Have you been to Budapest recently? Can you recommend restaurants/pubs/cafes with local fare that are not tourist traps and are decently priced? And also bars where a couple can have a pleasant martini or two? Thanks!
My wife and I will be in Greece this summer from June 18-July 9. We're flying in and out of Athens. Aside from staying in the capital for a few days, we're not sure how to narrow down where else to go. If you were us (priorities after the jump), which destinations would you choose? [more inside]
I've been offered a short-term job in Astana, Kazakhstan that I probably to accept or turn down before the end of the work day, and I don't have nearly enough time to begin researching Astana, or Kazakhstan properly! Plus, accepting the job would upend some summer plans I've already made (otherwise I'd say yes instantly), and would require a lot of pre-departure prep work. Is Kazakhstan, or Astana in particular, amazing? Tell me all your Kazakhstan stories, recommendations, or snark. But also help me figure out whether to accept the job in the first place! [more inside]
We're NYCers going on a 2 week trip to Toronto on the 26th. We've never been! What are the new exciting sites? The old established stuff? (Again, we've never been!) We like history, werid engineering dork stuff, movie stuff, dive bars, gayness, unusual stores and secondhand vintage menswear. We don't drive, but we'd like a nice trip out of town by train or even bus. Exciting cuisine a must overall. [more inside]
Every time I'm about to visit a new country I get fairly anxious about being a jerk. Aside from your usual "don't-be-inconsiderate-in-a-large-city" advice (I live in NY and am aware of typical "don't just stand in the middle of a busy sidewalk" rules, etc ), are there certain French-specific customs I should be aware of so I can at least pretend I'm a cool and wordly tourist instead of a bumbling jackass tourist? [more inside]
I'll be in Durham, North Carolina from April 26 - May 1, staying downtown. I don't drive. What should I check out while I'm in the area? [more inside]
I want to go China towards the end of the year. How far can I get without knowing any Chinese languages? [more inside]
We're from Rochester, NY, but we will be in Buffalo all day Friday & Saturday (April 1-2). We is me & wife & 2 boys ages 12 & 15. We all like used book stores, thrift stores, some of us like record shopping, we like weird museums, interesting outdoor things, hikes near water, etc. [more inside]
Between 21 June and 18 July I will have finished school and not yet started work. I want to get away, outside, for some if not most of that time. I am based in Toronto. I like biking, hiking, walking, and being outside. I also like cities and reading books and sleeping in. Hope me please? [more inside]
I am trying to put together an itinerary for my parents who will be spending a week in Melbourne before my partner and I arrive. My mom really wants to see the penguin parade and I booked tickets for her - before looking into transportation to/from the island. Oops. Now I'm wondering if there's a way to fix this. [more inside]
What are some great backpacker cities in Latin America? I am leaving for an open-ended backpacking trip and I would like to know some great backpacker cities to stop in, and any can't-misss locations. In particular I am looking for places where I can immerse in the local culture without breaking the bank.
I'm looking for a quote that is along the lines of "tourists go to places where other people are wanting to leave/can't leave" except much more nuanced? [more inside]
I’m an American thinking about traveling to Mumbai in the next few months. I’ve never been to India. What should I know? [more inside]
My husband and I are heading to London for vacation in a few weeks. Both of us have already seen the big sights on previous trips. We have some ideas about what to do, and we have some Premier League tickets we're very excited about, but we're looking for additional suggestions. We're also wondering where we should eat, and whether there are any good day trips we should consider. [more inside]
I don't need to actual celebrate/acknowledge New Year's Eve/Day in NYC, but I will happen to be in the city for the holiday and am looking for calm, interesting possibilities that don't involve locking yourself into an apartment against the hordes (the entire time). Looking for your suggestions on how to spend a few days in NYC over the holiday that don't necessarily involve celebrating the holiday (but do avoid crowd crush to the greatest extent possible.) [more inside]
A friend invited me to visit her in Abidjan in March or June of 2016. I'm excited but cautious. I'd appreciate any and all advice and anecdotes. Thanks! [more inside]
I want to see all the neat things to see in a large chunk of the USA- Texas to Colorado to California and back, including New Mexico and Arizona. I'll consider the NW too, if something is exceptionally cool. [more inside]
Me and one girlfriend have a layover at Pu Dong airport (yuck yuck yuck) from 7:00 PM to 10:30 AM. We're wondering what to do, and whether it's safe to roam around Shanghai all night. [more inside]
We're going to Spain for two weeks in January. I've been told Barcelona is very fun and Madrid is dull but has great museums. How many days should we devote to each city? We like fine food, queer events, second hand clothes shopping, fancy bars, historical sites, and things you don't need a car to see. Would love to go out into the countryside if we can on public transportation. Is there a great reason to stay in Bracelona and just day trip to Madrid? Or vice versa? [more inside]
Next summer, a friend of mine and I will be traveling in Japan. We would like to do a combination of cultural tourism and hiking, so our preference would be to choose bases from which it would be easy to do day hikes. Our preference is for longer and/or more strenuous day hikes. Where should we go? [more inside]
Short version: a friend and I would like to have some experiences that allow us to temporarily but deeply plunge into another world/culture/paradigm that is markedly different than our own. We don't want to actually BECOME [Francophones/farmers/Amish/rock stars/Uzbekistanis/etc.]; we just want to quietly, respectfully inhabit their world(s) for brief intervals of time. More under the cut. [more inside]
I'm thinking about going to Peru, maybe next April/May-ish, for one or two weeks. We'd like to do Machu Picchu, but not sure what else. I tried checking previous asks, but the most recent relevant one was from 2010 and online information seem similarly outdated. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
We want to travel by car around Northern England and Scotland just after the new year (Jan 8-16) for a vacation/holiday. Where should we go given the Xmas/NY/Hogmanay holidays are just finished and weather might be…changable? One Brit, One American, mid 40s, likes culture, nature, art, off-the-wall stuff. [more inside]
I'm going to be spending a week in Tokyo Oct 23-30, and my plan is mainly to eat delicious food and wander around. I lived there for 2 years 1997-99 so I've pretty much seen all the major tourist stuff. Current locals, what are your favorite things to do or eat? [more inside]
My (almost) 70 year old father and I will be travelling to Dublin for ten days next week on the (unexpectedly!) second anniversary of a father/daughter trip in which he golfs and I occupy myself with books and booze. Help me not miss the best parts [more inside]
We're looking for a week-long-ish beach-ish vacation, probably in March 2016 (in an off-season between school vacations), with requirements being very very fine powdery sand, very very warm water, and something interesting to do besides sit on a beach and swim. There are two complications. [more inside]
Your travel tips for first-time visitors to Dallas-Fort Worth, Shreveport & Texarkana. [more inside]
Your tips for a December mini-road trip through North & South Carolina, please! [more inside]
I'll be visiting Chicago from 9-24 through 9-30. I'm looking for recommendations on where to stay, hopefully near rail, places to eat, and suggestions on things to do besides what's covered in CityPass. Thanks.
As noted in an earlier question I will be in Myanmar/Burma for two weeks in January. Most of this will be on a cycling tour, but I will have 48 hours of time to just be a tourist in Rangoon with one of my best friends. [more inside]
What are my SIM options for a two week visit to Australia (Sydney) followed by a 1 week visit to NZ (Wellington then drive down west coast of south island to Queenstown)? [more inside]
We're headed to Nova Scotia in August, and are looking forward to long beach walks & maybe discovering the odd amethyst or two. Can anyone recommend B&Bs or hotels on the Nova Scotia side of the Bay of Fundy? Ideally within 20 minutes' walk of the beach, around $100 per night or so. Thank you!
My parents are coming to visit me in the Bay Area next week. However, I live on the peninsula and am only familiar with a few parts of the city, which don't overlap much with the main tourist attractions. Help me plan a logical itinerary please? [more inside]
Are economic woes/strikes in Greece likely to disrupt my holiday plans next week? [more inside]
I have a business trip to Toronto the first week of June. I've never been, and will only have about three days with some of them occupied by work but my nights free and most likely one full day to myself. Any suggestions about things to do or see? [more inside]
This coming Thursday through Tuesday I will be in Madison, WI. Unexpectedly, because other plans fell through, I find myself with the whole weekend open for doing anything. I'm looking for ideas of things to do/see in Madison, the more convenient to the capitol/Madison Concourse Hotel the better. Can you help me figure out fun, interesting things to do? [more inside]
I'm attending a conference in Maine in about a fortnight, which is a real treat since I'm coming all the way from Australia. After it's done I've got about a week of leisure - the only proviso is that I have to fly home out of Boston. I like interesting food, cultural / history stuff, and especially "Weird America". I'm probably gonna try to visit Wilhelm Reich's laboratory in Maine, but what else should I do with my free time? I'll have to rely on public transport to get around. I've already spent quite a bit of time in NYC but I'm certainly not averse to visiting again.
Following up on this question, we've decided to spend a week in Camden, Maine at the beginning of August. It's not as remote as we were originally planning, but my wife really wanted to see Acadia, and the more we thought about it the more we got concerned about keeping a five year old entertained in the boondocks. Now I'm looking for things to do... [more inside]
Looking for a specific kinds of Athens souvenir, which may or may not exist: ones based on "urban" icons like their taxi signs, and other infrastructure-y things like that. Most definitely not looking for keychains containing photos of the Parthenon or other such tat, they are already being thrown at me with abandon, thanks. [more inside]
I wrongly assumed that the Coney Island amusement parks (Luna Park, Deno's) would be open weekday afternoons mid May. Having gotten the family excited to spend an afternoon there on our upcoming vacation, I am now left scrambling for an alternative. What's better than Coney Island? [more inside]
I would love your recommendations for conveniently-located, secure, and moderately-priced accommodations in Barcelona. [more inside]
My husband and I are planning a "pretend we don't have kids" sightseeing and romance weekend in Bratislava for our anniversary. We are looking for restaurant recommendations. [more inside]
YANML, but I am a US resident, and have a Korean passport and a US green card. I am going to Canada for less than a week, to give an unpaid talk and meet with people in my field (though the hosts are paying for airfare and hotels). According to the official websites, I'd say this qualifies as a business trip. Does anyone have experience with a similar trip? Do business trips raise more flags at the border?
I'm traveling to Oshkosh, WI from DC in mid-April for a business trip and will potentially have some time to kill before flying home. What fun stuff might I be able to do while I'm there? [more inside]
I'll be in Detroit for two days next week, never been there before and really know nothing about the area. Would love recommendations for where to go, what to see, what to eat. I will be staying in Greektown.
I have family coming to visit me here in the San Francisco vicinity and I need help putting together an itinerary including restaurants and such. Please help? [more inside]
I am always facinated by how tourists perceive the lands to which the with visit with rose-tinted glasses...The people are seen as friendlier, the food is nicer, the sights are more interesting, the natives seem more cultured, the transport seems better and even the Coca-Cola tastes nicer. [more inside]
My Vietnam Veteran (US) relative wants to tour Vietnam. Help me find tours, companies, and experiences that will respect his experience, while also respecting Vietnam today, and the legacy of the war. [more inside]
My mom and I (Israeli) have planned a two-day vacation in Jordan for this weekend, but I'm worried about ISIS and terrorism. If you've been in Jordan recently, what does it feel like in terms of safety? We would be crossing via Aqaba and spending one night there and one night in Petra. I'm starting to get cold feet, especially since I'm concerned that whatever the actual danger level I might feel too anxious to enjoy the trip, but everything's paid for and I'm hesitant to back out. MeFites, can you set my mind at ease, or at least give me a realistic sense of what it's like for tourists in Jordan at the moment? Thanks.
Please tell me more about visiting Bangalore, particularly as a solo woman. Is it a can't miss? [more inside]