I've never been someone who is frightened of flying and as a whole, aeroplanes don't bother me at all and I actually quite like the holiday buzz that you can feel when you're in an airport. However, although they don't make me nervous, there's no doubt about the fact that flying and travelling to your holiday destination can be a bloody pain. It can be boring, exhausting and draining and as I always travel from Manchester Airport, I have the two and a half hour drive to look forward to as well. Last week, our flight to Barcelona was at 6:00am and with the long drive from Durham included, we'd need to set off at around 1:30am to give us enough time to get there and get sorted. Not a fun journey even when you're only travelling to your local airport at that time! That's why we've started booking a night in an airport hotel the day before we travel and Holiday Inn Manchester Airport is our favourite we've stayed in yet.
Travelling makes me so hungry and luckily the Holiday Inn has a restaurant on site so after we'd got settled into our room we headed down for a little snack. I had some filo prawns and sweet chilli dip (my FAV by the way), Karl had some chicken wings and we shared a good ol' portion of chips and it was really lovely. We were served straight away, the food was reasonably priced and we didn't even have to leave the hotel.
We've stayed in Holiday Inn's a few times now and we actually really like them. They may be a chain, budget hotel brand but they don't compromise on quality and that's what I love about them. We stayed in the Holiday Inn Express Times Square in New York in March and we honestly couldn't have asked for a better stay so I knew we'd like this one just as much (well, apart from the fact it isn't in New York haha!) Staying made our early flight so much easier and smoother and the staff were lovely, phoning us our taxi and helping out wherever they could. Oh and the wifi is fast and free, something which you don't often get in budget hotels!
What do you do to make your long journeys easier?
*P|R relationship. All words and views remain my own.