideas for a solo trip in North America in early December?

I scheduled a week off from work in early December and am interested in suggestions for solo travel. I'm in Chicago, and I have enough airline miles for a round trip in the US or Canada, and would be looking to go somewhere for 4 or 5 days. I'm not much of a beach person, and I am most comfortable in an urban setting, though I wouldn't be opposed to a day trip for hiking or some sort of outdoorsy stuff. I'm from Chicago so cold weather doesn't phase me. I love museums, architecture, walking tours, casual (but awesome) restaurants, and bars; I would prefer somewhere where I don't have to rent a car to get around. Thanks in advance for the suggestions!
posted by bdk3clash on Oct 14, 2013 - 18 answers

Jazz ad lib tool

Know any free tools or software that will play a chord progression for me? [more inside]
posted by Flashbullzeye on Sep 23, 2013 - 9 answers

lift alone?

I hate "fitness culture" but I want to learn to lift weights. I have access to a small mostly unstaffed company gym. I would prefer to do this alone - is that reasonable or safe? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Sep 23, 2013 - 28 answers

Solo dining in in Vancouver, Seattle and Portland

Where should I eat in Vancouver, Seattle and Portland? Solo traveler, foodie, beer and seafood aficionado. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Jul 4, 2013 - 27 answers

What are some great "one-man band" albums?

Strolling along, enjoying Prince's first album and marveling that he wrote, recorded, and produced the album himself...oh, and played all the instruments. Ditto much of Mike Oldfield's works. It's not hard to find one-person singer-songwriter albums (Neil Young, Tori Amos, etc.), but they rarely go into the complexity or variety of instrumentation that Prince and Oldfield go into. Like if you didn't know any better, you'd think it was at least for or five people in the band. And damn, it's not like this person is a guitarist who can also play bass... he/she is adept at any instrument they touch. What are some other albums/artists like this? (Credit will also be given for example like Dave Grohl, or other notable multi-instrumentalists)
posted by holterbarbour on Jun 15, 2013 - 48 answers

Help me pick an awesome travel destination

I'd like to go someplace new - what country/region should I explore this summer? Time, money, and the need to get away and rethink some things are all coming together for me right now. I've never planned my own international travel. [more inside]
posted by squasher on Jun 15, 2013 - 8 answers

In need of awesome flute solos.

What are some poppy/jazzy/hard-rocky songs that feature a great flute solo? [more inside]
posted by 3FLryan on Jun 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Bands/Artists with non-alphanumeric symbols

I'm looking for examples of bands or solo artists which contain non-alphanumeric characters in their name. They must be well known (in the UK) and mainstream. [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Jun 4, 2013 - 44 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

Mid-December NYC solo traveller travel plan

I have some vacation days I need to use this year and I want to go somewhere where I can spend a few days alone and get my mind off things. I also enjoy spending time at museums and art galleries. So I am thinking about staying in NYC for three or four nights and basically just visit MoMA everyday. Is this doable and advisable? [more inside]
posted by tksh on Dec 3, 2012 - 45 answers

in the utmost silence, through serious immobilities

Somnolent, hypnotic, stark, or unsettling piano music: recommend it. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Nov 27, 2012 - 26 answers

Alone again, naturally

Book recommendations please: fiction and non-fiction [including (auto)biographies] of people who lived alone, and their experiences and thoughts about it. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Sep 27, 2012 - 21 answers

A short time from now, in a land far, far away

You guys have been great to me so far. So I want to try again: Anywhere in the world, 3-5 days, flight time doesn't matter, all that's needed is beauty, seclusion (or close to it), and a feeling that all I am comfortable with has melted away. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by xorowo on Aug 27, 2012 - 17 answers

Food is an important part of a balanced diet

Cooking for one (non-foodie edition) [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jul 22, 2012 - 23 answers

The ultimate vacation: starting at the ocean by myself

Recommendations for a quiet, budget-conscious solo vacation consisting of staring at the Atlantic Ocean? [more inside]
posted by pavane on Jul 15, 2012 - 23 answers

I want to be leaving, on a jet plane

Travelfilter: solo, female, 22, Europe, August, anything from a few days to 3 weeks. Recommendations for destinations to invigorate, refresh and reinspire me after a tough year. [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield on Jul 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Solo Travel to NYC: Advice & Recommendations

Solo Travel filter: I'm traveling by myself for the first time to NYC July 4-8. Having never traveled by myself, I'm looking for tips and recommendations on the solo travel experience as well as solo activities that are relatively inexpensive or free. [more inside]
posted by midnightstorms on Jun 8, 2012 - 21 answers

Good London neighborhoods to stay and eat in for someone traveling alone?

Visiting London for the first time, alone - Have any recommendations as to where to stay or eat comfortably? [more inside]
posted by xiadagio on Mar 20, 2012 - 26 answers

When you started rock climbing for fitness, did you start alone?

Looking to try rock climbing for fitness and mental health, but I don’t have many friends who do it currently and honestly not interested in a social experience if or until I get any good. It seems like it’d be a great sport for me but I’m daunted by the need for belaying partners and all that business. Is this a sport that you even can do solo, or are there other sports that involve a combination of strength and puzzle solving I should be looking at?
posted by migurski on Feb 17, 2012 - 16 answers

Japan for the Solo Traveler

Traveling to Japan on my own for 2.5 weeks. Help me avoid the part where I start talking to myself. [more inside]
posted by noted industrialist on Feb 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Where (nearish San Francisco) can I sit under a beautiful star-filled sky in a hot tub, or similar atmosphere?

Live in San Francisco and have 12 days to spend at the end of this month (January). I want to sit in a hot tub and stare up at a beautiful sky. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by davezor on Jan 11, 2012 - 16 answers

y'know, like the Hendrix version of the Star-Spangled Banner.

I'm looking for more songs like this and this - long, wailing, meandering instrumental electric guitar music. Please recommend me some! [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt on Nov 28, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me make a Thanksgiving dinner for one

Help me plan a small Thanksgiving dinner -- alone. [more inside]
posted by Yunani on Nov 19, 2011 - 28 answers

What should I sing for my choral audition?

I'm auditioning for a spot in a 'master chorale' next week. The audition calls for two 'contrasting songs'. What to choose? [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy on Aug 18, 2011 - 8 answers

An Unromantic Vacation

I need to go on vacation at some point - I've gotten into the habit of working near-full years without much vacation. I've got time and funds, but neither a significant other nor many vacation-time-having friends. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Aug 16, 2011 - 27 answers

Rock/metal pieces with multiple simultaneous soloists?

I'm fascinated by the double guitar solo in DragonForce's "Through the Fire and Flames". (Video, 3:20 mark.) What are some other rock/metal pieces that successfully pull off multiple simultaneous soloists?
posted by archagon on Aug 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Solo Europe backpacking tour package?

Is there such thing as a backpacking tour of Western Europe that ISN'T a group tour? Something where all of the arrangements are made for you but you do the tour by yourself? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Aug 5, 2011 - 13 answers

What's a girl to do?

Travel rec's!!! I have a ten hour layover in Reykjavik - what should I do??? Also - I have a getaway weekend in London - where should I go??? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jul 22, 2011 - 14 answers

30 days in the middle of nowhere

A month in the Hebrides. One woman, one tent. Tell me what not to miss. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Jul 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Some Austin exposure

What are some restaurants, coffee shops, bars etc. in Austin, TX that would welcome a solo acoustic act?
posted by ReWayne on Jun 8, 2011 - 9 answers

Me, the open road, and ADVENTURE!!

Any tips/places to see for a first solo road trip? (Los Angeles - New Orleans -- maybe a bit of the blues trail as well) [more inside]
posted by quirkychowder on May 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Avoiding the sads while traveling alone in Asia

Single female traveling solo for nine days in Kuala Lumpur and Bali. Please reassure me that I'm not going to be sad and lonely and freaked out the entire time. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on May 19, 2011 - 16 answers

I am procrastinating about this RIGHT NOW

Do you cook alone? Do you enjoy it? I don't have the budget to go out whenever I am alone so I need to learn to make being in the kitchen solo a fun thing. [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Apr 27, 2011 - 46 answers

How do I change key or pitch on a song in itunes?

Hi, I have a song in my itunes that my daughter will be singing to at a recital. The teacher asked me to "change the song a few half steps up to key C". She said her students do it often, but I'm not computer savvy. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 20, 2011 - 21 answers

Name this piece of violin music

What is this piece of vaguely remembered classical music? The piece, or one movement of it, begins with an extended, ascending, dramatic violin solo that's a good minute long, and I think is titled something in the key of E. Any guesses?
posted by Jackson on Apr 1, 2011 - 18 answers

Classic rock/pop songs that play well on a single acoustic guitar?

Calling all guitar players: Looking for popular songs that can easily be played and sung by a single person with an acoustic guitar without losing too much. Basically, the kind of songs you can put in a set list where people's reactions are to immediately say, "Hey, I really like that song," followed immediately by "and hey, that sounds pretty close to the original too!" Also, very important: Any song should be playable by a *mediocre* guitar player. [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on Mar 11, 2011 - 41 answers

sax hook

What is that 80s sax song that goes "do dwee do dododo?" [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Feb 10, 2011 - 14 answers

Comes over one an absolute necessity to move

Recommendations for somewhere within a two-hour plane or train trip of London (not including time to get to LHR, LGW, LCY, KGX, etc.) for a three-day personal retreat. Ideally, self-catering or B&B. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by nickrussell on Feb 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Female traveler, two days in Cairo: Walk around on my own or take a tour?

Female traveler, two days in Cairo: Walk around on my own or take a tour? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jan 18, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I know if quitting my job and traveling is the right move?

I've been working in the same job since college for several years now, and am starting to feel the "what else is out there" itch that I'm sure isn't uncommon for someone approaching 30. I feel like I want to spend several months roaming the world, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it for the right reasons, and if I'm fully evaluating the cost/benefit aspect. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2010 - 16 answers

Where should I meander on the back of a donkey for an undetermined period of time?

What advice do you have for an ignorant traveler soloing for an extended period of time, on donkey-back? [more inside]
posted by Glendale on Nov 29, 2010 - 21 answers

Great, cheap places to go this winter

TRAVEL: I am a student living in D.C. Where are the cheapest (warm) countries and cities I can go "backpacking" to this winter break? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Oct 15, 2010 - 11 answers

Exquisitely terse guitar solos?

Exquisitely terse guitar solos? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 17, 2010 - 60 answers

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