A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 25, 1948

If you happen to be planning or debating a vacation trip abroad with your family* during the forthcoming year, the following account of TIME Inc. Bureau Chief William Gray and family's two-month sightseeing trip from Shanghai to New York City via Europe may serve to help or inspire you.

After three years as head of our Shanghai bureau, Bill Gray was coming home. He decided to combine his return with a vacation for himself, his wife, and their children: Bruce, 4; Larry, 7; Margrethe, 11. Fortified by smallpox vaccinations and inoculations against plague, typhus,...

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