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April 22

Some combination of Detroit + Toronto, Niagara Falls

This summer we are looking to do a 4-5 day trip (a little flexibility on length) with my 4-year old, 7 year-old (boys), and my husband and I. We live in a big city so are comfortable getting around. We are planning on a Detroit Tigers baseball game as that's on my husband's list. I suggested either also hitting Toronto or Niagara Falls in the second half - possibly taking the train from Windsor or driving from Detroit (we'd have a car there for sure). Has anyone done either or both of these with young (but not tiny) children? Is there one you'd recommend? We like nature, cities, museums in about equal quantity.
posted by typecloud at 10:49 AM - 7 answers

April 21

Need a great week at a lake house in the Western US

My best friend turns 50 this summer (how can this be-we were both 19 ten or fifteen minutes ago?!?!). She’d love to have us all meet at a lake house for a week-and chill. She’s in Phoenix, the rest of us are in Oregon. Criteria-8-10 people. Ideally dogs OK. Driving distance from Western Oregon would be great (cheaper for her to fly than for all of us) but flexible on that. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous at 7:20 PM - 4 answers

Middle aged walkabout suggestions

I have had some intense shit go down in the past month and I would like to take a life affirming trip and am looking for travel suggestions. [more inside]
posted by eggkeeper at 3:46 PM - 12 answers

Things to do in Singapore

My Dad and I are considering a week in Singapore. He is mid 60s, I am mid 30s and female. Between us we like: museums, history, scenery, ballet, art, shopping, science and of course good food. We are middle class so don’t have endless funds but can afford a splurge now and then. What are some fun things to do? Also is there anywhere in Singapore a white female should not go by herself?
posted by EatMyHat around Singapore at 2:12 PM - 9 answers

April 20

Best way to plan a Tanzania safari and Zanzibar beach combo?

I have been thinking about doing a trip that includes several days of safari in Tanzania followed by a few days of beach relaxation in Zanzibar in the late summer (this summer if possible, otherwise next year). Please tell me the best type of itinerary for this type of trip plus any recommendations for packages! More inside. [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway around Tanzania at 7:46 PM - 7 answers

Family biking after the Chariot

My kid is outgrowing the bike trailer, both in size and in disposition, and I'm having trouble figuring out where we go from here. I bike her to school a few days a week, and we need a new solution. Ideally it will allow me to bring her bike along too, and not cost as much as a used car. It seems like we are looking at some kind of cargo bike situation. What family biking setups have worked best for your family? [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin at 7:16 PM - 14 answers

Best SanFran on crutches?

I’ll have one full day in San Francisco next month. Normally I’d explore on foot, but I’ll be on crutches, and, well, hills. So what’s one place I could easily visit that would be accessible and memorable? [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr around San Francisco, CA at 2:31 PM - 8 answers

Help me find a more reasonable substitute for dream vacation destination

I've been looking for the perfect place to go on our "babymoon"- and have almost found it. Little St. Simon's Island is to die for: www.littlestsimonsisland.com A combination of it being far away and expensive make it a bit less than reasonable for us. Do you know of good alternatives? [more inside]
posted by cacao at 11:06 AM - 3 answers

April 19

Visiting NY City with a curious 10 year old.

So we landed in NY City yesterday with a ten year old girl whose interests start with Harry Potter (and sometimes seemingly end there as well). Looking for things to cater to her curiosity. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Rumple around New York, NY at 11:21 AM - 30 answers

Islay Vacation Rentals

We're looking for a vacation rental on Islay some time later in the summer - what's the best way to find one? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot around Scotland at 6:29 AM - 7 answers

April 18

Driving: I hates it! But it’s time to take the wheel again

Driving! I very much disliked it. It made me sweat through all my clothes. I avoided it a lot. Haven’t done it in 9 years because no license in this country. But I’m finally getting back in the saddle. Coping tips? [more inside]
posted by sacchan at 8:59 AM - 26 answers

Biking the Greenbrier River Trail

I'd like to bicycle the Greenbrier River Trail, a state park in West Virginia, and most of the information I can find about it is sparse, outdated, or covers only small sections of the 77-mile trail. I'm looking for advice from people who have done the whole trail recently. [more inside]
posted by xylothek around West Virginia at 7:06 AM - 2 answers

April 17

Buying a car: explain negotiating price to me

My lease is almost up, and I need to buy a car. Aside from the lease, every previous car I've owned has been purchased or inherited from someone I knew. I know people negotiate at dealers, but I don't understand how it works. At all. And I'm not finding that in previous questions. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 7:58 AM - 29 answers

April 16

Source of quote on packing light?

I'm trying to track down the source of a quote I heard once about packing light for travel, something along the lines of "Never bring more than you can carry at a flat-out run for a quarter mile." I thought it was from Mark Twain (of course), but I'm having trouble verifying that--or any source.
posted by gottabefunky at 10:19 AM - 4 answers

April 15

How does a digital nomad make friends?

I have the opportunity to work remotely from South America. I'm afraid that I'll try the digital nomad life and end up just spending all of my time alone in a hotel room. How can I plan ahead to find community in a foreign place? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 12:49 PM - 16 answers

Athens ATH to Delphi

Hi Folks, My family is headed to Greece in early May. We are arriving in Athens around 1p local and need to get to Delphi that night. Is there a bus from the airport? I'm having a tough time finding good info on the web.
posted by askmehow around Athens, Greece at 10:01 AM - 3 answers

Parking and pre-gaming for Greek Theatre (Berkeley)

I will be attending Friday's CHVRCHES show at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley (YAY) and have questions about parking and dinner/drinks. [more inside]
posted by sacrifix around Berkeley, CA at 9:34 AM - 5 answers

April 13

Best ride out of LAX?

Next weekend, I need to get from LAX to a private residence in Canoga Park, and later for my return to LAX I'll be coming from a hotel in Thousand Oaks. What's the best ratio of low price + low hassle to do this? Can anyone recommend a particular shuttle? Rideshare? Etc. [more inside]
posted by TwoStride at 8:55 PM - 7 answers

Cheap Getaway Within Italy

I found a cheap fare to Rome at Easter and booked an overlong 13 day trip. Even cheap AirBnbs add up (yikes)...and I'm too fussy for bunk beds in youth hostels. I'll mostly be in Rome/Naples. Where can I go via train for 4 days to save a few bucks where lodgings/eats are less expensive? Just want to chill and blend in (i.e. more digital nomadism than tourism). [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover around Italy at 7:56 AM - 10 answers

April 12

Weekend trip somewhere warm from NYC

Hope me find a weekend trip somewhere warm from NYC by plane! [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 8:31 PM - 11 answers

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