When planning a trip, the airport is usually not on the list of places you are most interested in spending time. But when traveling long distances, you will inevitably have a layover in a different city where you may be forced to spend a significant amount of time. Most airports, frankly, are now fun at all. But that does not mean they are all terrible.
Many airports are beginning to introduce more entertainment and innovative features that can make your layover a lot more tolerable. I am talking about anything from zen gardens and rooftop pools to museums and even ice-skating rinks.
If you are trying to squeeze the most enjoyment out of your vacation, considering planning your layover to take place at any one of these great airports.
1) Changi Airport, Singapore
- Five lush gardens: rooftop, sunflower, orchid, cactus, and butterfly garden (1,000 real, live butterflies)
- Terminal 1 has a Balinese-style rooftop swimming pool
- Offers free city tours of Singapore if you have 6 hours or more to kill
Best airline to book: Cathay Pacific
2) Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam
- One of the most innovative airports in Europe
- View prominent works by famous Dutch artists at the Rijksmuseum at Amsterdam Schiphol
- Airport Library
- Meditation Center and Rituals Spa
- Dutch souvenir stores
- Only 1 terminal, so no matter where you are flying you can have access to the great features
Best airline to book: KLM
3) Hong Kong International Airport
- Built on an artificial island with great views of the city
- Aviation Discovery Center
- Rooftop SkyDeck to watch planes
- 350-seat IMAX theater
- Two great shopping centers: SkyPlaza and SkyMart
Best airline to book: Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Qantas
4) Incheon International Airport, Korea
- Cultural museum
- Korean Cultural Street where you can experience Korean architecture
- Cultural performances year round
- Actor reenactments of Korea’s royal family
- Multiple gardens: rock, cactus, pine tree and an outdoor garden
- Observation deck
- 240-seat movie theater
- Ice Forest: a real, fully operational skating rink
Best airline to book: Korean Air, Asiana Airlines
5) Munich Airport, Germany
- Freshly brewed beer
- Traditional Bavarian-style sausage in the largest covered beer garden in Europe
- Live bands during the summer
- Brewery tour and beer tasting
- 18-hole mini golf course
- Relaxation Zones with couches and special lights and plants to create tranquil environments
Best airline to book: Lufthansa
If you are interested in find more great airports then check out this article here. Safe travels!
We are in the heart of the summer, which is the perfect time to travel. I have been providing a great deal of travel destination suggestions, but I would love to hear from others about what there favorite location is.
If you could go anywhere this summer, where would you go? Is a place that you have traveled to before and absolutely fell in love with? Is there a place out there that you have read about and you are waiting for the opportunity to see it for yourself?
I would love to hear what everyone out there is looking to check out this summer. If you have any recommendations, let’s get a conversation started on Twitter. Send me a message at @ivanaD_domenico. Get our there and travel!
Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States, located between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed. The city, often referred to as the “Windy City” has a vibrant culture, with everything from visual arts, novels, film, theater, improvisational comedy to a large music scene that includes jazz, blues, soul and house music.
If you have the opportunity to make it to Chicago, a popular tourist destination is the Navy Pier. You will find retail stores, restaurants, museums, exhibition halls, auditoriums and the 150-foot tall Ferris wheel. Chicago was actually the first city in the world to erect a ferris wheel!
For a great view of the city, The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) has an observation deck opened year round with views overlooking Chicago and Lake Michigan. If you are not afraid of heights, there is an enclosed glass balcony that extends over the side of the building allow you to look straight down.
If you would like to learn more about Chicago you should check out this website.
Denver is the capital and most populous city in the state of Colorado, located just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Also known as the Mile-High City, the elevation of Denver is exactly one mile (5,280 ft) above sea level. When traveling to Denver, you can expect to find many nationally recognized museums, such as the Denver Art Museum by the world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. Denver is also home to the second largest Performing Arts Center in the country behind the Lincoln Center in New York City.
Denver is an extremely fast growing city willed with many activities and a bustling, fun culture. There is a wide range of great art galleries, restaurants, bar and clubs. Denver is actually home to a number of local and national breweries as well. The city is a great place to spend time outdoors, with generally sunny weather and close proximity to the mountains. During the summer months there is a number of great places to hike, climb, kayak and camp. In the winter, you should definitely check out some of the local ski mountains.
If you would like to learn more about Denver you should check out this website.
The 2015 World Expo will be one for the books. The theme this year revolves around food and sustainability practices. So what better place to host such an event than Milan? Dishes from modern Italian cuisine have become dietary staples for many Americans, but many of the authentic “Italian” dishes served in the US have a distinctly American flair. So, you want some true to life Italian food? Then there can be no better chance than the expo this year, where you will be learning about the future of food while sampling some of the best in the world! Day passes start at around €39.
Learn more at the Expo website!
Some places on earth are fantastic for exploring. They seem to be an ideal way to pass a few days with family and friends, to frolic about while getting in touch with nature. A place to unwind, a place to relax.
But at Madagascar’s Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, this is far from the case. The landscape may be breathtaking, but at the same time it is literally life-taking. This is because of an unusual geographic feature characteristic of the region, called karsts. Simply defined, a karst is a topographical landscape that has been carved out from soluble rock, usually limestone. Dangerous as it may be, Tsingy de Bemaraha is a biological wonderland. New species are constantly being discovered every time scientists go there. After all, it’s not like a particularly easy place to conduct research.
Check out this video below. Though it’s in German, you don’t need to speak the language to see the wonders.