You have to love airports. You have to love the hustle and bustle, the air of possibility, the chance to eat and shop, the opportunity to sit down and relax and look forward to the journey that lies ahead of you.
This is, of course, sarcasm. You don't have to love airports, because airports suck. They should be straightforward, reasonable places where you just check your bags in and get on your flight to go somewhere else, and yet as all travellers know, they're anything but.
Airports are expensive – they're far too expensive. They usually cramped and crowded. They're hard to get to. They're places where you waste hours of your life standing in lines, where you get funnelled through shops you don't want to look in, where you get hassled by security staff and hounded by sales assistants wafting free samples of expensive perfumes.
Airports are no fun – and yet we all have to visit them, and we all have to survive them.
On this episode of Flight of Fancy, the Traveller.com.au podcast, I talk to fellow airport dwellers Ute Junker and Rob McFarland about a subject that will strike fear into the heart of every frequent traveller.
How do you get the best out of your airport visit? Which are the best hubs in the world? Which are the worst? And what are the tricks to not just surviving them, but thriving there?
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