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Traveling Soon? Here Are 10 Of The World’s Worst Airports To Avoid

Traveling Soon? Here Are 10 Of The World’s Worst Airports To Avoid

Traveling these days is no vacation. Over booked facilities and increasing tensions around the world make flying a complicated experience, and sometimes downright infuriating. If you’re planning a trip in the near future, you’re best to stay on the safe side and avoid these 10 worst airports in the world.

1. Manila International Airport: Manila, The Philippines

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    Top of our list of worst airports in the world is the Manila International Airport in the Philippines. Last year the ceiling in the airport Terminal 1 caved in on passengers, injuring two people. In addition, facilities are often reported to be run down and grimy – particularly with toilets that don’t work. Not only that, reports of thieves and bribery are common. Definitely an airport to avoid if you want your trip to be memorable for the right reasons.

    2. Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Terminal B/C: Moscow, Russia

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      The Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Terminal B/C terminal in Russia is easily one of the worst airports in the world. The terminal itself is miles away from the rest of the airport, making flight transfers difficult. While official numbers say transfers are usually quick, delays lasting a few hours have been reported as common. Not only that, the airport is notorious for abrasive customer service and broken signs. Because signs in English rarely work, the airport can be difficult to navigate. Fly into nearby Domodedovo International Airport instead, unless you love lengthy, confusing, nerve grinding layovers.

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      3. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport: Nairobi, Kenya

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        This airport in Nairobi is another airport to avoid if you want to enjoy your trip. The airport was built to accommodate between 2 and 3 million people, but regularly accommodates double that. The airport is also reported to be crowded with thieves and pickpockets, as well as run down facilities. Though the government initially had plans to expand the airport, slow construction, and more recently a fire in 2013, have made the airport perpetually difficult to navigate.

        4. Newark Liberty International Airport: Newark, New Jersey

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          The Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey is among the more poorly designed airports in the world. In this airport, the terminals are also not connected to each other, so passengers are required to take a city bus between them. This makes traveling very difficult if you have transfers between terminals, sometimes resulting in you needing to go through security again. Not only that, but Newark International is notorious for flight delays. Another airport you need more than a little extra time to find your way through, Newark Liberty International is one airport to always skip.

          5. Tenzing-Hillary Airport: Lukla, Nepal

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            This airport is one you might not even want to call an airport. The main building lacks facilities, including food and beverage outposts and accessible bathrooms. If that isn’t enough for you, the runway itself ends at the side of a cliff. While this airport seems like one you’d never fly into, it’s actually quite popular because it’s where most people fly in to climb Mount Everest. Additionally, this airport is patrolled by the Nepali Armed Police day and night. A rocky enough experience to give even the most seasoned traveler heart problems, this run down airport is one where you’ll need your own supplies.

            6. Entebbe International Airport: Entebbe, Uganda

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              This airport in Uganda is one that would certainly make you nervous. The main airport in Uganda, this airport is home base for UN peacekeeping forces travelling to and from Uganda. This means that the terminals are constantly full of heavily armed soldiers. Enough to make anyone uncomfortable, this airport is probably not somewhere you want to include in your travels.

              7. Los Angeles International/Philadelphia international Airports: Los Angeles/Philadelphia, California/Pennsylvania

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                The next spot on our most avoidable airports in the world is a tie between Los Angeles International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport. Both airports have outdated and rundown infrastructure, and both see travelers constantly fighting hours of traffic to and from the airport. Unfortunately, this traffic extends into the terminals, and passengers sometimes wait hours before even leaving the airport. Philadelphia International Airport might be more difficult to navigate than LAX, but large areas of Los Angeles International’s underground arrivals complex completely knocks out cell phone service. Both airports are among the most difficult in the world, where you’ll have an easier time staying clear.

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                8. Sao Paulo International Airport: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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                  Sao Paulo International is the main airport serving Sao Paulo and is one of the busiest in Latin America. Previously run down facilities were under construction for the 2014 World Cup, but delays leave some areas unfinished and difficult to navigate. Another poorly planned airport, this one at least provides shuttle buses to the terminal not connected to the main building. However, passengers must fight sprawling traffic at this airport, too, plus incredibly crowded conditions. Another of the worst airports in the world to only visit if you love uncomfortable inconveniences.

                  9. Murtala Muhammed International Airport: Lagos, Nigeria

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                    This airport in Nigeria is one of the worst in the world because it is rife with reports of corrupt officials. Passengers report having to frequently pay more in taxes than they should, plus soldiers around the airport are heavily armed. On top of that, this airport isn’t air conditioned, in a region that averages more than 30°C/90°F most of the year. This airport is not only terrible, but frightening to pass through.

                    10. London Heathrow International Airport: London, England

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                      While facilities at the London Heathrow international Airport are newer and easier to navigate then the other various mazes on this list, the airport is stern and nerve-racking. The airport takes terrorism threats highly seriously, with British soldiers routinely patrolling the airport. The airport even stores baggage underground, making it less likely that a bomb would injure passengers in the terminals. It is clear that the entire atmosphere at the airport revolves around the threat of terrorism, plus record numbers of delays, makes even a seasoned traveler nervous.

                      Runners Up – Toncontín International Airport: Tegucigalpa, Honduras & La Aurora International Airport: Guatemala City, Guatemala

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                        Since these airports facilities are just fine, they aren’t technically airports that are the worst in the world. However, these airports deserve to be mentioned because even a seasoned traveler would be beyond anxious to fly into them. Toncontín International Airport in Honduras is placed between mountain ranges and windy conditions making it dangerous to fly into, plus planes must make a 45° turn to line up with the terminal’s runway. The tight landing conditions and possibility of hazardous weather conditions make this airport slightly terrifying. La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City also requires airplanes to navigate through mountains. The difference is, on your way to Guatemala City you have to pass over sometimes active volcanoes. Such spectacular conditions belong more in a thrill seekers vacation, and less at regular airports.

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                        Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                        Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                        your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                          Why You Need a Vision

                          Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                          How to Create Your Life Vision

                          Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                          What Do You Want?

                          The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                          It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                          Some tips to guide you:

                          • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                          • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                          • Give yourself permission to dream.
                          • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                          • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                          Some questions to start your exploration:

                          • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                          • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                          • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                          • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                          • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                          • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                          • What qualities would you like to develop?
                          • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                          • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                          • What would you most like to accomplish?
                          • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                          It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                          What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                          Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                          A few prompts to get you started:

                          • What will you have accomplished already?
                          • How will you feel about yourself?
                          • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                          • What does your ideal day look like?
                          • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                          • What would you be doing?
                          • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                          • How are you dressed?
                          • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                          • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                          • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                          It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                          Plan Backwards

                          It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                          • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                          • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                          • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                          • What important actions would you have had to take?
                          • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                          • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                          • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                          • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                          • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                          Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                          It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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