When you hear that 50.9 million Americans will be traveling this coming week for the Thanksgiving holiday—the most on the road since 2005—does that make you shudder? Maybe want to stay at home and order Chinese food? It's "amateur hour" at the airports, says Samantha Brown, host of PBS's Places to Love; she's seen her share of airport terminals and resolutely refuses to fly over Thanksgiving. But what if you don't have a choice? That's why we rounded up five seasoned travelers (and parents!) for this week's Travelogue podcast, to chat about how to navigate the crowds, the tears, and all that gear you have to pack when you're traveling with your kids over the holidays. Tune in to hear: Brown, mom to five-year-old twins Ellis and Elizabeth; Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler's features director and mom to Nell (12), Charlie (17), and Sam (19); Gina Lee, senior director of product at Priceline and mom to Sebastian (4) and Colette (5 months); Brian Sumers, senior aviation business editor at Skift and dad to Taylor (19 months); and host Laura Redman, Condé Nast Traveler's deputy digital director and mom to Hailey (18 months).
Let's just say things got real. No topic goes untouched, like: Do you use a car seat on an airplane? (Have you heard of the Fly-Tot?) Did you ever hand out apology treats to your seatmates as you board with your possibly screaming baby? (Sam has! Starbucks gift cards, clever.) Which airplane rows are the best for parents of toddlers? What do you do when you're potty training and road tripping? (Those rest stop bathrooms, ugh…) How do you entertain kids for the long drives? So. Many. Questions!
Speaking of gear, we rounded up everything that was mentioned during the podcast and included it in the gallery below, in case you want to do a little Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping. Our travel experts swear by this stuff.
Many thanks to all our guests and podcast engineer (and dad to one-year-old Tyler) Brett Fuchs. Check back every Friday for the latest installment of Travelogue. To keep up with our podcast each week, subscribe to Travelogue on Spotify, the iTunes store, or the podcasting app of your choice. If you have a minute to spare, leave a review—we love getting your feedback.