Sweaty palms, heart thumping, stomach churning, clock-watching, arguing….
The symptoms many of us exhibit if we are catching a flight to go on holiday.
No matter how experienced we may be at flying, the stress of getting to an airport and onto the plane has never dissipated. We worry about timings, car parks, buses, luggage, queues, security regulations…it’s a wonder we ever go away. If we’re travelling with children, whether toddlers or teens, keeping them from screeching, sulking and dawdling makes it all ten times worse.
I’ve always believed that travelling to an airport is a lot like giving birth – painful at the time but all forgotten once it’s over….until the next time.
The best we can do is make every effort to reduce the aspects of flying which add tension to the trip. One way is to choose a local airport which, as well as offering the convenience of being closer to home, often has the added advantage of being smaller, with easy car parking near to the terminal.
KLM have invited Dougie and I to try out our local airport, Humberside, so we will soon be flying hassle-free from there to spend two nights in Amsterdam, KLM’s original home. Interestingly, where we live in South Lincolnshire, we could also have flown with them from Leeds Bradford, Norwich or Birmingham: all are under two hours drive from our home. In fact KLM fly from 16 regional airports in the UK, more than any other airline. Who knew?
KLM assure me that a shorter drive to the airport will avoid the scenario shown in the video below: it’s a funny clip but my heart was beating fast as I felt the stress building up in the poor mother who is about to explode…
I’ve had a look at Humberside Airport and am delighted to see the car parks are within walking distance of the terminal – that’s reduced my tension levels another notch because we won’t have to wait for the bus. I’m also hoping that as it’s smaller, the queues will be shorter and we won’t have as far to walk to the gate. It should be smooth and quick. More time for shopping? Excellent.
I’ll be reporting back after our trip to let you know how we get on but, in the meantime, let’s have your tips for Amsterdam. We only have 48 hours once we touch down at Schiphol Airport and are looking to see what the city can offer families of all ages, not just a couple of middle-aged empty nesters like us. If you know some quirky attractions, great places to eat or just somewhere for us to stand and stare then let me know.
In the meantime, I have cases to pack…