Maybe I’m not travelled enough, but airports still stress me out. There was a point on my around the world trip that I began to feel more comfortable in them. Maybe a little too comfortable, because I ended up missing my flight. I went to the wrong terminal and although they called my name of the PA system, I had my headphones on so I didn’t hear them, oops! Did I mention I had already spent 10 hours at that airport on a layover? I might have cried a bit and yelled at some people that day.
To be honest, I’m not afraid of planes at all, I’m afraid of missing them or something going wrong before/after the flight itself. I have always been this way and missing a few flights only enhanced my anxiety. Thus, I’m always super early to the airport, pacing around to kill time and flights become day long escapades. Recently, I was advised to start using Airport Parking instead of mooching rides or paying crazy money for cabs (I’m an hour away from the airport without traffic). I think my friends and family are fed up with me and my pre-flight anxiety because they suggestion this. I guess I’m ‘not a nice Hogga’ when I’m stressed out.
Being a backpacker, I’m usually flying to far destinations for long periods of time. I believe this contributes to my hate for airports. Either I’ve been preparing to leave for weeks or I’ve been on the road for a long time and am a littler over-tired. I’m far more relaxed when flying from Toronto to visit my family in Boston or Florida. The flights are short and if I miss it, there’s usually another flight shortly after. It would still suck to miss the flight, but at least the ‘water works’ don’t come pouring down. Missing a flight to South America and having to wait a whole day for the next flight is what gets me far more emotional. Also, flying home usually makes me more sensitive, because I’m sad to be leaving exciting destinations. Even more than this, I just want to get back to Canada, have a decent shower and stuff my face with delicious pizza.
I’ve never parked my car while I fly though and don’t know anyone else who has other then my friend in England who uses Gatwick Airport Parking, but that’s fairly useless to me. He likes being on his own time and having his car there when he gets off his flight which I can understand.
Even when I take taxis to the airport they tend to be late and it freaks me out, I don’t trust them like I do a friend of family member. This could be an anxiety of having to depend on others as well. I’m sure none of you would be surprised to know that I might be a tiny bit of a control freak. The last two times I was flying home, I either missed my flight or it was really late. This left my poor friend Dan waiting for hours at the airport.
I’m always excited in every trip that I tend to arrive at the airport very early and I kinda enjoyed it by watching people hustles for a trip of their own, or maybe I haven’t flown enough to get tired of hanging out and waiting for my flight. Happy traveling 🙂
I always get there so early too!
I’m paranoid and I always like to get there wayyy before time…just in case I want to buy some shit at the duty free lounge. I remember when my flight last year got delayed from Lima back to Miami and I lost my shit. I’d up since 3am, in line at 4am, and at 5am when they said the flight was delayed 7 hours I flipped my shiz. I called up Mike wailing how he had to get me on an earlier flight (which would have cost like 1000 dollars). Instead, they put me up in the executive lounge-I took a shower, a nap, ate from a buffet and when my flight was finally called I almost was sad to leave. Cwazy.
HAHA I know. It’s so easy to spend money there when your waiting for so long. I’ve given myself a sink wash down in the public bathrooms before.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE airports. By the way I have missed 2-3 flights, the airlines just puts you on the next one, no biggie.
The ones I’ve missed have always required me to stay an extra night or two.
I loooooove airports!!!!! I feel like anything is possible if I can just get on a plane. I am, however, a nervous traveler and like to arrive hours earlier. And hey, that means I get to sit at the bar on spy on people.
HAHA what’s with everyone and their people watching at airports? I usually just stare at the wall or out the window
Awwww, airports make me SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!
I love airports. Have since I was a kid. Not just because it means I’m going somewhere to do something that I’m not doing right now – I like change – but also I think because there’s no pressure in any way. As long as ice checked in on time, which I can now do on my phone, I’ve got free time. No work, no commuting, no need to do anything. Just no stress relax time. Plus there are book stores and several varieties of over priced, usually bad food. K so it’s not all good…
Sounds like work out time for me. It’s my alone time with my thoughts, or not having to think at all.
I’m not a fan of airports…. Being 6ft 4 flying has never been a comfortable experience for me however since I got stuck at Washington Airport for three full days…. in the winter… in shorts and t-shirt… with no luggage…. I hate them.
Oh and it wasn’t my fault. I missed the connection as our first flight was delayed.
Spent the whole 3days waiting at each boarding for any flight to the UK hoping that someone wouldn’t show up so we could get a seat. Lived off pizza rolls and skanky coffee. Eugh….
Whaaaaaaat! You’re 6’4 Nick!? That’s crazy! Living off pizza can’t be all bad though… it’s my favorite 🙂
Since I have done so much bus travel in Latin America, having a flight is like a little bit of luxury, and I’m willing to deal with the crappiness of airports. If they give me free wifi, I’m usually happy.
If the wifi isn’t free, it’s redic expensive
Most of my trips over the last 10 years involved lots of driving. This last one involved flying (then driving) and it brought back to me all these reason people hate airports (Plus, more).