Site of the Week: SleepingInAirports.net
Most Cheapos we know have at some point faced a budget travel rite of passage: sleeping in an airport. This is commonly due to a canceled flight or a super-early flight, although the occasional “super-Cheapo” chooses a night at the airport over a hotel on the last night to save some cash before returning home (completely respectable!).
While airport overnights can begin rather interestingly (Who knew there was so much activity at the Relay newsstand at 1:35 am? Where’s my journal?), usually sometime around the second americano, fourth Guiness, or third attempt at reading that old Corriere della Sera it becomes necessary to find a place to curl up for some real shut-eye.
This is when SleepingInAirports.net comes in handy.
About The Site
SleepingInAirports provides listings of the best and worst airports for sleeping overnight world-wide. Site members post reviews of airports and upload photos of their own nocturnal experience (such as the image above of London’s Stansted Airport).
The site also provides practical summaries of what to expect if you’re thinking of pulling an overnighter.
For example, SleepingInAirports has the following assessment of Stansted’s sleeping conditions: The airport has limited seating, is cold and crowded, requires getting there early, and provides uncomfy benches and too frequent announcements. (Ahhhh, good times!) Well, at least that Ryanair ticket only cost four euros…
Why We Like It
There are more than 5,000 user reviews on SleepingInAirports.net, making it a surprisingly thorough resource covering not only the best (Helsinki and Amsterdam) and worst (Paris Charles de Gaulle) airports in Europe, but many less-famous airports as well. The site has been around since 1996 and sports a no-nonsense design to reinforce its authenticity.
We love the war stories from travelers and the helpful tips posted for the first-time overnight airport sleeper. For example, one traveler advises, “Act innocent… do not act like a professional sleeper.” (“Professional sleeper” has just enterred our travel lexicon.)
Finally (and perhaps most impressively), the site has also been mentioned on “Hollywood Squares,” giving it instant street cred as far as we’re concerned.