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Ugh, Fine, I'll Go to Hawaii (If You Think That's Okay)

Last week, I was thinking of doing a babymoon in Cancun. Then the CDC issued a warning discouraging pregnant women from traveling to Mexico and 13 other countries because of Zika virus. Now I'm thinking Hawaii. Am I making A Big Mistake? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jan 20, 2016 - 26 answers

How can I download my "saves" from Tripadvisor to Excel?

I'd like to access my saved locations in this way.
posted by jefficator on Jan 19, 2016 - 1 answer

What is the best goddamn vacuum-insulated travel mug in the world?

Show me the last word in vacuum-insulated travel mugs for coffee. Specific requirements within. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Jan 19, 2016 - 32 answers

Good storage/travel solution for absurd number of mobile devices?

I have a giant pile of tablets and smartphones for work, and sometimes I have to travel with them to work from remote locations. Do you have any ideas or suggestions for keeping everything better organized and protected? [more inside]
posted by Vibrissa on Jan 19, 2016 - 10 answers

US warm long weekend destination in February for solo female traveler

I am thinking about taking a solo long weekend vacation sometime in February to get away from the gloomy Pacific Northwest. Usually I would go to LA but I have been thinking of trying something else in SoCal or even elsewhere. Criteria below the fold. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Jan 19, 2016 - 12 answers

Pros and cons of group tours

I'm hoping to spend my next vacation exploring Vietnam. Can you tell me about the pros and cons of taking an organised group tour to somewhere like Vietnam? What do you wish you had known before you went on your first group tour? Would it be safer than travelling alone for a Western woman?
posted by EatMyHat on Jan 18, 2016 - 10 answers

How to best experience the great outdoors without a driver's license?

I live and work in Blacksburg, Virginia, a good place to live without a car, which I don't own due to primarily budget, but also health/anxiety issues. And that's perfectly fine for city living, but there ain't no bus routes to the Appalachian Trail or to the Cascades waterfall or the dozens of other outdoor places I'd like to visit and hike and explore. What would y'all suggest I do? [more inside]
posted by smooshie on Jan 16, 2016 - 12 answers

The thing that can't replace the thing

What small special experiences or things or brief travels might help in a grieving process (for someone who's already got great emotional and structural support)? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jan 16, 2016 - 8 answers

Montreal Trip -- How to maximize exchange rate value?

We are planning a vacation in September of this year and noticed that the Canadian dollar is forecasted to drop as low as ~.55 USD. What is the best way to capitalize on the exchange rate favorably (as US citizens) and how long should we wait/watch the rates to get reservations? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on Jan 15, 2016 - 2 answers

Going to China. What should I do when I'm not working?

I will be in China for two weeks, from April 18th to May 5th, for work. Help me plan what to do/see/explore when I'm on my own time. [more inside]
posted by Marinara on Jan 13, 2016 - 5 answers

Help me find non-racist stories about Westerners in Japan

I'm hunting for examples of stories about Westerners travelling to Japan that don't indulge in orientalist/exoticizing/racist tropes. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Jan 11, 2016 - 14 answers

A man, a woman, a fetus, a plan ...

I'm thinking of taking a trip to Panama in early March when I'll be 25 weeks. Pros, cons, questions and more below the fold! [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jan 11, 2016 - 14 answers

An app for crazy pills

Is there an app that can help me work out when to take my medication when changing timezones? (If relevant, it's SSRIs/antipsychotic medication.) [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jan 11, 2016 - 11 answers

Laptop case for travel

Need a good case/sleeve (?) (padded) for laptop for travel [more inside]
posted by stepup on Jan 10, 2016 - 7 answers

Help me San Juan it up on a Short Trip to Puerto Rico

Going to San Juan as a quick 3-day getaway from the cold, Northeastern winter. We will be staying right on the beach in the Condado neighborhood in San Juan. Looking for some advice and tips on beaches accessible within San Juan, San Sebastian Festival, and seeing the rain forest. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Jan 10, 2016 - 4 answers

Refundable airfare?

I am planning a trip from the east cost of the US to Asia. There is a small likelihood that I will need to cancel around 2 weeks before departure. Is there anyway to purchase airline tickets which are refundable? Transferable ticket will not work since there is no way I will travel again for several years. I don't mind paying more but would not be willing to spend more than around 400-500 more than the ticket price.
posted by seesom on Jan 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Cambridge/Boston date night - for fussy eaters?

I'm visiting my boyfriend in the Cambridge/Boston area, and am trying to plan a fun date night. I'm vegetarian, and he's gluten free, dairy free, and has some other allergies. I'm very happy with cheese and nice cocktails, he's usually happy with fish or chicken and cooked green things. Any ideas of a good Friday night place? [more inside]
posted by beccasaurus on Jan 7, 2016 - 17 answers

How do we decide whether to move back?

Two Canadians, living in Australia for the last several years. We've built a good life here, but are constantly homesick. We both go through periods of wanting to move back, but hesitate as soon as we need to make an actual decision. Have you been through this? We need your guidance. [more inside]
posted by third word on a random page on Jan 6, 2016 - 15 answers

What should I do with one Saturday in LA? Plus subsidiary questions.

If all goes according to plan, I will be in LA for one Saturday in March (work related travel, spare day). I'll be downtown and will need either to walk, use a city bike or take whatever public transit there is. What should I do? What should I eat? Should I buy things, and if so, what? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jan 5, 2016 - 27 answers

What's a good hotel in London with very comfortable rooms?

I'll be in London somewhere around June 2016 and am looking for hotel recommendations. My stay will be approximately one week long. I will be spending extended periods of time in the hotel room working with one other person so I am primarily looking for hotels with very comfortable rooms. I would be very gratified if I could get some hotel recommendations in the 200 to 300 USD range (although if you happen to know of some amazing sub-200 USD hotel, please do tell). [more inside]
posted by schopenhauer on Jan 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Wedding reading that compares love to travel/foreign countries

A very close friend (American) is marrying someone from another culture (Iranian), and they currently both live and work in another country (Singapore). They love to travel and neither of them are religious (in fact, both are atheists.) I'm helping them design a wedding ceremony and am looking for a non-religious poem or reading that compares love to the experience of travel and/or encountering new cultures. I've searching online fruitlessly. The couple seems not to like Rumi-style romantic poems, so something more wry/modern would be great. Thank you MeFi!
posted by lastwomanstanding on Jan 4, 2016 - 9 answers

How to get from Kansas City to Joplin, and back again?

My wife and I need to get from Kansas City Airport to Joplin, to visit elderly relatives, but we've just found we probably can't hire a car. [more inside]
posted by BinaryApe on Jan 4, 2016 - 11 answers

Where should I go on vacation with my Mom?

My Mom (a lady in her 50s) and I (a lady in her 30s) have a week to travel together in April. It needs to be warm, relaxing, and accessible from the U.S. east coast (MA for her, NC for me). In the past we've done Big Deal trips (India, France) but we don't have enough time for that kind of thing. We mostly want to relax, walk around and eat good food, but both like outdoorsey stuff and cultural stuff. We don't like big crowds or resorts. Where should we go?! [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Jan 3, 2016 - 21 answers

How to be (very, temporarily) alone

I'd like to go somewhere and spend a while (a few days to a few weeks) without seeing or interacting with another person. How, logistically, would I do this? Difficultly level: no car. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Jan 2, 2016 - 17 answers

Visiting Mexico City as a queer mixed-race couple?

For my 30th birthday, I'm planning a week-long trip to Mexico City with my partner. We both have some concerns about physical/emotional safety, especially for her as a trans WOC. I'm looking for advice and anecdotes from people with experience being brown (as a tourist/non-native) and/or queer in Mexico City. [more inside]
posted by (Over) Thinking on Dec 31, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me navigate a work transition/move

I work in 100% travel IT consulting job. Moving soon so I can find local IT consulting (or else) jobs with my wife. Ideal world would to stay at current company, which doesn't have clients in new city, but is expanding there and current client has office there. While I am networking and will start applying for new jobs, I'd like to keep the option to stay. Do you have any thoughts or experiences in how to discuss this and navigate these waters? Some details below fold: [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Dec 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Cash without a bank

I need a decent amount of cash, but I don't live near my bank. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Dec 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Give Me Your Koreatown-Centric Los Angeles Recommendations!

I'm spending tomorrow in Los Angeles with some family and friends. We usually park the car in a couple different places in some adjacent neighborhoods and explore denser neighborhoods on foot. We'd like suggestions for places to visit and things to do in Koreatown, Hollywood, and the surrounding areas (but not DTLA). [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Dec 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Weekend travel in Europe

I'm living in Europe right now, and I need ideas for activity-based weekend travel. Where can I go? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Dec 27, 2015 - 14 answers

Can I walk to Oracle Arena in Oakland?

I'm going to a Golden State Warriors game next week. Ideally I want to stay at hotel nearby, hopefully park the rental car, and walk to the arena. Google Maps suggests this would not be a fun or plausible walk. Asking for local knowledge to confirm or deny... [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Dec 23, 2015 - 24 answers

Arguments for study in two overseas locations

My daughter has narrowed her overseas semester down to two cities. I need some outside opinions and considerations to help her make a decision. [more inside]
posted by fluffycreature on Dec 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Large Public NYE Celebration in the USA

I love large, public street parties for New Year's Eve. Where can I find one in the USA? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Dec 23, 2015 - 9 answers

I may need to cancel a flight. Can I get my money back?

I have one round-trip flight booked with Spirit (I know, I know) airlines to fly to Florida next week to visit my girlfriend's family. It is unlikely the trip will actually happen. Is there any way I can get the money back for my ticket? I did not get the travel insurance that they try to sell you. I purchased the ticket months ago. Any solutions appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Dec 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Have 3 days in SE Asia before official trip starts: where should I go?

Have a few days in SE before a work trip. Should I hang out in Hong Kong, Singapore, or go somewhere else? [more inside]
posted by troytroy on Dec 20, 2015 - 16 answers

Suggestions for a family vacation — good balance of relax and activity?

Hey all, I'm looking to take a short vacation with my family somewhere next year, and we're looking for places that are a good balance of relaxing but still has some great activity options. Would like to relax on the beach (or a similar alternative) and also see some culture and do some activities. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Dec 19, 2015 - 14 answers

Hygienic, traditional tattoo in Burma/Myanmar

I'm looking for suggestions of traditional tattoo artists in Myanmar who are hygienic and willing to work on foreigners. We'll be in the country in January (in the major tourist spots), and my SO would like to have a leg piece done. Many thanks for any help.
posted by eulily on Dec 19, 2015 - 0 answers

Best sim card for NZ

I'm heading home to New Zealand for the holidays and would like to get a prepaid sim with some data and decent coverage. [more inside]
posted by poxandplague on Dec 18, 2015 - 8 answers

Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria - where to go

Ms. deadwax and I are taking trains through Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria in February. We would like to stop at one or two places that are not big cities, go hiking and otherwise get out of town and into nature a bit, probably with 3-5 days parked in one place at a time. If you have been through this part of the world, where would you recommend, particularly in February? [more inside]
posted by deadwax on Dec 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Should we still go to Istanbul?

My partner and I have a one-week trip booked to Istanbul over the new year. We've been receiving a lot of flak about going from both sides of our family to the point where we are very seriously considering cancelling our trip. Our parents are worried about acts of terrorism such as bombings and shootings (things we feel could happen anywhere), as well as extremely unlikely scenarios like being kidnapped by ISIS. My partner's mother has expressly asked us not to go. [more inside]
posted by degoao on Dec 14, 2015 - 45 answers

How do I live in my car for a while?

So, as posted last week, I'm taking a big trip through the southwest. I'll have a car (Jeep grand cherokee) I can sleep in, a tent, a propane cookstove of some sort (plus pots and such), a good ice chest, some money, and clothes. What do I need to know to successfully survive this trip? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Dec 13, 2015 - 35 answers

Taking a 6 month sabbatical. Travel insurance? Regular insurance?

I'm planning to travel for 6 months (France for 3, then who knows) and will not have insurance through work. It's been difficult navigating all the options. Will I need travel insurance in addition to regular insurance? 29yo, located in CA, USA. [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Dec 9, 2015 - 13 answers

bringing frozen bread on a plane

i'm trying to bring 3 frozen loaves of bread on a plane from california to ireland on sunday, and i would like them to stay frozen until i get there. does anyone have experience bringing something frozen on a plane? can you recommend a leakproof soft cooler that would fit inside a (checked) suitcase? i am planning to put some of those blue ice packs in with the bread. is there a better option?
posted by désoeuvrée on Dec 8, 2015 - 9 answers

I want to see EVERYTHING in the USA west/southwest

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]
posted by Jacen on Dec 6, 2015 - 52 answers

Can my employer make me pay for the cost of my travel booking mistake?

This past week I was preparing for an international business trip when I realized that I had made a mistake on my visa application. I was able to re-apply and rush things through and get on the plane. If I hadn't, it would have cost $1,000-$3,000 in change and cancellation fees for flights. My boss said that, 'most places would make the employee pay that.' Is that true? [more inside]
posted by oryelle on Dec 5, 2015 - 28 answers

What happens if I don't pay a Danish fine?

While in Copenhagen on business this past October, I received a fine for not (correctly) paying for a Metro ticket. Do I have to pay it? [more inside]
posted by photovox on Dec 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Hotels in DC that offer free shuttle service to both airports

I'm flying into Reagan on a Wednesday and out of Dulles on a Thursday. I have plenty of time to get to my airport and I could rent a car but, I'm thrifty, and I would like to find a reasonably priced, safe hotel, that provides free shuttle service to both airports. [more inside]
posted by myselfasme on Dec 3, 2015 - 15 answers

Itinerary help for 6 week western USA partly-solo roadtrip extravaganza

Past answers have already given me tons of great ideas for the Best Roadtrip Ever™; now help me polish my itinerary to perfection. Bonus points for advice on enjoying the solo stretches of the trip. [more inside]
posted by exutima on Dec 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Help my kitty have a great Christmas roadtrip!

I am visiting my mother for a couple weeks; I'd like to take my adorable little Kokopelli with me. I'll be driving and it's about 9 hours. I want to make sure that (a) my kitty is safe and comfortable during the trip there and back, and that (b) he can have a nice visit once we arrive. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Dec 1, 2015 - 28 answers

Traveling smoothies?

Due to some unfortunate medical issues, I need to start taking smoothies with me to work for breakfast and lunch. Please help me with your best containers and good bag/lunch box recommendations for carrying two smoothies on public transportation! [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on Nov 30, 2015 - 14 answers

Another layover question! Overnight, Berlin edition.

I'll be arriving in Berlin in the evening (earliest I'll be out of the airport is 9pm), with an early early morning flight the next day. Do I just get a hotel close to the airport and sleep? Or do I try to see a sliver of Berlin for the first (and maybe only) time ever that evening, somehow? Difficulty factor: grumpy old person who needs sleep. [more inside]
posted by these are my travel socks on Nov 30, 2015 - 13 answers

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