Despite America's great travel-related innovations over the years, from national parks to theme parks, from 747s to GPSs, and from staycations to roller bag suitcases, it just seems that we as a nation haven't figured out yet how to get the most out of our travels, and in essence, take a lot of junk vacations.
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