During a visit to The Hamptons in July, Askinasi discovered many of the local beaches that offered peace and privacy were limited to residents only – meaning public beaches were overwhelmed with travelers.
For travelers like Jeff Kunkel, higher gas prices have put a damper on travel plans. Ideally, he told Insider, he would have driven five hours to Michigan's Upper Peninsula this summer, but he can only afford to travel locally this year.
Some travelers say they have paid a high price for mediocre service on their vacations. Insider's lifestyle reporter Monica Humphries traveled to Cairns, Australia, this summer and booked a three-star hotel "at a five-star price," she said.
But Humphries said she received poor service throughout her stay, like when the ceiling leaked from a rain storm and soaked the carpet flooring in her room.
There was no shower curtain in the bathroom, so the bathroom flooded after a five-minute shower. When Humphries went to management, she said they told her they were fully booked, and there was nothing they could do.
"It was a tough realization that, when there's a demand for a destination, the guest experience can be placed on the back-burner," Humphries said.
Insider's senior travel editor Emily Hochberg was also shocked by exuberant prices and lackluster service when she booked a holiday weekend in Manhattan Beach, California.
Hochberg said she spent more than she normally would on a beach hotel in California. So, it was upsetting to find broken windows, ants, peeling paint, a moldy pullout sofa, and features not as advertised. Hochberg said she alerted management, but they "just shrugged their shoulders and said it was a historic building."
Meanwhile, air travel continued to be a headache throughout the summer, with more than 50,000 canceled flights and over 570,000 delayed flights from the US alone between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
For Insider's Deputy Editor Chloe Pantazi-Wolber, a planned weekend getaway in June turned into a long night at the airport waiting in line.
Pantazi-Wolber dealt with long lines at LaGuardia Airport when her Delta flight to Atlanta was canceled after being delayed for two hours. She said that the Delta app said her flight was canceled over inclement weather, though neither NYC nor Atlanta had weather issues that day.
When she reached the front of the line, Pantazi-Wolber said the airline told her it could rebook her flight for two days later at an airport upstate. When she asked for a refund, she said they replied that she needed to call the airline. She ultimately was able to get a refund.
A representative for Delta Airlines did not comment on the matter when contacted by Insider.
With so many cancellations, some travelers have been left with no other options than to sleep on the floor and yoga mats ...
Delays have also made flights more difficult to plan around.
Pauline Villegas, a fellow at Insider, said when she flew from LAX to Newark Airport in May 2022, she had to wait three hours on the plane after landing due to a backed-up flight schedule and traffic on the tarmac.
An overwhelmed flight industry also caused London's busy Heathrow Airport to limit the number of passengers traveling through the hub daily to 100,000 in July. The cap was later extended to October.
Another traveler told Insider that, after two months of his luggage being lost, he still doesn't know when he'll be getting it back.
Despite all the setbacks, many aren't letting it damper their travels. More people flew over Labor Day 2022 than in 2019, suggesting a higher demand for travel. Only time will tell whether the tourism industry can handle that demand.