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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 September 28, 2020

                        The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                        The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                        At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                        Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                        One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                        When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                        So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                        Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                        This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                        Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                        When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                        Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                        One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                        Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                        An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                        When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                        Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                        Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                        We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                        By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                        Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                        While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                        I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                        You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                        Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                        When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                        Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                        Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                        Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                        One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                        Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                        Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                        This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                        While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                        Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                        Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                        This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                        For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                        Con #4: Unique Distractions

                        Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                        For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                        To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                        We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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