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7 Ways to Deal with Airport Anxiety

7 Ways to Deal with Airport Anxiety
4 February 2019 James Brooke

Nervous flyer? Worried you’ll miss your boarding call? You’re not the only one. In 2018, a Which? report described UK airports as “stressful”, “abysmal” and a “total nightmare”*.  If you count yourself among the holiday-makers that turn down a pre-flight drink at the bar to wait tensely at the gate instead, allow Flight Centre, one of the UK’s most trusted travel agents, to ease your airport anxiety with these easy tips.

  1.   Fly in the morning

If you can’t relax on the day of your flight, then aim for an early flight; you can get it all over and done with! Going early also means you enjoy more time in your destination as well.

2.   Pre-book your airport transfers

Particularly useful if you are flying early (see tip one), pre-booking your airport transfer takes out the stress of getting to the airport, leaving the hassle to the professionals instead. They’ll know the routes, what the traffic is like, and how to get to your specific terminal. Plus, if you tell them you’re nervous they’ll put your mind at ease. To make sure things run smoothly for you, Flight Centre Travel Experts can pre-book your airport transfers, ensuring complete peace of mind.

3.   Stay at an airport hotel the night before

This is a great tactic to use if you have a very early flight. Airport hotels are practically set up for people who are nervous about getting to the terminal on time. They’re quiet, relaxing and best of all they’re close to the airport. Most offer free shuttle transfers while others have direct access to airport terminals – an airport anxiety sufferer’s dream!

4.   Aim to get there early

As mentioned before, arriving at the airport early is the key ingredient in curing your airport anxiety. For most international flights, airlines recommend you arrive two to three hours before your flight. Generally, the longer the distance you are flying, the earlier you should arrive at the airport. So, if you’re flying long-haul, you should arrive at the airport three hours before.

5.   Relax in an airport lounge

Airport lounges are great for obvious reasons (quiet, comfortable lounges, family rooms, complimentary food and drink), but they’re also incredible for airport anxiety sufferers. Ask your Flight Centre Travel Expert to arrange this in advance, so you can enjoy a relaxing cup of tea in front of a screen displaying live flight times, safe in the knowledge that you’re a short stroll to your gate.

For an even more stress-free lounge experience, it’s worth considering upgrading your flight. This way, you will be able to access your airline’s premium lounge, plus added extras, such as on-site spas, cinemas, private hotel-style rooms and direct gate access.

6.   Breathe

Just a few deep breaths can make a real difference. It sounds so simple, but it’s often the simplest things that are the most effective. Once you’ve arrived at the airport on time, gone through security and found your gate, take the time to find a seat, put your phone away, close your eyes and breathe. Breathing deeply slows down your heart rate, relaxes your body and eases your body out of anxiety mode. Your travel partner will no doubt thank you for it.

7.   Do yoga

Forget a stiff drink, yoga is the true cure for anxiety sufferers. Taking a few minutes to breath, stretch and pose will, according to the NHS, benefit people with high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and stress. Yoga rooms are the latest trend popping up in the world’s airports. San Francisco International Airport was the first to introduce one and, in the UK, the SkyTeam Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4 offers guests access to a tranquil yoga room complete with mats and SkyTeam’s own yoga video exercises.

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Since establishing the first Flight Centre store in 1995, the business has grown its team of Travel Experts to include over 80 stores within the United Kingdom, with new stores opening regularly. Worldwide, Flight Centre has an amazing 2,500 stores across the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada and more, making Flight Centre one of the largest and most successful independent travel retailers in the world. With its global reach and close relationships with the world’s best travel providers, the company is able to provide competitive travel deals.

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