Making Connections the Enjoyable Way

Making Connections the Enjoyable Way
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Connecting flights can be a nuisance, can’t they? If you are looking for a cheap flight to somewhere in Asia, for example, the chances are that you will be offered two connecting flights. Sometimes the connection really is a connection, taken care of by the airline. Sometimes you get off one plane, you have half an hour to walk around the airport, look at the duty free goods or have a meal, and then you get on the connecting flight and away you go. Sometimes it turns out to be several hours because of a delay, and in a busy, noisy or dirty airport that is not much fun. It might be just long enough to stretch your legs and look around, and the inconvenience might be insignificant. Or it might turn into a nightmare, literally if you have to spend a whole night there. So connecting flights are not necessarily to be avoided, but you should try to ensure that the connection is within an hour or two. If you do have to spend a night and the airline is responsible, then they will have to provide you with a hotel room. Make sure that they do so. If, on the other hand, it is less than an hour in a well-designed airport, you might even wish it had been a bit longer.

Make the Most of It
After the plane has hit the deck, the captain should inform his passengers of any complications or problems regarding connecting flights. Listen carefully. There might be a map of the airport in one of the magazines provided by the airline, and it surely is not difficult to find such a thing online. So make yourself reasonably familiar with the layout of an airport before you get there if you have a connection to make. It saves time and probably some frustration when you get there. As you leave the plane, there is often another opportunity to ask whether there is any problem or change regarding your connection. As you get to the end of the tube connecting the plane to the port, look out for the smiling and good-looking models who welcome passengers to the airport. They ought to know about such things. Failing that, anyone who works for the airline that you are leaving with, unless it’s Gulf Air, will do their upmost best to help you. After all that is their job.

Choose a Good Airport If You Can, In the Far East there are several:
Kansai, Osaka
Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok
Changi, Singapore

And in Europe there are more:
Schiphol, Amsterdam
Vantaa, Helsinki
Eleftherios Venizelos, Athens

Not all airports are bright, cheerful and friendly, but many are. Some are interesting and are well decorated, whilst some are architectural marvels. Depending on personal interests, some people spend a long time admiring the design and construction of big, international airports. Chep Lap Kok in Hong Kong, Kansai in Osaka and, slightly closer to home, Stansted airport in Essex have all been designed by Norman Foster and Partners. They may be controversial in their own ways, but each is surely worth some aesthetic consideration at least.

Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, all on or very close to the Malay Peninsula, are all rather new and also impressive. The first and last of those three are particularly amazing, having been described in print as awesome, cool and spectacular. If you see the fountains and botanical gardens of Changi you will understand why, and Bangkok’s new airport, despite its unpronounceable name, may be what the future looks like. Jumping back to the west, Marrakech Menara is not large by international standards but surprisingly modern and interesting in design.

If going even further west, consider Washington Dulles, which was built in 1962. Its concrete roof hangs down in the middle like a canvas between rows of angled pillars and has been the inspiration of several more recent designs. It is easy to understand why. Madrid, for example, has a similarly swooping roof, but the ceiling is lined with bamboo which gives it a different feeling. Steel struts are painted in all colours of the rainbow from red, to violet, all along the length of the building. Also in Spain, the wonderfully spacious Barcelona airport is refreshing after hours in a plane as it feels like you are outside even if you do not leave.

The airport which looks like it’s on a raft, floating just off the coast at Rio, is something to behold on final approach, and not uninteresting after you land. The great, futuristic concrete cylinder of Charles de Gaulle in Paris and the sheer indifference to the conventions of airport design at Banjul in Gambia are just a couple more randomly chosen airports worth visiting. Having to wait a while for a connecting flight at any of these airports would hardly be a pain.

Author Bio:
Ariana Louis has written this article after recently finding special deals at to the South East of Asia. Ariana likes to share her experiences in her blogs and articles and would recommend Travel Republic services to anyone who is looking to book a holiday abroad.

5 parks around the world that you must see

Interested in exploring most beautiful green parks of the world? Planning to visit a world famous park that is famous for their exotic sceneries and colorful flowers decorations? We are here to come up with best parks in the world that are natural and have no artificial ecosystems to attract people. Natural beauty is something exhilarating and people always wanted to view natural scenes. They are not interested in artificial parks and arrangements made in parks. Check below the real and natural parks that you must see.

Best parks of the world:

This world is filled with exciting natural landmarks, waterfalls, landscapes and parks. Gear up your holiday trip to best destination.

Hyde Park London – London has a popular royal park that is famous for its exciting beauty and it is the major attraction for London tourists. They love to run rampant in this park. It has a deer park in old times, but now it is famous due to the Holocaust memorial, Princess of Wales memorial and Crystal Palace and Diana.

Stanley Park Vancouver – Vancouver is a popular city for its outdoor recreations for locals as well as tourist. Stanley Park is a major outdoor recreation park that has breathtaking views and captivating beauty to attract the visitors. You should visit this park as it has 8 million visitors every year. Popular attractions of the park include seawall paths, massive trees that add beauty to the landscape, lounge on the beach and the gaps between the poles in the parks.

Golden Gate Park – San Francisco has a famous Golden gate bridge that is attracting worldwide tourists. The same named park has been popular among millions of tourists. People come from different parts of the world to enjoy their holidays in this park. Flowers, gardens and enriched colors of the park attractions are making it fascinating. Popular attractions include conservatory of flowers, Botanical gardens, De young museum and a memorial for AIDS.

Lincoln Park – Chicago has an exhilarating park for its worldwide tourist. The lush green synthetic grass space is the major attraction for the tourists with an overall area of 1200 acres covered with these attractions. The parks not only have a garden but it also offers the best space for golf courses, tennis, basketball, and volleyball and baseball courts.

Flagstaff Gardens – If you are looking to explore the natural beauty in Melbourne, then Flagstaff Gardens is here for you. The area is famous from the time it was opened for visitors. The park has beautiful eucalyptus trees with fascinating flower gardens and the most thrilling wildlife is seen here. Enjoy your trip to Melbourne by must visiting this place.

World parks are famous for their gardens, flower arrangements and massive trees in the large space. The places offer a new sense of relaxation and a recreation for all visitors and local citizen. Your visit to the world popular cities is incomplete if you do not visit these parks.

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