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October 1

Need “dad” level advice on car and finances

I’m making (small) payments on a 2014 Honda CRV, bought in 2018. It’s starting to show some wear and tear, and I’m getting worried I should trade it in. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 5:31 PM - 5 answers

Rush passport renewal—best options?

I messed up big time and forgot to check my passport renewal date. Now I have international travel planned in about a month. It looks like I have two options and I’m wondering if anyone has experience with these? [more inside]
posted by music for skeletons at 11:23 AM - 13 answers

Distinguishing different types of highways on online maps

When my wife & I take road trips, I do a lot of the driving because my wife really doesn't like to drive on major freeways. (Merging traffic makes her nervous, particularly if she's the one merging from an on-ramp.) She's perfectly fine with driving on two-lane or divided four-lane "surface highways", though. Is it possible (on Google Maps or any other mapping app) to easily identify which roads on a long-distance route are controlled-access highways vs. smaller roads? Short of using Street View to preview the whole damn route? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 6:39 AM - 8 answers

September 29

What are the coolest mom-cars?

Given my lifestyle, what used car should I buy? [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne at 8:39 PM - 25 answers

How to track and attribute multiple users of an EV charger

I live in a 2-family house. We are thinking of installing a level-2 charger. We would like to let our neighbor use the same charger, if they get an EV. What is the best way to keep track of how much each of us is charging, so we can share the electricity cost? [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust at 9:13 AM - 6 answers

September 28

Silent, cheap, seclusion. PNW edition.

Coming from Portland, OR, I need--ASAP-- a place to spend a week to 10 days alone without anyone bothering me. Have a biological attraction to wilderness, alpine, ocean front, mountains, plains, high desert. Just give me space and a space.
posted by nenequesadilla at 10:35 PM - 13 answers

Cross-country flying with cats: tips and suggestions?

We're planning to spend a few months at a time in Los Angeles and Georgia, and the biggest concern (of course) is keeping our cats with us for the longer durations. Any suggestions, tips, from frequent flyers with house cats on how to best go approach getting them coast to coast? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 3:26 PM - 10 answers

Why are Chicago hotel rates so hight for next weekend (October 6-8)?

About a month ago, while looking for a hotel in Chicago for October 6-8, all the hotel rates I saw were about twice as high as normal (~$400/night instead of the usual ~$200/night). What's going on in Chicago next weekend to make the rates so high?
posted by ShooBoo around Chicago, IL at 11:23 AM - 5 answers

Government Shutdown/Airline Filter

I will be flying from Chicago to Philly on Saturday morning, and my brother just forwarded me an ominous message from a friend who saw some shutdown related chaos already in airports. Anyone got any inside intel or tips? [more inside]
posted by Glinn at 9:14 AM - 16 answers

What websites or apps do you use to find cheap late-minute flights? (US)

I now have a 100% remote job, and want to couple that with visiting family and friends, most likely with a 1-3 week lead time. What sites do you use to find the best deals?
posted by Silvery Fish at 8:34 AM - 7 answers

TravelFilter: Portland, Maine (and surrounds) things to do, see, eat

We are going to Portland, Maine for a weekend in October. We plan to go for a drive to see foliage (and we are willing to do a long drive for that), but what else should we do, see and eat? Snowflake details inside! [more inside]
posted by rednikki around Portland, ME at 7:50 AM - 20 answers

September 27

ELI5: Renewing a UK passport from the USA, the old-fashioned way

I'm helping someone renew their recently expired UK passport. They (and I) live in the USA. Also, the UK government's helpful online tool doesn't load... what now? [more inside]
posted by serelliya around England at 4:01 PM - 14 answers

App for going to open houses?

I'm planning to buy a house in the next year in an area I'm still very unfamiliar with. To get my feet wet, I want to start going to open houses. Is there an app that will help me figure out what order to look in when there are several at around the same time? This is in Utah if that helps. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 10:25 AM - 4 answers

Useful/Essential apps for visiting Rome?

USAian visiting Rome in a few weeks - trying to load up my phone with apps I might use there. So far I've got Omio, The Fork, Tiqets, and a couple of others. What are your best recommendations? Is there a good Uber/Lyft equivalent or Taxi app?
posted by Right On Red around Rome, Italy at 9:52 AM - 7 answers

September 26

Dublin & Edinburgh for 10 days?

I'm thinking of going from the East Coast to Dublin then Edinburgh from mid- to late October. Would 10 days be enough for both cities? I've never been to either. I could go as long as 12 days. [more inside]
posted by the sobsister at 8:28 PM - 17 answers

What to do in San Diego?

My parents and I are going to San Diego for a week in mid-November. What should we definitely not miss while we're there? [more inside]
posted by darchildre around San Diego, CA at 5:44 PM - 11 answers

September 25

Not to miss on the big island?

I'm going to Hawaii (the island) for a week. What's not to miss? I'm staying around Kailua-Kona. I will have a car. [more inside]
posted by so fucking future around Hawaii at 7:24 PM - 26 answers

Help plan a trip Porto/Northern Portugal at the end of the year

We're planning to visit Portugal at the end of the year. Yes, we know that this is not the ideal time to visit, but this is what's worked out on the schedule. We've spent more time in central/south Portugal, want to see some of the north this time. [more inside]
posted by Runes around Portugal at 6:06 PM - 6 answers

Car Accident Info - Finding a Police Report?

I am trying to find out more information about a serious car accident that I narrowly escaped being a part of but am having trouble getting a confirmation that the accident even occurred. Can you help? More info inside. [more inside]
posted by The Adventure Begins at 3:08 PM - 8 answers

Double Dry Drop

How can I best drop off two kids, via a walking commute, on a very rainy day? Kids in question are a baby (needs to be in a carrier or stroller) and a preschooler (can scoot, walk, ride on the back of the stroller, or stroll if baby is in carrier). The walk is about 15 minutes though slower if preschooler is walking/scooting. Keeping this open ended so I can hear how others do it. I'd also love to hear about the gear you use for kids and adults.
posted by neematoad at 7:17 AM - 12 answers

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