Did you use less of your vacation time? Yes. But thank the mercy you even had a vacation. Do you know how many people don't get paid time off?
With that frame of reference, here are the five most important things that happened in travel in 2007. Thank you, Aunt G.
• Airlines' financial situation improved. Take a bow. Part of that was at a cost to us (having to buy or bring your own food, for instance, on a flight), but how dull would life be without the anticipation, never mind the actuality, of being able to get on the plane and go? The bottom line improvements are such a turnaround from the grim days after 9/11 that it almost makes me want to dance on a tray table top.
• Hotels love us more than ever. Hotels seem to be the counterbalance to the airline experience. They want to be our friends. Some are trying to speed our way into our room by putting check-in kiosks in the lobby. Others are trying to give us all the high-tech toys we could ever want (though a pox on those luxury hotels that charge for wireless Internet access). Still others make sure we get a breakfast to help us start the day. We may be paying a pretty penny, but it's money well spent.