Airpots can suck the life out of travellers. Waiting around for 3 to 4 hours before your plane even starts to board, going through customs and feeling like a criminal when answering routine questions, finding a place to sit that isn’t on the floor… You really can lose all of your patience and energy, and you’ve still got a long haul flight to get through!
So once you touch down on the other side, you’re going to want to get through check in as smoothly as possible. You’re going to want to be able to let go of all of the bad feelings you’ve accumulated on the trip so far, and start to enjoy the trip at hand.
But how do you do that? Well, with a couple of tips like these.
Hire Your Transport
Airports make us tired and cranky, and having to find a way out and into the city or area you’re visiting can be hard to navigate. Who do you rent from? What prices should you pay? Is there an onboard Sat Nav? What time is the next bus? Is there someone around you can ask about where you should get off? Honestly, it can be an ordeal.
Don’t let yourself walk around aimlessly for hours on end, trying to get to a city center before your feet drop off. Even renting out a car might be a bit steep, what with the insurance costs you might have to face! Instead, look for convenience in your after-touch-down travel – and a lot of different solutions exist. For example, if you’re touching down in the West of England, a Birmingham minicab is definitely something to flag down. You’ll get where you want to go a lot faster than trying to navigate the way yourself!
Grab a Snack
Your bag is probably overladen with empty snack wrappers and bottles, but once you touch down in another country, make sure you grab something to eat before you leave the airport. This gives you a chance to regroup, if you’re travelling with other people, and talk about what you want to do next. Simply head to the hotel, or drive around for a bit first? And is there anything you want to see on your first day, before you head to bed to cope with the jet lag?
Simply, now’s your chance to lay all of the negative travel feelings at the door, and to make sure everyone in the travel party is on the same page. You can take a moment to shake off the woes of the flight, stretch your legs a bit, and top up your energy. Plus, it lets the other travellers rush right out of the doors, leaving time and space for you later on. No more bustling crowds here!
Yes, airports can be a real drag, but there’s always some little ways to make them a bit more comfortable, especially on the other side of your flight. Travelling is meant to be leisure, after all!