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.

Visit London this Spring

It’s our capital city, and no-one would argue that it is also one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Of course I’m talking about London. Spring is a fabulous time to visit, the parks are in full bloom and everything looks better with a bit of sunshine. I have put together a short guide of places to visit this Spring if you are heading for a day out, a quick City break, or a longer trip. Don’t forget to look into getting a London Pass which could help you save money on a range of unmissable attractions, including historic buildings, sporting venues and beautiful gardens.

Harrods

Harrods is a must visit at any time of year.  As well as being an absolute icon of shopping and retail history, it is also a wonderfully stunning store, with incredible architecture that you can enjoy even without making a purchase and getting one of those little green bags.

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A River Thames Cruise

A river Thames cruise is just the best way to see the great city of London. They operate a hop on/hop off ticket so you can choose the parts of London to see in more detail, and you can also get more glamorous packages which include a gourmet meal or a dinner dance. There truly is no better way to enjoy the city, and all its incredible bridges, including the iconic Tower Bridge.

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Wembley Stadium

For lovers of football, a trip to Wembley Stadium is a must do. The stadium runs tours regularly and there is also a pretty brilliant stadium megastore where serious football fans can make a huge dent in their spending money. Make sure you get lots of photographs of that famous Arch.

Carnaby Street

It’s no longer the centre of cool London like it was in the 1960s, but Carnaby Street and the surrounding area is still a great place to find independent boutiques, vintage shops, and branches of more unusual High Street stores – Monki and Irregular Choice amongst my faves. Carnaby Street is still a place to find an unusual gift, independent food vendors and some pretty good street entertainment.

 

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The Shard

If you want to get a view across London, then the viewing platform from The Shard is certainly the best place to get it. You can see almost 40 miles across the city from the platform, and your ticket is weather guaranteed, meaning that if the day turns out to be foggy or drizzly, you can come back for free.  If the view doesn’t take your fancy you can always check out the  growing retail arcade situated on the pedestrian route between London Bridge underground station and the main entrances to The Shard.

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Architecture, Architecture

If, like me, you are interested in beautiful buildings and interesting architecture, then London is the city to visit. It has everything to savour, from the Art Deco beauty of the Hoover Building and the Daily Express building, to the Regency buildings of John Nash, and the artistry of Sir Christopher Wren. The newer architecture is also interesting and awe inspiring. Take a bus tour and just enjoy the sites.

Holidays For 2019

Happy New Year to you all. And, with Christmas now just a memory, tell me, who’s now thinking about holidays for the Summer, or maybe a break for this Spring? if the answer to this question is yes, then maybe you need to think about a holiday somewhere a little closer to home, one that avoids passports, airports and Brexit. I’m talking about a UK break.

It seems odd to say this, but many people who travel the world often admit that they haven’t really seen the best of what the UK has to offer. In the quest to see the world, they have missed what is in their own backyard. I have to admit to being one of these people, so while I have been thinking of booking for 2019, I have been looking at some of the places which I have yet to visit in the UK.

Here are a few places that have made my must visit list.

Brighton

Brighton is one of the most vibrant, diverse places in the UK. A stunning seaside town that boosts of one of the most bizarre of all Royal palaces – The Brighton Pavilion. Created by George IV as a seaside pleasure palace, it resembles something you would find in India rather than on the South Coast of England.

You can get good deals on tickets for the Brighton Pavilion and it is well worth a visit just to see this unusual, Grade 1 listed palace and try to imagine our current Royal Family living there – something tells me this would’ve been more to Fergie’s taste than Meghan Markle’s.

Morecambe

One of the great things about discovering the English seaside is that it is also a voyage of discovery for fans of all things Art Deco. Morecambe is a key case in point. You can’t pay a visit to Morecambe without saying at least one night in the restored Midland Hotel. An Art Deco gem of the Streamline Moderne style that was built and was at its heyday in the 1930s, in recent years the Midland has been restored to its former glory and has glorious views over the sea.

Don a beaded flapper dress and imagine staying here in the time of The Great Gatsby.

Southport

If you love the idea that the English seaside town was at its height during VIctorian times, then Southport might be your perfect idea of the classic seaside town. Southport is a typical British seaside town, complete with grand seafront hotels and the Uk’s oldest iron pier. Amusement arcades, plenty of shops and traditional carousel rides all make it a wonderful place to visit if your favourite song is ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.’