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Where in the world is a Toy Musical Instrument Museum?

Surely, somewhere in the world, there must be one. There certainly *should* be. Musical Instrument Museums abound, in many countries, and would probably be fascinating to visit. But what I really want to see (and want to see archived) is a lovingly-curated collection of TOY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. Does anyone know where in the world such a place might be?
posted by dorgla on Mar 4, 2015 - 2 answers

Where to stay in Salt Lake City for the weekend?

Going out to Salt Lake City for a conference next week and staying through the weekend to see the area. Current plan is just to stay an extra few nights in my current downtown hotel and explore from there but am now thinking about doing an Airbnb somewhere for those days instead. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Mar 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Loire by bike

We are finally going on our (rather belated) honeymoon, and we've decided to spend several days in Paris and the Loire valley. I think we've got the Paris bits down, but don't have a whole lot of info on the Loire area - can you help us? Oh yeah, and we're going to do it all by bike. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 4, 2015 - 3 answers

Last chance vacation in the West: California or Vegas?

We are moving to the East Coast at the end of the summer. We currently live in the West (Canada). This summer will be our last chance to vacation on this side of the continent. Help me decide whether to pick Las Vegas or somewhere in California in the last week of July. Difficulties: must be super fun for our four-year-old daughter. No Disney (too expensive). [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Mar 3, 2015 - 24 answers

22 hours in Hong Kong - what to do and see

First time visitor has a layover from 1 pm to 11 am the next day in Hong Kong. Was advised to see the action and stay in central Hong Kong instead of Kowloon. I am looking for a centrally located hotel costing about $250 (is that possible???) and need suggestions on what to do. I am having problems finding a "centrally located" hotel because I don't know what I should see. Single female traveler. I understand it is very safe even to venture out after dark to see the dramatic skyline. Anything I should definitely do or see? Up for a hectic and fun time before I sack out on an overseas flight the next morning. Thanks, hive.
posted by dublin on Mar 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Quiet late night drink in Toronto?

I'm in TO for a week for work and have evenings free, could any locals suggest a nice somewhere to get a cocktail? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Mar 2, 2015 - 17 answers

Conference in Miami in November: where do I even start?

I'd like to attend the ATA Conference in Miami this November (I live in CA.) I've never planned a trip of this scale by myself, and I'd like some help! Special snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Mar 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Best Romantic New England B&B Spots

My partner and I are looking for a cute, cozy B&B for a short getaway at the end of May. Our ideal spot would have... [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Mar 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Cruise advice question for two fun-loving lesbians

I will be going on a week-long cruise with my wife, parents and brothers and sisters to the Mexican Riviera in a couple weeks. I have never been on a cruise before and neither has my wife. For those of you who have been on cruises, how can we make the most of our trip without being completely overwhelmed? [more inside]
posted by rabu on Mar 2, 2015 - 14 answers

Passport? We don't need no stinkin' passport. Oh wait, we do.

Fastest way to get a U.S. passport renewed for a child under 18? [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 on Mar 1, 2015 - 12 answers

I wish I had MORE baggage!

I just found mold all over my luggage and need to replace it - grrr. Help me find a mold-free replacement. [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Feb 26, 2015 - 8 answers

Trade in iPhone 4S for $53 or unlock for travel?

I just got a new iPhone and am left with an old Verizon iPhone 4S with no contract that I can either trade in for ~$50 or use as a travel phone. What's my best option? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Feb 26, 2015 - 7 answers

Best (least treacherous) driving route over the Rockies?

Driving from Cincinnati to Portland near the end of March. Bit concerned about the mountain passes in late winter. The basic options are I-80 to Salt Lake, then on to I-84. Or a more northern route through S. Dakota and Montana on I-90 into Washington before heading southwest. Both drives would be ~34-35 hours—any compelling reasons to choose one over the other?
posted by cramer on Feb 26, 2015 - 15 answers

Know any communication hacks to communicate with non-English speakers?

I'm traveling to some countries where I won't know the native language. I'm terrible at learning languages so I wanted to see if y'all know any quick hacks for communicating. e.g. one method is to carry a phrasebook and point to the relevant lines in it, then hand the book to the other person and have them point out their reply. (Hopefully its in the book :). Another: when on a bus and unsure whether it's the right one: Point forwards, say the destination in an interrogative tone, lift eyebrows.
posted by storybored on Feb 23, 2015 - 12 answers

Amazing trip, party of one!

Where should I go as a solo female traveler?... with some specifics within [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Feb 23, 2015 - 28 answers

Newport Beach Walkability

I'll be attending a conference in March, and staying at Newport Beach (Specifically the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa). I'll be interested in checking out the beach, getting a few good meals, and getting beers after the conference. Is that sort of thing walkable, or should I consider renting a car? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Feb 23, 2015 - 8 answers

What should my girlfriend and I do in Copenhagen and Berlin?

My girlfriend and I are going to Copenhagen and Berlin for about a week each in mid-March and are looking for suggestions on things to do. [more inside]
posted by duomo on Feb 22, 2015 - 13 answers

Je ne sais pas "Haircut"

I'm going to Paris this week. I need a haircut. Something fashionable. I barely speak any French. Where should I go, and how do I handle the language barrier without leading to a terrible haircut or uncomfortable situation with the stylist?
posted by schmod on Feb 22, 2015 - 12 answers

How did booking a rail ticket work in the early 20th century?

Was a physical description necessary for early 20th century railway travel? I've been looking through a lot classifieds from around 1910, specifically the For Sale and Wanted ads (mostly in Oregon), and there are a lot of rail tickets listed. In the ads the people almost always specify what they look like. [more inside]
posted by addelburgh on Feb 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Non-Tokyo/Non-Kyoto Japan

My family of three (including a two year old) are headed to Japan for 8 days beginning April 8. We've spent enough time in Tokyo and Kyoto in the past that we sort of want to do something different this time. Any thoughts? Please see the inside for our current thinking. [more inside]
posted by JPD on Feb 21, 2015 - 11 answers

WWOOF Exchanges: What to expect?

I am very curious about WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) exchanges, as a prospective volunteer for short-term periods of time. Before I spend $40 to become a member, can anyone who has worked with WWOOF (either as a volunteer or as a host, but especially as a volunteer) shed light on what to expect? What to do versus what not to do? I'm in the US and will probably want to first consider locations here, but am by no means looking to rule out opportunities abroad! [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Feb 20, 2015 - 8 answers

Asking a concierge to store a suitcase

I understand that a good tip (how much?) will be in order. How do I ask the concierge to store my bag, while offering the tip for the service? Do I tip up front or when I pick up the bag? Problem: I will have been a guest at the hotel for one night the week before, but not the night before asking for the storage. [more inside]
posted by mbarryf on Feb 20, 2015 - 11 answers

Toddling through DC

I would like to take my family (husband, myself, toddler under 2) to visit my brother in DC this spring. Help us make it work! [more inside]
posted by jillithd on Feb 19, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me Puerto Rico!

We're going to Puerto Rico in ~a month, for a week. We have our plane flight & our AirBNB, now it's time to figure out the rest! Advice on things to do, places to visit, how to get around, and anything else appreciated!! This is on a student budget, btw. Bonus question: What's the best way to learn traveller's Spanish in the next few weeks? I am an advanced French speaker, if that makes a difference... [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Feb 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Traveling to and in Europe for a Trans Woman

I am a Trans Woman and will be traveling to the UK and France for three weeks in May/June. I have a few questions about what to expect. [more inside]
posted by Annika Cicada on Feb 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Afraid of missing an opportunity - should I stay or should I go?

I was in a long distance relationship UK-Canada and lived with my ex in Canada for just over 6 months on a 1 year working holiday visa. Before I left (and broke up) I applied and was approved for a 2nd working holiday year (the limit is 2 years) which I haven't yet used. The expiry date is coming up very soon, I have to be in Canada for March 1st to use it. The visa can't be cancelled. I have to make a decision as soon as possible. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Feb 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Help with multicity and multi-class airline reservations

I'll be booking a multi-city international trip soon. For the really long trans-oceanic segments, I'd like to entertain the idea of business class, but I don't want to spend my travel budget on business class for the entire route. What is the best way to book a trip where segments A, B, D, and H are normal cattle class but C, E, and/or G want to be fancy-cattle or business class? [more inside]
posted by janell on Feb 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Clothes for a trip to Israel

I'm going on a trip to Israel in October. I've never been to that part of the world before. I am an American woman. What kind of clothes would be appropriate? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Feb 14, 2015 - 10 answers

Travel maps that work with google maps?

I am traveling to Tokyo . Wondering if there is any app or easy way to create maps of fun places to go and see and then create nice walking routes. While google can of course show you a walking route, chances are one street over is a mch more interesting historical road or the like it I make myself clear.
posted by dougiedd on Feb 13, 2015 - 1 answer

Costa Brava in July/August: Is Air-conditioning really necessary?

Booking my 5 day stay in the Costa Brava at the height of the season right now, and I've kept it confined to small towns to mitigate the crowds. We are looking at houses on the coast in wooded environs, and I've noticed many of the best houses seem to have no A/C. Since they're right on the water I imagine that keeps the heat from being unbearable. Still, my partner is very heat sensitive, so just how comfortable is it without A/C?
posted by stranger danger on Feb 10, 2015 - 2 answers

Full face travel make up palete

Does anyone know of a few good brands that do a customizable travel make up palette that includes not only eye shadow but liner, as well as foundation, bronzer etc? I can't seem to find anything online except for a few hits on the big "mature" skin companies like Estee Lauder.... Thanks ladies!
posted by risaroni on Feb 9, 2015 - 12 answers

B is for Bengaluru

Please tell me more about visiting Bangalore, particularly as a solo woman. Is it a can't miss? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Feb 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Madrid Spain at Easter

Traveling to Madrid April 1 2015 what should we do? [more inside]
posted by leafwoman on Feb 9, 2015 - 1 answer

Long weekend in Miami - recommendations

Wife and I will be spending an upcoming long weekend on Miami beach. Looking for some really good restaurant recommendations, specifically Cuban/Spanish and any other "must sees" while there.
posted by tgrundke on Feb 9, 2015 - 2 answers

Death doesn't come with a travel discount.

I need to fly from Seattle to Indiana this weekend for my grandmother's funeral. Are there options I may not know about for doing this at all affordably? [more inside]
posted by Because on Feb 8, 2015 - 24 answers

Dress Code & Travel Tips for Business Trip to Apple

I will be taking a business trip to Apple very soon and neither my wardrobe nor my travel skills are ready. Are you familiar with Apple's dress code and/or Cupertino travel tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2015 - 16 answers

Some Advice on Chillin' Out on Travel?

Please provide some advice, tips, tricks, etc to chill the F out when planning vacations or trips, especially pre-picking restaurants and bars, to pick the PERFECT place. Suggestions to handle on short trips (weekend to a week) are more suggested than long/living vacations. How do you balance your planning/type-A/I'm only here once must be perfection feeling! with not stressing too much about it and enjoying the experience? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Feb 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Bay kou bliye, pote mak sonje.

Why won't American Airlines investigate loss claims/theft from baggage? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Feb 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Brainstorm my vacation

My husband and I are planning a vacation to visit our daughter. She lives in Brooklyn. We would like to get out of the city for most of the week and go see...something. Can you throw some ideas at me please? [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom on Feb 3, 2015 - 10 answers

TravelFilter: Help us plan our trip to Spain, please.

We will be in Europe for about a month, and I think we will spend June 23rd to July 5th in Spain. That's 12 full days. We will be leaving Paris on the 23rd, and may be able to leave a day or two early. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Feb 3, 2015 - 15 answers

Paris je t'aime: the summer internship edition.

A friend of mine may be spending this summer interning in Paris. I'd like some help with helping her plan the best summer internship ever. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Feb 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Travel advice: Glasgow (and Edinburgh)

Planning another trip, which means it’s time for another AskMe. This time: Glasgow (with a side trip to Edinburgh)… [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Feb 3, 2015 - 14 answers

Weddingfilter: Non–Legal ceremony home in UK, Legal ceremony Pacific NW

My fiancee and I have spent much of our adult lives travelling and have a fondness for our time spent in the United States. As such we would love to be married there. We are planning to hold a humanist ceremony / blessing / non–legal ceremony in the UK and rather than the usual Registry Office ceremony to take care of the legal things, we were hoping to Honeymoon in the Pacific Northwest and get legally married while there. I am trying to work out a few things … [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2015 - 3 answers

Life in Micronesia as an American teacher?

So, I have a friend who is considering a short-term (9 months?) gig as a teacher in Micronesia. Does anyone have any personal experience with Micronesia? Or resources I/he should read? I'm intensely curious but have no idea where to start. And, should he take the position, he'll want to make the most of his time there. Is there a best guidebook? Things to take? Congratulatory present I should give him specific to life in Micronesia? Thanks!
posted by ticketmaster10 on Feb 1, 2015 - 7 answers

cheapest travel for cheapest person

I'm a young woman in the US. Never traveled abroad. I accomplished a big goal, and I've saved up $1700, so I'm taking myself somewhere. Looking to make the trip in the summer for a week or two. Will be alone. I like food, wandering around cities and interesting towns, and free/cheap things, like museums, window shopping, etc. More interested in walking around a cool place than lying on a beach. I want to stay in a hostel or similar. No other criteria--I'd like this to be pretty open-ended. Where should I go?
posted by there will be glitter on Jan 29, 2015 - 42 answers

Cheap first or business class tickets to asia?

I want to go to South East Asia this fall for my honeymoon, but the thing is I don't really care which country or city we go to first, or which city I fly from in the US, or even care particularly about when we go as long as it's after August. All I really want is the cheapest flight I can get across the pacific that will be comfortable for a 10+ hour flight (I'm over 6 feet tall, and the idea of sitting in economy for 10+ hours is a nightmare). Is this something that it's worth getting a travel agent for or is there some trick to doing this using ITA or something similar?
posted by empath on Jan 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Please help me plan a vacation to Italy!

I just booked a vacation in Italy for 11 full days with my girlfriend. We are flying into and out of Rome in early May. Please help us plan our trip! [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Jan 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Need recommendations for reliable car service in Mumbai

The imperial family and I will be traveling to Mumbai in a couple of weeks. We'll be arriving at a profoundly unfriendly hour of the night with three children 12 & under. We need to get from the airport down to the Fort District without getting taken for a ride, as it were. What do you recommend: Taxi rank at the airport? Reliable car service? Recommendations sought.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze on Jan 29, 2015 - 5 answers

Driving from Portland, OR to Phoenix, AZ.

Google Maps gives me a range of times between two routes depending on the time of day I query, so I'm curious if anyone has personal experiences between these two routes and suggestions for others. I'm trying to minimize driving time as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by gucci mane on Jan 28, 2015 - 13 answers

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 - 6 answers

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