Lape Soletan is a writer and editor based out of Nigeria. On her blog you’ll find ideas on places to holiday, how to enjoy the not-so-fun part of holidays (like planes and airports) as well as travel stories from her own trips. Say hello on Facebook or Twitter!
While traveling with a Karina dress is nearly ideal, navigating airports isn’t always. Really, my least favorite part of traveling is airports and I suspect it’s the same for many people. But since I know I dislike being in airports, I go out of my way to enjoy the experience.
Here are some of the things I do to make my time in airports more pleasurable:
I dress for comfort when traveling and usually wear a T-shirt, jeans and trainers.
I once read somewhere that former editor of French Vogue, Carine Roitfeld, always wore high heels to the airport – and always got stopped by immigration officers. They simply couldn’t understand anyone wearing high heels when traveling! I love the idea of looking glamorous all the time but when placed next to comfort and staying on the good side of immigration officials, I choose comfort.
I get to the airport really early.
Doing so means queues are shorter and people are less tense. Also, I check-in online whenever possible. It reduces the amount of time spent queuing.
I put a smile on my face.
No matter who I’m dealing with – the airport from airline staff to immigration officials to janitors. It brightens up everyone’s day (including yours) and makes things go easier. I know someone who got a seat upgrade simply because she was nice and polite to the airline staff member she came across. You never know, it could work for you too.
I bring reading material.
I love to read and hate being bored so I always have a book and a magazine with me at the airport to pass the time.
I focus on where I’m going.
I think happy thoughts. It makes me happy and I’m sure the good vibes spread to those around me too.
How do you handle the airport? Any tips to share?