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Things That People Who Love Airports Will Understand

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OK, so I’m sure you’re all probably bored of hearing about the fact that I’m in Venice at the moment but I’ve completely fallen in love with this incredible place. It’s way more idyllic than I imagined it to be and everywhere you look, there’s another gorgeous sight to be seen. From the bountiful canals and gondolas, to the exceptional Gelato and pasta dishes, Venice has well and truly captured my heart.

One of my favourite parts of going on holiday is actually spending time at the airport before I fly. I know for many people that killing two or three hours inside an airport is basically something that is an annoying necessity to get to the desired location. However, I absolutely bloody love them!

Here’s a list of things that people who love airports will understand.

The people watching

I definitely inherited this trait from my mum, but I really love spending time people watching, especially at airports. Everyone always seems so eager to board their flight and escape their mundane lives for a week in the sun. I love seeing couples excited for their first holiday together, or the kids that are being wheeled around on their Trunkies, barely able to conceal their joy. The arrivals gate is always filled with people picking up their loved ones or a stag do that looks a little worse for wear. Either way, there’s something almost magical about seeing so many different people and wondering where they’re going and where they’ve been. It also always makes me feel glamorous and sophisticated whenever it’s my turn to board the flight; I’m obviously not (lol) but it’s nice to feel that you’re about to step onto an aeroplane that’s going to transport you somewhere entirely different.

Duty Free

I bloody love shopping at Duty Free, there’s something entirely liberating about spending an entirely insane amount of money on things that you probably (definitely) don’t need! Also, just walking through the perfume department and trying on approximately 47 different perfumes to make sure you’re set for your adventure is something that I love to do. There’s always some great bargains to be found at Duty Free, especially in the food and alcohol section and it’s such a delight stocking up on abnormally large sizeΒ Toblerone for no reason at all!

The food

While the airport might not serve world class, 5* food, there’s something so exciting about having a Burger King at 6am when you absolutely wouldn’t in any other situation. The fact that your holiday is about to start means that you can start pigging out as soon as you’ve checked in! Grab a delicious burger and fries and if you’re feeling exceptionally decadent, nab some fresh pancakes while you’re at it and make sure your holiday is off to a truly luxurious start!

Watching the endless planes take off

Okay, so this one might be more appropriate if you’re six years old, but I still get so excited at watching all the planes take off and land. Getting the obligatory plane pic for the ‘gram is also an absolute must. Sure, there might be a million and one plane pics circulating Instagram at any given time but that doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the fun and snap a few more! There’s something so incredibly Instagrammable about flying and airports and if you manage to get that perfect Insta-worthy shot then you’re on to a winner.

Being the first one to the gate when the gate number is called

While it’s inevitable that everyone will get on the plane regardless of whether you’re first in line or last, if you’re an airport lover, you have to be as close to the front as possible. Otherwise, how else will people know that you’re the most excited for your holiday?!

The fact that it’s acceptable to drink, even if it is 8am…

Hey, you’re on holiday right?! Crack open the prosecco and let’s start celebrating! Besides, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere… Not only that, but how often is it considered socially appropriate to start drinking that early on a morning? If you did that back at home, you’d be sure to receive some questionable stares…

The overall excitement that YOU’RE GOING ON HOLIDAY

You’re about to embark on a getaway that’s sure to be filled with sun, sea, sand and adventure (or you know, mountains and snow if you’re into that kind of holiday…). As soon as you walk through the airport doors and sail through security, you know you’re about to have the best week or two ever. It’s such a liberating feeling knowing you’re about to jet off somewhere new and exotic, and by the time you return, you’ll have countless stories to tell and memories to recount. Travelling really does do wonderful things to the soul and starting your adventure at the airport only heightens that electric experience!

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Do you like airports as much as I do? What are your favourite parts of travelling? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.

58 Comments

  1. Soph
    6th July 2017 / 6:14 pm

    completely agree, I bloody LOVE duty free! think its my favourite thing about the airport, i could spend hours in there! xx

    soph x | sophiejc.blogspot.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      8th July 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Haha I totally agree! Xx

  2. 6th July 2017 / 7:48 pm

    This post has inspired me to book a flight somewhere lol. I could relate to so many of the things you listed! Especially the food!πŸ˜‹

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      8th July 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Ahah go for it girl! X

  3. 6th July 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I LOVE this post! I am so bad when it comes to people watching, I inherited it from my Mom too…then I did it so much that my BF now does it with me. We hardly talk when having a coffee out as we are so busy watching people haha. Also love duty free and a pre-flight Burger King πŸ™‚

    Steph xx
    http://www.stephsworld.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      8th July 2017 / 3:28 pm

      Haha, that’s so true! People watching it awesome haha xx

  4. 6th July 2017 / 9:35 pm

    This is like me in a post all so so true, airports are literally the best thing!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      8th July 2017 / 3:28 pm

      They are, aren’t they?! X

  5. Sarah
    7th July 2017 / 6:45 am

    Love duty free xx

  6. abbeylouisarose
    7th July 2017 / 8:16 am

    I really don’t mind spending time in airports either! I quite enjoy people watching, and can never turn down an early-morning McDonalds hahah 😏 I will definitely be investing in some duty free purchases when I’m off on hols next month!!

    Abbey 🌸 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      8th July 2017 / 3:29 pm

      Ooh how exciting! And an early morning McDonald’s is always the best! X

  7. Kayleigh Zara
    7th July 2017 / 12:28 pm

    Duty free is my favourite bit of the airport, so many great deals! I’m looking forward to travelling in October so that I can get some perfume and maybe some makeup treats x

    Kayleigh Zara πŸŽƒ http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      8th July 2017 / 3:29 pm

      Definitely! It’s also great to buy things there! X

  8. Harriet
    7th July 2017 / 12:43 pm

    I’ve barely flown so I haven’t really experienced airports but I love duty free!!!

  9. Harriet
    7th July 2017 / 12:43 pm

    I’ve barely flown so I haven’t really experienced airports but I love duty free!!!

  10. 8th July 2017 / 4:04 am

    I love to people watch, it’s fun seeing kids getting excited, people running for flights, lads holidays, girls holidays, it’s so fun. I also love the obligatory drink before the flight haha one of my favourite bits.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      8th July 2017 / 3:30 pm

      Haha I totally agree Jordanne! There’s so many different people to see! X

  11. 8th July 2017 / 8:51 am

    Airports make me feel so nervous for some reason, I do like the duty free and food but I can’t help but constantly be stressing out when I’m there. Good post though, people watching is always fun x

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      8th July 2017 / 3:30 pm

      Oh no, that’s too bad hun πŸ™ xx

  12. 8th July 2017 / 10:49 am

    Haha this most made me chuckle literally everything… the airport on the way there is the best part of the holiday for me. (I don’t like heat lol) having a nose in duty free is first on my list followed by a full English, watching the planes and chatting to my other half whilst people watching. We give random strangers whole lives haha. Xxxxxxx

    Lucylovesbeautyxo.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      8th July 2017 / 3:31 pm

      Totally agree with this haha! And a full English is a great idea πŸ˜‰ xxx

  13. 8th July 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I totally understand this cause I love airports too!! People watching is one of my favourite things, it’s why I love cafes so much!! And yes any excuse to crack open the prosecco is a good one for me! xx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      8th July 2017 / 3:31 pm

      Totally agree with this, people watching is so good haha! Xx

  14. 8th July 2017 / 6:11 pm

    loved this, I’m definitely the same I love observing everyone at airports especially trying to guess where they are going lol x

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th July 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Haha it’s so cool! X

  15. 9th July 2017 / 10:28 am

    i absolutely love this! i could sit and watch planes and people all day long!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th July 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you lovely!

  16. 9th July 2017 / 4:45 pm

    My fave point here is that it’s acceptable to drink anytime! It’s brill xx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      9th July 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Haha I deffo agree!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      10th July 2017 / 10:57 am

      Haha I definitely agree! X

  17. 9th July 2017 / 9:14 pm

    I absolutely love visiting airports even though I haven’t been on a plane in years. My Dad used to regularly take us to East Midlands to watch the planes and eat in the airport restaurants. Good times!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      10th July 2017 / 10:58 am

      Ah that’s so cool! X

  18. Terri Heckley
    10th July 2017 / 9:00 am

    I’m the complete opposite in airports haha. My anxiety gets the best of me. I just don’t like the waiting around before a flight!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      10th July 2017 / 10:58 am

      Aw no, that’s such a shame Terri! Xx

  19. 10th July 2017 / 1:52 pm

    I am definitely one of these people! I love the excitement of the airport ❀️

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      10th July 2017 / 4:12 pm

      I totally get it haha! X

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      10th July 2017 / 10:45 pm

      Thank you, it really is the best haha! X

  20. Olivia Mulhearn
    10th July 2017 / 9:00 pm

    This is literally my favourite thing! i love the duty free! i also love knowing your flying somewhere hot!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      10th July 2017 / 10:45 pm

      I completely agree haha!

  21. Amy
    11th July 2017 / 10:25 am

    I love people watching at airports πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th July 2017 / 11:01 pm

      It was the best time! Haha I totally agree! X

  22. Lauren
    12th July 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Oh I hate spending too much time in the airport ha. The only thing I enjoy is the bar ha. And being at the front of the line at the airport is a big no for me, I’m all about being right at the back ha. But I do love this post πŸ™‚

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      13th July 2017 / 10:58 am

      Aw lovely, that’s a shame! Airports certainly aren’t for everyone, but I deffo agree about the bar πŸ˜‰ xx

  23. 18th July 2017 / 4:14 pm

    I loved this post! Can relate to it so much haha, I’ve always loved airports and genuinely get so excited about spending a few hours there before getting on the plane. I always remember when I was younger getting Burger King as soon as we got to the airport! It’s like a tradition haha x

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      18th July 2017 / 4:34 pm

      Haha that’s exactly what we do too! X

  24. 18th July 2017 / 4:17 pm

    Omg Chloe this is my actual life haha. You’ve got me even more excited for my holiday to Cyprus in August now

    Chloe x
    Thengguidetolondon.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      18th July 2017 / 4:36 pm

      Haha, ooh that’s exciting! X

  25. 21st July 2017 / 10:21 pm

    I think the only thing I like about airports is how sophisticated they make me feel going on holiday as an adult haha x

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      22nd July 2017 / 5:59 am

      Haha I love that feeling too! X

  26. 13th August 2017 / 3:15 pm

    I LOVE airports, my boyfriend absolutely hates flying and hates the airports just as much. They’re just like a giant playground, something I even get a tiny bit excited if my flights delayed if I’m in an airport with good shopping (and food!) It’s made me doubley excited to fly again next month haha! xxxxx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      13th August 2017 / 6:16 pm

      I totally agree haha! They’re so much fun xx

  27. 21st June 2018 / 8:34 am

    I love and hate airports in equal measures. I love the routine and sense of adventure, I could almost get philosophical about it. But at the same time I hate the aniexty of what if I don’t hear that my plane is boarding and I miss my flight? I have to be at the gate as soon as it’s called lol!

    Michelle x
    http://www.wanderingcuriosities.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      27th June 2018 / 12:13 pm

      I totally understand that feeling Michelle! X

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