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A potpourri of European travel for the exceptionally naive

I leave from Manchester in a few days for Bruges, Ghent, and Paris. My questions concern how best to bring quasi-necessities in carry on, vegan food, beer, and activities. Do you know much about these places and these questions? You can probably help me out. More specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by vathek on Jul 7, 2014 - 7 answers

I have *the feels* for a boy that I made friends with.

We met as travelers on the Greyhound bus and developed a platonic friendship. I like him so much though. And he may have a girlfriend. Should I just let it go? [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jun 8, 2014 - 20 answers

Chicago dog boarding for pooch that doesn't like other dogs?

We are going to be traveling for a decent amount of time (1-2 weeks) and we need a place to keep our dear pup (a 50 lb mixed breed). [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Apr 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Death-free nature documentary

We're flying with our 2.5-year old and would like to find a nature documentary or TV show for her to watch on our iPad. She doesn't watch much TV, so this is a Big Treat that will hopefully distract her for at least some of the flight. The catch: we're not ready to deal with death yet, so I'd like something without predation/disease/starvation/etc. For simplicity's sake, I'd prefer something available on iTunes, but am willing to look other places, as well. We'd also prefer to avoid mass market characters (Elmo, Mickey Mouse, etc.). Any good suggestions?
posted by griseus on Mar 12, 2014 - 34 answers

Last minute short road trip from Philadelphia to Boston

So I think we're going to do a last minute road trip from Philadelphia to Boston and back. Please help us plan. [more inside]
posted by cacao on Mar 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Things to do in Dubai?

I'm looking for things to do with nearly 48 hours in Dubai in mid March. Things that aren't obvious are especially helpful! [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Feb 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Financial planning for somewhere...?

I graduated college last year. I know I should be at least thinking about saving and 401ks and things like that but I moved countries, started grad school and I don't know where I'll be living in three years let alone thirty. How do I do financial planning? [more inside]
posted by raeka on Jan 14, 2014 - 8 answers

What gadgets to bring to Nicaragua?

What mobile devices should we bring for a two week trip to Nicaragua? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jan 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Moving to LA

I've just recently come back from a week-long vacation to Los Angeles where I got to stay with my aunt and we had a great time seeing things and visiting places. The weather was amazing and I realistically thought it was the best vacation I have ever been on. She really wants me to move there. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Dec 4, 2013 - 27 answers

To stay or to leave? that is the question.

What would you do? Im saving money to buy an apartment. Another part of me wants to go live in another country for a few months instead. [more inside]
posted by red47Apple on Nov 26, 2013 - 21 answers

A Broad, Abroad, Alone

In a month, I'll be traveling abroad for the first time, all by my lonesome. Looking for helpful tips for a first-time international traveler. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Nov 13, 2013 - 26 answers

A backpacking backpack for laptops?

I want the benefits of a backpacking backpack with the benefits of a laptop backpack. Shoulder and waist straps, tall and able to fit lots of stuff, but with a laptop sleeve or something that would make it easy to take my laptop out and put it back in. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Oct 10, 2013 - 10 answers

medical tourism? what's it all about?

I'm interested in exploring medical tourism for a few procedures (some significant dental work, breast reduction, hair removal), but I don't know where to start. Please help me learn more about this trend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Let's Work Wherever We Are Traveling

Where can I find other people like myself who can work wherever they happen to be? (Not talking about the oldest profession here!!!) I can do my regular work wherever I happen to be since I deal with computer programming. I am trying to find other people who might want go to a place, say, for a month, and live there and split costs. Anybody know of any online communities of people that do this?
posted by thorny on Feb 10, 2013 - 8 answers

What address to use when you are traveling with no fixed address

I moved out of my apartment and want to travel and work remotely most of the year before taking a new apartment. My problem is that I don't have a fixed address in the meantime. My mail is forwarded to my parents outside the US (working very well), but I need an address to use with the IRS/Licence bureau/bank, etc. Could I boldly use my previous address even if I moved out? Can I use the foreign address with the government and the state without getting in trouble? Could I still be a resident of my state even if my mailing address is abroad? Could I use a P.O. Box? Some other service? What if I lengthen my absence from my state, at which point do I cease to be a resident of that state? (I'm a US citizen and a tourist in the countries I'm traveling to). I can use some heads up!
posted by kirsti on Jan 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Best bank for travelers?

Best bank for an American traveling Northern, Eastern, and Southern Europe, as well as Russian? [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft on Dec 26, 2012 - 5 answers

traveling and making things

Please help me find creative outlets that don't require living in one place or computer screen time, that aren't repetitive, and that pack small. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Dec 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Present ideas for globetrotting newlyweds

I need wedding present suggestions for a couple who are going traveling for 7 month immediately afterwards... [more inside]
posted by jp021272 on Oct 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Smartphone for Travling/Living Abroad

Smartphone filter: I will probably be moving to South Korea for a year when I graduate in May. I want to get a nice, new smartphone now. What is the best option for a phone to use overseas? [more inside]
posted by raeka on Oct 18, 2012 - 9 answers

I hate talking about money...

How to fairly split up expenses with an S/O on an upcoming trip? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2012 - 27 answers

Need a place to stay in Vienna and things to do.

Hotel and other quick recommendations for Vienna? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on May 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Help Us Entertain Our Kids in Vegas!

What awesome fun things can we do with our small children in Vegas? [more inside]
posted by I_love_the_rain on Feb 28, 2012 - 13 answers

On the road again ....

Help me plan my trip to Europe this summer! Helpful details abound within! [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Feb 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Can you help us think of anything we can do to prepare our grand-daughter for her trip to France as a foreign exchange student?

My 11 year old grand-daughter will be traveling to France for a foreign exchange program. She will be gone for three weeks. She comes from a small rural community in the Midwest so I think she is in for quite a culture shock. As the time is approaching I'm becoming nervous because it's so far away and she can't just hop on a plane if she gets homesick. The girl she is staying with will be here in April for three weeks living with my grand-daughter. Can you think of anything that she will need to know or what we can do to prepare her for this trip?
posted by sybarite09 on Jan 31, 2012 - 34 answers

Travel litterbox.. wha?

12-hour drive home for the holidays coming up - help me let my cat pee during the trip without it being in his carrier... again. [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Dec 15, 2011 - 19 answers

Your Favorite Spots in Shanghai

Shanghai'd - Heading back to China and want hear about your fav spots. [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza on Oct 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Splurging for the hotel, but eating on the cheap while traveling

What are some healthy foods that one can take traveling abroad, to minimize the costs of eating out? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 29, 2011 - 20 answers

How to forward calls to Google Voice on my iPhone?

I will be traveling in Asia for the first three weeks in October. I have Google Voice on my iPhone, and I'm wondering how I would be able to automatically forward calls/voicemail and text to Google Voice? [more inside]
posted by xtine on Sep 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Traveling to see Mt. Everest

Recommendations for a trip to Tibet and/or Nepal? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Sep 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Remaining a Georgia citizen while traveling abroad . . .

Is there a way to maintain your state citizenship while traveling within the country, and perhaps outside the country, for up to two years? [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Aug 30, 2011 - 15 answers

My Sex Toys Are Not Bombs (However, Messy Explosions? Yes.)

Caring for my personal toys? More after the jump. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 - 13 answers

International phone help!

International phone recommendation, looking to buy an unlocked phone in the US before leaving, what should I look for and what works best? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Aug 9, 2011 - 6 answers

A Prince-loving vegan travels to Minneapolis with a CPAP machine. Then some joke of some kind occurs.

I'm about to head to the Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, and as a vegan traveling for the first time with a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea, I have a few questions - snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Jun 14, 2011 - 15 answers

Kennel our dog?

I'm looking for a dog kennel recommendation in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area! There's probably more inside than you want to read. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 13, 2011 - 3 answers

London's calling, and I ain't got no swing.

I'm going to London! As a travel noob, what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on May 31, 2011 - 51 answers

Chicago/St. Louis Bound

Going to Chicago/St. Louis for the first time during the second week of June. Tell me the hot spots. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on May 25, 2011 - 22 answers

Avoiding the sads while traveling alone in Asia

Single female traveling solo for nine days in Kuala Lumpur and Bali. Please reassure me that I'm not going to be sad and lonely and freaked out the entire time. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on May 19, 2011 - 16 answers

Where should we go for our honeymoon?

Where should we honeymoon (on the cheap) this December? Thailand, Argentina, Turkey, or somewhere else? How much should we budget? [more inside]
posted by Viola on May 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Tips for traveling by car with a large bird

Tips for traveling by car with a large bird? [more inside]
posted by titus n. owl on Apr 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Mount Rushmore tips

Mount Rushmore! Where to stay and what to do! Tell me. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Apr 4, 2011 - 15 answers

How do I make a 35.5 hour journey as painless and quick as possible?

How do I make a 35.5 hour journey as painless and quick as possible? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Mar 26, 2011 - 19 answers

Moisture, thou art mine enemy!

I'm going to build a camper shell for my truck and need advice on how to seal/paint it to protect it from moisture. [more inside]
posted by gregg on Feb 22, 2011 - 14 answers

How can I have my cake abroad and eat it, too?

In a few years once I've finished college, I'd like to travel the world and pay for that travel, at the same time. How feasible is this? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jan 31, 2011 - 14 answers

How can I protect sensitive online info and a portable hard drive while traveling?

I'm about to embark on an approximately 3.5 month backpacking trip through the north of Africa and Middle East. I'm looking for advice on web/tech security while traveling. My first issue concerns web security- in order to avoid having credit card and banking info stolen through key loggers and such at internet cafes, I'm thinking of performing all my 'sensitive' interwebbing (ie hostel reservations, banking) on my iPod touch. Are there precautions I should take to ensure web security even on the Touch? Do more technologically competent MeFites than myself approve of using the Touch? Secondly, I'm planning on backing up my photos on a portable hard drive and I'll be using public computers to do so. Do I have to worry about any viruses and such getting onto the hard drive? If so, what can I do to avoid that? [more inside]
posted by isaypotato on Jan 31, 2011 - 10 answers

Going to Australia BRB

I'm traveling with friends to Australia in March, and this will be the first time I've left North America! I'm covered on basic travel requirements (passport, ETA, etc), but what else should I bring with me? What should I know (about traveling, about Australia... anything!)? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on Jan 11, 2011 - 61 answers

Is flying without photo ID a nightmare?

How terrible is it to board a plane without a photo ID? I plan to fly to another state in late December and have no picture ID. I will have photocopies of my birth certificate and social security card. I know flying without photo ID is technically legal, but can be a huge pain. Has anyone done this before? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet on Dec 1, 2010 - 28 answers

Step = ow!

What can I do for my lower back pain while I'm traveling in a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by ManyNinjas on Nov 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Brazilian traveling to US. Landing in Miami and driving up to NY. Throw all the hints you can at me!

Brazilian traveling to US. Landing in Miami and driving up to NY, SF and Vegas. Could you share interesting places to stop, see, etc.? [more inside]
posted by fcoury on Nov 20, 2010 - 10 answers

I want to be an Inspector Gadget filmmaker – pimp out my trip around the world (clothing, technology etc)

This is a big question. I'm doing a project, traveling around the world (map) for up to 12 months. 4 days in each city, then moving on. While traveling (bus/train) I'll be editing footage from the previous location, then uploading it to the website. I want to make sure I'm going with the best/easiest equipment to travel with, from shoes and shirts to cameras and computers (and everything else!). What should I bring with me?! [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Oct 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Driving from MA to MT, suggestions for stops along the way

Recently divorced, 39, and moving from MA to MT in early Sept. I was planning on driving along the I-90. I'm trying to figure out what is worth visiting, and also where to stop/camp along the way. This is about a 3000 mile drive. And I'm hoping to drive around 600 miles a day, but this is adjustable to some extent. I wouldn't mind spending extra days in some locations if its worthwhile. One stop I plan to make will be Niagra Falls. (I also have both USA and Canadian Passports, so I can cross the border ok.) I hope to camp most of the way. I also have a large 80lb doberman-mix, which complicates things slightly. I'd be willing to get off the I-90 to see some things if its worth it. I'm not in a rush.. I'm more interested in things found in nature rather than city-life type stuff. But stopping in some big cities for some notable food or sites wouldn't be rejected outright.
posted by herox on Aug 14, 2010 - 19 answers

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