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January 28

Big Bear, CA, Fun?

Just came back from a weekend at Big Bear with a bunch of kids and not sure it was fun? [more inside]
posted by silsurf around Big Bear, CA at 12:28 PM - 6 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 at 12:16 PM - 5 answers

Itinerary question: Besançon vs. Colmar

I've always had luck picking the brains of the well-traveled Meta-fites! I will make this as short as possible. We have 4 or 5 days to split between Besançon and Colmar, France. However, I am not having much luck finding useful information. I've heard that Besançon is less touristy and that Colmar is beautiful. If any of you have been in these cities, I would appreciate hearing your opinions on the experience. Basically, which of the two options should be the longer stay?
posted by Don_K around Colmar, France at 6:39 AM - 5 answers

January 27

What to do about my mother-in-law's car?

My mother-in-law has a completely borked car. This is apparently my job to fix. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by miyabo at 9:27 PM - 15 answers

Place to work in downtown Chicago?

I'm in downtown Chicago for a conference. Where can I sneak away to work for a few hours every day? I would like to walk somewhere close to the Intercontinental Hotel downtown with my laptop and index cards and just write. [more inside]
posted by k8lin around Chicago, IL at 8:44 PM - 11 answers

What the heck are those little metal bars I keep seeing on roads?

Unfortunately I don't have a picture of this mystery object to attach, as I only see one once in a while. And the next time I do see one, I want to know what it is already. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Mechitar at 4:20 PM - 6 answers

January 26

What should a father & daughter do in Oklahoma City & Albuquerque?

My 12 year old daughter and I are taking a three week cross-country road trip later this year. We’re hitting many of the places that you’d expect a father and daughter to check out while driving around the US, as well as some cities that we’re pretty excited about, but we have a few interstitial days between the Grand Canyon and Graceland that I’m not quite sure about. What should we do in, or near, Oklahoma City and Albuquerque? Any suggestions are much appreciated!
posted by SafetyPirate at 5:07 PM - 27 answers

SFO to TPE. EVA or United?

I need to take a last minute flight. My choices are taking EVA Air in Premium Laurel Class, or United in Global Services First, San Francisco to Taipei. Which is the better cabin? [more inside]
posted by danny the boy at 12:24 PM - 3 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 at 9:53 AM - 6 answers

Tires: Winter 16"/Summer 17" or All Season 17"?

I have a 2011 GTI with stock 18" Detroit wheels. I'm tired of the pothole slalom. Should I just get all-season tires on 17" wheels? Or should I get winter tires on 16" wheels and the in the spring get summer tires on 17" wheels? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio at 7:41 AM - 7 answers

For a teen visiting London what are some cool, organized activities?

My niece, a 15-year-old who'll be on her first trip outside the US, is visiting us in London in mid June. My wife and I will have lots of time to spend with her doing tourist things as well as just hanging out, and her grandparents will also be here for part of the time, but she'll be on her own for portions of a few days. Although a bit shy, she's expressed interest in doing something cool and interesting with that time that would allow her to be around other teenagers. [more inside]
posted by theory around London, England at 5:57 AM - 9 answers

January 25

Intermittent battery problem. Should I buy a new battery?

Twice in the last 6 weeks, our car wouldn't start without a jump. Rest of time it's fine. Should I buy a new battery or is it something else? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 5:47 PM - 17 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 at 2:37 PM - 13 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 around San Diego, CA at 2:11 PM - 5 answers

January 24

Day trips and hikes in and around Sydney & Melbourne?

Next week I am visiting Australia for the first time. Flying in to Sydney, spending a week there with relatives in Merrylands, then two weeks with relatives in Melbourne (Braybrook) and then another week in Sydney. I want to know what is the best way to spend my time given that I am primarily interested in nature and day hikes, so the most pressing question is really 'What are the best day trips and hikes within a two-hour radius of Sydney and Melbourne?' Other factors: [more inside]
posted by legospaceman around Australia at 11:33 PM - 20 answers

Travel advice for Atlanta please!

Hey mefites of Atlanta! I am going to be traveling to your fabulous city for work in early February and I would like your advice! [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax around Atlanta, GA at 10:18 AM - 11 answers

January 23

New England for non drivers

My husband and I are travelling to Boston for a wedding and will then have the last week of May to relax. We are looking for recommendations for a beautiful remote place in northern New England where we can stay for 5 days. The catch : neither of us drive so it has to be accessible by some combination of public transport. [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 5:13 PM - 16 answers

Car Rental 101

I've managed to make it into my 30s without ever renting a car. However, in May, my SO and I need to rent one for a road trip. What's your advice for getting the best deal and what are things we should make sure we do and/or make sure we avoid? Details: [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 11:27 AM - 27 answers

Why are Nissan Leafs so cheap?

I'm shopping for a used car right now (current one has 100k miles on it and is breaking down regularly) and I stumbled onto older (2011-2012, but not very old) Nissan Leafs going for only about $11k used. They cost at least double that new, so why are they so cheap now? Are there recalls or wear or drawbacks? Shouldn't electric cars last for a long time and be reliable? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 11:18 AM - 20 answers

Why don't drivers use their turn signals?

Why don't drivers at least in California don't use their turn signals? [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert around California at 10:05 AM - 62 answers

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