Thanksgiving used to be a holiday that signaled the end of the harvest season. Today, however, it kicks off the busiest travel time of the year: the holidays. During this five-week sprint, which lasts until New Year’s, airports get busy and highways slow down. There’s also the weather to account for — the thought of a white Christmas is only nice until you spend one in a terminal. To help you beat the rush, or at least lessen its impact, we’ve put together a guide to traveling faster and smarter over the next several weeks. So let us be the first to say, happy holidays. And good luck.

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