You might not enjoy the airport, but there are ways to make it a lot more enjoyable! At the end of the day, yes, the airport is a means to an end, but when you’ve saved long and hard for a holiday, why shouldn’t you enjoy every single second of it, from the time you leave the house, to the moment you return to your front door?
For me, I start to enjoy my break, and really feel in the holiday mood, once I’ve checked-in, said goodbye to my suitcase, and I’ve put my shoes back on after security; then I can truly begin to enjoy the glittering goods of Duty Free, the restaurants, the bars, and the excitement!
I’m unlucky that I don’t really live that close to any one particular airport, and whichever airport I choose to fly from, I have at least a two hours’ journey to reach it. I guess you could argue that this opens up my choice of flight, because I’m not restricted to one particular terminal, and that’s true, but it also means I have to look at different ways to get there. I generally drive, and book parking at the airport, because this means I don’t have to look at the sometimes eye-watering cost and stress of coaches and buses, and it means I can plan my journey to suit me, stopping as I see fit for a coffee or two!
It’s really down to the added extras you book onto your holiday that make the travel part of your break easier on the tiredness levels, and upping the enjoyment, so it’s definitely worthwhile checking these out prior to your departure date, such as parking, hotels, and lounges. Whilst we’re talking about extras, one thing you should never forget is your travel insurance, and it’s always a good idea to book this as soon as you finalise your holiday plans, just in case. You can never be too prepared!
Once I’m checked in and out the other side of the security queue, I like to head to a sit down restaurant and treat myself to a good meal. Airline food may have improved a lot over recent years, but I still don’t think you can compare it to that found in a proper restaurant. This also has the added bonus of killing a bit of time, and helping you relax into the day.
There are plenty of things you can do at the airport to pass the time and help ease in the holiday fever, not least shopping! Look at your time before boarding the plane as just as important as your holiday itself, and you’ll come to realise that travel can be fun.
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