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There's no place like home for the holidays, right? Home is where the heart is—and sometimes, the heart is a couple hundred miles away. Sometimes, the heart is attached to a four-legged, furry companion. If you're one of 37 percent of pet owners who take their animals on the road (or in the air), consider these tips for your holiday travel.

Whether you're looking for someplace to dig your toes into the sand or to sip steaming cocoa while watching the snowflakes fall, these North American destinations bring the holiday cheer—each in its own unique style.

Snow might be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term "lake effect," but wine enthusiasts are familiar with a different concept. Lake Michigan's moderating effect on the climate of West Michigan makes growing grapes possible, heralding the region as the Napa Valley of the Midwest. Enjoy the taste of expertly crafted wine on one of these tours through the wineries and tasting rooms of West Michigan.

Getting sick on the trip of a lifetime could be a major disappointment. While some things can't be avoided, taking care to avoid germs that may carry bacteria or viruses could go a long way as a preventive measure. We take airplanes, taxis and rental cars, and stay in countless hotel rooms, exposing ourselves to an incredible number of germs. Yet there are steps we could take to reduce exposure.

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