The airport can be a very fun place or a very miserable place, and it all depends on the circumstances. We've all been in a situation whereby we simply cannot wait to arrive, and the opposite of that is also true - it's just the way it goes.
Today, we're going to take a look at the positives and the negatives when it comes to things associated with the airport. Some are pretty conventional, but as is almost always the case in the world of travel, others can come across as being a little bit 'out there' or strange.
10 LOVE - Pre-Flight Drink
We aren’t suggesting that you should go and get absolutely hammered before your flight, because that kind of logic doesn’t benefit anyone. However, what we are suggesting is that it can be really fun to go and enjoy a casual drink with your friends, family, or even by yourself before jetting off on the adventure of a lifetime.
Even if you’re just going on a business trip it can be nice to take the edge off, or better yet, just go and watch the planes fly by as you gear up for your trip.
9 HATE - Sleeping
Sleeping itself is an activity that most people enjoy, but not to the point where we are happy to do it at an airport. If there were rooms that could be rented out for a few hours then it wouldn’t be too much of an issue, but that rarely seems to be the case.
It’s always super uncomfortable, and you often have to check beforehand in order to see whether or not you’re even allowed to do so.
A quick tip: If you go to London Stansted, make sure you keep an eye on your bags and your own well being – because they aren’t afraid to get physical when waking you up.
8 LOVE - Suitcase Racing
This one sounds a little bit immature, but as long as nobody gets hurt or disrupted, then it should qualify as being nothing more than just a bit of fun.
Essentially, suitcase racing entails you sitting on a big suitcase with wheels (if you’ve got one, obviously) and racing someone else down a short route in the airport.
This is primarily done in order to pass the time when there are very few people around, and we obviously wouldn’t recommend you test it out in an area that is incredibly busy.
7 HATE - Airport Security
Airport security is an incredibly important part of the process when it comes to flying, and everyone needs to appreciate that. However, even with that being the case, it’s still very frustrating when it takes about five to ten times longer than you had initially anticipated.
It may not be anyone’s fault in particular, but it can get pretty cramped in there depending on what the layout actually is.
If you happen to have arrived a little bit late for your flight, too, then the pressure of the situation can soon become a bit excruciating.
6 LOVE - Reunions
Isn’t it beautiful to see people reuniting at the airport?
Whether it be long lost lovers or family members or something in between, a reunion at the airport always makes for an emotional moment or two.
You don’t even need to know the people in question, because simply sitting back and taking in the emotion of it all is good enough.
It is one of the reasons all the best Hollywood blockbusters feature moments like this. People pay money to see something that is going to get them invested, and airport reunions tick that box.
5 HATE - Walk To The Gate
There’s quite literally nothing worse than suddenly realizing that your gate is a 15-minute walk away. That may not sound like a long distance and we may be coming across as a bit 'first world privileged,' but a 15-minute walk at an airport can often feel like it’s taking an hour. Especially with heavy luggage.
It’s nobody’s fault especially because they can’t help how far away the gate is, but you need to plan your walk just right to ensure that you aren’t too late (or early).
4 LOVE - Browsing Departure Boards
This one is more for the geeks amongst us who really enjoy a good bit of daydreaming. You see, in any and all good airports, there are a few departure boards that give you an idea of what possible destinations people could be heading off to within the span of a few hours.
From short distance flights to those heading to the other side of the world, it gives us a handful of ideas in regards to where we would like to go on our next trip.
Life is an adventure, after all.
3 HATE - First Time Flyers
We understand these travelers do not intend to be frustrating in any way, shape, or form. It just seems as if first-time flyers always take ten times as long to do quite literally anything from the moment you arrive at the airport until the moment you get on the plane.
They can really slow down everyone's process, especially for those who have been there and done that on multiple occasions.
Perhaps you’re a bit more patient than we are, but for the most part, this seems like a universal thought process.
2 LOVE - The Arrival
It’s plain and simple, but arriving at the airport is one of the best parts of traveling. Whether it be after days or months or even years of waiting, you’ve finally arrived to take a trip that you’ve been anticipating for a while.
There are a million and one different emotions running through your body at any given time, but that’s part of the fun and part of the journey. Going on any kind of trip is a big step in anyone’s life because you’re always going to look back on it and remember it fondly (or just remember it as a timestamp).
1 HATE - Bag Check-In
It might be self-check-in or it might be done via a staff member, but either way, sorting your bag check-in is always a tense experience. You could be worried about your luggage being lost, or you may just be stuck in a queue that feels like it is taking forever.
There’s no right way to approach it, and while there are a lot of positives to going somewhere like an airport, it’s important to realize that the grown-up parts need to be prioritized above anything else.