It’s a short week—a holiday week—and hopefully that means you’re outside eating grilled foods or on a couch catching up with Stranger Things. But it’s very possible that you had to travel somewhere. Or are at least planning to travel this summer. That’s why we’re pausing our usual program this week to look back at some of our best travel work from the past year or so. We answer questions like: My airline just screwed me over. What are my rights? Why can’t roads be built to prevent traffic? And what does my July Fourth shopping spree have to do with terrible congestion? You’ve got curious queries; we have answers. Let’s get you caught up.
Stories you might have missed about holiday travel
Festive Public Transit Blooper of the Week
Everyone wants to get into the celebratory July Fourth spirit, even San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Authority. On Monday, SFTMA reported its Muni trains were experiencing a delay because of … a balloon, which got stuck in a tunnel. It seems the agency never succeeded in capturing the air-filled delight, but did eventually return its trains to regular service.
Stat of the Week
The number of Americans expected to travel for the July 4 holiday, according to AAA—a record! Low gas prices, a strong economy, low unemployment, and rising disposable incomes are convincing more Americans than ever to hit the road, AAA says.
In the Rearview
Essential stories from WIRED’s canon
If you’re really super serious about going somewhere this holiday, consider WIRED’s guide to time travel.