Which person are you?
Person A: You prefer not to waste time in airports. You leave home at the absolute last minute, get to the airport with just enough time to squeeze past security, and arrive at the gate in time to board.
Person B: You prefer to feel calm and un-stressed. You leave home ahead of schedule, get to the airport two hours early, meander through security, and read a book at the gate while waiting to board.
Either way, sometimes spending extra time in an airport is inevitable. Why not plan for it, and turn it into something useful?
Go to your departing airport’s website ahead of time and see what’s there. Some have art installments… others offer spas, casinos, barbers, shopping, live music, and great food, among other things.
Here are some great airport shopping options in the U.S:
Denver (DEN) – Hammond’s Candy – Local sweets since 1920
Houston (HOU) – Stelzig – Western cowboy boot shop
Minneapolis (MSP) – Airport trains can take you to the Mall of America in 12 minutes!
New York (JFK) – Metropolitan Museum of Art shop
Portland (PDX) – Powell’s Books – Small installment of the huge city bookstore
Seattle (SEA) – Fireworks – Local shop full of crafts and gift items
Washington Dulles (IAD) – Smithsonian Museum Store
Pro Tip: Check individual airport websites for coupons.
Next time you’re stuck in an airport, go to the terminal next door and find a birthday present for a friend… or catch the game in a sports bar.
Tomorrow I’ll send you Denver Post Travel Editor Kyle Wagner’s all-time favorite airport in the world. She loves it so much, she’ll sometimes fly there just to collect air miles.
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