@Sushil That's a really great point! Early morning flights — even on those budget airlines — are the safest bets for avoiding delays, and I'm all about the carry-on life to save money and avoid the circus at baggage claim.
@Gabby It's all about finding that balance and figuring out what works best for you, isn't it? Traveling with kids — as I recently learned flying with my 3-year-old niece — can change everything. At that point, it's a delicate dance between remaining cost-conscious and choosing a path that, as you said, keeps you sane. And I'm with you: I'm all about that destination splurge!