The secret to a calm family road trip? Nature.

Long car rides can be stressful for kids. Here’s how adding a nature break can help.

After most family gatherings were canceled last year, holiday get-togethers seem to be back. In fact, a recent report by the American Automobile Association found that 48.3 million Americans plan on hitting the road for the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s up eight percent from last year, and down only three percent from pre-pandemic travel in 2019. 

But though the destination may motivate families to step on the gas, everyone might be better served by applying some brakes … er, breaks.

AAA recommends that drivers schedule a stop every two hours or 100 miles to ward off fatigue. And according to Lisa Nisbet, an associate professor and environmental psychologist at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, turning those stops into nature breaks—leaving your vehicle to get out into green space—can be a huge benefit for the passengers as well.

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