No matter what your destination is, when you’re traveling, your first stop is often an airport. The numbers are actually staggering – according to the Department of Homeland Security, more than 1.9 million people a day go through security in an airport in the United States. But not all airports are alike. Learn where you can find the best amenities and how to take advantage of them at the September 26 #TMOM Twitter Party, all about airports. Just follow #TMOM at 9 p.m. next Monday!

Can layovers be luxurious? Join us at the next #TMOM Twitter party, all about airports. We will show you the best in airport food, amenities - even parking!

The airport is the first stop on many TMOM adventures. Here’s Traveling Grandmom Diana Rowe and family checking in. Photo courtesy Diana Rowe, Traveling Grandmom

September 26  #TMOM Twitter Party – All About Airports

I had one goal when I was choosing a college: I wanted to get as far away from my small town New Jersey home as possible. Family finances required I go to the school that offered me as much money as possible. So a full scholarship offer landed me at Valparaiso University. Indiana was a little over 13 hours away from home, so it fit into my plan as well as my budget.

But going to school in the snowy Midwest meant that I became very acquainted with O’Hare, the Chicago airport that was the hub of my travel home. And if you know Chicago, you know that weather delays were often the norm – especially for college students hoping to head home for the holidays.

Hopefully we don’t spend more time than we’d like in airports during our travels. But that doesn’t mean an airport is just a pipeline, getting us from home to our final destination. Airports in recent years have become travel portals all their own, complete with concierges, art galleries and fine dining. They’ve become showcases for the cities where they are located. Many travelers strategically chose a layover destination so they can enjoy the amenities of the airport (and, by the way, O’Hare is a favorite!).

Can layovers be luxurious? Join us at the next #TMOM Twitter party, all about airports. We will show you the best in airport food, amenities - even parking!

Many adventures start here. Photo by Deb Steenhagen, TravelingMom with Daughters

So at the next #TMOM Twitter party, we’re going to be chatting up all about airports – the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. We’ll tell you which airports are destinations in themselves, and what you should see when you are there. We’ll talk security, we’ll talk amenities, we’ll talk about what to do when you’re facing a delay. We’ll even tell you where to find discount airport parking because, hey, every penny counts when we’re traveling!

So join us at 9 p.m. on Monday, September 26, when the #TMOM Twitter Party is All About Airports. Because we want travel to be a complete experience – and if you’re flying, the airport is the first stop on your adventure!

Can layovers be luxurious? Join us at the next #TMOM Twitter party, all about airports. We will show you the best in airport food, amenities - even parking!

“Captain America to baggage check!” Spotted at the Phoenix Airport. Photo by Patti Holliday, Candid TravelingMom

The Details

WHAT: #TMOM Twitter Party – All About Airports

WHEN: September 26, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT)

WHO: Panelists @travelingmoms @KimOrlando @CindyTravelsOn

HOW TO JOIN: Follow the #TMOM hashtag

SPREAD THE WORD:   TWEET –      The good, the bad and the luxurious – our next party is all about airports, Join #TMOM Monday 9/26  9pm ET to get onboard with the fun.

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