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April 20

Parking for a Bulls game in downtown Durham?

Taking my folks to a Durham Bulls game tomorrow, 4/21/2018. Seeking locals info on parking. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark around Durham, NC at 8:09 PM - 5 answers

North by Midwest: Smallish Touristy Lake Towns

Where are the under-the-radar, but thriving towns with a lake or river system as the main draw? I'd like it to be in fly-over country and north of Missouri. The Great Lakes are almost TOO great for this question. Think smaller. [more inside]
posted by this-apoptosis at 7:19 PM - 11 answers

Outfitting a 13-year-old for independent travel to Spain this summer

My uncle, who lives in Madrid, has very generously offered to fly our 13-year-old son over to Spain to spend three weeks with them this summer. How should he pack and what should he expect? [more inside]
posted by scrump around Madrid, Spain at 6:08 PM - 8 answers

Power in international airports

I'm thinking about the logistics when it comes to charging stuff at international airports (anywhere not in the US). If I'm coming from stateside with US electronics the very least I would need is a socket converter right? Or would I also need a voltage transformer too? It seems kind of overkill though to me. Those things are big. Anyone with travel experience that can weigh in?
posted by starlybri at 2:44 PM - 11 answers

Proposal locations in Paris or London?

What are some nice, secluded, romantic locations to propose to my girlfriend in London or Paris in July? [more inside]
posted by lain at 9:25 AM - 13 answers

April 19

Paris in May

I'll be in Paris (6th arrondissement) with a friend for a couple of days this May. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by Ducks or monkeys around Paris, France at 1:45 PM - 8 answers

April 18

I'm looking for recommendations for a basic minivan

I realize minivans aren't super sexy but they are what I need; something that can transport cargo but also more than one or two passengers. I've been reading for days and I can't come away with any decent ideas of what to look for or what to keep in mind. [more inside]
posted by Socinus at 2:32 AM - 15 answers

April 17

Which SUVs have the biggest passenger windows/most visibility?

It’s a strange way to shop for cars but my kids like to see outside. [more inside]
posted by ibakecake at 11:14 PM - 12 answers

No, YOU’RE gorges.

My wife and I will be taking a little road trip in late April/early May from Detroit to the Finger Lakes area of NY with a two day/one night stop in Buffalo. Neither of us has visited before. Looking for recommendations on food/activities in these areas. We are interested in nature, delicious foods, hidden gems. [more inside]
posted by likeplus at 8:35 PM - 21 answers

Should I abandon my dream of a hatchback vehicle?

I want a hatchback car. However, none of the available pool seems ideal or I have concerns for long-term reliability. Should I lower my standards, accept that a well-rated sedan is my future, or is there another option? [more inside]
posted by Thirty7Degrees at 11:29 AM - 52 answers

Which is the better flight option?

These are both for the return leg of international travel. Flight option A routes from LPA at 6:40am to 10:20am MAD /11:50am MAD to 2:15pm ORD / 5:00pm ORD to 6:30pm MCI. Option B routes frtom LPA at 7:40am to 11:20am MAD / 1:10pm MAD to 3:40pm PHL / 8:25pm PHL to 10:23pm MCI. [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla at 7:33 AM - 9 answers

April 16

Hawaii (Big Island) itinerary critique & recommendations

Help me flesh out my trip to the Big Island (and any restaurant and shops recommendations)! I arrive in Hilo on Friday (4/27) around 1-2p and currently plan to spend 4 nights there, then drive to Kona for the remaining 4 nights, flying out Saturday around 9a. I want to balance not doing too much with not missing unique opportunities. One thing, I'm not too keen on sunbathing since I burn easily. Details inside: [more inside]
posted by MikeKD around Hawaii at 11:47 PM - 15 answers

Seattle for 36 hours

I have a day and a half in Seattle (or the surrounding area) to kill during the week. What should I do, where should I stay? [more inside]
posted by veery around Seattle, WA at 5:18 PM - 9 answers

Rome. Traditional sports. Am I not entertained?

My wife and I will be spending a week in Rome in early May, and would like to attend a smallish-scale, local spectator sport. We aren’t sports fans, but we do enjoy the experience of being amid a community of enthusiasts, cheering on something we only vaguely understand. Scale-wise, maybe on the order of a single-A baseball game? Examples of previous wins: a high school rodeo on Molokai, course camarguaise bullfighting and joute nautique in France. So. Rome, May 2018… is there a regional tamburello championship? An obscure suburban palio? Intense bocce? [more inside]
posted by mumkin around Rome, Italy at 1:22 PM - 1 answers

April 15

Suggestions for brief road trip in SE Canada & NE USA

We're going to south-east Canada and north-east USA for two weeks, and any suggestions for our brief trip will be helpful. We'll be there soon: the last week of April and first week of May. [more inside]
posted by anadem at 1:09 PM - 6 answers

April 13

Experience with Home Exchange websites?

I'm interested in using for an upcoming trip, and I don't see any recent mentions of the site (or home exchange sites in general) on MetaFilter. Has anyone had personal experience with It seems like it's one of those "everything's great unless something bad happens, in which case you're screwed" type of sites, and I'm trying to figure out if it's worth the risk.
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 11:03 AM - 2 answers

What's up, Columbus?

I will be visiting Columbus, and probably Springfield, Ohio for family stuff. What should I do, visit, see, that I missed when I grew up in that area? Not a huge amount of free time, but I take for granted that I know the place when I don't anymore. [more inside]
posted by theora55 around Columbus, OH at 7:21 AM - 6 answers

April 12

Good/decent B2Bs/hotels in NY/Brooklyn? (Flying in for David Bowie Is)

My GF and I were hoping to fly from the Bay Area to NY in June/July to catch the David Bowie Is... exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum before it's put into mothballs (and maybe check out a few other museums as well while we're there). Might anyone know of any decent B2Bs/hotels/motels/whatever that are relatively close to the BM? (I'm guessing that Lyft is probably the best transportation option).
posted by gtrwolf around New York at 4:06 PM - 8 answers

April 11

What's happening Boston?!

Hi Boston, what should I do with you? My family is a teen and two middle aged queer women. Some or all of us like nerdy stuff, art museums, live music, science, nature, weird underground art, bookstores, history, activism, and eating really tasty food. We'll be in Boston (and Western Mass - mostly around Amherst/North Hampton) in mid-May. We don't have a big agenda, just want to relax and explore. I'm mostly looking for Boston suggestions but feel free to chime in with your favorite Western Mass suggestions too. Thank you!
posted by latkes around Boston, MA at 8:04 PM - 27 answers

How to move our cars across the country?

We're moving from the East coast US to the West coast US. From previous cross country moving questions I gathered that ABF is the most cost effective way to move our stuff. So that's what we'll do. However, we would like to find out how we can get 2 cars moved & what that might cost. We have 4 animals + 2 humans to get across also, but we'd like all living creatures to move in one vehicle, like a mini van or RV. Any suggestions/recommendations on having vehicles transported?
posted by yoga at 2:25 PM - 4 answers

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