Making time for a "Friendsgiving" celebration is an important tradition to us./Ellen Matis

The holiday season is one that brings a lot of joy and creates a lot of memories that will be cherished for years to come. But for some, holiday plans mean travel stress, too.

We can get caught up in the idea that we have to be everywhere during the holidays, and see everyone. We have lists to check off: Have dinner at mom and dad’s, see a friend from college, make time for presents under the tree — the list goes on. This creates stress — and when we’re stressed, we don’t enjoy what is supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year.”

One of the most memorable pieces of advice that was given to me before my wedding this year was to “forge your own traditions.” That really stuck with me.

Traveling is often a must for this particular season, especially if you live far away from family and friends. Often times, people sneak in a trip during their time off, as well. But what if we made a tradition to travel more locally during the holiday season?

The beauty of the Mid-Atlantic is that it’s a fairly easy-to-travel region. Most destinations are within a drive away. Within the pages of Recreation News this month and every month, you’ll find destinations that are totally do-able during the holiday season: whether you’re planning a local day trip or a regional weekend escape.

Where will you travel to this holiday season? Share your adventures online with us using #LivePlayDo.

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