I recently read an article in the paper about airport travel. I wasn’t sure exactly where the article was going, but stuck with it till the end anyway. I think the point was to prove or disprove the complications faced by people flying – although I failed to pin point it exactly. Nonetheless, about to embark on our first family package holiday, if nothing else, it did make me think.
We have been away once already this year. To Pompeii, Italy. And whilst we had a bit of a parking issue which meant we only just made it to departures in time, had a poorly child and a delay because of a technical fault, I have to say it actually went fairly smoothly.
We flew with BA who I know have had quite a lot of ‘bad press’ lately (and with good reason), but our personal experience with BA has been fantastic. Aside from the delay caused by a technical fault, and the food in-flight being just a bit rubbish, we were all placed together on the aircraft (without us paying extra) and essentially it was a really good all round experience. As was the overall experience at both airports, Gatwick and Naples. But! (and there is always a but), we went in May and not August.
We are now undertaking holiday number two, to Crete, in what is likely to be the busiest time of the year – The Summer Holidays. Its all been booked through LoveHolidays.com who so far, have been very good. On the face of it, its almost like having the best of both worlds – a package holiday, but booking each element independently and therefore hopefully saving you a bit of money. We can only wait to see if this really works in reality. We fly out, very early from Gatwick with Thomson. We then have taxi transfers to our hotel, and then that’s it – the hotel is our base for the next 7 days.
My concerns; at the moment, lay mostly with sitting together on the plane, but then I consider the seemingly escalating heat in Europe and the possibility of no air conditioning, and then the equally possible long delays at the airport on return, and, and, and…. I could go on.
I could tie myself up in knots about it, but there is little point. We will all be there soon, one way or the other.