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September 14

San Francisco to Portland Drive - Suggestions Please

Driving from San Fran to Portland - Leaving Wednesday stay the night somewhere in between and wake up Thursday and finish the drive to Portland. Heres my question..... [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 around San Francisco, CA at 3:09 PM - 8 answers

There Must Be Some Way Outta Here?

Help me find a way to get out of Boston Logan Airport in a rental car without paying a cashless toll and then activating the rental companies scammy plate pass scheme? [more inside]
posted by Xurando around Boston, MA at 2:52 PM - 12 answers

Northern California dog friendly backpacking

Where can I backpack with a dog in Northern California? I'm basically a novice but have done some camping and low stakes bikepacking and backpacking before.
posted by latkes around California at 2:14 PM - 4 answers

New Year's Eve destination for 2 traveling gals?

A friend and I have decided to take a long weekend trip somewhere for New Year's Eve/Day this year. We are considering destinations in one of three categories: 1) somewhere tropical, 2) California, or 3) somewhere cold. I'm trying to put together a list of possible things to do and places to stay, but for 'somewhere cold' I haven't even narrowed it down to a region of the country, much less a city. Suggestions on lodges, resorts, places to go or cities/states I should be googling? [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 11:04 AM - 7 answers

Sunday daytime in Hanover, Germany

I am going to a family wedding in Hanover, Germany, this weekend. My flight back to London is on Sunday evening, and most of the rest of my clan are returning to their respective cities earlier in the day. What should I do with my free time before I have to go to the airport? Will everything be closed? [more inside]
posted by churlishmeg around Hanover, Germany at 2:37 AM - 2 answers

September 13

Restaurant recommendation site for France?

What do the locals in France use to find good restaurants? Essentially, the equivalent of stuff like yelp, Zagat and so on. I'll be traveling there next week, and would appreciate something that could point me to good places to eat near wherever I happen to be. [more inside]
posted by destrius around France at 9:37 AM - 10 answers

Rings on the wing

What's the best way to ship a jewellery item from NYC to Toronto, Canada? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 9:31 AM - 5 answers

September 12

"Experience" gift for someone visiting Paris?

My parents will be visiting Paris soon celebrating a milestone occasion, and I'm looking for suggestions of something I can arrange online for them. Share your Parisian wisdom and anecdotes with me! [more inside]
posted by littlerockgetaway around Paris, France at 7:04 PM - 12 answers

Ideas for what to do with myself if alone in Paris on New Year's Eve

I'm brainstorming ideas for a trip within a trip all by my lonesome, and I'm considering being in Paris by myself on NYE. What to do that is fun and/or interesting and relatively safe? [more inside]
posted by dubhemerak3000 at 1:26 PM - 6 answers

Subaru - free oil change with oil consumption test?

I own a 2013 Subaru Impreza hatchback that fell under the oil burning class action lawsuit. Long story short, I have been trying to do the free oil consumption test for the last year (two failed attempts with dealer here in Chicago; most recent, was supposed to do it at my last service but the representative forgot to document it). Now my car is due for an oil change, and I've scheduled the oil consumption test for Saturday. But the dealer is telling me I have to pay for the oil change? What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by trampoliningisfun at 8:39 AM - 1 answers

September 11

I lay down a while and I gaze at my hotel-like facility wall

So I’m listening to the John McEnroe episode of Desert Island Discs. At about 04:25 he starts telling an anecdote about meeting David Bowie, and he says that he and Bowie were staying at the same place in London: “It wasn’t a hotel but a hotel-like facility.” What is he talking about? What is a "hotel-like facility", if it's not a hotel? Are there secret places where only celebrities and/or the super-rich stay? [more inside]
posted by Beverley Westwood at 2:33 PM - 13 answers

Used car shopping, Lexus edition

We need a second car. We used to have a Lexus ES 300 we liked and which gave 15 years or so of great service. I think we'll get another, used. Can I get your take on which sedan and model year is right for us, and whether the current Lexus financing is as good as it sounds? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 5:32 AM - 3 answers

Where can I get away from the holidays?

For a variety of Reasons I want to avoid the winter holidays altogether this year. If I could afford it I would leave town the day after Halloween, but the best I can do is disappear some time around 12/20-1/3. If I could afford it I would go to Dubai or Tel Aviv or someplace with a *very* low Christmas threshold, but I don't have $1,500+ for a plane ticket. Where can I go affordably that will minimize holiday vibe?
posted by mccxxiii at 5:23 AM - 20 answers

September 9

Relative Amtrak newbies have some West Coast itinerary questions

Later this month, we're taking our first long-distance train trip, on the Coast Starlight from Seattle to Los Angeles! We gather that delays can be part of the Amtrak experience. We're considering heading immediately to Anaheim to hit Disneyland first thing the next morning. Is it reasonable to plan to catch a connecting train, or should we make other plans? We don't particularly want to rent a car or be stranded. Schedules/details within. [more inside]
posted by doift at 1:39 PM - 7 answers

September 8

Eastern & Southern Germany questions

I'm a mid-30s woman who will be travelling alone from Leipzig to Zurich by train next summer. Please suggest places to visit. [more inside]
posted by monkeymonkey around Germany at 4:30 PM - 8 answers

Is Melbourne worth visiting?

I've never been to Australia before (ie. I'm grossly ignorant about the country). Friends of mine have invited me to Melbourne but I'm on the other side of the world in Ottawa, Canada. It would take me more than 20 hrs of traveling to get there. So is Melbourne similar to say, Toronto? If it is, then I would likely pass. What is there that is compelling/exciting about Melbourne? What would I see or experience that I would not in other parts of the world?
posted by storybored around Melbourne, Australia at 1:38 PM - 25 answers

Probable move to Germany and I have SO MANY QUESTIONS

It's looking like there's a very good possibility that I will be transferring to my company's home office in Munich, Germany by the end of the year. We would be there for 3-4 years. I have never been out of the US for more than 1 day. I have a bazillion questions inside! [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz around Munich, Germany at 8:44 AM - 41 answers

September 7

As a US driver, what should I watch out for driving in France?

I will be driving a rental car in Provence and the Côte d'Azur with my family while on vacation. As a US driver, what should I know in particular about driving in France? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque around France at 12:22 PM - 32 answers

Best side trips from Singapore

Going to Singapore, but I'm more interested in leaving again. Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 11:34 AM - 8 answers

September 6

Irma and me

So I have a plane ticket to (and a rental car in) Fort Lauderdale, FL. On Friday. Um. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks around Florida at 7:40 PM - 20 answers

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