A couple of months ago, I was invited to do a spot of yoga at Airparks Birmingham with Holiday Extras. The idea was simple – they take the stress out of travelling so you head off on holiday feeling chilled. And it sparked my interest. In some research conducted by Holiday Extras in Birmingham, they discovered that 40% of people said that getting to the airport and long queues inside make them feel tense by the time they go on holiday. And I have to admit, I tend to be one of them.
I usually get the train to the airport – and worry about it being delayed. Then I stand in queues and remember how much I dislike crowds. So when I headed to the Black Forest last month, I got in touch with Holiday Extras to see if they really could take the stress out of travelling for me. And I’m quite amazed to say that they did.
Holiday Extras Meet and Greet Parking
As I was flying from Stansted, it was quite a long journey to the airport. I considered getting the train, but I liked the idea of being totally in control of my journey, so I took the car. And it really couldn’t have been any simpler.
Holiday Extras can arrange airport parking at all major UK airports. At Stansted, Meet and Greet Parking starts from £66 for eight days. This seems incredibly reasonable to me because it was so much easier than standard airport parking.
I simply drove to Stansted and followed the directions to the Meet and Greet parking. I was directed into a particular lane, where I parked and took the 30 second walk to reception. Here, I handed in my keys and exchanged them for a ticket to collect the car. From there, I walked into the terminal. No waiting around for a bus, no struggling with bags, just straight in. This was going well!
Holiday Extras Escape Lounge
As soon as I arrived at the terminal, I went straight through security. This was fairly quick as I was travelling hand-luggage only, so I had quite a lot of time to kill before the flight. So I headed to the Escape Lounge.Holiday Extras can provide a lounge at all major UK airports and many international airports for the return journey. I have to admit, when I booked the lounge I just thought it would be nice to have somewhere comfortable to sit. I had no idea how much was included. As well as a lovely environment, the price of the lounge – from £21 per person at Stansted – includes soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, newspapers and magazines.
As soon as I strolled into the lounge, I felt instantly relaxed. The ‘snacks’ advertised are the sort of thing I’d happily eat for lunch. There was a selection of salads, sandwiches and pastries in a buffet next to the bar. Being vegetarian the choice can often be limited but I had no problem at all.
You could also help yourself to cold drinks, with coffees and alcoholic drinks available free from the bar. If you wanted something that wasn’t included in the price you could pay extra, but for me there was more than enough included.
The escape lounge was something of a revelation for me. It was clean, relaxing and comfortable with plenty to eat and drink. We were able to see the flight times on the board and when our flight was delayed, we just stayed in there. I was heartened to see children in there too, when I go on holiday with the family we will definitely be booking a lounge. Please note that Holiday Extras provided me with Meet and Greet Parking and use of the Escape Lounge free of charge to allow me to review their services. All views, opinions and chilled out travel are my own.