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April 12

How to book travel for the 2024 solar eclipse

Hi! My girlfriend and I are trying to get a head start on planning for the total solar eclipse that will pass over a good swath of North America on April 8, 2024. How can we book travel plans as early as possible? [more inside]
posted by DavidNYC around Mazatlán, Mexico at 11:38 AM - 20 answers

April 8

Selling my car (not privately) - companies that do this?

I have a 2011 Nissan Versa with 101k miles. It's in good condition, but needs some work on the front suspension. The thought of selling it privately gives me significant anxiety, so I thought about selling through CarMax or a similar place. I'd love to hear experiences from MeFites that have sold in this manner. [more inside]
posted by sundrop at 12:00 PM - 18 answers

April 5

What to do with this old car?

I have a 2009 Ford Escape with an intermittent loss of power steering due to an electrical issue. There was a recall, but Ford won’t fix it anymore. My local trusted shop is saying that it’s going to cost 2200-2700. It’s worth around 4500. I have already bought a new car to replace it. What to do? [more inside]
posted by rockindata at 2:08 PM - 8 answers

Monk for a Month? Specific places?

I'd like to step deeply into a different spiritual place for a few weeks in November in East Asia -- What specific venues take in foreigners who want to be amateur, yet dedicated practitioners? [more inside]
posted by jander03 around Dekalb, IL at 11:43 AM - 8 answers

April 4

How can I get soft serve from SF to LA by car without ruining it?

This may be a fool's errand but it's worth a shot. A friend's favorite ice cream is at Milk Cow in the bay area. They live in LA. IS there any way to put it in a cooler and keep it for five or so hours for the drive? Crazy ideas welcomed.
posted by rileyray3000 at 11:28 PM - 16 answers

Travel to California in May

I am considering traveling to California in May to the San Francisco area. The current plan is to fly in and rent a car to drive up the coast. I seem to have read somewhere (though I can't find it now) that California was requiring a 10 day quarantine for persons arriving at the airport. I would not want to travel there if this is the case. I have been fully vaccinated and would, of course, be masked and observe all the usual precautions. What are the current restrictions? Is this trip even feasible?
posted by statusquoante at 2:41 PM - 10 answers

March 31

What are all these Tahoes with lights?

In my city (Columbia, SC) I am always seeing neutral colored, newish Tahoes with some subtle white LED lights in the grille and also usually a vertical white LED light either side of the license plate. They can't all be undercover police... are they EMT's/firefighters? Something else? I've literally never seen them using the lights but I see one or two a day on my commute.
posted by ftm at 10:28 AM - 6 answers

March 28

Utah, Colorado trip planning

In the very early stages of planning a trip to Utah/Colorado in June. Planning to go to Zion and some combination of Moab/Capitol Reef/Bryce/Grand Escalante. Then Colorado. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh around Salt Lake City, UT at 5:25 PM - 18 answers

March 26

Favorite "Flight deals from [City] to anywhere" alerts?

I plan my travels by flight deals. What are your favorite newsletters/apps/subscription alerts that provide truly good flight deals from a chosen destination to anywhere in the world? That is, no entering specific dates or destinations, just cheap flights from X to anywhere. I know of Scott's Cheap Flights, but the other ones I find through Googling either seem sketch or I'm not sure how good the deals actually are.
posted by schroedinger at 5:33 AM - 6 answers

March 19

Is this car a good fit?

Whelp, my 2007 Honda Fit with the problems starting seems to need replacing. Is it worth replacing with a 2019 one given winter weather? [more inside]
posted by past unusual at 11:39 AM - 15 answers

March 16

PNW Beach Getaway

As a means of preserving my sanity while the long tail of this pandemic plays out interminably, I'm starting to daydream/plan a short, sweet coastal getaway for partner, me, and our two doofy dogs for....late spring? early summer? mid-fall?? whenever things are safe and open again!! Given that very vague timeline, where should we go? Wish list inside! [more inside]
posted by Dorinda around Portland, OR at 4:48 PM - 15 answers

Best field guides for bird watchers

Calling all twitchers -- can you tell me the field guides (to anywhere in the world) that you like best for serious bird watching?
posted by Capri at 10:51 AM - 15 answers

March 14

What is a safe, clean hotel that you stayed in Nashville?

We are looking for a safe, clean hotel in Nashville. Have you stayed in either downtown or the Brentwood area? We are looking for about 120 to 220 per night (our price range). [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh around Nashville, TN at 1:47 PM - 5 answers

March 13

Go West, young man

Where should I move in the West? [more inside]
posted by COD around United States at 8:03 AM - 10 answers

March 10

Vacation in the Plague Era

I want to travel from the US to Prague in October 2021. Is this a pipe dream? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon around Prague, Czechia at 9:25 PM - 12 answers

March 3

What is the best time to visit Grand Canyon? We do not like crowds

We are going to book a cabin/Phantom Ranch, down the Grand Canyon. [more inside]
posted by ebesan around United States at 1:51 PM - 7 answers

Miami spots for the most quiet/peaceful solo swimming?

Miami area swimming beaches/shores that are 1) very peaceful isolated vibe, not party vibe and 2) walkable from some lodging that's not luxe priced? Especially in lowish-season winter, such as early or mid Jan? (I see Miami's lowest sea temps are around 70F, which is fine; I'm used to wild swimming down to 58F or so, and I welcome but don't need a lifeguard.)
posted by kalapierson around Miami, FL at 8:37 AM - 3 answers

February 24

Shipping framed movie posters from Toronto to Victoria B.C.

Does someone have a suggestion for shipping a couple of *flat* movie posters from Toronto to Victoria, B.C.? I was hoping to pay up to $200*, but I understand that hoping is often forlorn. [more inside]
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 1:44 PM - 9 answers

Best summer spot for possible snowbirding

Looking for the most south point for a temperate summer. [more inside]
posted by raisingsand at 7:16 AM - 4 answers

February 22

What are your favorite short hikes?

I've been doing a lot of hiking this past year, and I have come to especially appreciate the kind of hike that you can do before lunch and still have time and energy left to do other stuff in the afternoon (work, sightsee, even do another hike). So like, a chill 2-3 hour hike, not too hard. What are your very favorite short hikes in North America? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles at 8:29 AM - 21 answers

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