You’ve passed through security and still have another hour or so to kill before you need to head to your boarding gate. So what is there to do? Shop, of course! But while the stores may be a tempting and expensive way to pass the time, here are a few items better left behind than toted in your carry-on.
Anything From Duty Free
Duty-free shops are massive, brightly lit and entice visitors with free samples of perfume or even liquor. But not all is what it seems in these strategically placed stores, some even planted between security and your gate, forcing you to walk through the aisles. The only decent deal in these shops might be found in the carton of cigarettes, especially if you live in a state with high tobacco taxes.
If you’re a frequent traveler (or even a one-off traveler), it’s beyond time to invest in a reusable water bottle to empty before you go through security and refill at one of the airport’s water fountains before your flight.
If you’ve waited to snag that last-minute souvenir, it’ll cost you. The prices for souvenirs at the airport are considerably higher compared with shops in town, so if you know there’s something you desperately want to bring back, try to buy it before you get to the airport.
Full Meal at a Sit-Down Restaurant
Rather than overspending for a mediocre meal at a chain restaurant, pack your own food and snack at your gate or on the plane. Most food is allowed through security, so long as it abides by the liquid regulations.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly (and, now, Sisterly) Love, has been climbing the charts as a city to see for years — this year in particular. A few reasons? Constant innovation, world-class dining, personality to spare and a slew of fun events and locales.
IMAGINE SETTING SAIL IN AN EXOTIC, far-flung destination, just you and your family or group of friends aboard a private yacht. The sun warms the deck, a soft breeze dances off the water, and an über-attentive crew caters to your every whim while the personal chef whips up the finest of the local cuisine with all of your culinary preferences top of mind. All the while, the captain navigates the yacht into secluded coves; to pristine, seemingly undiscovered beaches; or even to the hottest spots along the coast for a night out on the town.
Oaxaca is, without a doubt, a city so impressive one must experience it firsthand to understand its splendor. It is an incomparable place that will leave you in awe of its cultural wealth, a place that invites you to experience the extraordinary. In this light, Posadas celebrates the opening of Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca, an irresistible option for enjoying this magnificent state in an exclusive and fascinating way.