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June 25

Learning to drive in Seattle

As much as it pains me to admit it, I'm a grown-ass woman who can't drive. 33 years old, living in Seattle. Looking for help/advice, places to practice driving. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown at 4:42 PM - 17 answers

Help an (ex-) Tucsonan learn to love Phoenix

I'll be spending time in Phoenix the first week of July. I'm ready to see Phoenix with new eyes. What should I look at? [more inside]
posted by Creosote around Phoenix, AZ at 2:44 PM - 2 answers

NYC July 8th-11th

My partner and I are coming down for the weekend in early July: are there any interesting things happening that weekend worth checking out? [more inside]
posted by The Notorious SRD around New York, NY at 12:11 PM - 4 answers

June 24

Midweek getaway, PNW Edition

Our landlord is going to be replacing the kitchen floor next month, and as a result my partner and I need to be elsewhere for a few days. Since we'll be paying for lodgings anyway, we'd like to make it into a bit of a vacation! But where? [more inside]
posted by Vervain at 9:18 PM - 8 answers

Kids' books to read before a camping road trip up the US west coast

In six weeks, we're taking two weeks to drive from San Diego to Seattle, car camping along the way. What books should I read with my 5 year old before we go? Think Jason Chin's Redwoods, for example.
posted by billtron at 7:10 PM - 2 answers

Cheapest place in Europe to fly to NYC one way in August?

I'm off to Europe for a three-week vacation from NYC and have bought just a one-way ticket for now because I found a good deal and don't know yet where I want to return from. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness around Toronto, ON at 12:27 PM - 6 answers

How can I cheaply repair this curb damage on the fender?

Whoops... had a bit of a scrape this morning: http://i.imgur.com/2rVDhM6.jpg I can simply buy some touch up paint and paint over this? Or are there other steps I should take to make this better? It's about the width of a dollar bill.
posted by Mushroom12345 at 11:37 AM - 9 answers

How to request airport shuttle cart

I'm injured but I need to take several international flights this summer, and I'm wondering how I can request special support at the airport to get from gate to gate. Bonus points: some of this travel will be in Russia, so information about how things work there would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by stinker around Uk, Russia at 12:51 AM - 1 answers

June 23

Namibian Beach in July

My husband and I are going on a tour that ends in Swakopmund, Namibia in the middle of July. How long should we stay there and what should we do? [more inside]
posted by alligatorpear around Namibia at 10:06 PM - 4 answers

Best travel insurance for Americans visiting the US from Japan?

Hey there! My wife and I are two Americans living in Japan, so we've gotten used the idea of being able to see a doctor if we need to, and now that we're in our thirties it suddenly occurs to us that maybe we should make sure we have health insurance for our three-week trip to America, because otherwise it could pretty easily mean just sort of running out of all of our money if something goes wrong. Does anyone have any suggestions for good travel insurance companies to go with, or ones to avoid?
posted by DoctorFedora around United States at 8:07 PM - 1 answers

Hotels with breakfast

I am planning a trip in a month to see friends. And once again I am irritated and confused. I enjoy a hotel that has a good breakfast buffet: eggs, cereal, fruit, etc. Yeah I know a "free" breakfast isn't free, it is built into the room rate. But upon searching for hotels that offer breakfast, the only search option is either yes or no. Not the type of breakfast. Much to my chagrin I have discovered hotels that offer coffee and muffins in cellophane as breakfast. Other than going through the hassle of contacting each hotel individually, are there any global search engines that are more granular in this aspect?
posted by jtexman1 at 5:46 PM - 12 answers

June 22

driving from nashville to austin

My husband and I are driving from Nashville to Austin via Memphis. The plan is to spend one night in Nashville, one in Memphis, and then end up in Austin. A few questions: 1.) Lodging recommendations in Nashville (between $100-$150 a night and centrally located) 2.) Is it possible to drive from Memphis to Austin in one day? I saw this post detailing the horrors of I-35. Is there an alternative? Google maps says it will take approximately 10 hours. Is that accurate? 3.) Is it better to split the drive between Memphis and Austin into 2 days? If so, where should be stop for the night? 3.) Lodging recommendations in Memphis. 4.) If you could spend an additional night in either Nashville or Memphis, which would be preferable? We are a young couple who like spicy local food, cheap outings, scenic views, and live music.
posted by allthingsconsidered around Austin, TX at 7:00 PM - 19 answers

Alamo car rental billing me for damage I didn't do to their car.

I returned an Alamo rental car to an airport early enough in the morning that the agency wasn't open yet. I put the keys in the night-drop box and went off to catch my flight. A few weeks later, the company contacted me claiming that I returned a badly scratched car, and wanted ~$500 for the repair. [more inside]
posted by Doc_Sock at 11:11 AM - 5 answers

What should I see/do on a car trip from Northern Virginia to Seattle?

I'm moving from NoVA to Seattle, and only taking things that will fit in my car. Im expecting the trip to take 6-10 days. I don't have much experience with road trips so would appreciate any recommendations on places to stop/see and trip tips in general. I'm hoping to experience parts of the country I haven't seen in a long time :). [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed at 8:42 AM - 13 answers

What's new in Berlin since 2005?

I booked a secret weekend away in Berlin for Mrs SpacemanRed's 40th birthday, except it now turns out she was there for 5 days in 2005, so it's not going to be the novelty I was hoping for. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanRed around Berlin, Germany at 2:39 AM - 7 answers

June 21

Oxford and then...?

I will possibly be in London in August, and would like to take the time to not only see Oxford, but to spend a day or two in a smaller, more peaceful town or village. What are my best options? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian around England at 7:48 PM - 16 answers

European destination(s) for the thrifty & disorganized?

I have about two weeks to spend in Europe next month and my original plans recently fell through. Where should I go, and how should I get there? [more inside]
posted by snorkmaiden at 6:19 PM - 7 answers

Looking for the perfect anniversary getaway!

My boyfriend (24M) and I (23F) are looking for an anniversary vacation spot in mid-September! I'm open to any commentary on my shortlist below and options I haven't considered. [more inside]
posted by bonifate at 3:09 PM - 5 answers

Vacation that's driving distance from Montreal? With 1 year old?

So this summer, we're all off for the last two weeks of July. We originally didn't plan a vacation because our budget has been tight, but we now have a little wiggle room and would like to do a short getaway with our 12 month old daughter. We'd like to stay in Canada due to the exchange rate, and would prefer to stay within a reasonable driving distance from Montreal for baby. Where can we go? [more inside]
posted by ohmy at 11:21 AM - 10 answers

Fitting time for a Fit?

It's been a while since I've had to do business with a car dealership. Are they likely to run sales or have incentives just before the new model comes out? Are they likely to be substantial? [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 at 9:31 AM - 17 answers

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