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Your guide to traveling this holiday season

Illustration of a plane, train and car with mistletoe
(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)
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In a year like no other, you might be longing to be with family or at a familiar place or on a restful vacation. If you’re traveling this holiday season — or even if you’re not — we’ve got you covered.

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Are you planning on traveling this season?

Yes, I’m planning on it. No, I’m staying home.

If you are going to travel, here’s our advice on questions to ask yourself and where you can find helpful information.

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So you’re traveling for the holidays. Here’s what you need to know

Flying, traveling by train and getting to your destination by car are no longer the same as they once were. If you’re looking for cheap holiday airfare, look no further. You might be asking yourself, “How safe is it to get on a plane right now?” We’ve answered that, and this is what experts say about how low the COVID-19 risk is on planes and what you can do to minimize the risk. If you’re going to be taking a train trip, here’s what Amtrak is doing to make its trains safer. Planning to make your trip more fun by taking an RV? Here are our tips, including the protocol you need to follow if you have to stop to use the restroom. Here’s what else you need to know.

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So you don’t plan on traveling. Are you in or near Southern California?

Yes, I’m in Southern California. Nope, I’m elsewhere.

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Things to do in Southern California

Walk through your neighborhood, hike somewhere beautiful, spend time at the beach or enjoy outdoor dining. If you’re north of downtown L.A., we recommend visiting the magnificent Liu Fang Yuan — the Garden of Flowing Fragrance — at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. If you’re south of DTLA, we suggest making a day out of going to a local beach. Here are a few more local recommendations. Whatever you do, remember local officials have warned of more drastic restrictions and on Friday morning, Gov. Newsom recommended travelers quarantine for 14 days.

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Things you can do anywhere

Yes, those fan-favorite Charlie Brown holiday specials will once again be on PBS after a reversal, and we have plenty more TV and movie recommendations. If you want to curl up with a book, let us suggest these crime fiction novels. And it might be getting too chilly to plant outdoors where you are, but if you have a green thumb and are looking to scratch that itch, we recommend these humidity-loving houseplants for bathrooms everywhere.

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