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Long term traveling with partner, looking for tips and advice

We are thinking about quitting our jobs to travel for a year or so. I'm looking for general advice regarding RTW kind of traveling as well as traveling as a couple. [more inside]
posted by monologish on Jan 26, 2015 - 4 answers

Hidden Scandinavian gems?

Wife and I are planning a Scandinavia trip, mostly wanting to see Sweden & Norway, but wouldn't mind working in Denmark and Finland, time permitting (12 days). We want to see some of the cities (Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen) but also really want to see some of the way-out stuff up north, the hidden gems. Any recs on companies to work with, places we simply cannot miss, any kind of cool day cruises (boats!) and maybe most importantly, some real out of the way stuff that shines?
posted by xmutex on Jan 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Advice about Costa Del Sol, Andalusia, and North Africa

We're trying to plan a honeymoon and are broadly looking for something that may take us from Madrid to Casablanca. Any travel advice, pointers, or warnings? [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Jan 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Best regional foods in Europe?

What are some of the tastiest, most interesting regional foods and food products in Europe? [more inside]
posted by archagon on Jan 23, 2015 - 35 answers

Yet another travel rec question!

We're looking for advice on where to go this summer! We have narrowed it down to two options: Malta & Cyprus or Central Europe (some combination of Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland). We've seen a lot of Europe, but not any of these places (I was sick in Munich for a couple days a decade ago, but that's it). Obviously it's kind of silly to ask which of these trips is "better", so we're looking for feedback based on our preferences & parameters, listed below the fold. [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Jan 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Utrecht: small church courtyard?

I'm trying to identify a church in central Utrecht that is roughly 700 years old; is NOT especially tall or ornate; and has (or had as of the late 90s) a small inner courtyard with a simple, spare garden built around a little round pond or raised round pool. Any ideas re. which this is or where I could look for clues? I've browsed lots of google images but haven't recognized it that way.
posted by kalapierson on Jan 20, 2015 - 8 answers

A Cluster of Logistical Miniquestions for an Upcoming First Trip to L.A.

My wife and I are heading to L.A. for the first time later this week, and we're stoked to see all the gnarly rad things (people talk like that in L.A., right?). But we have a few nuts and bolts questions. [more inside]
posted by the phlegmatic king on Jan 20, 2015 - 23 answers

Travelfilter: Where to WWOOF?

I have two or three weeks to go wherever I want in May! Help me with my preliminary plans... [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jan 19, 2015 - 4 answers

My favorite small town in my state is _____________.

Please tell me about your very favorite small (or smallish) town in your state or province (US/Canada, only, please). [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jan 17, 2015 - 68 answers

How can I make business travel suck less?

My work has me traveling regularly for the first time-- 2-3 day trips every few weeks. I travel with a small team, including the company president. We operate as a pack, and so I'm sort of at the mercy of the president/team in terms of mealtimes, etc. I really dislike the lack of control over food, sleep, exercise, and general life while I'm on the road. . What can I do to make the trips less onerous for me? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Jan 17, 2015 - 32 answers

What happens to business trip airline tickets after a layoff?

I'm getting laid off next month. What will happen, or should happen, to the nonrefundable airline tickets that have been booked in my name, on the company dime, for future business travel? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2015 - 17 answers

Oh the places you'll go

What can you tell me about living year round on Long Island's North Fork? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2015 - 10 answers

All-Inclusive Vacations in middle America?

I am looking for creative suggestions for places, either conceptually or specifically, where my mother (East Coast) and I (West Coast) can meet up for a long weekend. My basic goal is to spend time with my mother in a setting where each of us can be comfortable and relax: for me this means not having to play tour guide in a city I've never been, and for my mom this means accommodation for some mobility issues. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Jan 15, 2015 - 11 answers

I have no right to be upset, right?

I'm going through a very tough time personally (and I'm not someone who usually has "tough times") and my dearest friends have done something that I am fairly sure I should not be upset with in any way, yet I kind of feel upset. Help? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Jan 13, 2015 - 83 answers

Door County, Wisconsin in the winter.

My SO and I are going to Door County, Wisconsin next month for the weekend. We love the lake and nature, but we're curious about what else there is to see and do there in the off-season. Bonus points if it can reasonably be considered romantic. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto on Jan 13, 2015 - 6 answers

Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen or Helsinki for weekend getaway?

It looks like I'll be spending March in Iceland. I'd like to take two weekend trips to Europe while I'm there - departing Friday morning, returning late Sunday evening. If I can only visit two of the cities listed above, which two would you recommend (in order of priority), and why? What one to two places or experiences should I not miss? Also, is there anyplace within about 3.5 hours' flying time of Reykjavik I have overlooked? [more inside]
posted by ADave on Jan 13, 2015 - 11 answers

Boston or New York City?

Working in Hartford, CT this week. Staying the weekend but im thinking of going to either Boston or NYC for the weekend. Which will I have the best time spending the least amount of $? Tips what to do it what city you think i should go. Thanks in advance.
posted by flipmiester99 on Jan 12, 2015 - 15 answers

Travel insurance for multiple flights?

Does some kind of trip cancellation insurance policy exist for these circumstances? [more inside]
posted by gursky on Jan 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Can I take my violet wand on the plane?

Have you ever flown with a violet wand or Neon Wand? Did you check it or carry it on? How did it go? I'm interested in personal experiences only, please, not conjecture, and I'm aware that shipping it is an alternate option. I've flown with kinky sex toys before, and I'm perfectly comfortable saying, "Yes this is my kinky sex toy" to whoever asks, but this one's a little extra weird, and would also be extra-disappointing to lose.
posted by rhiannonstone on Jan 10, 2015 - 5 answers

Weekend getaway near New York City

I'm looking for somewhere near NYC where I can go in the next few weeks for a very short vacation, i.e., a weekend or a long weekend. Difficulty level: no car. [more inside]
posted by holborne on Jan 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Lodging in Seattle - general tips

The plan is in motion. We have Amtrak tickets to Seattle in May. This question is mostly about lodging. [more inside]
posted by notned on Jan 8, 2015 - 8 answers

Um, when and where the hell is your wedding happening??

I've agreed to be the MOH at an old, cherished friend's destination second wedding this year (after the couple secretly eloped), but unfortunately, the bride and groom can't agree upon an actual wedding date and location. As of today, this wedding is potentially either 5 or 8 months away but still up in the air. Which is beginning to interfere with the ability of the guests to plan their lives this year... snowflakes below... [more inside]
posted by hush on Jan 7, 2015 - 20 answers

Is there any benefit to flying into Newark instead of New York?

Hey peeps, we're planning a future trip and really need some local knowledge. We want to fly from Canada to New York. There aren't any direct flights from where I live to JFK or LaGuardia. We would need to make a layover in Toronto... [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Jan 6, 2015 - 37 answers

Cross-country Road Trip in January

I'm moving from NYC to Seattle this weekend. My brother will join me and we'll be driving a big SUV. Leaving Friday night and hoping to arrive Monday afternoon. I need mapping advice. [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Jan 6, 2015 - 21 answers

Maggie the Cat Needs a Lift

My husband's sister's father has died, and we are trying to get her from Macon GA to Virginia Beach, VA for the funeral. We are running into some serious snags, both logistically and financially. Looking for possible options. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jan 5, 2015 - 22 answers

Help me schlep my stuff!

I recently started commuting by public transit and need help carrying all my stuff. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty on Jan 5, 2015 - 20 answers

40th Birthday Getaway

I need to plan an awesome 4-5 day getaway for my wife's 40th birthday sometime in late March / early April. The less time we can spend traveling the better. We are based in Austin Texas so anywhere in the U.S. or parts close by wouldn't be out of the question. I am willing to spend 3 - 5k. I am looking for specific recommendations on a city / town / resort we can go to simply have an awesome time. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Jan 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Maximizing flight benefits- Need a travel mentor

I travel quite a bit for my profession; about 50% of the time, on my dime, reimbursed. I know of flyertalk along with reddit/r/churning - what I'm really looking for is a "start here" method. I have several travels coming up, including one in the middle east, and I want to be able to maximize whatever benefits I can get. Someone has done this before, right? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Jan 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Where, and how best to travel in Europe

My fiance and I are trying to plan our honeymoon. We really want to plan a European trip, but are not satisfied with one destination. Once you are in Europe, what is the best way to travel? Eurail? Air? Not to mention, where are the best places to go? [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jan 4, 2015 - 24 answers

Holiday Road

Where can a family of four Floridians drive to have a fun vacation? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jan 3, 2015 - 7 answers

How to prepare for a ~3 month stay in Sydney, Australia.

If the visa arrives, I'm going to be spending mid-Feb to May in Sydney; I've never been to Australia before & know no one in the city. I'd like to prep by signing up to useful emails & following twitter accounts to help me feel more familiar with the city before I fly out. [more inside]
posted by AFII on Jan 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Travel 5 weeks before wife’s due date? Chances of missing the birth?

I'm thinking about being a away for a week, around 4-5 weeks before my wife's due date. I'm looking hard statistics (chances of missing the birth) and soft advice (what would you do) to help with this decision. [more inside]
posted by PersonAndSalt on Jan 2, 2015 - 34 answers

Plan our pre-baby Februrary getaway from Montreal!

We are trying to plan a no-stress vacation for two - our last as a couple before we have a baby! The plan is to go somewhere easy and hot, easily-ish accessible from Montreal, to lie on the beach and not think about too many stressful details, for about a week. I'm going to be 6 months pregnant, so we are trying to avoid places that are likely to give me food poisoning (yes we know the risks are everywhere.) What's your best place/hotel/resort/beach suggestion with direct flights to Montreal? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Dec 29, 2014 - 4 answers

One day in Boston, with kids. What should we do?

I'll be in Boston with my kids for one day (two nights) in February. They're ages 8 and 12. Too old for the Children's Museum, too young to be set free to wander on their own. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 29, 2014 - 21 answers

Traveling to Reunion Island

This April we're going to Reunion Island (South Indian Ocean, SW of Mauritius). The good thing is that it's well off the beaten path for US tourists. The bad part is that it's well off the beaten path for US tourists, so it's somewhat more difficult to research than most destinations. I'm looking for recommendations and advice. [more inside]
posted by kaszeta on Dec 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for travel ideas for 2015

We take a trip every year, and the past few years we've had no problem coming up with destinations. But this year I'm stumped. I've looked at other questions, but it turns out that I'm a special snowflake (just like everyone else), so details below the jump. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl on Dec 28, 2014 - 24 answers

Take me armchair traveling: your favorite works of travel writing?

I won't be able to afford much travel in the next year or two. In the meantime, I'd love to be swept away with rich and vivid descriptions of faraway places. The more introspective, the better. Can be either non-fiction or fiction; essays/short stories or longer format writing; graphic novels are fine; am open to any locations. Bonus points if it also focuses on local food, and/or has an ethnographic approach, and/or is written from a woman's perspective. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 28, 2014 - 36 answers

Japan with an infant - now or later?

We want to take our 3 month old to Japan. Should we go ASAP or wait for better weather? [more inside]
posted by tealcake on Dec 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Which prepaid smartphone should I get for international travel?

I'm planning my first (and hopefully not last) international vacation and I'd like to get a smartphone for traveling that can be used on a prepaid basis for both voice and data. When not traveling it will not be used as a phone, although I'd still like it to perform double duty as a mp3/move player at home. Home is the united states and travel will be to Iceland (and beyond). [more inside]
posted by waxboy on Dec 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Good places to eat between Jersey City and Bristol, TN?

We'll be making a long car trip sometime later this winter from Jersey City to Bristol, TN. We'll pack a cooler, but any suggestions for good restaurants to eat at on 78 West to Harrisburg and then 81 South to Tennessee? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Dec 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Favorite Fishing Spots

I'm curious as to some of your favorite fishing spots, whether they are local or they were part of a fishing trip. [more inside]
posted by MMiller3669 on Dec 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Uniquely fun restaurant and bar recommendations in midtown Manhattan?

I'll be coming to NYC from Jan. 1-4 with some fun party people in tow, primarily to see the Gogol Bordello show on Jan. 2. I was wondering if any kind Mefites might have some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Go Banana on Dec 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Can I Deduct These Trips?

Self employed person who blogs (money generating and part of the business) about a personal hobby considering a trip related to the hobby, wondering if you can consider it a business expense and tax deductible, or how to figure it out. [more inside]
posted by christiehawk on Dec 22, 2014 - 3 answers

Gift for Utah lover

I'd like to give a gift to someone who adores Utah and will be making his second trip there next year. Any suggestions for the best travel books or some kind of unusual service/gift certificate I could give him? He likes wide open spaces and adventurous travel off the grid.
posted by Paris Elk on Dec 21, 2014 - 6 answers

What to do in Berlin on Christmas Day? and the next 6 days...

We're headed to Berlin for the holidays. We have a general sense of where to go and what to see from previous MeFi posts but wonder specifically: What's the city like on December 25th and over the holidays in general? Are there any activities, sights, events occurring during this time that we shouldn't miss? Oh, and where should we eat? [more inside]
posted by lotusfeet on Dec 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Flying into LAX on Dec 25th, with kid, long layover: argh. Advice?

My family including young kids (aged five and up) is flying into LAX on Dec 25th, arriving at around 6:30 AM after a fifteen-hour flight from Australia. We have a seven hour layover. What should I expect from LA traffic on that day? What, if anything, will be open? How easy will it be to call cabs? Any recommendations for kid-friendly things to do, bearing in mind the time constraints, possibly-grumpy kids?
posted by a post by a post posted by at at on Dec 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Chirstmas in NOLA

We decided to not worry about the in-laws this year and booked a last-minute Christmas trip to New Orleans instead. So where do we eat on Christmas? [more inside]
posted by thecjm on Dec 18, 2014 - 16 answers

I want to wrap presents here and give them in another city. HOW?

Every year I buy a bunch of gifts, schlepp them home, and wrap them surreptitiously in a secret corner of my mom's house about 3 minutes before I have to give them over, all in the name of national security. Am I being stupid? Can I do this differently? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Dec 18, 2014 - 21 answers

U.S. train travel around the 1860s

I'm looking for descriptions of mid-19th-century passenger rail trips. I prefer contemporary accounts, and particularly of travel in the South. I can also use later research, and descriptions of travel anywhere in the country are helpful. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Dec 17, 2014 - 6 answers

A place to think...

Where in the US can I live for a month with a budget of $1000? [more inside]
posted by laptolain on Dec 17, 2014 - 19 answers

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