I have a love-hate relationship with layovers when I fly. On the one hand, they add to travel time, can mean sitting for hours in agony-inducing molded plastic chairs, and are either panic-inducing if too short or boring as bleep if too long.
But this article about the best airports for long layovers on Huffington Post’s travel channel interested me quite a bit. Even in the tiny little descriptions HuffPo provided, spas and hourly-rate pod hotels and health centers and lounging areas came up. Any and all of these things would be fabulous for a traveler with pain who is enduring a long multi-connection flight. I’ve had a 15-minute massage at an airport (shamefully, I forget which one) one time, and it helped me both physically and psychologically (the relaxation helped me to face the rest of my transit day). For a long layover at Heathrow, I’d be all over one of those pods at the Yotel. Or in a pinch, I’d go for a chaise longue at Charles de Gaulle. A safe, comfortable place to put my feet up and relax my body or possibly sleep for even as little as an hour would add at least a couple of spoons* to my day’s allotment.
I think I’m going to do some research, and see if I can create a few posts with lists of airports that have amenities that could be of use to travelers with pain. What would you all find the most useful? Lounge areas with chaises for rent? Pod hotels with by-the-hour rates? Spas? Gardens with comfy seating and fresh air?
* Yes I know that I’m using the spoons analogy a lot lately. What can I say? It’s such an easy shorthand to describe how I live and travel with pain.
Photo (c) jamiejohndavies on flickr