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Survey says the average American gets into 12 fights during holiday travel

Holiday get-togethers bring with them their share of good times and bad, and a new survey finds some of the latter start en route: the average American gets into 12 fights during holiday travel.

The results, culled from a poll of 2,000 Americans commissioned by the parking app SpotHero, notes that whether it's with friends, family or that dude who keeps hogging the armrest on your flight, the OnePoll survey says the average traveler will mix it up about 12 times.  He or she will experience eight "especially stressful moments," and will worry about being late at least four times while going over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house.

The survey says the average American starts stressing about the trip a full five days before undertaking it, with 44% worrying about winter weather, 41% about traffic, 37% losing something en route, 36% about finding parking at the airport, and 36% about packing for the trip.

Other stressors included the 35% who feared leaving their ID at home.  For 33%, it's airport delays, while 31% dread long TSA lines at the airport and baggage claim issues, and 30% stress about weather-related flight delays.

Twenty-six percent admitted they felt relief when their car was packed, and 16% when they finally got rolling. 

For the fliers, 22% felt relief just getting to the airport, 18% say they exhaled after getting through security, and 17% say they only relax after unpacking at their destination.

It's unknown how many found comfort in taking off their shoes and their socks and making fists with their toes at the carpet of their intended destination, a la John McClane in Die Hard. Just don't make the same mistake he did and forget your shoes.






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