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February 8

Southern England and Wales - the Train Adventure Edition

Mr. Darling and I have managed to snag an opportunity to travel to the UK and meander our way from London to Pembroke. How should we plan our itinerary? [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! around Wales at 7:54 PM - 13 answers

February 7

Best location for outdoors-oriented families to stay in Finger Lakes?

I'm looking to narrow down our "Finger Lakes" vacation plan to a more specific location. Our family is planning to meet up and co-vacation with a few old friends and their families in the Finger Lakes region this August. None of us are from there or have ever been there. We want to do outdoorsy stuff and do not care for wine tours or shopping. [more inside]
posted by palliser around Finger Lakes, NY at 7:54 PM - 4 answers

In desperate need of a relaxing week at the beach

Work is really draining...I'm a social worker. Winter where I live is dreary, rainy, icy and cold. I *need* a vacation in a warm place where I can unwind, walk on the beach, watch waves break (instead of hearts). [more inside]
posted by Aha moment at 8:01 AM - 12 answers

Montreal to Cincinnati by bus/train

Would this be fun? [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 6:33 AM - 17 answers

February 6

Please help me choose a recent-year pre-owned car

I need to replace my recently-totaled Lexus IS 250. I would like to stay close to the $15,500 my insurance company will give me. I know I won't get another luxury sedan, but please share your experiences buying a recent-year mid-size sedan (preferably Japanese, but will consider others) including possible hybrids. I know my new car won't be as fun to drive as my last one, but I'm on a different budget now. I'm in LA and don't drive too far (maybe 5-6000 miles a year). I'm also considering buying used from Enterprise or another rental company-if you have recent experiences with doing this, I would love to learn about them. Also, if you have experience adding Apple carplay aftermarket, please tell me how it went.
posted by parkerposey at 4:03 PM - 9 answers

Relaxing week with a little Mediterranean Sun

Two adults looking for advice for a relaxing week with a little Mediteranean sun in May. Picturing cycling to a quiet beach with a book, dinner outdoors somewhere with a glass of wine. [more inside]
posted by smugly rowan at 1:58 PM - 5 answers

Escape from Boston in March?

Looking for a place to travel to from Boston for a week or so in March. Warm, easy and fun. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:02 AM - 14 answers

February 5

Cairns area and Great Barrier Reef in 5 days

We're planning to spend 5 days around Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef in August. What should we do? (followup to this question) [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo around Australia at 9:39 PM - 7 answers

Easy, cheap trip to the ocean?

I want to bring my two kids (under 7) to the ocean this June for a few days on my own. Somewhere with temps averaging between 65-80, swim-able, easy to get around. We'd be flying from Chicago and most likely renting a car to explore. I'm thinking northern California or North Carolina, but totally open to ideas. I'd like to keep ticket costs under $800, and hotel costs under $120 per night. Any ideas?
posted by retrofitted at 7:57 PM - 29 answers

SXSW near miss

I'm going to be in Austin riiiight before SXSW- approximately March 4-7. How will the timing affect my trip? Are there any cool pregaming events? Conversely is there anything or any areas I should avoid as they will be too crazy or shut down? I'm staying in a central air bnb and will have a car. (By the time the festival starts on the 9th I hope to be in the middle of nowhere in Big Bend)
posted by genmonster around Austin, TX at 1:04 PM - 4 answers

How much safer are newer cars?

Our friend is encouraging us to buy a new or new-ish car for safety reasons. We currently drive a 2006 Ford Taurus and plan to drive it into the ground. Is he right? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 12:07 PM - 33 answers

Mobile data in Mexico

My partner and I are traveling to Mexico for 12 days next month and would like to know about the easiest and most cost-effective options for mobile data for our smartphones while we're there. (Whether that's a SIM card, an international plan, etc.) We both have iPhones. She has AT&T and I have Verizon (both based in the U.S.). Not particularly concerned about talk & text—just want to be able to get online. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell around Mexico at 9:36 AM - 12 answers

San Francisco in March

I'll be in SF on March 16 - 28, for GDC but with several days before and after the conference to look at the city. What is worth seeing, beyond the obvious items? I like games, history, science, coffee, cocktails, and cats. I can't drive.
posted by Zarkonnen around San Francisco, CA at 7:29 AM - 13 answers

Where should a 3-generation family group go on vacation?

For the first time in many years, my family may have a chance at a vacation, probably in late March. Ages: 4, 32, 32 and 64, with 2 29 year olds and 62 year old possibly also coming. Our main interest is nature/hiking, with secondary interests in cultural sites, good food, and music. We are from northern New England/upstate NY so we are not afraid of the cold and would consider going farther north, but we are also, you know, a bit tired of it. There are a few other constraints inside. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by Cygnet at 6:08 AM - 15 answers

February 4

To Vancouver... and beyond!

I’ll be in Vancouver for a few days in mid-late September. While in the area, I want to see All The Nature Things over an extended two week trip. Can you help me build a realistic itinerary for a solo woman during that time of year? [more inside]
posted by raztaj around Vancouver, BC at 3:50 PM - 9 answers

Why is a car considered an asset?

I've been thinking about getting a car, but I hate the idea of being married to a big hunk of metal. I found a service that will basically rent you a car on a long-term monthly basis. But in reading up on it, the major criticism seems to be that you pay a bunch of money but you never get the ownership of the physical object. But in my experience the actual car is more of a liability than an asset. Is there something I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 3:38 PM - 20 answers

Have a full day in LA tomorrow. Suggestions on how to spend it?

We'll be in LA all Monday, but we're a little overwhelmed with what we could do and what would be reasonable to do in one day. We're hoping for a little help planning our day. [more inside]
posted by justgary at 8:52 AM - 8 answers

February 3

Does this estimate for brake work sound reasonable?

Today when I had my 2014 Kia Rio LX serviced, the mechanic told me that my rear brakes were at 3 mm and that I should replace the brake pads and rotors for $375. I asked if I could wait until the next oil change, and he said it would be OK because it was the rear brakes, but that I should definitely plan to replace them next time. The front brakes are at 8 mm. My questions are: 1) Is it normal to replace both the pads and the rotors, or just the pads? 2) Is $375 a reasonable amount? 3) Am I risking a more expensive repair by waiting for the next oil change, or should I take care of this sooner?
posted by JDHarper at 8:52 AM - 13 answers

February 2

Have Funds, Will Travel... Possibly Permanently. How?

My family has been considering leaving the US for a while for France, Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. We wouldn't necessarily have jobs lined up, but we have language skills, in-demand high-level job skills, and a good amount of liquid dollars. What are some ways we could make this happen? Expat status is on the table. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:00 PM - 23 answers

February 1

problems with prepaid phone plan with new simcard

I just moved from USA to Denmark, and I am having phone problems that are driving me insane and draining my bank account. [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 1:47 PM - 5 answers

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