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December 10

Parting with a diesel Beetle -- best options?

We have a 2006 TDI Volkswagen Beetle with more than 200,000 miles on it. Recently its power steering pump died, and the cost to replace it doesn't seem worth it. Should we repair the car and then try to sell it, sell it as-is for a reduced price, or donate the vehicle? What's the best channel to sell a vehicle? [more inside]
posted by Gelatin at 9:54 AM - 6 answers

December 8

Probably going to avoid touring Melania's Creepy Christmas Castle.

My wife and daughter and I are taking a fairly spontaneous trip to Washington DC over Christmas, after some plans to travel further to be with family fell through. We have a cool, luxe hotel booked, and are excited to take in the museums and holiday cheer, but I was hoping all you Capitol-centric MeFites could give us both some general recommendations (unique things to do, fun shopping, special holiday displays, how to do parking, etc) as well as some specific food/drink suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady around Washington, DC at 8:48 AM - 14 answers

December 7

US -> CAN money transfer; CAN -> US shipping

What's the best way to send $2000 from the U.S. to Canada? And, how about mailing ~80lbs of clothes from Canada to the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by andromache at 3:40 PM - 3 answers

Vacation destination

We're considering taking a vacation next year somewhere in the "southwest" (of the United States, to be clear). Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by komara at 9:43 AM - 22 answers

Staying warm in Iceland: footwear?

Heading to Copenhagen for the first week of March, and Iceland for the second week. Activities in Iceland will include a glacier walk, ice cave visit, some hiking, hopefully gazing at the Northern Lights. I’ve found some packing lists, and I’ve got my wool base layers. I’m uncertain about footwear. I would like to only bring one pair of footwear, so I’m not sure if they should be hiking boots or winter boots or...something else? I care more about being warm than about being stylish, although if there’s an option to incorporate both into one that would be great. If you have any recommendations for waterproof, windproof top layers that you’ve tried out in these conditions, I’m all ears as well. Also: can one fly with hand/foot warmers (the air-activated kind) in their carry-on?
posted by sugarbomb around Iceland at 9:21 AM - 9 answers

Leaving luggage in Beijing

I want to store my luggage for a few hours in central Beijing. What's the best option? [more inside]
posted by nat around Beijing, China at 5:05 AM - 5 answers

December 6

Can anyone recommend a good online automotive touch up paint source?

So, I found out my go-to paint site has shut down due to the owner's retirement. I had successfully painted two separate car bumpers with his product and found the paint and rattle can nozzles to be excellent. I had a bad experience with the nozzles of the cans from the brand found at most auto parts stores in the US and found the paint texture was not as good as the ones from the website. I have a small project which will need a metallic flake type paint, along with primer and clear coat. Most dealers carry small touch-up cans but I prefer the larger spray cans. Has anyone had any good experiences with any online sites. Most of the reviews online are a little sketchy. Quality preferred over lower price. [more inside]
posted by Short End Of A Wishbone at 11:06 PM - 2 answers

Niagara Falls daytrip in December (& other TO attractions)

I'll be in Toronto from Dec 14-19, and I'm looking for things to fill an itinerary with. A friend suggested I might make a daytrip to Niagara Falls (I've never been). Is this feasible? Difficulty level: no car. [more inside]
posted by invokeuse around Toronto, ON at 11:31 AM - 13 answers

December 5

UK holiday, lots of driving, January - your guidance requested

My late mother was a Londoner, as was her mother. Granddad was Glaswegian. My ex was a Dorset lad. My travel experience in the UK outside of those areas is somewhat limited. I'm taking my lovely husband to the UK (flying in and out of London from the States) for 10 days next month, and I want it to be a wonderful experience for him. Important facts: 1) he's never been to Europe, 2) he loves driving, 3) he loves national parks. My current plan below... [more inside]
posted by pammeke around England at 1:48 PM - 21 answers

December 4

Looking for suggestions for solo travel in SE Asia in February

I'm a woman in my mid-30s from the US and I will be in Vietnam for about a week in February, with friends. I'd like to extend my trip for another few days to a week but if I do, it will likely be solo. I have limited solo traveling experience, so I'm looking for suggestions as to fun and safe places in the region to add to the trip. [more inside]
posted by Caz721 at 11:38 AM - 9 answers

Help a beanplating solo traveller figure out a decent vacation spot!

I feel like I'm past due for another vacation that doesn't involve sitting at home. The obvious place for me to go, and the one I keep thinking about, is Japan. But surely there are other places I could go instead, given that I just went there three years ago! [more inside]
posted by chrominance at 11:33 AM - 19 answers

Entertainment for the easily carsick

What activities that do not involve screens, movies, reading, coloring books or in general concentrating on something visually would you recommend for a car trip (~4 hours) with a young elementary kid?
posted by typecloud at 11:12 AM - 25 answers

Is ICE checking phones of non-citizens at the border? Privacy tips?

I'm going to be traveling outside the US and re-entering on a valid visa. How likely is it my phone might be inspected on re-entry? I have nothing to hide (and am not from a travel ban or Muslim-majority country), but don't like the idea of immigration agents reading my email etc. Has anyone here had their phone inspected entering the US, or heard of someone who has? What would be best practices for keeping as much as privacy as possible in case one's phone is inspected -- I'll definitely be logging out of email, deleting cookies and clearing browser history before going through the border, but how effective is that and what else would you do?
posted by anonymous at 1:25 AM - 20 answers

December 3

Traveling internationally with a cooking knife.

Is a cooking knife in checked luggage a problem going into or out of China? From Tokyo. With a US citizen. [more inside]
posted by bilabial around China at 5:30 AM - 4 answers

December 2

Moving to Toronto

I'm moving from Sydney to Toronto next March. I have the basics lined up - airbnb booked for the first 2 months, insurance cover before OHIP kicks in. Our first day will be dedicated to exciting things like applying for an SIN, opening bank accounts, getting a phone plan, possibly exchanging drivers licence. Looking at forums, I think that covers all the important stuff, but is there anything that I am missing or any quirks I should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by Kris10_b at 2:30 PM - 22 answers

Looking for something cool to do in a city not too far far away.

Looking for cool or interesting events within a short flight from NY in the next two weekends. [more inside]
posted by wile e at 1:02 PM - 12 answers

December 1

Is there a way to report a reckless Uber driver?

An Uber driver did something very dangerous, but I was not their passenger; I was driving the car that would have borne the brunt of our narrowly avoided crash. [more inside]
posted by desert outpost at 9:29 PM - 10 answers

Programming a Honda key

My Honda Fit seems to have a weird ignition. Local hardware store can’t replace keyfob/clicker. Can someone else, or do I have to pay thru the nose at the dealer? [more inside]
posted by OrangeVelour at 2:16 PM - 8 answers

Untouristy tourists.

We are going to Kansas City in December with our almost three year old. We've never been there and are looking to fill a couple of days. In travel, we look for things that are interesting, different, and off the beaten path. What do you recommend we check out in KC keeping in mind that we will have our little one with us? We will have our car and aren't limited in any way with the exception of nap time from about 1-3 (which we can flex).
posted by rglass around Kansas City, MO at 10:42 AM - 13 answers

November 29

Help us see Tokyo Sumo in January and other travel tips

We are travelling to Japan and will be in Tokyo during the January 2018 Sumo Tournament. What is the best way to get tickets? [more inside]
posted by MT at 4:19 PM - 7 answers

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