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February 12

Near to last minute vacation ideas needed! (east Asia edition)

I get the bulk of my Lunar New Year vacation two weeks after most people do here--I've got five, maybe six days lined up. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet at 7:35 PM - 3 answers

anyone been to Venice recently?

I've gotten great travel help on the Green before, so hoping someone here has been to Venice recently and wants to give recommendations. Specific requests inside! [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes around Venice, Italy at 4:53 PM - 9 answers

Where to go in Wales?

We're going to Wales in May. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by freshwater around Wales at 10:31 AM - 16 answers

taxi or uber from LAX - very tight schedule for funeral

I got very short notice for a funeral. I can fly into LAX tomorrow, Saturday, and arrive 11:45 am. The service is at the USC Campus chapel and starts at 2 pm I've been told this may not be enough time. [more inside]
posted by egk around Los Angeles, CA at 8:14 AM - 16 answers

February 11

Where is it always autumn?

My wife and I are looking to move in the next few years. It seems like the best place for us climate-wise is somewhere it feels like it's always autumn (northern US version). Is that somewhere in the US and/or Europe? [more inside]
posted by laerm at 2:41 PM - 28 answers

New York City in the freezing cold

So I seem to have picked the absolute worst weekend to decide to visit NYC. Any ideas for things to do while keeping warm and minimizing our exposure to the arctic air? [more inside]
posted by peacheater around New York, NY at 10:59 AM - 22 answers

Public Space (Third Places) in Austin, TX

Where can I spend an idle hour or two at midday within a mile of downtown Austin, TX? I am interested in both indoor and outdoor spaces where it is possible to spend an hour working on my laptop, reading a book, etc. I am especially interested in privately owned public spaces, but public is good too. [more inside]
posted by sleepy psychonaut around Austin, TX at 5:42 AM - 13 answers

Cycle commuters of Mefi: how did you get confident on the roads?

After 20-ish years of not cycling, I recently bought a bike for getting to work. It's a nice route - about two-thirds of the way is off the roads on dedicated cycle paths, and most of the rest is on quiet streets. But I cycled to work and back yesterday, and the roads just TERRIFY me. [more inside]
posted by Catseye at 1:37 AM - 21 answers

February 10

48hrs in Upstate New York With a Pre-schooler in Mid April

Looking for suggestions of how to best spend a couple days within a two hour drive on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls. For Reasons we need to be in the US for 48hrs in mid-April (flexible timing anytime 8th-20th). Travelling party will consist of two adults and one 3yr old who loves all the stuff you'd expect her to (arts and crafts, singing, running around outside, interactive museums etc.) Our budget is about $500CAD. [more inside]
posted by dismitree around Finger Lakes, NY at 6:58 PM - 5 answers

How do I find fictional Kate Daniels in real Atlanta?

I'm a huge fan of Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels series. It's a great mixture of worldwide myths revisioned, butt-kicking urban fantasy heroine, and vivid writing. Decaying and fallen Atlanta is a significant part of the atmosphere. [more inside]
posted by Measured Out my Life in Coffeespoons around Atlanta, GA at 6:46 PM - 7 answers

London or Paris for a vacation with Me + 2 kiddos under 5?

I need help choosing whether to go to London with a day trip to Paris or stay in Paris the entire trip on our family vacation this summer. [more inside]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle at 12:50 PM - 31 answers

How to get to Hartford right now?

I just got denied my car rental in Hoboken because I don't have a credit card (the things you learn ...). How can I get to Hartford right now in time for the Springsteen show tonight? Complication: I have a bag with me that they won't let me take in the venue. [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze at 11:34 AM - 15 answers

Best way to carry money in Europe

I will be travelling to France, Italy, and Spain in a few weeks, and I'm trying to decide the best way to carry money with me. Many sites have recommended money belts, but this seems weird and awkward for actually paying for things! I would feel weird untucking my shirt and reaching into my pants in a fancy restaurant, for example. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite around Figueres, Spain at 11:00 AM - 42 answers

Cool Things between Charlotte and College Station

This is going to be a first for us - an extended family road trip that's not entirely about driving overnight and getting to the destination ASAP. And so, we are turning to you for some help. [more inside]
posted by daikaisho at 6:24 AM - 11 answers

February 9

47 Down, Three To Go

There are only three states in the US that I haven't been to: Alaska, Maine, and North Dakota. I'd like to knock all three of them out this year. Your suggestions on where to go, when to go, what to do and see?
posted by spilon around United States at 7:33 PM - 24 answers

Low cost family vacation?

I don't really want to go to Disney again. Looking for ideas for a family vacation. [more inside]
posted by Ruki at 7:33 PM - 33 answers

Planning a 10-day road trip in Italy

Help me plan a 10-day road trip in Italy in March or April. I've already been to the tourist sites in Rome, Venice, Florence, etc. so would prefer to drive up the coast and stay in little towns along the way. More snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 7:05 PM - 13 answers

Why does New York City have express tracks for the subway?

New York has express tracks. It drives the tourists crazy. The only other system I can find that has express trains is Tokyo, which has two lines that were opened in 1969 and 1994. Why are express trains not more used? Is it simply cost or is there a design reason behind it? [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 1:17 PM - 22 answers

Jaipur beyond the "single day tourist" schedule?

We are traveling to India (again!) in March (again!) - our itinerary has a couple days at the end, and we are spending Holi with our friend/guide and his family. The day after Holi, the suggestion is Amber Fort/City Palace/Jantar Mantar. We did those things last time. What should we do this time? We will ask our friend for suggestions, but I wanted to ask YOU GUYS too - thanks!
posted by ersatzkat around Jaipur, India at 5:44 AM - 4 answers

Cycle commuting in London for terrified beginners

On a whim I signed up for Southwark council's cycle scheme where for £10 I get a bike and all accessories for 4 weeks. I'm picking the bike up this afternoon. However, I've never cycled in traffic, and haven't actually cycled for two years. Help? [more inside]
posted by litereally around London, England at 2:08 AM - 17 answers

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