I’ve been looking for holidays lately, and one thing which has struck me as a pretty common theme is that flights are generally early; i.e. they leave at stupid o’clock in the morning, meaning you have to get there even earlier for check in, and in turn that equals an extremely early alarm call in order to actually get to the airport itself.
It’s basically a recipe for a very tiring travel day, which can cause tantrums, tears, arguments, and a pretty highly strung start to your holiday.
I guess the flip side of an early flight is that you get to spend your first evening in resort, without missing a full day and night, but you’ll probably be so tired from the time you had to rise, that you won’t really be up for a raging night out anyway.
How can you make an early flight better for your mind and body?
Spending the night at an airport hotel is one way around this predicament, because at least you are exactly where you need to be, and you don’t have to worry about the potential for delays on the road or rail, which puts added strain on your stress levels. A lot of the time there aren’t any trains or buses which will happily coincide with your flight time anyway; I’ve often looked for trains during the night to take me to the airport and it’s a no go for me. This is why booking a parking and hotel bundle is a good idea.
I use Airparks for my parking spot, and I much prefer the freedom of this compared to public transport, which simply stresses me out, and ends up costing me more as a result. I tend to bundle this together with my hotel needs, of which you’ll find plenty nationwide. I recently booked one of the Manchester Airport hotels and it really did make a huge difference to my travel day. Maybe this is something you should check out too.
Another way to try to survive your early flight with some semblance of order to your brain is to try and stock up on sleep ahead of your travel day, although this can have a tendency to mess with your body clock if you’re not careful. It’s a fine line, which you must read with caution, but trying to get as much rest as possible in the days leading up to your departure will mean you’re in a better state of mind and health as a result.
At the end of the day, it’s more about your destination than how you get there, but there’s no denying that if you can manage to make it a bit easier on your body, you’ll be in a better position to enjoy your time much quicker.
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