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February 20

Quirky get away

What is an amazing, strange, eccentric festival, conference, activity happening in your town in the next 3 - 4 months that is not well known or easily found through a google search? [more inside]
posted by hworth at 9:05 PM - 23 answers

Midtown coffee digs

A friend and I are planning on meeting at the Morgan Library & Museum in Midtown Manhattan (on Madison between 36th and 37th) on Saturday morning and would like to grab a casual breakfast at a coffee shop or bakery beforehand around 9 am. Where in the area has delicious pastries and/or breakfast sandwiches and lots of comfortable seating? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque around New York, NY at 12:37 PM - 4 answers

One Evening in Jacksonville, FL

I'll be arriving in Jacksonville, FL on Sunday (2/24) around 4PM and I'm looking for something to do for the evening. Ideally this something would include art or music, and maybe something to eat while looking at the ocean. [more inside]
posted by sacrifix around Jacksonville, FL at 8:22 AM - 3 answers

Two weeks in Kyoto

I'm lucky to be visiting a friend who's living in Kyoto for two weeks in early March, and will be staying with him. [more inside]
posted by elsmith around Kyoto, Japan at 8:03 AM - 6 answers

Driving Around in the Canadian Rockies

This summer my husband and I want to fly into Vancouver to see friends and then drive around in some beautiful nature. We will have about ten days, in July. Can you recommend some specific towns or areas to see? I'm also considering maybe driving from Vancouver all the way to Calgary and leaving from there, so let me know what you think of that option. [more inside]
posted by something something around British Columbia at 6:38 AM - 7 answers

February 19

8 Days for a Trip to Morocco from Chicago

Enough time for Marrakesh+Fez+High Atlas+Erg Chebbi Desert Overnight? [more inside]
posted by cycleback around Morocco at 7:10 PM - 6 answers

New Zealand … Like Lord of the Rings

An unexpected opportunity to go to New Zealand just fell in my lap, and I am thrilled. I'll have a little over a week or so to explore! Flying into and out of Wellington (although I know there'll be at least one stop in between, and don't know very much about what it's like getting around NZ in general). What should I know, and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by caitcadieux around New Zealand at 9:52 AM - 5 answers

February 18

Help with a Swiss + et all Trip!

My wife has a work trip planned to Switzerland in early September. We can spend around a week there but she'll have two days for work in a small town in east Switzerland (Films) where it'll be difficult for me to stay (or super boring). Looking for places that one of us can hole up while other is working for those two days and for the other days where things might not be as expensive (so close by countries are an option). We'll probably need to fly in and out of Zurich. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv around Switzerland at 10:08 AM - 5 answers

February 15

Things to do in Madeira

I'm in Madeira for the next two days (Saturday and Sunday) with a hire car and a desire to do something. What can you all suggest?
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 3:39 PM - 4 answers

Would you rather...

I’ll be celebrating a “milestone” birthday over the summer and I’m having trouble deciding between two celebration options. Help me make a decision. [more inside]
posted by teamnap at 1:28 PM - 22 answers

February 14

The car is dead. Long live the car.

My 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe just died. It starts but isn't drivable -- I think the transmission is shot. It's in good condition, no damage and newish tires (sob). I'd like to sell it for scrap, but I've never done that before. Can anyone recommend a reputable place to sell it to in Oakland, CA? Is there anything I need to know about this process other than handing over the keys and title? Thank you Hivemind!
posted by ananci at 5:07 PM - 6 answers

Should I delay my London UK trip because of Brexit?

I was thinking of spending a couple of weeks in London in May. I've been following the Brexit news in a superficial way but I don't have a good feel for what is likely to be the impact on travellers from North America. What's the worse case scenario? What's the likeliest scenario? What kind of disruptions would be reasonable to expect? I haven't booked my flight or AirBnb yet but will probably need to soon.
posted by storybored around London, England at 1:34 PM - 6 answers

February 13

Minneapolis in June with 9 month old?

I'm going to a conference in Minneapolis this summer and will be taking my spouse and 9 month old. Where is the best place to stay? [more inside]
posted by stripesandplaid around Minneapolis, MN at 2:00 PM - 6 answers

February 12

Hyping up Rome to a 5 year old

We will almost certainly vacation in Rome this May. It is one of my wife’s and my favorite places. It will be my 5-year-old daughter’s first trip to Europe, which is exciting for her, but she doesn’t know much about Rome, compared to Paris or London. Can you recommend some age-appropriate media to introduce her to the Eternal City? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock around Rome, Italy at 4:19 AM - 18 answers

Tips for Hadrian's Wall lodge-to-lodge hike in July?

Just what it says on the tin. My best friend is moving to the UK this summer, and I want to take the opportunity to cross the Hadrian's Wall Path off my bucket list. I'm looking for recommendations of companies who can arrange it, thoughts from those who have done it, must see spots, etc.
posted by frumiousb around England at 3:03 AM - 7 answers

February 11

Navigating the TriMet system (Portland)

This is me. I think I've done pretty well on the plane piece, and now I'm wigging out looking at the public transportation system. [more inside]
posted by intrepid_simpleton around Portland, OR at 7:32 PM - 14 answers

Advice for a last-second drive from SF to DC

In about a week I need to rent a car and drive all my things across the country. What do I need to know ahead of time regarding the route and places to stay along the way? I'm especially worried about bad weather and/or someone stealing all my stuff. [more inside]
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 4:51 PM - 21 answers

Best way to redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards for flight to Europe?

Hi everyone! I'm new to the Chase Ultimate Rewards program and I'm looking to plan a trip to the UK this fall (September 15 to October 6), flying out of Seattle, WA. I've been reading various forums that talk about different ways to transfer and spend points, but I'm not sure if it's better to book using the travel portal directly or through a partner point redemption. All the options are quite confusing. Does anyone have any recommendations on the best, most cost-effective route? Is there an easy tool to compare redemption options? Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani around England at 2:33 PM - 7 answers

Safe to drive from Seattle to Vancouver this weekend?

I had a planned trip to visit some Internet Friends in Vancouver, Canada this weekend. However, all this snow is making me anxious about the trip. Should I be worried about driving on the highway in this weather? [more inside]
posted by isauteikisa at 2:07 PM - 17 answers

February 10

Aidez-moi à Montréal

I think? I am going to visit Montreal for a few days in mid-March. I will be alone, not going for work, just to bum around and get away from my kinda stressful day-to-day. I am looking for recommendations for 1) hotel 2) spas 3) eateries and 4) sites/things to do. Specific needs/wants within. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen around Montreal, QC at 4:59 PM - 21 answers

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