The thought of getting stuck in an airport during your trip due to a delay doesn’t necessarily have to be a vacation nightmare. That is, of course, if you happen to get stuck in some of the best airports around the world that surpass the mere function of a transportation hub and offer the comfort and convenience of an environment that will make you want to stay there longer. From thousands of airports to choose, these four are top notch and where you will actually enjoy a long layover.
In the past few years, Amsterdam’s Schiphol has been selected as the best airport in Europe; and with no surprise. Much more than a place to kill time, transferring through this airport is actually a pleasure.
This airport is popular for its comfort and facilities, which include several Rest Zones with reclining rest chairs, one hour Free WiFi, and a series of amenities and entertainment options including city tours, movie theatres, TV lounges, a museum, spas, a casino, a gym, and more.
Are you still wondering why this has been selected as the best airport in Europe?
Hong Kong is an impressive city, so its airport couldn’t miss the opportunity to be impressive in its own right. With an IMAX movie theatre, a 9-hole golf course, and a sports simulator inside the airport, a long layover will feel more like an entertainment break rather than wasted time.
But, Hong Kong is not just about entertainment; in the airport you can find workshops and exhibitions of traditional and cultural experiences such as tea-making and Chinese Medicine.
Of course, there are also rest lounges, showers, and free WiFi for those who are more interested in catching up on work or just resting before the flight.
Seoul’s Incheon is so far one of my favorite airports in the world, and from experience, a layover there is not a dull moment of the trip. From interior gardens, to an ice skating rink, to traditional dance performances and traditional handcrafts workshops, there are so many things to do at Incheon Airport that even a really long layover will not be long enough to do everything.
I can’t miss mentioning the more common amenities like 24-hour food and drink, rest lounges, showers, free WiFi, and more.
But, should your layover really be too long, Seoul is just a short train ride away. The city is easy to explore and most of the important sights are very accessible.
Have you noticed how Asian airports are leading in terms of passenger experience? Just like Seoul’s airport, Singapore’s Changi Airport is top notch in quality, cleanliness, services and overall passenger experience. From experience, I can tell you that a long layover here is simply amazing.
If you’re looking for a nap, there are dozens of “snooze” chairs that will make your nap much more comfortable than the typical airport chair. There’s also free WiFi, free movies and live music, a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, spas, and a whopping 4-story slide!
There’s also an Entertainment Deck that includes a Jam Studio, LAN Gaming, Music Area, MTV Booth, Movie Theatre, XBox and PlayStation consoles.
If you’re more into nature, there’s a Nature Trail and various gardens including a Butterfly Garden, Cactus Garden, Fern Garden, Koi Pond, Orchid Garden, and a few more.
But, if you want to leave the airport, the city is pretty close by and easily explored either on your own or through one of the city tours offered at the airport.
Still, even if you happen to get stuck in one of these amazing airports, you should consider having a trip interruption policy to have peace of mind when that delay turns out to be too long for your trip or you need to cut your travels short.
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Norbert Figueroa is an architect who hit the pause button on his career in 2011 to do a round the world trip. He's been blogging for over three years at globotreks.com, where he shares his travel experiences, budget travel tips, and a good dose of world architecture. From hiking Mount Kilimanjaro to diving with great white sharks, he is always on the search of adrenaline and adventure. Norbert is originally from Puerto Rico and he is currently based in Milan, Italy... when not roaming around the world, that is. He has traveled to more than 80 countries in 5 continents and his goal is to travel to all 193 U.N. recognized countries. Follow Norbert on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus.
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