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May 2

Flying with kids, how paranoid do I need to be about safety?

We're flying with two small kids in a month. The younger is barely under two, and we planned on taking her as a lap child because the tickets are $$$, and it'd be nice if the four of us could sit together in a three seat row. And we're driving on the other end, so we had planned to check both kids car seats. The internet is making me feel like this plan is tantamount to letting them play with bottlerockets, matches and switchblades in a highway medium, and that I am an unfit mother who doesn't love her children for even considering it. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper at 4:07 PM - 10 answers

Staying in Lahaina in June - what are your recommendations?

We'll be there in early June, with access to a car, for about a week. Accommodations are sorted, but we'll be free for most of the days. This thread had lots of great recommendations, but I don't want to miss anything. Two adults in average shape, neither of us are SCUBA certified, but we might like snorkeling. Looking online has my head spinning.
posted by korej around Maui, HI at 2:58 PM - 3 answers

Forgot to return the car I am leasing!

I am leasing a car. I just noticed the "maturity date" was yesterday, meaning I forgot to return it on time. Doh! I feel like a total idiot, but then I was under the impression that there would be tons of notice about how to schedule an inspection, etc., so I wasn't expecting to need to pay close attention to when it needed to be returned. I haven't heard anything--no mail, calls, nothing. [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty at 1:57 PM - 3 answers

Why did you pick a small SUV/CUV or a compact hatchback?

We are looking to buy a new car, and are deciding between a small SUV/CUV (like a Ford Escape) and a small hatchback (like a Ford Focus.) For those who have had to make the same choice, what made you choose one or the other?
posted by smackfu at 4:56 AM - 21 answers

May 1

Availibility / Reliability of Uber Family in NYC

My wife and I are taking our 17 month old to NYC for Memorial Day weekend. We are flying into and out of LGA, and our plan is to take public transit as much as possible, but to use Uber Family (which provides a car seat) to make a couple of key connections. We are especially concerned about the end of our trip, when must get from Midwood in Brooklyn to LGA. We'd like to use Uber Family, but we don't know how reliable it is in that area. [more inside]
posted by Maastrictian around New York, NY at 8:05 PM - 7 answers

Validate my itinerary! Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland

My partner and I are flying from the US into Melbourne on the first of July and leaving two weeks later. The arrival and departure flights are booked, and now we're looking to lock down our travel schedule within Australia and between Australia and New Zealand. How ambitious is this itinerary? [more inside]
posted by treefort at 7:02 PM - 12 answers

Are radar detectors still useful?

I'm heading out on a US west road trip soon (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah) and was digging out my old radar detector when it occurred to me that perhaps there isn't any point to them anymore. I haven't used it in about 5 years. My detector is an old BEL 980 (X, K, KA, and laser). I'm not interested in buying a new one. I typically disabled the X and K bands, too many false alarms. The laser warning never went off, not sure it even works. But 5-10 years ago the KA band warnings were very effective. Still worth hooking up for the trip?
posted by cosmac around Paicines, CA at 5:14 PM - 4 answers

Which LA Beach vacation?

I want to take my family to the beach in LA for a vacation in July. Which beach will be less crowded and best for my daughter to dig giant sandcastles? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps around Los Angeles, CA at 3:22 PM - 10 answers

Travel suggestions in Italy

we are driving around in Italy this month and would love suggestions for the must-see, the off-beaten-track, the delicious [more inside]
posted by supermedusa around Italy at 1:04 PM - 10 answers

Skateboarding in Montreal, Cool?

My wife and I are going to Montreal for our anniversary, and are trying to figure out whether or not we should bring our skateboards. [more inside]
posted by gnar_gnar around Montreal, QC at 12:33 PM - 8 answers

Things to do in Brussels?

Have a long weekend in Brussels, any suggestions of things to do? [more inside]
posted by photo guy around Brussels, Belgium at 11:12 AM - 8 answers

Vacation locations with no cars, anywhere in the world?

I took my family to Venice (Italy) recently, and one of the wonderfullest things about the trip was that there were no cars, which meant my kids could run around freely without having to worry about and stop for auto traffic. It made a world of difference to the experience. They were so happy and I was so relaxed. Where else in the world can we go where there are no cars? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 7:53 AM - 34 answers

Cornwall calling...

My 15 year old anglophile and I will be visiting England this summer. After a couple of days in London we would like to go to Cornwall/Devon for 4 days. This is about all the time we have. Difficulty: I don't want to drive. [more inside]
posted by flourpot around England at 6:17 AM - 26 answers

April 28

What to do, see, and eat in Berlin, Munich, and London in mid-May?

I'm taking a last-minute trip to Europe in a few weeks and will be flying into and out of Berlin. I'll only be there for 9 days, so it's a pretty quick trip, but I'll be hitting Munich and London while I'm there. Do you have any great suggestions for these cities? Some extra details inside. [more inside]
posted by burgerrr at 5:07 PM - 11 answers

The landlord of my vacation rental just flaked on me. What can I do?

Earlier this year, I arranged to rent a beach house for a week in Rehoboth Beach, DE this summer. Yesterday, the owner contacted me to inform me that he was cancelling my reservation because he found a tenant who wanted to rent the house for the whole summer. At this point, my vacation is pretty much ruined, as I'm unlikely to find a comparable rental at a similar price this late in the year. What recourse (if any) do I have with the owners? Did they break any laws by doing this? [more inside]
posted by schmod at 4:54 AM - 21 answers

April 27

What's up in Motown?

What should I do/see while I'm in Detroit? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser at 8:09 PM - 6 answers

What do I need to know for a road trip from California to Arizona?

I just quit my job and I need to get away from my life for a while. I want to take a road trip by myself to Arizona, but I've never been on one before. Actually, I've never left the Bay Area since I was a kid. Does anyone have some kind of advice, things that newbie travelers usually neglect that I should know about? [more inside]
posted by picklenickle at 7:24 PM - 19 answers

Help me find a spinner laptop bag/briefcase

I've been traveling a lot and my overstuffed backpack is wreaking havoc on my back. Help me find a better solution? [more inside]
posted by Karessa at 3:43 PM - 4 answers

Outskirts of switzerland: I can't drive!

Hi all! I want to visit the small town of Le Noirmont in June, and the problem is, I can't drive. According to google maps, there is a train service that runs from Bern to Le Noirmont, so I think I will begin my adventure in Bern! [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS around Switzerland at 12:52 PM - 6 answers

Transport options in LA without a car--cabs, Uber or what?

Later this year my daughter (by then 18 yo) and I will be visiting Los Angeles, probably staying somewhere round Santa Monica. We want to do some of the touristy things and will be going on at least the tour to the Hollywood sign. However, hiring a car is not an option. I gather the public transport options aren't great either. That leaves cabs, Uber and Lyft. Given my constraints (see below), convince me which I should use. [more inside]
posted by Logophiliac around Los Angeles, CA at 10:54 AM - 22 answers

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