As you may already know, I love travel and there is nothing better to me than jetting somewhere on an airplane. Even if I am staying in the UK, travelling by plane seems all the more exciting and glamorous. In fact, I see time in the airport as an extension of the holiday and come over all giddy – is it just me that thinks money spent in an airport is monopoly money and doesn’t actually come out of your bank account?!
However, I have had my fair amount of stressful times spent in airports (let’s not discuss the time my friend and I missed our plane) and over the years have come to find a few ways to ensure it is an enjoyable experience.
Here are my 3 tips to make your time in the airport more enjoyable
I know this sounds boring, but it really does make a difference, especially at the security counter:
- It starts with the obvious – check your passport is to hand a few days in advance, and of course that it is in date for the country you are going to (some countries require six months left on the passport).
- Check in online if you can and print out your boarding pass.
- Keep all your essential flying documents together (hands up who has had a panic at the boarding gate trying to find their passport and/or boarding gate in a voluminous handbag?). I am lusting after this gorgeous travel wallet from The Daily Edited to keep this neat, tidy and stylish.
- Plan your outfit – You KNOW that you have to take your jacket, hat, belt, shoes etc off when going through security so don’t wear a hundred layers that are hard to get on and off, wear shoes that are either flat or slip on and off easily, empty your pockets of coins, don’t wear a belt.
- You KNOW you need to put electronics into the tray at security so if you have them, store them somewhere you can get to them quickly and put them back quickly once you are the other side of the detector.
- You KNOW you can’t take liquids through over 100ml so get decanting your travel necessities in advance, put them into a clear plastic bag before you get to security and smile smuggly at all the others scrabbling around their handbags for rogue lip glosses.
Access a lounge
I love having access to a lounge at the airport. Beat the crowds, get a comfy seat and fill up on refreshments – yes please! For my flight to Berlin at New Year, I booked in to the Aspire Lounge at Birmingham Airport which is part of Executive Lounges.
- You don’t need to be flying with a premium airline or business class to book in to the lounge – Executive Lounges have lounges across the UK that you can book in to regardless of your airline.
- From £18.99 you get unlimited drinks (tea, coffee, soft drinks as well as alcoholic drinks), can go in to the lounge up to three hours before your flight and stay in there as long as required if your flight is delayed.
- As it was early, I filled up on fresh orange juice, a coffee and a croissant and charged my phone and camera up using the purposefully located plug points. They also serve bacon butties and soup, crisps, cake, biscuits etc
- I also took my time to enjoy the free unlimited wifi and caught up with my favourite bloggers and Instagram accounts before my flight. I wish I had the foresight to download a film or book because unknown to me we ended up sitting on the tarmac for three hours due to a fault on the plane before taking off. #SoBored
Book priority and express
One of the main things that takes the fun out of airport travel is the queues.
- One of my favourite little tricks if I know the airport will be busy when I am flying is to book Express Security. At Birmingham it costs only £3.50 if you book in advance (and £5 on the day) and you get to skip right passed the queue and go through the express security lane. Bliss! All the more time to enjoy yourself in the lounge!
- And if you are really REALLy treating myself, book priority boarding with your airline and jump ahead of the boarding queue and get to your seat first so you can sit back and relax when everyone else is jostling to squeeze their hand luggage in the over head compartments!
Do you have any airport tips?
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