Travel Guide

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, HowStuffWorks has everything you need to know about making the most of traveling.


Vacations are great for spending time with the family, but sometimes it's good for your kids to bring along their friends. But there's a fine line you have to walk when you're responsible for another little one during a lengthy trip.

Most travelers think their own auto insurance will cover rental car accidents, too. But do you honestly know the details of your coverage, how long your coverage will last or how well you're really protected?

Nobody wants their trip ruined by having to fight-off an intestinal virus or to arrive home with the flu. Just follow these simple precautions and you can greatly reduce your risk of travel illness.

Nothing saps the fun from a road trip like being pulled over by a cop. Besides simply obeying traffic laws, how can you avoid a ticket on your next trip?

Road trip: two words that promise summer adventure and fun. Car problems: two words that will kill that excitement in a heartbeat. A breakdown on the highway will turn your long-awaited vacation into the mechanic's "pay-cation" and leave you with unpleasant memories.

Vacation can mean spending a week -- an entire week! -- having the best time with your best bud. Sometimes, however, the novelty wears off. What do you need to keep in mind when sending out vacation invitations to your inner circle?

It probably wasn't too long ago when the only person you worried about trashing a hotel room was you. All that changed when you had kids (or started using your own credit card to secure rooms). When's the right time to book them a separate suite?

If your motto for this getaway is "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas," then you might want to leave the impressionable dependents at home. But if you're in the area and you're looking for some family friendly fun, Sin City does provide some options.

If you pack the car in a thoughtful way, your passengers (read: children) will be entertained, well fed and happy while they travel. How do you pack right?

Rest areas are supposed to be safe havens for drivers who need some shut eye. But they're not nearly as secure you'd think. How can you play it safe at rest stops?

Love 'em or hate 'em, you will inevitably have to spend time with your spouse's parents during a few holidays or special events throughout the year. But what about vacations? Are they an in-law do or an in-law don't?

Feeling sluggish and out of sorts after a cross-country trip? It's probably the result of jet lag, which can cause a disruption in your sleeping patterns. Can you prevent it?

Flying takes kids out of their comfort zones and normal routines, so a trip can go from exciting and fun to torturous in a matter of minutes. Parents look for the tiniest advantage when booking flights. When's a better time to take to the skies -- morning or evening?

What's summer without a car trip? And what's a car trip without some tasty snacks? Of course, you could probably do without any melted candy bars or sticky juices -- how should you go about preparing munchies for your family of road warriors?

Visiting a theme park is one of summer's most exciting activities for kids. There are daring adventures, exhilarating rides, and, of course, greasy park foods. But theme park outings harbor some dangers, too.

Flying with your children can be one of the most stressful things you have to do as a parent. But it doesn't have to be a nightmare. What's the trick to keeping your kids comfortable during a flight?

You've made a list of exactly what you need to take on your vacation. But once you get down to packing, it goes right out the window. Use these tips to put the brakes on overpacking -- and to make already small bags even smaller.

The best time to get on the road may depend on a lot of factors, including how far you're going, the weather, traffic and other conditions. What factors should you keep in mind when scheduling a road trip?

Sometimes you may not have any control over the type of car you get when you walk up to the rental counter to pick up your keys. If you have a choice, what factors should influence your rental-car decisions?

Packing toiletries for just yourself can be tricky enough; packing them for the whole family can be a daunting task. What are some ways to squeeze it all in and make everyone happy?

The details of frequent flyer programs can be bewildering to some travelers -- it seems that every airline offers one. Sure, it's confusing, but do you know how to get the most bang for your flying buck?

Unless you live near a big city like New York, your choice of plays and musicals is likely limited. But once you're in the theatre district, how do you get the best seats or find tickets to sold-out shows?

Is it safe for parents to travel without their kids? There's a lot of planning and preparation involved in leaving the little ones at home, but just what do you need to do before you go?

It's the sentence sure to fill even the most confident parent with fear: "Mom, Dad, I want to go with the other kids on spring break." How should you respond?

Child-care duties can make a family holiday feel more like a working vacation. Should you hire or bring along your nanny to take some of those duties off your plate?