Travel Without Stress at the Airport


avanti stressASK THE EXPERTS: While all of us look forward to going on holiday, the one issue that many will have to overcome is the airport. With an incomprehensible number of people travelling through airports across the world each and every day, it’s hardly surprising that they have become renowned as a stressful experience.

With this in mind, we called upon the expertise of some seasoned travel bloggers to find out how they cope with the waiting around before the departure gate. For starters you could read this article!

Lisa Niver

Having travelled to more than 100 countries, Lisa Niver of We Said Go Travel is another expert when it comes to the airport. Her top tip is to arrive with plenty of time to spare, allowing you to relax and tuck into a good book while you wait:

“My best tip for coping with airports is to arrive early and have great new books on my Kindle. I feel stressed in airports if I am worried about missing my flight so I plan extra time into my day. I also look at the flight connections and if it is too short, I might pick a different routing. I love to read when I travel so I charge up my Kindle and often get great books from the digital public library.”

The Wandering Educators

Dr Jessie Voigts of Wandering Educators says that distraction is her favourite method:

“You have to approach airports with a different mindset than you might expect. Think of it as a game! You’re trying to level up (by getting to your destination), power up (eating well, resting when you can), go sure and steady, and be in it for the long haul despite diversions.

Once you reframe, it’s much easier to cope with stressful situations (and people). When things are the worst, I imagine my calmness nabbing those airport pacman ghosts of stress.”

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

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