The dreaded layover. What’s that, eight hours to kill? In an airport? Yikes. The romance of The Terminal quickly wears off in a blur of uncomfortable seats, stale sandwiches, and those internal discussions about whether it is okay to drink a beer at 8am in the morning. You’re at an airport, and time is an abstract concept. As for the rest? Luckily, not all airports are created equal; some are better than others.
The coolest airports in the world understand the needs of the modern traveller. Why wouldn’t they? There’s absolutely no reason why any airport worthy of the name shouldn’t be home to an indoor garden, an art museum, a massive waterfall or anything else. At the very least, it should have a wide variety of food and drink options and some pretty friendly staff, right? Right. Some of these airports are so awesome that they are becoming destinations in their own right, which is an extremely strange sentence to type. Eight hours to kill in the airport? Forget the booze; let’s get exploring. Here are the best airports in the world according to us.
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