Everybody knows that before we can enjoy our holiday we have to grit our teeth and get through the stress, panic, hustle and bustle of the day with the capital D … Departure Day.
It’s not always a pleasant experience but it gets us where we REALLY want to be – on a sunny beach sipping a Pina Colada.
If you don’t have a car, there is always a lot of extra time spent on planning and trying to find a way of getting to the airport in time for the flight.
And on the day of departure you run around the apartment making up worst case scenarios of the bus not arriving in time or the taxi not arriving at all.
But there is an easier way to avoid all, or at least most, of the agony associated with pre take-off logistics.
The solution to terminal hell is staying by the airport
I know what you’re thinking but wait, I will explain …
I honestly think that it’s worth the extra cash staying somewhere really close to the airport than having to worry about crossing the whole of London at 7 am in the morning to get to the airport.
After having tried to reach Stansted airport early in the morning you will know what kind of stress I’m talking about.
The extra money I spent on a taxi there after I found out that no buses go there in time for my flight, I could have spent on one of the Stansted airport hotels instead.
There are usually airport hotels in every city, and you can get some pretty neat deals and bigger packages like a Gatwick airport hotel and parking deal.
Being woken up by a phone call and having a shuttle bus waiting for you in the lobby was so worth it.
Airport hotels used to have a bad rep because it really was only seen as a purely functional option, but hotel companies are starting to change that now…
Here are some great examples from around the world:
– Budget Choice: Jumbo Jet – Arlanda, Sweden
There are some Dublin airport hotels which offer great budget prices, but they don’t stand out of the crowd quite like this one…
This hotel has taken budget airport hotels to a very – different – level.
It’s actually a real plane functioning as a hostel, and for those wanting to spend a little extra money they can get a suite in the actual cockpit!
There is a flat screen tv where you can follow all departures, free WiFi, showers and you can enjoy a coffee in the café on the plane’s left wing.
– Midrange Choice – CitizenM – Schiphol, Amsterdam
Sure, you can book into a luxury hotel and I certainly wouldn’t say no, but there are also discount Manchester airport hotels available and similar things across Europe.
One of the funkiest affordable airport hotels in Europe is probably CitizenM in Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.
This futuristic hotel is perfect for the heavily jet lagged traveler: you can lie in your XL King Size bed and control everything in the room from a touch screen mood pad: from your alarm theme music to the tv to the temperature.
– Cream Of The Crop – Regal Airport Hotel – Hong Kong
If you insist on luxury, go all out and do it properly, stay at the best of the best.
Regal Hotel in Hong Kong has been awarded the best airport hotel in the world, offering much more than just a bed:
Imagine spending the day before departure right next to the airport doing a cooking class, cocktail making class, or enjoying a luxury spa.
Rather than arrive at the terminal wound up, flustered and in a panic about missing check-in you can arrive after a ten minute transfer calm, rested, fed and with a big smile on your face and with plenty of time on your hands.
So what do you think? Is this an option that you would consider next time you fly?
(photo credits: gmmail)