A redeye and no Aircoach… fear not it’s EaZzzzzy with Holidos and Don’ts.
Your globetrotting Bandanaman is hotfooting it over to his spiritual homeland of Ireland tomorrow morning.
But such are the vagaries of North Berwick, 15 miles east of Edinburgh, that there is no aircoach from outside my door.
As there was 24-7 in Greystones, Co. Wicklow.
And so I have the options of a £75 taxi from Castle Murty, asking The Scary One to give me an early morning lift.
Or grabbing the last train (hopefully it’s on as the slightest puddle causes cancellations).
And bunking for the night at the airport… I’ve ruled out the £100 hotel rates.
So the Holidos and Donts.
A site for sore eyes
It helps if you’re in any of the airports flagged up by the excellent Sleeping in Airports site.
And you’ll notice that most of their followers’ recommendations are in stopover airports in Asia.
But there are some old faves too in Europe and America.
Best for a layover
In Istanbul’s award-winning Turkish Airlines Business Class lounge sure but also in their rest rooms with privacy walls while they also have shower rooms.
But also in Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam where they have designated rest zones and plenty of amenities including a casino, fitness facilities, a library and a museum.
And you’ll become an expert in putting with their 18-hole green on the balcony… and an arts aficionado with their excellent gallery.
Oh, and as for the rest the massages come highly recommended.
Munich Airport falls into the same category, and what it lacks for in ease for getting from one gate to the next when you misread your ticket it makes up for with helpful staff.
Arriving there just before the Oktoberfest you’ll find the staff dressed in Bavarian lederhosens.
And if you’re lucky then you’ll get the same Bertha who changed my ticket for a later one when I’d missed my original forwarding flight to Athens.
Dublin’s lair city
Now that I’ve had my accommodation taken care of by my friends in Ireland who are running the international travel network I won’t have to worry about kipping in Dublin Airport.
But there’s a sleeping pod with my name on it which I’ve bagsied in the past and no doubt will again.
And just to make sure your layover goes well a few tips.
*Lock your bags when you’re asleep and keep them wrapped around your shoulders.
*Put the alarm clock on your mobile to make sure you don’t miss the flight.
*And make sure you’re next to a plug socket just in case your mobile which has your boarding pass and Covid details and locator form on it is charged up.
See it’s EaZzzzzy with Holidos and Don’ts.