It's Holiday Travel Season (Finally!)

How to handle intense family time — especially if you haven’t had any lately.

Letter From The Editor

Let’s be honest: holiday travel doesn’t have the greatest rep. There’s the traffic and canceled flights and cramped accommodations and problematic uncles, adding up to a vacation that often isn’t restful at all. Last year, many of us had a taste of a winter without these particular trials and we found that well, we missed it.

There’s something about the collective pilgrimage to the towns of our birth; about eating a meal in which you care far more about the side dishes than you do about the main course; about the unexpected joy of finding yourself at the kids table again and of chilly, windy walks after an enormous meal. Turns out I missed unearthing deeply unflattering adolescent pictures in the family archives and sneaking pie for breakfast before the baby wakes up. Growing up, these trips were the ones where I met my cool teenage cousins and heard juicy stories about my grandparents; now they’re the times when I look around a crowded kitchen and realize how rare and precious it is to all be together in one loud, boisterous group.

In the spirit of eliminating (or at least minimizing) the bad parts so you can focus on the joy, we’ve rounded up a guide to preparing yourself and your children for a return to holiday travel — how to do it safely, what to pack (and why you should let your kids pack themselves), plus a reminder of why travel is one of the most important ways kids learn.

- Elizabeth Angell, Editor-in-Chief

We Let Kids Pack Themselves & The Results Are A Delight

When it comes to packing for a big trip, there is nothing more heartwarming — or more bone chilling — for a parent than a sweet, childish voice declaring, “I can do it all by myself!” Kids’ completely chaotic ideas about what they’ll need are hilarious, and we wanted to know more about why they do this. We asked children ages 3 to 10 to pretend they were going on an overnight trip and gather up what they would need. We reviewed the predictably unpredictable results with child development expert Dr. Bernard Dreyer. Turns out there’s a method to their madness.

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Road Trip

Best U.S. Travel Destinations With The Highest Vaccination Rates In 2021

Wanderlust, anyone?

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Holiday Cheer

The Most Festive Christmas Towns In The USA

by Grace Gallagher

From Polar Express rides to millions of lights, these towns go big for the holidays.

Raising Anti-Racist Kids

Travel Can Reinforce Structural Racism — Here's How To Show Your Family A Different Way

by Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs

Being anti-racist is not a destination — make it part of your family's journey.

Raising Kids

8 Ways Your Kid Benefits From Traveling

by Grace Gallagher

Traveling with children isn’t for the faint of heart, but a lot of good can come from it.

Safety First

How To Travel Safely With Kids Right Now

by Grace Gallagher

Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, there are extra precautions you can take to protect your family.

Little Kids, Big Emotions

How To Keep Your Kid From (Understandably) *Losing It* During Holiday Travel

by Ashley Jones

Experts explain what you can do to alleviate travel anxiety and minimize disruptions.

Road Trip

Best U.S. Travel Destinations With The Highest Vaccination Rates In 2021

by Kinsey Gidick

Wanderlust, anyone?

Travel Entertainment

The Best Podcasts & Audiobooks To Get You Through Your Holiday Travels

by Katie McPherson

Whether you want music history, true crime, or a story about a man reincarnated as a parrot.

Shopping

Cute Backpacks & Suitcases Kids Will Actually Carry Themselves

by Angelique Serrano

So this holiday travel season, hopefully your kids can wheel their own (adorable!) suitcases.

Holidays

Should I Travel For Thanksgiving This Year? Experts Weigh In

by Kinsey Gidick

It’s a big decision.

Travel

The Ultimate Baby Travel Checklist Because The Holidays Are Coming Up

by Kinsey Gidick

Make a list, check it twice.

Travel

Magical Disney-Themed VRBOs To Book In 2021

by Grace Gallagher

Don’t let the magic end at the park.

Travel

Here's How To Get A Bassinet For Your Baby On An Airplane

by Kinsey Gidick

Bassinets might be your baby's in-flight saving grace.

Travel

These Are The Best Travel Car Seats For Infants & Toddlers

by Ashley Ziegler

Including an infant seat that converts into a stroller.

Travel

Here's Why Checking A Car Seat On An Airplane Is A Brilliant Move

by Kinsey Gidick

Psst. It's easier than you think.

Holidays

Experts Explain How To Diffuse The 7 Most Common Fights Families Have At The Holidays

by Ashley Jones

What should you do when stress is high and expectations are higher?

Thanksgiving

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Travel Destinations

by Kinsey Gidick

Gobble wobble here.