The last time we took a big flight (which was from Boston to Tokyo) it started out in an interesting way. We arrived at the airport around 10:30pm for our midnight flight to only discover that our flight was actually at noon… the next day. I suppose it is better to be early than late!
Nevertheless, you can imagine that I triple checked our tickets and flight time before leaving home. For the first leg of this journey (which includes Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, France, and Portugal) we flew into Salzburg. There are no direct flights from Boston to Salzburg. We opted to break the trip up by flying to London and then having a Gatwick layover. Norwegian Air has such inexpensive flights from Boston to London. I was eager to try them out, so we did just that.
Norwegian Air is definitely more of a budget airline. You pay for everything including baggage, food and drink (even water), and any amenities. The seats were very comfortable, just as you’d expect from any well-known national carrier. Each seat had a normal-sized TV screen with a dozen or so free movies. The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. We were planning to only bring carry-on luggage, but at the airport we realized that one of our bags was too heavy for the cabin. So, we ended up having to check one bag which cost us $65. Definitely not cheap! To save costs, I’d recommend bringing carry-on luggage only. Be sure to grab a bottle of water and a few snacks in the airport. I will definitely fly Norwegian Air again, especially at these prices.
The next leg of our journey was from London Gatwick to Salzburg, which is about a 90 minute flight. We had a layover of just under 4 hours. I was actually kind of dreading this part thinking that we’d be tired and cranky, and just want to get to our destination. But, it was actually great to have some time to stretch our legs, get a coffee, and relax for a little while before hopping on the next plane.
We arrived in the Southern terminal at Gatwick, and our departing flight was leaving from the Northern terminal. We went through passport control and then took a shuttle to the Northern terminal. They had these awesome baby strollers to help you get through the terminal.
There are lots of greats shops and places to grab coffee (a necessity after a red eye) and a quick bite. If you have kids, you have to go to the Kid’s Zone. Milo spent two hours running around in this little area. No shoe are allowed, which was great. The entire space was plush and it was nice to have the confidence that no one was going to get hurt on our layover.
When traveling with kids (especially toddlers), it is so important to build in time for them to run around and get their energy out. We ended up having a great flight to Salzburg, and I think a big part of our success is because we had a long layover.