Bad Trips: Wonderful Essays About Awful Travel Experiences

06/14/2011 03:17 pm ET | Updated Aug 14, 2011

Vacations are sacred, especially in America, where we work longer hours than our counterparts in Europe and still aren’t legally entitled to a single paid day off. But what we often forget — that is, until we’re getting stung by a jellyfish or stranded at an airport — is that they’re also rarely the ideal escapes we build them up to be.