This year we are checking into the VIP lounge at the airport as a way of starting our holiday early. We’ve never done this before but as our flight isn’t until mid afternoon and you can access the lounge 3 hours before your flight, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out the hospitality!
After reading about what you actually get for your £20 fee, it looks very impressive. There is an eat all you can either breakfast or lunch buffet, depending on the time you arrive, teas, coffees and alcoholic beverages, a selection of magazines and newspaper and free Wifi. There are two lounges at manchester airport, but check if you are travelling with young children as Escape lounge has an age restriction of 6 years old. Aspire lounge provides for families with children over the age of 2 years.
As with anything VIP, there is a dress code, which includes no shorts or exposed shoulders for the men, generally smart casual is the order of the day. Its always a good idea to travel in clothes that won’t look like they’ve been screwed up in a carrier bag, after a few hours sitting with a seat belt around your middle and a lightweight jacket is always handy for when the cabin is cold. Easy to slip off shoes or sandals are also worth wearing , should your feet become a little puffy mid flight. I’ve also chosen a hat for when I disembark, to make sure the sun, fingers crossed here, doesn’t strip the highlights out of my newly coloured holiday hair.
Here’s my choice of smart casual and comfortable outfits for travel.
- Khaki Jacket Gap £59.95
- Plaited grey necklace Southwood Stores £10.00
- Zig Zag Print Dress Olive Clothing £79.00
- Striped Shirt Zara £25.99
- Straw Hat Gap £16.99
- Black Trapeze Dress Atterley Road £48.00
- Denim Culotte Dungarees Zara £29.99
- Grey Sandals Solillas £48.00
If you are travelling without children, it’s always worth dressing smart to the airport. A cabin crew friend of mine once told me if you are lucky enough to be upgraded on your flight, the airlines only choose you if you are suitably attired, meaning no jeans or tracksuits. Worth bearing in mind for that free glass of wine!