It wasn’t until I really sat down and thought about it, that it occurred to me just how emotional airports can be. Just think about experiences that you might have had. I know that I personally must have experienced what feels like every emotion on the spectrum! It fascinates me to sit at an airport and wonder where people are coming from or going to and what their stories are and now I’m going to share with you some of mine!
Lets start with the one that the majority of holiday makers experience, the EXCITEMENT! I know this is something I’ve felt at both the departure and arrival airports! Sitting in departures (read as ‘the pub’…even at 3am it’s acceptable to have a beer with your breakfast), finally getting a break from reality and you’re going to be jetting off for X amount of time to go on a new adventure/to exploring/to relax.
I don’t know about everyone else, but for me, especially landing into a new place…I want the window seat, if not I look like a meerkat trying to peer out of somebody else’s window! I love the excitement of seeing a landscape for the first time as you come into land. Is it green? Hilly? Built up? Are the roads busy? Is the sun shining?!
When you finally reach the terminal, you’re willing your luggage to come out first so you can hit the road as soon as possible! Then what does the weather feel like? Do you hit the heat barrier or is it freezing cold?!
Or maybe you’re NERVOUS about arriving! If there’s a language barrier it can often be overwhelming especially if you need toxsdd catch public transport and need to buy onward tickets and figure out timetables or directions!
As an expat I can not even describe the feeling of arriving home knowing that your family will be waiting to greet you at the airport after many months apart! The ANTICIPATION literally kills you!! I find myself having to hold myself back from literally sprinting from the airplane door to the arrivals area!! That immigration line can not move fast enough! Next time you come through arrivals, just hang back for a few moments and watch some of the reunions and watch the pure HAPPINESS on people’s faces.
Speaking of immigration lines…what about the ANNOYING feelings for airport life? Getting FRUSTRATED at slow moving lines or not being able to find a seat in the departure lounge. The DISAPPOINTMENT of having a flight cancelled or the PARANOIA that a delayed flight may make you miss a tight connection.
Airports are often hectic, crazy places but can you believe that during an all-nighter I actually saw a different side to the airport, almost a sense of RELAXATION and PEACEFULNESS. All the flights were over for the day and the few people that were left in the terminal were just strolling around with no real rush to get anywhere, others were curled up having a nap. Chicago O’Hare has a yoga room and Singapore even has a swimming pool!
Then you have the complete opposite end of the scale from happiness which is SADNESS, a feeling that I unfortunately experience too often now, airports always used to be my happy place. Living so far away from home make airport goodbyes really tough. The last time I left the UK I cried constantly until I was about 2 hours into the flight. It’s a horrible EMPTY, LONELY feeling, especially when you’re surrounded by lots of happy people heading off on their trips!
What are some of the emotions that you’ve experienced at an airport? Are there any others you’d add to the list?!