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September 17

How much tax will I pay to bring a pair of skis back into Canada?

I am thinking of buying a pair of used skis in Denver, and bring them back to Vancouver. The price will be $999 USD, i.e. approx $1300 CAD. The personal exemption is $800 for my 2-3 day trip. There are no duties on skis, but do I pay PST/GST on the excess ($500) or the entire value ($1300)? Just trying to figure out whether I'm really gonna be saving much.
posted by wutangclan around Canada, KS at 9:57 PM - 6 answers

Five days or so that includes lions and elephants

I have an unexpected opportunity to visit South Africa in late October/early November. I have work stuff for a week and then I can stay on for up to a week and do some sightseeing. I really want to see lions and elephants in the wild. But the number of possible places and tours to do this on is overwhelming. Can anyone give some personal recommendations? [more inside]
posted by lollusc around South Africa at 4:17 PM - 3 answers

Currently mid-flight to Japan, and realized my passport is expired

I grabbed the wrong passport on my way out the door this morning, and no one at security noticed. I have a second valid US passport, but it's sitting in a drawer at home. I land in 10 hours. What can I do between now and then to help rectify this situation? Or am I just amazingly screwed.
posted by jasonsmall at 9:42 AM - 11 answers

Where do I go this weekend?

Based in Berlin and trying to narrow down a few options. [more inside]
posted by treetop89 at 7:59 AM - 7 answers

September 16

Car Me Up! (New Commuter Vehicle Needed)

So, I have a new job starting up soon, and with it, a commute that cannot be done with public transportation. I currently have no car at all, but I have reliable anytime-access to a RAV4 when I need it for grocery runs or long road trips or bad weather, etc. I have started the test drive process. A couple of top contenders: The Chevy Bolt, and the Mini Cooper. [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes at 4:18 PM - 27 answers

Help a first time solo traveler plan a 10 day foodie trip to Italy

Hi, I'm a first time 27 yo American male solo traveler and have the last week of October and first week of November off. I'd like to plan a trip to Italy, but I have no idea what I'm doing and am lowkey terrified. [more inside]
posted by bookman117 around Italy at 3:06 PM - 15 answers

September 15

Tokyo or Seoul For Solo Traveler: Or Both?

I was originally planning to vacation in Tokyo for 2 weeks end Oct, but having been there before, figured Seoul would be a more adventurous option. But now I find myself swinging back in favor of Tokyo, and I think I need some help. [more inside]
posted by 7 Minutes of Madness around Seoul, South Korea at 5:12 PM - 8 answers

What's the best overnight experience I can have between LA and SF?

I'm travelling from overseas to California for meetings, flying into LA and out of SF. I've only been a handful of times, so I wanted to drive between the two cities, ideally along the coast, but I have super limited time and only one night to break up the drive. Where's the best place to stop along the way for some quality R&R overnight? Happy to splurge here. Spa/water features a bonus!
posted by LongDrive at 2:27 AM - 11 answers

September 14

Things To Do Outside Denver Before I'm Dead

Next week, I have two free days starting in the Denver area, and I'd like to explore the Rocky Mountain National Park. My main interests: viewing stunning wilderness and sensible solo hikes. Is there a tourist-friendly loop I could drive? I was thinking Denver - Loveland Pass - Aspen, but Google Maps suggests heading back to Denver along the same roads, and I'd like to get a change of scenery if possible. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd around Colorado at 12:34 PM - 14 answers

September 13

Accessible tourist spots in Toronto

My Dad and his wife are currently visiting and we can't think of anything to do on the weekend. His wife uses a walker and can't really navigate steps or walk for more than a block or two. They went to Niagara Falls today and are doing a half day city bus tour tomorrow, which I assume covers most of the touristy stuff downtown. Help me! [more inside]
posted by Kris10_b around Toronto, ON at 6:39 PM - 13 answers

September 12

hurricane tracker

Should I drive from Asheville, NC to the Florida panhandle this weekend, with a pit stop in ATL seeing as Hurricane Florence is moving in? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 6:38 PM - 13 answers

Flying into Cancun for two weeks. What do you recommend?

A close friend and I are flying into the Cancun airport at the end of the month. We have two weeks, Saturday to Saturday (to Saturday?) and there's so much to see and do. My friend will be working remotely during the day for all but 4 of the weekdays we're there, around the weekend in the middle. Where should we go and what should we do? [more inside]
posted by iliketolaughalot around Mexico at 3:33 PM - 6 answers

NYE Euro Trip Help Please!!

Trying to make holiday plans.... [more inside]
posted by sprezzy around Prague, Czechia at 2:49 PM - 0 answers

Freewheeling Axle

I've come into possession of a trailer made from half a pickup, wondering what sort of maintenance I need to keep it in working shape. [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 11:30 AM - 2 answers

September 11

Road trip tips

BF and I will be taking a 10 hour (~12-13 with food and bathroom breaks) road trip from Kalamazoo to Memphis next month. Give me your tips for a fun, relaxing, enjoyable road trip experience! [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 6:27 PM - 14 answers

What's it like flying Christmas morning?

For Reasons I may need to fly Christmas morning - Sydney to LA, and a short domestic connecting flight. Due to time zones we'd leave at 11am and arrive at our final destination at 11:15. What are airports like Christmas morning?
posted by jrobin276 at 4:15 PM - 23 answers

Sarasota with babies

What is worth doing in Sarasota this time of year if you've got a toddler and a dog with you? (The dog can be left at accommodations if needed.)
posted by crunchy potato at 3:05 PM - 7 answers

Please help me find the real Barcelona

I’m in Barcelona for the next 4-6 days, and so far I kinda hate it. Please help me find the real city hiding within the toxic tourist mess. [more inside]
posted by panama joe around Barcelona, Spain at 11:22 AM - 25 answers

Visiting Sesame Place this weekend--other kid-friendly things to do?

We're driving from Boston to Langhorne, PA this Friday morning to bring our twin 2-year old boys to Sesame Place. The park isn't open on Friday, so we'll have some time to kill in the afternoon. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by eggman around Langhorne, PA at 9:08 AM - 8 answers

September 10

Bay area - Nashville road trip

A friend of mine is relocating next weekend and looking for a second driver. I think this sounds a little crazy but also could be fun. The plan is SF-Flagstaff Saturday, on to Oklahoma City Sunday, and into Nashville Monday. I can either stay in Nashville for a day and relax, or catch an early flight home so I can work on Tuesday. Recommended worthwhile nearby sights on the route? Is this doable in anyone's experience? What could I do with most of a day free in Nashville?
posted by OneSmartMonkey at 11:10 PM - 9 answers

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