Airports are not considered part of the vacation. To many they have one function and that is to be the place where you board the flight to your intended destination. Yet we argue that airports should be considered an important part of your vacation whether it is the beginning, a layover, or the end of your trip. With a bit of research the airport part of your trip can be an interesting, productive and dare we say it a fun part of your vacation.
Airports are the first entry point and last exit for many travelers and many countries use them as a way to show off their culture. Singapore Changi prides itself on bringing the luxury of the city into the terminal. One Mile At a Time stated that the airport has a swimming pool complete with a Jacuzzi and poolside bar on the roof of the terminal. Passengers can relax and wait for their flight in style watching the planes land and takeoff from the pool. The pool is open to all travelers and access is priced at $12.
For gastronomic fans airports are also becoming great places to get a good quality meal. World famous celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay have restaurants in London’s airports. Parking4Less which operates out of the prestigious Heathrow Airport wrote in their blog post ‘Heathrow In Search Of Perfection’ that Heston Blumenthal, owner of the three star Michelin restaurant the Fat Duck, is the latest celebrity chef to set up shop in Heathrow Terminal 2. The Perfectionist’s Cafe is based on his BBC television show ‘In Search of Perfection’ and serves up classic dishes such as fish and chips using the unusual cooking techniques that Blumenthal is famous for.
For fitness fanatics or those who really want to stretch their legs during a layover, Independent Traveler recommends using an airport gym. The website reports that San Francisco International Airport and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport both have free yoga rooms. Exercise is something most travelers wouldn’t think of doing but it is a good way to kill the time and will help you sleep on your flight. Just be sure to make time to have a shower after.
Duty Free shops are something we all look at when we travel, often as a way to kill time in the airport, yet very few travelers take full advantage of them. If you are looking to buy new gadgets or clothes then airport terminals are a great place to pick up discounted goods. If you want to do some serious shopping then TR Travel state that Heathrow Terminal 2 is the first airport to open a personal shopper lounge. The exclusive lounge offers a chance to shop away from the hustle of the busy terminal with expert advice from personal shoppers.