Woo! We’ve got a solid month of summer left, and judging by the sheer amount of out-of-office replies I’ve gotten this week, people are most certainly using up their vacation time. According to a Choice Hotels International summer survey, August is the busiest month for leisure travel with 43.1% of respondents saying the beach is their preferred destination, obviously. (Approximately 12% said the mountains are where it’s at, and those people are crazy, so let’s move on.)
Arriving at a beach destination (or the mountains, whatever) is nothing short of amazing, but let’s be real—actually getting there blows, especially when millions of other people are flying, too. I’m a pretty avid flier, and I can tell you there’s nothing more aggravating than waiting in a security line for a family of 12 to get their life together; and the level of anxiety that arises when you’re one of the last three people waiting for your bag to show up is colossal. Imagine the feeling of panic when your bag doesn’t even show up. AHHHHHHHHHHHH!