Nobody is a particularly huge fan of the airport experience, basically because it involves a lot of waiting around and you’re trying to get to somewhere, but you’re being forced to wait. For impatient people, such as myself, the airport can be a challenge.
The best way to start your airport experience is on an even keel, well-rested, in the best frame of mind, and not stressed. This might sound like an impossible situation, but it can be done! I find that driving myself to the airport and booking airport parking is the best way to start the day, as I can take my time getting there, I’m not worrying about the train being too busy, or the coach not turning up, and I can stop over at the service station for a coffee as many times as I like. I regularly book parking at Stansted Airport, so I can certainly vouch for this service. I would highly encourage anyone able to drive to look into their parking options.
Once you arrive at the airport, with your stress levels intact, then it’s easier to look forward to the positives of the day, rather than focusing on the waiting.
Check-in and security are two of the most boring processes known to man when it comes to travel, however they are necessary, so simply recognise this fact, get them over with, and you’re free to enjoy the facilities of the airport, of which there are many!
I like to go for a sit down meal once I get myself through security, because I find it a treat, and it starts my holiday off in the right frame of mind. Have a good meal, a few drinks, and a bit of chat, and then I always head to Duty Free for a spot of retail therapy!
Towards the Airport
There is nothing like the glittering halls that greet you when you find the huge Duty Free store, but it’s always a good idea to set yourself a budget here, because it’s very easy to spend too much on things you don’t really need, especially when they look like too much of a bargain to leave behind!
The only point to mention is to make sure you keep checking the screens for your flight gate number, and as soon as you see it, make your way over. Before I head to the gate, with plenty of time to spare of course, I like to stop for a few snacks on the way, grabbing some sweets and crisps etc to make my flight a little more comfortable.
Surviving the airport experience with your stress levels intact is possible, it’s just a case of keeping your mind focused on the end destination.
Photos: Arnie440, Keith Long.