Getting around traveling

How do you get around traveling. Bring this up for Thanksgiving, the biggest Travel holiday in the United States.
One way you can use online video conferencing tools such as Skype with people farther away, and be with friends and family that are closer. Or sometimes an email or phone call can work.
By far away, I don’t mean just different countries or different states, it could be as little as 40 miles away or less  which can be tough to travel in a snow storm, or just the darkness of this time a year in Minnesota.
More on this topic in my new book “Datacommuting”. available on iBooks, Amazon (Kindle) and Nook