Greetings! As a study abroad student, traveling is part of my college experience. Traveling and exploring different parts of the globe is something that is exciting and an experience that is likely to leave memories for a lifetime. But your adventure should not start the moment you step a foot at your final destination—it should begin the second you enter your departing airport. We all know how frustrating it is to deal with 5-hour flight delays, long and dreading security lines, or any other mishaps that occur time from time at airports nowadays. Luckily for you readers of FlyInStyle, I’ll be writing travel tips and airport specific recommendations on how to maximize downtime and enjoy a smoother experience.
Before I get in to the details, a little about myself…
As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, currently I am embarking on a thrilling study abroad experience for a semester at the National University of Singapore. As you may know, Singapore is not only a global hub of business, but also its airport is routinely voted as the top airport in the world based on World Airport Awards. It serves as the focal point of departure to the plethora of amazing countries that encompass Southeast Asia. Having been to Changi a total of five times now, I can’t say enough about the airport (and I will save the goods for later posts).
Despite my background as a Japanese American and having spent the early years of my childhood in the land of the rising sun, Southeast Asia has remained uncharted territory in my traveling history. That is, until this semester! During my time in Singapore, I plan on traveling extensively to uncover the hidden gems and cultures of the different regions to familiarize myself with the history, people, and their way of life. I spent the past weekend in Cambodia and enjoyed every bit of the ancient Angkor temples as well as the bustling city-life in Phnom Penh, and my new, local Cambodian friends who showed me around their eye-opening, countryside village made my trip all the more special.
My first weekend trip will be to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As I visit each country, I will carefully observe and analyze their airports. My hope is that the insights and tips I offer will be helpful in your travels when you visit Southeast Asia 🙂
My scheduled travel plans include Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, and Japan—so keep an eye open for tips on these countries and their airports! Happy and safe travels!