Picture the scene: you’ve just booked a holiday somewhere warm, picturesque and luxurious. It might be a while off, but it’s in the diary and you can bask in the feeling that at some point in the not-too-distant future, you’ll be having the time of your life.

For most, the purpose of a holiday is to take a break from normality. Recharging the batteries by lying by the pool all day, updating your memory banks with a wealth of new experiences, savouring exotic cuisine – whatever your reason for jetting off, you expect a holiday to leave you refreshed.

Why, then, is the gap between leaving your home and sitting down on the plane so often an experience you’d rather forget?

The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way. There are a number of ways you can avoid all the things that suck the joy out of your journey before it’s really even begun.

Here are just three…

  1. Book a meet and greet airport parking service

It’s likely you’ve used airport parking before. It tends to involve pulling up at an industrial estate ‘near’ the airport, shoehorning yourself and your luggage onto a minibus and enduring a fairly uncomfortable trip to the terminal.

There is a smoother way! Looking4.com offers a fantastic service – all you have to do is drive to the airport terminal. A driver will meet you there and whisk your car off to secure parking – on your return, the driver will have your car waiting for you at the front door. It’s so simple and takes one stressful part of the journey completely out of the equation.

  1. Stay in an airport hotel

Getting up in the middle of the night to catch a morning flight is not unusual. Sometimes the adrenaline of knowing your holiday is starting gets you through, but it is likely to catch up with you later in the day. The image of airport hotels being dated, last resorts is long gone and spending the night in the comfort of one instantly takes the pressure off. Yes, you still have to be at the airport a couple of hours before your flight, but being a few hundred metres from the terminal allows for a longer lie-in and cuts out any danger of getting caught in traffic at the worst possible time.

  1. Make use of the lounge

Some of you may have access to airport lounges through credit card deals or similar. In which case, you’ll be well aware of the benefits. Spending a wee bit extra to gain access to these lounges is well worth the money. They’re comfortable, quiet and generally pleasant places to await your boarding call. The noisy hustle-bustle filling the rest of the terminal seems a world away – sit back, relax and start your holiday properly.

Some of these tips may involve spending a little bit more, but the amount of pain each one relieves makes it well worth it.

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