Flying from Brum? 5 chillaxed travel tips
If you’re planning a summer holiday, Birmingham airport’s a great place to fly from.
It serves 150 destinations with non-stop flights, including vacation hotspots like Amsterdam, Dublin, Paris, Barcelona and Tenerife.
So, whether you want a wild weekend away with friends or a chilled-out family holiday, the West Midlands hub is hard to beat.
If you’ve not been for a while, you might need some tips on getting there and keeping you and your crew fed and entertained — with that in mind, here are five chillaxed travel tips for Brum flyers.
- Rugged adventure
Raffish survivalist and former SAS serviceman Bear Grylls has been entertaining us for years by rolling around in mud, hiding in trees and disguising himself as polar bears and pine martens.
And if you’re a fan of this great outdoorsman, you can visit the Bear Grylls Adventure at the Birmingham NEC on the way to the airport and stretch your wits and muscles with activities like climbing, underwater diving and even indoor skydiving.
If you’ve got teenagers who need to burn off pre-flight energy, this lively attraction is ideal.
- Sublime spa
If attempting to emulate a former special forces operative isn’t your ideal way to prep for a peaceful holiday, perhaps pampering yourself at a spa sounds sublime?
The Santai Spa & Leusire Club is a short hop from Birmingham Airport at Resort World and boasts cutting-edge treatment rooms, a well-appointed gym, swimming pool with hot stone loungers and much more.
Treat yourself to a session and you’ll practically float onto your flight afterwards!
- In-airport kids entertainment
Dealing with antsy young children and annoying flight delays is a disruptive double-whammy, but you’ll earn countless parenting brownie points when you take them to Sky Zone – Birmingham Airport’s cool interactive play area.
Open all day and night, there are games and activities for all ages of kids, from preschoolers to age 13 and upwards.
Simply download the Zappar app on their phones or devices before leaving home and they’ll access endless entertainment right up until they take off.
- Family food
One of the best ways to foster a harmonious family ambience before heading off on holiday is ensuring your stomachs are stuffed with a delicious meal.
There are plenty of cuisine options inside Birmingham Airport, but for family-friendly fare, Frankie & Benny’s might be your best bet.
This New York deli-style restaurant offers everything from beer and burgers to delicious pasta and pizza, so you’ll leave completely sated.
- Airport parking
In common with most major cities, reaching Birmingham airport via public transport is perfectly possible, but if you live in the vicinity, travelling by car can facilitate a much calmer family experience.
You’ll find parking at Birmingham Airport at Looking4.com – book as early as possible to bag a bargain and stroll into departures with a stress-free smile on your face.