7 Airport survival tips for Heathrow flyers

With the warmer months approaching, you’ve probably started planning a family getaway, which means super exciting times are coming! However, before you arrive in your dream destination, you’ll have to overcome various obstacles at the airport. And when you’re flying from Heathrow – the UK’s busiest airport, those challenges will be multiplied.

To help you on your way, here are seven airport survival tips. 

 

  • Arrive early

 

Why on earth would you want to spend more time at the airport than necessary? You wouldn’t really, but when it comes to airports, it’s better to be safe than sorry, otherwise you could end up missing your flight. So rather than following the two hour rule, arrive a little earlier and enjoy a more relaxed trip through Heathrow. 

 

  • Join Heathrow Rewards

 

Joining the Heathrow Rewards scheme allows you to earn points on pretty much everything you buy at the airport from food to shopping to currency. And you can use your points to pay for future travel expenses such as parking and flights. So if you’d like to be rewarded for your custom at Heathrow, head to the official website to sign up.  

 

  • Book fast-track security

 

Can you think of a worse part of the airport than the security checkpoint? From the massive queues to the invasive and ever-changing checks, it’s a real pain. However, you can speed things up a little by booking fast-track security and enjoy more time to explore the airport shops and restaurants before your flight. 

 

  • Install the Heathrow Airport app

 

Not many airports can boast having their own app – Heathrow can. So if you’re looking for a little bit of assistance with getting through the airport, installing the Heathrow Airport app is a must. You can use this clever little app to pre-order food and drink, and reserve goods from the airport shops – it even provides live flight updates. 

 

  • Dress in layers 

 

You can never be sure what the temperature’s going to be like at the airport or on your flight. It’s therefore a good idea to wear thin layers, so you can easily adjust your outfit to suit the varying climates you might encounter. 

 

  • Book airport parking early 

 

Airport stress often kicks in before you’ve even left the house. Booking your airport parking in advance is one way to minimise this stress because it gives you one less thing to worry about and saves you looking around for a spot when you arrive. One of the best places to find Heathrow Airport parking deals is comparison site SkyParkSecure.com. 

 

  • Keep an eye on the time 

 

With so much going on around you and a family to look after, it’s easy to lose track of time in the airport. So remember to keep an eye on the time and set an alarm to remind you to head to your gate. It’s also worth locating your gate in advance so you know exactly where to go. 

Follow these seven tip-top tips and you and your family will pass through the airport with ease, next time you fly from Heathrow. 

That’s our list! Share you own airport survival tips in the comments section.

Try A Different Kind Of Cruise This Summer

I have already shared my love of cruising holidays in many posts on this blog. For me, the luxury of the setting, combined with the excellent food and entertainment options is a great selling point. Add in the beauty of waking up in a different port of call every day. allowing you to experience a new city, culture and atmosphere, and I think you have the makings of the perfect holiday for all the family.

But cruising does not have to mean a European adventure, nor does it have to be restricted to warmer weather destinations, or sailing only. You can fly to a whole range of ports in order to start your cruise much further afield, and can then take in some of the wonders of the modern world whilst enjoying the luxury and adventure that a cruise can provide.

Alaska is becoming a very popular destination for those who like to cruise, but want to see something more than European cities. Companies like Canadian Affair organise cruises for those who want to experience an Alaskan cruise, with an option of first flying to Canada from a host of UK airports including Gatwick and Manchester. The beauty of these cruises is that you also get to see a little of Canada, as they also combine an option to stay in major Canadian cities such as Victoria and Vancouver before you embark on your seven night cruise, thus giving you a trip that combines both stay and cruise.

So why might you be tempted to cruise to Alaska I might hear you say? Well, the question should really be why wouldn’t you. The Inside Passage is one of the most glorious waterways you will ever see, with lots of opportunities to enjoy stunning scenery and maybe even spotting a whale or two. Along the route you will stop at a series of lively and vibrant port towns including Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan, all with their own history and culture that will help to create unforgettable memories. This is the sort of holiday that will long live in the memory, and will have you planning how you will be able to return again next year – real bucket list territory.

If you have been looking for somewhere different to holiday this Summer, then an Alaskan cruise could be what you have been looking for.You can also currently book for 2019 for 2018 prices so you could sort out next years holiday too.

Summer Travel: Join The #Vanlife

Yesterday I posted about how the coming of Spring, and lighter nights and warmer days, automatically turns our thoughts to our Summer holidays. But the coming of Summer doesn’t have to mean that we have to go abroad in order to escape from the rat race. The upcoming Brexit, which has led to the weakening of our pound has led many people to looking more closely at the British Isles when it comes to Summer vacation – no need for passports, currency, holiday jabs or those lovely long queues at the airport as they bring in yet another way to scan your passport. The British Isles are full of natural stunning beauty, and with the choice of glorious countryside or fabulous coastlines, as well as cities that are well worth visiting, it seems that there has never been a time to enjoy a ‘staycation’.

One fabulous way to enjoy the best of British is by traveling around in a fully converted camper van. Sherwood Campers are a business who specialises in converting VW Transporters into vans that you can go travelling in, and are fully fledged members of the #Vanlife movement, showing that you can have both luxury and freedom as your van hits the open road and you travel wherever the mood takes you on the ultimate road trip.

Here are a few reasons why I think joining the #Vanlife movement could totally make this summer the best ever.

Luxury all the way

If you think of traveling in a converted camper van and your thoughts turn to a 1960s hippie style vehicle, or worst still, the Scooby Doo! mystery machine, then you really need to look again. Today’s converted camper vans are comfortable and luxurious, with heating, seating and bedding arrangements all sorted. You can make the decision between opting for something ultra luxurious (great if you are just in a couple), or something more durable and child and pet friendly. You can add a pop up roof for extra space and style too. The whole effect is one that is of style and comfort as you travel. There are many options available to you, including renting a bus or van from www.limofind.com, this can certainly keep the cost of your holiday down.

Freedom

Camper van travel offers great freedom for the traveler, you can literally go wherever you want to go, stay for as long as you want, and then move on to the next destination. These vans work so well for those who love a road trip, who love the chance to explore different destinations without necessarily have to book up ahead, and also work well for those who like to spend the summer enjoying festivals and free entertainments.

As long as you have petrol in the tank, the World really is your oyster.

Cost

Another advantage of choosing the #vanlife is that the cost can be quite reasonable when it comes to staying on campsites and holiday camps. Many holiday parks have space for campers and tourers that can be paid by the day and tend to be minimal when compared to renting a caravan on the same site. We have a caravan in Wales and our site also has a camping field and facilities including toilets, a shower block, electricity and power points and costs less than £20 a night. This allows you to enjoy a few nights and then move on.

Will you be joining the #Vanlife?