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December 9

Help Plan An Imperial Whistle Stop

Through a few quirks of planning, I have a voucher for $260 worth of train fare on Amtrak that I need to use up by March. I'd like to use it on one of the two three-day weekends we have this winter - any suggestions where? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:27 AM - 10 answers

Talk me into a trip to Zurich in Jan/Feb

I'm likely to join my dad for a skiing vacation in Austria in early February, and I'm considering adding on 3-6 days traveling in the area by myself either before or after. Flying in/out of Zurich. The problem is, I don't know how to vacation in Europe in winter. Halp? [more inside]
posted by Questolicious around Switzerland at 10:43 AM - 7 answers

What's wrong with my car?!: Misfire Edition

My car is running rough, CE light on, diagnostics show it has a misfire in the 6th cylinder. We've checked all the usual suspects, replaced the fuel injector, and still, misfire, cylinder 6. Help. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 9:35 AM - 7 answers

Renting a car. Which insurance do I want?

I don't have my own car, so no insurance there (I have health insurance, period, no other kind). I also don't have a credit card, and am going with Enterprise as they are willing to work with that without running credit. In order to be protected as I drive a 14h round-trip, what insurance should I tack on? It's been a long time since I bought any (and I haven't rented a car in ten years). Advise please?
posted by notquitemaryann at 8:08 AM - 6 answers

December 8

Travel to Willits, California

I live in Portland, Oregon. I may need to travel to Willits, CA for a funeral in the coming days. Whats the easiest way to do this? If driving isn't an option due to snowy passes at Shasta, what would be the most efficient way to get there? [more inside]
posted by efalk around Willits, CA at 5:19 PM - 25 answers

A Life on the Ocean Wave

I'm impressed by the freewheeling way people used international shipping to get around in the late 19th century. The lack of modern passport requirements undoubtedly helped. Looking at ships' manifests, however, there often appear to be wide differences between names, ages, etc., that are listed by the shipping company and the actual details of the passengers. In particular, children are often listed as significantly younger than what they actually were. [more inside]
posted by alonsoquijano at 3:55 PM - 5 answers

Where do I belong?

I've lived abroad for three years, now I'm wondering where to settle down. [more inside]
posted by Cybria at 10:33 AM - 4 answers

December 6

2006 Hyundai Sonata Front Wheel Issue

I have a 2006 Hyundai Sonata that is making a loud clunking noise when I first put the car in gear. I start the car, put my foot on the brake, put the car in R and I hear a creeeeaakkk, clunk! noise coming from the front, passenger side wheel. I back up out of the driveway/parking spot, put the car in D and get a slight clunk! noise out of the same wheel again. Then I'm off down the road and all seems good unless I hit a pothole or some other bump in the road and it's another clunk! noise out of the same wheel. What could this be? Any thoughts?
posted by NoMich at 6:02 PM - 8 answers

What to do in Montreal on Christmas Night?

Hello All, My husband and I will be traveling to Montreal for the Christmas Holiday. We will be arriving on Christmas night and leaving New Years Day. As a traveler I tend to want to live as a local when visiting another city/country. And one of my favorite things to do on Christmas Night is drink cheap beers in a dive bar. As such, I was hoping that someone might be able to tell me if there are any good dive bars in Montreal that will be open on Christmas Night that would be good for libations and merriment. We will be staying in the Mile End Neighborhood of Montreal. Thanks and Cheers!
posted by maryrosefromthedead around Montreal, QC at 4:42 PM - 1 answers

December 5

Any experiences with self-directed person-to-person travel to Cuba?

We would like to go to Havana on the person-to-person license, which one does not have to apply for anymore. Apparently you just have to have a self-made itinerary that you can show to the US when coming home. We want to go cheaply, flying independently on one of the new flights from NYC to Havana, and staying at an Air BnB while we are in Havana. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster around Cuba at 8:41 AM - 4 answers

Help me with my short vacation to Key Largo, please!

My husband and I will be in Key Largo for about 4 days next week. What should we do? (specific questions inside) [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz around Key Largo, FL at 7:07 AM - 2 answers

Pimp my Airbnb

I have been a renter on Airbnb, but never a host. I would like to rent out my entire house for the Superbowl in 2017. [more inside]
posted by *s at 7:07 AM - 30 answers

Car recommendations: AWD Sedan that's quiet and safe

We're starting to look for a second car. Much research will follow, but can you point us on our way with any recommendations for a AWD sedan that's quiet and safe? Generally always will be two adults and a car seat, so will need four doors. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 3:22 AM - 15 answers

December 4

Help us re-car the household.

We've never been a 2 car family. But we might need to be. How do non-car-folks pick out cars? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 7:17 PM - 15 answers

Destination wedding when trying to get pregnant?

My brother and his fiancee are discussing having a tropical destination wedding next winter, where the family could buy a resort package. I love them and would normally be there with no questions asked, celebrating in style! However, I'm planning on trying to get pregnant this summer, so might be pregnant or trying in December. I'm very concerned about Zika and would not travel to a place with Zika if I was pregnant. [more inside]
posted by ceramicblue at 4:27 PM - 13 answers

What's fun for preteens near the New York City Transit Museum?

Chaperoning several pre-teens to this area of Brooklyn where none of us have ever been; we're out-of-towners. What are some quirky, offbeat stores, ethnic restaurants, haircutting places--no tatoos, or piercings--that some 13-14 out-of-town kids might find fun within, say, 20 minutes' walking time from the NYC Transit Museum at Boerum and Schemerhorn in Brooklyn Heights? Yes, we'll be doing the Brooklyn Bridge separately.
posted by Elsie around New York, NY at 3:25 PM - 7 answers

Prospect Kentuckians—East End Bridge westbound on-ramp is located where?

For the life of me I cannot find the location, if any, of the on ramp going west. Help I live in the east end and want to enjoy the new east end bridge but I can only find the off-ramp going east that exits on River Road. Where will the on-ramp be? (
posted by usermac around Prospect, KY at 11:04 AM - 4 answers

Help me plan the best San Diego beer trip ever

My husband loves craft beer, so for his birthday next March, I am planning to take him on a surprise trip to San Diego. He loves Stone, so a visit there is definitely on the cards. Does anyone have suggestions of the best places to go for beer, preferably with good IPAs and/or stouts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:05 AM - 15 answers

December 3

Where should we go in Thailand?

My boyfriend and I are considering a short trip (up to 1 week) to Thailand in January. Help me pick the perfect location for us. [more inside]
posted by cloverthistle around Thailand at 9:02 PM - 5 answers

There's Always a Subway

Experienced road trippers, what do you do about eating? Especially lunch? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 8:35 AM - 32 answers

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