I am one of those people who will turn up at an airport three hours before my flight, four if it’s a long-haul flight, and a lot of the time I tell people this and they stare at me like I’m crazy and ask why I do this. Ever since I was a kid my family would always haul us to the airport earlier and it’s just something I’ve got into the habit of doing and I love it.
Your holiday starts earlier
Everyone knows your holiday starts when you leave for the airport so the earlier you leave the earlier your holiday starts. FACT
You can be first in the queue to check in your luggage
Unless I’m flying with cheaper airlines where all destinations check their luggage in at the same desk aka Easyjet/ Ryan Air I can hover and ensure that I am the first person to get rid of my luggage meaning I am lighter and freer to explore.
I’m not left panicking when security lines are long
While I’m generally quite lucky when it comes to security lines and 10-15 minutes is about all it ever takes, I have had times during peak season when it’s taken me half an hour or more. If I had only left 2 hours to begin with and spent half an hour checking in my luggage I’d begin to panic if I saw long security lines. By turning up early I never have to worry.
I can have a nice meal before my flight
This is especially important when I have a super early flight and haven’t had breakfast, or if I’m going on a longer flight and haven’t pre-booked a meal (which I don’t tend to do). By sitting down and having a proper meal I don’t need to worry that I’m going to have a growling tummy on the plane and that the first thing I’ll want to do once I’ve landed is seek food.
I can buy a drink for my flight
The queues in the airport WHSmiths’ are generally always a nightmare so getting there early means I can purchase a drink for the flight ahead of me and pack it away in my hand luggage.
I can explore duty-free
Because who doesn’t love duty free? If you’re rushing you might not have time to explore through duty free, and this is a huge mistake, especially if you’re abroad as you don’t know what great deals you might be able to get. I leave plenty of time when flying back to the UK because chances are I’ll have a bit of currency left and will want to make sure I spend it wisely at the airport.