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January 26

Long term traveling with partner, looking for tips and advice

We are thinking about quitting our jobs to travel for a year or so. I'm looking for general advice regarding RTW kind of traveling as well as traveling as a couple. [more inside]
posted by monologish at 9:53 AM - 6 answers

Tires: Winter 16"/Summer 17" or All Season 17"?

I have a 2011 GTI with stock 18" Detroit wheels. I'm tired of the pothole slalom. Should I just get all-season tires on 17" wheels? Or should I get winter tires on 16" wheels and the in the spring get summer tires on 17" wheels? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio at 7:41 AM - 7 answers

For a teen visiting London what are some cool, organized activities?

My niece, a 15-year-old who'll be on her first trip outside the US, is visiting us in London in mid June. My wife and I will have lots of time to spend with her doing tourist things as well as just hanging out, and her grandparents will also be here for part of the time, but she'll be on her own for portions of a few days. Although a bit shy, she's expressed interest in doing something cool and interesting with that time that would allow her to be around other teenagers. [more inside]
posted by theory around London, England at 5:57 AM - 9 answers

January 25

Intermittent battery problem. Should I buy a new battery?

Twice in the last 6 weeks, our car wouldn't start without a jump. Rest of time it's fine. Should I buy a new battery or is it something else? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 5:47 PM - 17 answers

Hidden Scandinavian gems?

Wife and I are planning a Scandinavia trip, mostly wanting to see Sweden & Norway, but wouldn't mind working in Denmark and Finland, time permitting (12 days). We want to see some of the cities (Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen) but also really want to see some of the way-out stuff up north, the hidden gems. Any recs on companies to work with, places we simply cannot miss, any kind of cool day cruises (boats!) and maybe most importantly, some real out of the way stuff that shines?
posted by xmutex at 2:37 PM - 13 answers

Advice about Costa Del Sol, Andalusia, and North Africa

We're trying to plan a honeymoon and are broadly looking for something that may take us from Madrid to Casablanca. Any travel advice, pointers, or warnings? [more inside]
posted by Raichle around San Diego, CA at 2:11 PM - 5 answers

January 24

Day trips and hikes in and around Sydney & Melbourne?

Next week I am visiting Australia for the first time. Flying in to Sydney, spending a week there with relatives in Merrylands, then two weeks with relatives in Melbourne (Braybrook) and then another week in Sydney. I want to know what is the best way to spend my time given that I am primarily interested in nature and day hikes, so the most pressing question is really 'What are the best day trips and hikes within a two-hour radius of Sydney and Melbourne?' Other factors: [more inside]
posted by legospaceman around Australia at 11:33 PM - 20 answers

Travel advice for Atlanta please!

Hey mefites of Atlanta! I am going to be traveling to your fabulous city for work in early February and I would like your advice! [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax around Atlanta, GA at 10:18 AM - 11 answers

January 23

New England for non drivers

My husband and I are travelling to Boston for a wedding and will then have the last week of May to relax. We are looking for recommendations for a beautiful remote place in northern New England where we can stay for 5 days. The catch : neither of us drive so it has to be accessible by some combination of public transport. [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 5:13 PM - 16 answers

Car Rental 101

I've managed to make it into my 30s without ever renting a car. However, in May, my SO and I need to rent one for a road trip. What's your advice for getting the best deal and what are things we should make sure we do and/or make sure we avoid? Details: [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 11:27 AM - 27 answers

Why are Nissan Leafs so cheap?

I'm shopping for a used car right now (current one has 100k miles on it and is breaking down regularly) and I stumbled onto older (2011-2012, but not very old) Nissan Leafs going for only about $11k used. They cost at least double that new, so why are they so cheap now? Are there recalls or wear or drawbacks? Shouldn't electric cars last for a long time and be reliable? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 11:18 AM - 20 answers

Why don't drivers use their turn signals?

Why don't drivers at least in California don't use their turn signals? [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert around California at 10:05 AM - 62 answers

January 22

I-70 Ohio and West Virginia play areas

In May we will be taking a family trip out east by car. We plan to stop for lunch somewhere east of Indianapolis, and then for a play/running-around time somewhere between Columbus, Ohio, and Wheeling, West Virginia, on I-70. Where? (Also, where should we spend the night?) [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:51 PM - 12 answers

Where is my license...

I moved to a new state. I need a Virginia driver's license. I lost my Florida license. Help! [more inside]
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College at 8:28 AM - 8 answers

January 21

How did you find your awesome Chicago apartment?

What's the current best service for finding apartments in Chicago if you know the general area you'd like to live in? I'm checking out Craigslist and Padmapper, but would love recommendations for specific realtors or apartment-hunting services or basically anything you've had luck with. [more inside]
posted by fast ein Maedchen around Chicago, IL at 2:38 PM - 12 answers

Help me figure out camping... in Africa?

Can you help me figure out whether a tent + mattress or a camping hammock would be best for camping out in Togo for 3 weeks? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit around Togo at 11:52 AM - 8 answers

Yet another travel rec question!

We're looking for advice on where to go this summer! We have narrowed it down to two options: Malta & Cyprus or Central Europe (some combination of Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland). We've seen a lot of Europe, but not any of these places (I was sick in Munich for a couple days a decade ago, but that's it). Obviously it's kind of silly to ask which of these trips is "better", so we're looking for feedback based on our preferences & parameters, listed below the fold. [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles at 10:13 AM - 8 answers

Armchair Travellers Assemble!

I am hatching a plan to start saving now for a KICK-ASS trip at years' end. I have three possible destinations in mind. Help me decide between them. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:07 AM - 24 answers

What to do in Rotterdam?

I am holed up for 5 days in Rotterdam at the film festival but want to break away from it and explore. Looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by shackpalace around Rotterdam, Netherlands at 9:30 AM - 4 answers

January 20

Utrecht: small church courtyard?

I'm trying to identify a church in central Utrecht that is roughly 700 years old; is NOT especially tall or ornate; and has (or had as of the late 90s) a small inner courtyard with a simple, spare garden built around a little round pond or raised round pool. Any ideas re. which this is or where I could look for clues? I've browsed lots of google images but haven't recognized it that way.
posted by kalapierson around Utrecht, Netherlands at 10:52 PM - 8 answers

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