Whether packing the minivan for Thanksgiving or heading out for a big city holiday shopping trip, finding true deals is a necessity for many travelers this year. With gas prices pinching pockets, travelers must find other ways to save on holiday travel.

Cold-weather driving definitely presents its challenges. The best way to avoid a weather-related accident is to refrain from driving when conditions aren’t ideal. But since that’s not always possible, you should take steps to protect yourself and your vehicle before the weather turns bad.

The fall brings beautiful new scents and sounds with crisp air, vibrant colors of leaves gently falling to the ground, crackling wood popping on campfires and the sweet smell of apples hovering in the kitchen. To get the most enjoyment out of the fall months this year, venture out with your family and friends to enjoy some of these scents and sounds.

Clear vision is essential to safe driving. Neglect the wiper blades -- the part of your car responsible for keeping your vision clear – and you may find yourself actually needing the traction control, anti-lock brakes, dynamic stability control and airbags as you crash into what you can’t see.

Summer is family vacation season. Soon the kids will be out of school and feeling the wanderlust inspired by warm weather. But families bored by the beach or tired of the theme parks can find themselves looking for something different.

The hassle of air travel and the pinch of tough economic times will inspire more families than ever to hit the road for vacations this summer. But is your car equipped to entertain passengers for the long haul? The right entertainment can make your road trip fly by as quickly as the scenery outside the car.

From the fragrant lavender fields of Provence to the Gothic spires of Prague’s skyline, Europe is a treasure trove of sensory experiences. A lifetime of travel on the continent would let you see it all, but for those with more limited time, carefully planned Europe tours can do more than just take you to the major sights – it can immerse you in the culture and lifestyle that have made Europe the ultimate destination for generations of travelers.