Getting on a plane and heading home for the holidays is a necessary evil. If you don’t do it, you’ll spend the day feeling lonely, wondering what everyone is doing, and wishing you had just bit the bullet and gone home. If you do go home you find yourself up against the mother nature, and even worse: other people.
For anyone who goes through the hassle of holiday travel, you know these scenarios all to well.
1. Waiting until the last minute to buy your ticket so you end up spending your entire paycheck.
2. Making room in your suitcase for presents, along with the stuff you will actually need.
3. Forgetting to check in and now you’re in boarding zone 100Z.
4. Deciding to park at the airport, and then immediately regretting it once you get to the over-crowded lot.
5. Checking your bag and being over the limit so now you have to wear 3 sweaters, your biggest boots, and a coat.
6. Waiting in the TSA line, where it seems like everyone in front of you has never put their stuff on a security belt before.
7. Huffing it to your gate, where there are approximately zero places to sit, let alone charge your phone.
8. Trying to find overhead space on the plane because the bitch in 34C put her coat AND purse above your seat.
9. Sitting down and immediately regretting not going to the bathroom before you boarded.
10. Calculating how much wine you can drink and still have time to sober up for landing.
11. When you land everybody immediately stands up in the aisles, making it 100x harder (and slower) for anyone to get their stuff down.
12. The anxiety of waiting for your bags at the luggage carousel, and elbowing past the crowds to reach your suitcase when it finally comes down the chute.
But finally getting that long-awaited hug from your mom makes it all worth it.