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How to deal with friend that invites others along?

I have a friend i've known for almost 6 years now and recently we started taking weekend trips to a comic convention every March since we only see each other twice a year. She's invited someone she's friends with and her 3 year old daughter to come with us, i've never met her and i really don't want to spend my weekend with someone's fussy 3 year old. How do you handle something like this? [more inside]
posted by earthquakeglue on Jul 23, 2014 - 86 answers

My mom and I--and the Cape.

My mom and I are leaving western PA tomorrow morning to drive to Cape Cod. Our original plan was just to wing it and go with the flow, but now that it's upon us, I'm nervous about not having anything planned. What can we do once we're there? [more inside]
posted by dearwassily on Jul 16, 2014 - 17 answers

Driving from Dallas to Boston for a move -- any advice / pointers?

I'm moving to Boston and driving up there with my car and belongings. While the adventurous part of me would want to extend the duration of the trip to make stops and check out scenery, the practical part of me wants to get this 23 - 27 hour trip done ASAP. I want to go with the latter. [more inside]
posted by 6spd on May 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Get Me to the Wedding On Tiiiiiime (DC to NYC edition)

Hi, wonderful Mefites! I am thinking of driving from DC to New York City for a wedding next Thursday (the 22nd). Google tells me that driving time (from DC to an address on W 159th) is just shy of 4 hours. Considering that this will be a weekend, and holiday weekend, what is a more realistic driving time? (extra driver snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by warm_planet on May 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me fill out my Chicago itinerary for next weekend!

My husband and I are landing in Chicago for the first time on Saturday, May 3rd and will be there until the evening of the 5th. One purpose of the trip is to visit my husband's father, who has been living there for the last year, but the other is to explore Chicago. We are staying at La Quinta in Downtown Chicago, mainly because we got a good deal on it through Hotwire. My husband's dad lives at the Streeter, in the Near North Side area. What should we see while we're there? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Apr 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Distributing Raised Funds

In the USA, are we required by the IRS to distribute funds raised for a non-profit's group trip equally among all participants? [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels on Mar 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Most of a Sunday "stuck" in San Diego - what should I do?

Next month I have a 10:30pm flight out of San Diego and all my mates are leaving in the morning. What lovely fun thing could I do that I could only do there? Or, never mind me, what would you do if you just had 12 hours in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Feb 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Driving from Pittsburgh to Austin: if you had to, how would you go?

What’s the most swift, interesting, safe, and/or inexpensive route by car through the Southeast? [more inside]
posted by lordcorvid on Feb 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Things to do in Denver when it's cold?

Besides skiing, of course. I think myself and Ms Jo will be in Denver area for 4 days or so within the next two weeks. We may ski one day, but prefer just being out of doors and walking and hiking. Is this too crazy given the season? I would love to go to a hot springs but the closest one looks kinda cheesy/expensive. We will have a car. I like beer. Suggestions for activities and accommodations are welcome. Basically, I am looking for a non-ski reason to go Denver area this month for 3 or 4 days. If the answer is to come back later (during brew fest and better hiking weather, so be it).
posted by J0 on Jan 3, 2014 - 15 answers

itinerary suggestion

a family of three, parents + 4 yr old boy, is looking to escape NYC. [more inside]
posted by kingfish on Jun 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Destination request, western/northwestern US; 20th anniversary edition

We're celebrating our 20th anniversary this summer (yay!) and we're trying to find a place to stay for a week in the western/northwestern US to celebrate this milestone. The catch is that this destination needs to be some place new to us. A few other particular requirements below the fold. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Apr 24, 2013 - 9 answers

A trip to Hamburg and Berlin

Our family is heading to Hamburg and Berlin. What should we see? [more inside]
posted by dubold on Apr 15, 2013 - 6 answers

NYC for a Not-Cool-Anymore Dad and His Daughter

Really excited to bring my daughter to NYC for her first time next weekend. I haven't been for a few years and never with one of my kids (she's 15) so this trip poses some new challenges. I want her to have a blast, as I have every time I've been there, so I thought I'd see if anyone had any suggestions. Oh, and we get along great and she's awesome and I love her! [more inside]
posted by chococat on Mar 14, 2013 - 34 answers

What should I do to prepare for a road trip?

What should I do to prepare for driving from SF to NY this January? [more inside]
posted by Peemster on Dec 26, 2012 - 19 answers

Our babies need some beach!

Help me plan a family trip to the US Virgin Islands... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Nov 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Road trip from California to Chicago in late December. Are we crazy?

Is planning a late-December road trip from California to Chicago madness? Mr. Quince, our sweet pup, Lincoln, and I would like to take a road trip from Northern California to Chicago and back. We've done it several times taking I-80, but always during non-winter seasons. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by quince on Oct 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Make our broke road trip awesome!

How to make the cheapest road trip fun and comfy? Sleeping in the car snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Oct 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Sheltered Meets Extroverts

Your friends scare you with their kindness. Now we're going on a roadtrip - advice? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Sep 21, 2012 - 17 answers

Istanbul vs Iceland

Travel decisions: Iceland or Istanbul? [more inside]
posted by girlalex on May 13, 2012 - 19 answers

What does it all mean?

Can askmefi break down my experience with psilocybin mushrooms? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall on May 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Road Trippy!!

Road Trip (!!!) Filter: Show me a good time between Paducah, KY and Grand Rapids, MI. [more inside]
posted by mibo on Apr 22, 2012 - 1 answer

It's a Gecko love, a Gecko

Could a gecko really trip the breakers in an electrical mains box? [more inside]
posted by gomichild on Apr 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Easy breezy couples weekend that doesn't break the bank?

Low-key, not super expensive beach getaways for May, east coast-ish? [more inside]
posted by manicure12 on Mar 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Around the US Northeast in Seven Days

We need a sanity check on this trip, please! My partner and I are planning on getting out of South Carolina by this summer. We know we'd like to live further north, but there are five places we're considering and we're trying to plan the most economical yet useful trip to help us decide. So: what is the cheapest way to visit Pittsburgh, PA, Syracuse, NY, Burlington, VT, Portland, ME, and Providence, RI in a week? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Feb 7, 2012 - 9 answers

London Business Trip Basics

I will be traveling on business to London Sunday to Friday, staying at the Four Seasons on Park and will be working most of my time there. Any down time will be after 5 pm, any suggestions on something to do/eat/see? I visited London when I was young and did many of the touristy things. I am most interested in just enjoying some of the city without making it too complicated. Also, curious about any suggestions of what things I should make sure to pick up in London for myself (sounds like there are so not to miss beauty products) and for co-workers/significant other. I was thinking of the Fortnum & Mason marmalade and possibly Scotch? This is my first time doing a big trip on business, any suggestion in that capacity would also be welcome!
posted by Carialle on Nov 19, 2011 - 5 answers

You can't get there from here

Road tripping through VT and NH to Portland, Maine between Sunday and Tuesday, with a pretty open schedule. What should I do and see? [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Oct 6, 2011 - 16 answers

Fall Color in WY not to miss?

I've got a week or so to drive around Wyoming, and northern Utah. (Coming back via I70, spending a day in Crested Butte.) Leaving Friday afternoon. What fall color should I absolutely not miss? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Sep 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Planning a trip, want a tech toy to "make it all easy"

Is there some kind of easy, intuitive, free trip-planner out there that goes beyond just "start here, end there?" [more inside]
posted by Ys on Jul 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Give me 3.5 days of away-from-it-all time in the Southwest.

Help me plan a long-weekend getaway in the Southwest. I don't have enough time to make it a road trip, but would like to drive down some scenic roads. I don't want to camp in the wilderness, but would like see a national park. I don't want a full native-american experience, but would love to buy some native american jewelry. Some shopping/dining would be cool. I want to take more photographs than I'll ever have time to upload to flickr. [more inside]
posted by Opal on Jun 27, 2011 - 14 answers

"Natural high" = good, right?

I've recently discovered that when I stretch backwards with my arms above my head while holding my breath, I sometimes get a super-trippy laughing-gassy lightheaded rush for about (no longer than) ten seconds. So: How bad is this for me? Am I killing loads of brain cells?
posted by Jonathan Harford on Jun 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Day Trip to Montreal

We will be vacationing in northern Vermont in July and would like to take a day trip to Montreal. Can anyone suggest a place near the city where we might be able to park the car and then take the Metro? Or a place within the city where we might be able to park for a day? Our plan is to drive up in the morning, do some sightseeing, have dinner, and then head back to our Vermont B&B. Any advice would be appreciated!
posted by tmharris65 on Jun 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Best things to see/do/eat between Toronto and Cincinnati?

We will be driving from Toronto to Cincinnati about the second half of May. What are the "musts" along the way?
posted by uans on May 4, 2011 - 21 answers

first time to Seattle! 3 nights/4 days. where do we eat?

Seattle-restaurant-filter: looking for birthday dinner+3 more nights [more inside]
posted by addelburgh on Mar 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Golden Birthday Sweetness

Help me come up with an awesome vacation idea for my 25th golden birthday. [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24 on Jan 22, 2011 - 11 answers

A thermos to keep coffee fresh and hot

I hate fast instant coffee. I will be traveling by car from Toronto to Montreal. There are lots of stops where one can get Tim Hortons or McDonald's instant coffee. Unfortunately/fortunately I don't like their coffee. I can make good coffee at home. What type of thermos can keep it fresh and warm for a good portion of my trip?
posted by alshain on Oct 18, 2010 - 23 answers

I've seen the Bridge.

Get Me Out Of My Travel Rut: My tour takes me to the beatific city of San Fransisco soon and while I visit about once a year, I usually end up going to same places/doing the same things. What's terribly new in SF? What are the fresh must-see shows, restaurants, nightspots, stores, or Things To Do. Ideally I'm looking for things/places that have opened within the year. Will have a car and able to make day trips out into the environs. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Renting cars cheaply and calmly

Need some help on car rental logistics plus dealing with potential !DRAMA! on a family trip to Disney World. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Aug 19, 2010 - 21 answers

fall maine trip

fall in bar harbor/acadia: good idea? what to do? [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Jul 29, 2010 - 15 answers

Please help me plan an awesome hardcore state crossin' bicycle trip! Now in 3D!

Me and my girlfriend are planning to embark upon a long adventure. We have never done it before and have some questions. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Jul 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Planning a road trip from RI to Los Angeles

Hi everyone! My sister, father, and I are planning a road trip this summer from Rhode Island to Los Angeles and we're looking for some itinerary suggestions. We were planning on taking the northern route, hitting Chicago, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, State Route 1, etc. but we don't really have any details laid out. We plan to take 10-11 days, starting on August 20th. Additionally, we would love to do some camping on the way. Thanks :D !!!
posted by masters2010 on Jul 5, 2010 - 5 answers

to blink or not to blink, that is the question

are new (beginning) drivers taught to use turn signals? if so, is turn signal use required by law? [more inside]
posted by msconduct on May 20, 2010 - 31 answers

Help me feed the bozos on this bus

I need hors d'oeuvre-y ideas for a company party this Saturday. Details and caveats inside... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on May 19, 2010 - 21 answers

Mid week road trip to Fargo... need help!

Mid week road trip to Fargo... need help! [more inside]
posted by utsutsu on Feb 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me find a nice place to take my in-laws on a 5-7 day trip, anywhere in the US

My husband's parents will visit us in the US in February and we need to plan a 5-7 day trip for the four of us. Their first idea was Vegas, but they prefer some place they don't know yet. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Opal on Dec 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Calculating road trip debts: Beyond the Excel Spreadsheet

7 friends and I are going on a road trip. At restaurants we usually have one person pay by credit card, and have everyone paying for what they ordered to the individual. Oh, and not everyone is gonna be at every event, so having one individual pay for everything on the trip is impossible. And it should redistribute debts so at most each person only needs to make 1 payment to another person. What is the best free method for calculating who pays whom? [more inside]
posted by jytsai on Dec 25, 2009 - 18 answers

Fundraising ideas?

Do you have good fundraising ideas for a high school junior? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Nov 9, 2009 - 16 answers

Where to go for a fancypants Montreal dinner on short notice?

Where to go for a fancypants Montreal dinner on short notice? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 on Nov 3, 2009 - 23 answers

First Road Trip - Providence to Toronto!

I am planning a road trip from Providence, RI to Toronto and need the hivemind's help! [more inside]
posted by quodlibet on Aug 11, 2009 - 6 answers

Going to Vermont!

Help me plan my trip from Boston to Burlington, Vermont next weekend! [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Jul 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Travelplan2.0

Looking for a website that helps me plan a 5-day vacation in detail. [more inside]
posted by mr.marx on Jun 13, 2009 - 4 answers

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