As Americans take to the skies this holiday season, millions will go trekking through America’s airports and many will notice that the walk to their gate might have gotten far longer than they anticipated. Airports are not what they once were. Airports now are places where eating and shopping are just as important as making the flight home. This has made airport terminals far larger leading to longer walks in between gates. Making your next connection might be even tougher if you are changing airlines or changing terminals.

So next time, bring your walking shoes and prepare for a nice long walk at the airport and while you’re there, do some shopping!