ASK THE EXPERTS: While all of us look forward to going on holiday, the one issue that many will have to overcome is the airport. With an incomprehensible number of people travelling through airports across the world each and every day, it’s hardly surprising that they have become renowned as a stressful experience.
With this in mind, we called upon the expertise of some seasoned travel bloggers to find out how they cope with the waiting around before the departure gate. For starters you could read this article!
Having travelled to more than 100 countries, Lisa Niver of We Said Go Travel is another expert when it comes to the airport. Her top tip is to arrive with plenty of time to spare, allowing you to relax and tuck into a good book while you wait:
“My best tip for coping with airports is to arrive early and have great new books on my Kindle. I feel stressed in airports if I am worried about missing my flight so I plan extra time into my day. I also look at the flight connections and if it is too short, I might pick a different routing. I love to read when I travel so I charge up my Kindle and often get great books from the digital public library.”
The Wandering Educators
Dr Jessie Voigts of Wandering Educators says that distraction is her favourite method:
“You have to approach airports with a different mindset than you might expect. Think of it as a game! You’re trying to level up (by getting to your destination), power up (eating well, resting when you can), go sure and steady, and be in it for the long haul despite diversions.
Once you reframe, it’s much easier to cope with stressful situations (and people). When things are the worst, I imagine my calmness nabbing those airport pacman ghosts of stress.”