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If you’re planning a surprise break for a loved one, or you’re heading off on a once in a lifetime break, you could be forgiven for thinking that the whole travel part of the deal is where nothing will feel at all special. This is the meat and veg of the whole affair, the logistical part that really isn’t all that fun.
Well, whilst this is true to a degree, you can make your travel day a part of your holiday, by tweaking a few details here and there.
For instance, how do you get to the airport? Do you stress yourself out with a train, arriving at the airport with your hair stuck to your head thanks to stress sweat, anxiety palpitations, and your mood somewhere on the floor? If you do, then it’s time to make a change, and I would certainly recommend driving yourself to the airport and booking airport parking with BCP. I’ve done this several times now, and it’s actually a staple part of my travel plans nowadays. I find the convenience second to none, not to mention the lower price when compared with public transport costs. ParkBCP offers a service at most large UK airports, and it’s not just the smaller airports that offer cheap prices, you will be surprised how reasonable the prices are for Heathrow parking, and other airports such as Gatwick and Manchester, so check out what’s available at your terminal, and that will sort out at least one part of your travel plans, meaning you’re at least chilled out when you arrive at the check in desk.
For the rest of your travel day, you are of course going to have a bit of waiting around to contend with, but even that can be made easier. How about booking an airport lounge? Most large airports have one, and usually drinks and snacks are included in the price. This is a haven of tranquillity compared to the bustling atmosphere in the departure lounge and duty free hall, so putting your feet up, reading a magazine, and sipping a nice cold drink could be the answer to your waiting around prayers.
Airport lounge. Photo by Richard Moross from London, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
Of course, you do have to hit duty free, it’s like the law or something, and I always make sure I save some money to one side for this, because that way I grab some bargains, and my time perusing the glittering halls means this is an enjoyable part of my airport experience.
I guess the main thing to do in order to make your travelling less stressful and a bit more enjoyable, is to stay as calm as possible. Grab a drink or two in the bar, have a nice meal, take your time, and let any potential stress wash over your head. You’re on holiday – enjoy every single second of it.