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Any experiences with self-directed person-to-person travel to Cuba?

We would like to go to Havana on the person-to-person license, which one does not have to apply for anymore. Apparently you just have to have a self-made itinerary that you can show to the US when coming home. We want to go cheaply, flying independently on one of the new flights from NYC to Havana, and staying at an Air BnB while we are in Havana. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Dec 5, 2016 - 0 answers

Where in the world are American expats?

Sometimes, in an attempt to facilitate connections, I want a way to reach out to American expats in particular places (this week: South Korea and France). Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Dec 5, 2016 - 5 answers

Where should we go in Thailand?

My boyfriend and I are considering a short trip (up to 1 week) to Thailand in January. Help me pick the perfect location for us. [more inside]
posted by cloverthistle on Dec 3, 2016 - 5 answers

There's Always a Subway

Experienced road trippers, what do you do about eating? Especially lunch? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Dec 3, 2016 - 32 answers

The world is my oyster! ...for 2 weeks in March. Travel ideas pls.

Previous travel plans fell through, but I have money set aside and time off from work. Help me brainstorm? Must be March, 2 weeks max. I'm attracted to places with a variety of history, culture, scenery, wildlife, friendly (or at least not hostile to tourists) people. Not interested in shopping, nightlife. [more inside]
posted by HaveYouTriedRebooting on Dec 2, 2016 - 18 answers

Best way to travel from Brampton to Toronto?

My partner is working in Brampton, Ontario next week. He needs to plan how to best travel to Toronto from there. Is there an easy way to do this on public transportation? Or is Uber or taxi his best bet? Any advice would be appteciated. [more inside]
posted by areaperson on Dec 1, 2016 - 9 answers

Long term travel with young children

How can we provide the best experience for my (age 5 & 6) children as we travel Central and South America for 7 months? [more inside]
posted by Amity on Dec 1, 2016 - 18 answers

Driving + transit from Boston to Manhattan

How can I drive most of the way from Boston to New York, park, and then take commuter rail (or similar) into Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Dec 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Post-Christmas/New Years Getaway

Where can I go on such short notice? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Nov 29, 2016 - 3 answers

Sarasota to West Palm beach travel options?

I need to get from Sarasota to West Palm Beach. All the major airlines have crazy routes like JFK to Sarasota to JFK to West Palm Beach. Even the bus had an all day travel time. It looks like with a car rental it'd be 3.5 hours, but I let my DL expire. Are there private car services that's make the trip? Like how there's dedicated NYC to the hamptons options? Or anything that's not crazy to get me across the state?
posted by geoff. on Nov 29, 2016 - 9 answers

Best way to travel to Yverdon, Switzerland - fly into Zurich or Geneva?

I need to travel from Los Angeles, CA to Yverdon, Switzerland. Nonstop flights aren't available from LAX to Geneva, but are available to Zurich. So, is it better to fly into Zurich and take a 2 hour train, or connect somewhere, fly into Geneva and take a 1 hour train? A local is telling me to make a connection, but a flight connection anywhere in the world, including the US, seems worse than an extra hour in the train.
posted by carlodio on Nov 28, 2016 - 12 answers

For my next trip, I will be visiting Iron Mountain!

Hey MeFi! I have travel coming up in January to Iron Mountain, Michigan. I am a special snowflake while traveling and thus somewhat nervous about smaller cities, and this seems to be the smallest that work has ever sent me to by a lot. Please help me enjoy Iron Mountain! Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Nov 28, 2016 - 2 answers

Four people in a cottage for Christmas. How to do food?

Four people going away for Xmas to a beautiful but remote cottage. How do I approach planning, cooking and splitting food bills? I like cooking, lists and being ORGANISED!! but three of us like to cook, so I don't want to trample over everyone else and get exhausted cooking. I also don't want it to be a mess or end up with not enough. Has anyone else here dealt with a similar group holiday meal/food planning situation? [more inside]
posted by NoiselessPenguin on Nov 28, 2016 - 15 answers

How do you handle Christmas out-of-town with small kids?

For the first time, we're taking the Christmas show on the road, including two young kids. How do we handle gifts? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Nov 28, 2016 - 38 answers

How safe is Carolina/San Juan, Puerto Rico?

I am going to an April wedding at the Marriott Courtyard in Carolina, Puerto Rico. I can stay at the hotel if that's the best option, but I did see some neat-looking Airbnbs that are in the walkable area of the hotel. How safe is this area of Puerto Rico? [more inside]
posted by this, of course, alludes to sex on Nov 27, 2016 - 2 answers

Where to stop in Arkansas or Oklahoma in December

I will be driving from Austin, Texas to Columbia, Missouri to visit family next month. My two children, 10 and 12, will be with me and I'd like to break up the 12-ish hour trip with an interesting stop along the way. What's good? [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 on Nov 26, 2016 - 11 answers

Good travel book for recently retired man?

My American father just retired and wants to do more international travel—what are some inspiring books about traveling abroad to less-common tourist destinations? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Nov 25, 2016 - 8 answers

Looking for ideas for a warm new year's getaway

Wondering if anyone had any ideas/recommendations for a warm destination to go over New Year's? [more inside]
posted by Pademelon on Nov 25, 2016 - 5 answers

June honeymoon help?

We need to decide on our June honeymoon location, but can't seem to make a decision. Help! [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Nov 24, 2016 - 12 answers

Gift for a first-time, multi-month European traveler (from the US)?

What is a useful, minimal gift for a first-time European-traveling couple from the US? [more inside]
posted by AutoPilot83 on Nov 23, 2016 - 27 answers

Favorite Secret Places

What are your favorite cool spots/stops around the world that aren't super popular tourist traps? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Nov 21, 2016 - 33 answers

Travelling for an extended period

As a 50th birthday present to my self, I am going to be spending six months in the US and Europe. My plan is for it not to be too hectic so I will be based in a couple of cities for a month or so (probably plan mini trips from there). I am going to be alone. How do I avoid becoming lonely? [more inside]
posted by ashawill on Nov 21, 2016 - 19 answers

Seniors in Vietnam

My parents are planning a trip to Vietnam this winter. They're both in their 70s. My dad has not traveled outside the country since his time in the Army, and my mom has never traveled internationally. Neither of them fly much, and my mom did not fly at all until maybe 10 years ago. This is a trip that has been discussed for decades and apparently may actually happen at last. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me plan my road trip

Hi there, I live in NYC and I am driving to homeland (Knoxville, Tennessee) for Thanksgiving. I am leaving on Monday and I need to drop off the car in Knoxville at noon on Wednesday. Along the way I’d love to check out some nature and small-ish towns. Any ideas for pit stops between New York and Knoxville? I’m all ears!
posted by rageagainsttherobots on Nov 19, 2016 - 11 answers

Seeing the best of Buenos Aires?

My wife, my parents and I will be taking a 6-day trip to Buenos Aires in late November. What should we not miss? [more inside]
posted by Bromius on Nov 18, 2016 - 8 answers

Is this car rental price in San Jose Del Cabo too good to be true?

My brother and his partner are traveling to San Jose del Cabo Mexico and are trying to secure a car rental for the trip. They have done some research online and have found a cheap fare on Travelocity through Budget Car Rental, but it's not at the airport. We are trying to get a sense of whether: A) The price might be too good to be true (ie. hidden fees etc...) the fee is stated as $75 for two weeks which seems ridiculous to me. B) Is it safe to be renting anywhere outside of an airport. Does anyone have experience with car rentals in or around this area and could offer some advice or suggestion.
posted by thelastgirl on Nov 16, 2016 - 6 answers

Ear pain after plane ascent; should I worry about problems on descent?

Asking for a friend! Time-sensitive question! On the way up for this 4-hour flight, I suddenly noticed that my left ear hurts when burping or hiccuping (also when I try to pop my ears via the Valsalva manuever, which I haven't successfully done.) Any idea what's going on? Is this going to put me at risk of big-time pain when we descend, and if so, is there any way to minimize/avoid that? I've got a couple hours before we start descending... [more inside]
posted by aether516 on Nov 15, 2016 - 21 answers

Where can we find a Zika-free cruise-like vacation for a "babymoon"?

Looking for a relaxing, drinks and snacks by the pool resort since we can't go on a Caribbean cruise. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by NHlove on Nov 13, 2016 - 4 answers

Seasonal Job Ideas

I'm a bit of a career jumble... but to be honest, I like it that way, and I'm looking to brainstorm ways to keep the ball rolling. So far, I've got experience in Outdoor Education, Tour Guiding, Non-profits, and politics. I can move anywhere and I like something intellectually challenging and with people, and have been entertaining the idea of moving back in a more non-profit or activism direction. I am, however, nervous to give up my seasonal life and current travel habits. Open to all and any ideas, the crazier the better. [more inside]
posted by Wanderwhale on Nov 12, 2016 - 5 answers

Stunning places in California

Seeking comfort and beauty. Can you recommend beautiful spots to visit in California? I'm looking for excessively, stunningly beautiful places. Bonus points if they are peaceful. [more inside]
posted by sweetjane on Nov 11, 2016 - 38 answers

How do I connect to my home network securley while traveling?

I want to connect to my home network, video and voice chat with my family securely, and possibly even screenshare or remote control one of the the PCs. What do I need? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on Nov 10, 2016 - 5 answers

Baby friendly hang outs between Boston/Sommerville today?

Heading into Boston to commiserate with my BFF. Baby is six months old and actively crawling. Both me and BFF are currently unemployed, so cheap or free is better. Where could we go? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Nov 9, 2016 - 1 answer

Language immersion programs for young highschoolers?

Help me send my kid far away for a good portion of the summer... [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze on Nov 8, 2016 - 5 answers

Airport apps that are actually useful

I'm looking for recommendations for useful iPhone (specifically iPhone 6) apps for airports. Useful means: includes decent maps (ideally including the location of the airline lounges); decent navigation; for multi-terminal airports, shows how to get between terminals quickly; not limited to US (most of my travel is in Europe); includes public transport options. Nice if it works offline. No objection to paying for it--maybe even preferred if it means no ads. [more inside]
posted by Logophiliac on Nov 7, 2016 - 2 answers

The Vegan Parisian

Your best recommendations for vegan food in Paris, please. Not looking so much for Michelin-rated/high-end suggestions (although those are fine, too). [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Nov 4, 2016 - 10 answers

will LA for snacks and wrestling

First time to LA this weekend!! ISO best eats, art, and maybe also lucha? [more inside]
posted by crawfo on Nov 4, 2016 - 11 answers

What are amazing cities to visit for ONLY 1 or 2 days?

So I've got this round the world ticket. And I've got a little over 3 weeks to use it. So I want to see as much as I can in the time. But I don't want to blow through places that clearly deserve more time to see. I did that in Vienna and regretted it. So what are the best cities in the world to see for just limited times. As in, VERY worth seeing but spending MORE than two days seems excessive.
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 2, 2016 - 54 answers

Need travel insurance with pre-existing condition. From Canada to USA.

Looking to buy 8 days of travel insurance for a trip from Canada to the US. Difficulty: Pre-existing condition with an unclear diagnosis. However, I'm willing to pay extra for coverage. Thoughts on a provider? [more inside]
posted by evadery on Nov 2, 2016 - 3 answers

Lower Manhattan Quick Tourism Hits

Big family wedding coming up in early December in NYC. There will be a lot of family gatherings going on, so there won't really be time for us to do whole day tourism schleps. We will be staying in Tribeca and I'm looking for any and all recommendations for fun, interesting, cool things to do (in December) that are quick and easy to get to from where we're staying, and won't take all day to experience. Things that we can run out and do in an hour or two in between family events. General interests inside. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen on Nov 2, 2016 - 23 answers

Cat travel and vacation home

How do I make two 8-year-old cats comfortable on a 90+ minute car drive, to and from a vacation house every weekend and for the duration of the visit? [more inside]
posted by Neeuq Nus on Nov 1, 2016 - 22 answers

JFK to Times Square in one piece - November 30th

What is the best, most cost-effective transportation for me and my bags to get from JFK to my hotel in Times Square? [more inside]
posted by Cookbooks and Chaos on Oct 30, 2016 - 21 answers

US healthcare

A relative of mine is visiting the US without travel insurance, and their child has been hospitalised in New York and is receiving treatment. This relative does not have the means to pay for the hospital stay or treatment, so what will the consequences be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2016 - 14 answers

Any American Expat bars to watch the election in Mexico City?

Hello, I will be in Mexico City next week and I’m trying to find an American expat bar that will be showing the coverage of the election. I’d prefer a place skewed towards younger people if possible. I got to watch the last election in an expat bar in Buenos Aires and it was quite an event. If anybody can help me out I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
posted by Che boludo! on Oct 28, 2016 - 1 answer

Looking for a small bon voyage gift for the Antarctica/Falklands bound

One of my dearest friends and his husband are going to Antarctica and The Falklands in a few weeks and I would like to get them a small going away gift. If you have been to these places, is there a small thing you wish you had with you? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 28, 2016 - 12 answers

Flying solo in Montréal

Looking for offbeat, interesting things to do, places to meet people in my age range, traditional or alternative art galleries to visit, craft breweries, live music venues? and anything else that's a must see! Also looking for help on how to handle selling artwork internationally. [more inside]
posted by LonelyOnes on Oct 27, 2016 - 8 answers

Like Indiana Jones With An Expense Account

Looking for everyone's best hacks when it comes to funding travel. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Oct 26, 2016 - 44 answers

10 guys going to Moscow

Me and my friends are going to Moscow with no plans for a couple of days. Difficulty: we are 10 guys. [more inside]
posted by wolfr on Oct 25, 2016 - 9 answers

Travel Planning Challenge!

I'm in grad school in New York, he's working in Wyoming. We've got from Dec 16-Jan 1 to plan an awesome adventure. I love planning. He hates planning. He'd like a option presented to him in full detail that he can happily agree to. [more inside]
posted by grinagog on Oct 24, 2016 - 6 answers

Culture Day in Tokyo

Help me figure out what we should be doing on or around the week of Culture Day in Tokyo. [more inside]
posted by FarOutFreak on Oct 24, 2016 - 2 answers

Surfing Lessons Near Bangkok

I just had my first surfing lesson and it was a lot of fun. I'll be in Bangkok and Pattaya later this week, but somehow I can't find any surf schools. Can the hive recommend and schools or teachers in that area?
posted by jander03 on Oct 23, 2016 - 2 answers

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