Why Orlando Is Our Favourite Long Haul Destination
Glasgow Airport passengers have more and more choice where to travel for holidays and short breaks nowadays. In fact, Glasgow is now Scotland’s leading long-haul airport. So with an increasing number of destinations on offer, where are the most popular places to visit this season from Glasgow?
We decided to take a closer look at Orlando, to see why Glasgow Airport passengers choose to travel there time and time again.
About Orlando, Florida
The tourist capital of North America, Orlando is a mecca for theme park lovers. Month after month, it tops the charts as the most popular spot for Glasgow Airport’s long-haul passengers. And it’s far from a summer sunspot – it remains popular all year round. To cope with the increasing demand, Virgin Atlantic continues to add more and more capacity to this hit service – and this season will be no exception.
Who travels to Orlando?
The capital of Florida’s famous Orange County, Orlando is popular with families, retired couples and younger groups alike. Having such a wide appeal to travellers across the board has no doubt help keep this sunny city at the top of the destination lists year after year.
So why do different kinds of travellers choose to visit Orlando?
Orlando theme parks
There’s no doubt Florida holidaymakers love to visit the city’s incredible theme parks, like Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Legoland and Harry Potter’s Hogwarts.
However, Walt Disney World is the main attraction for so many visitors to Orlando – and with good reason. Dubbed “the most magical place on earth”, Disney World can be a daunting place to visit for the first time, so make sure you do your research and plan your trip carefully. This article on 28 things one visitor wish she’d known before visiting could come in very handy!
Of course, Orlando’s legendary theme parks are not just for kids. Whichever theme park you choose, you’re bound to find something amazing to see or do. So whether you’re travelling as a family, couple or group of friends, you’re in for a world of adventure. Just make sure your trip is long enough to see everything on your list, as the choice of experiences on offer is huge!
Museums and galleries in Orlando
You may be surprised to hear that Orlando is not all white-knuckle rides and fantasy worlds. In fact, there’s a whole lot more to discover if you’re looking for something different.
The city has a cool cultural scene with plenty of galleries, museums and theatres to keep you busy throughout your break. The Visit Orlando website is a great place to start planning your cultural tour of Florida. But if you don’t have time to visit all 25 museums and galleries, here’s a list of the best seven to check out, as voted by locals.
It’s a great idea to also research events going on during your holiday to Orlando. The chances are, you could experience an amazing day out at an art or film festival – many such events draw in people from around the world. This will also help you live more like a local, and escape some of the tourist traps at peak times.
Where to relax in Orlando
It’s fair to say Orlando isn’t known as the most relaxing of places to visit. Yet if you find yourself in desperate need of a pampering session after all those rollercoasters and sugar highs, you’re in luck.
Cocoa Beach is a resort around 45-minutes’ drive from the city centre, so it’s best reached by hire care. Here, you can unwind by soaking up some rays on the glorious white sand, sipping on a cocktail or two. And if you quickly find yourself itching for more activity, there are plenty of watersports you can try your hand at there too.
If you prefer the spa experience, check out the glitzy Waldorf Astoria Spa for the ultimate in luxury. This glamorous hotel is also home to an expansive golf course, so there’s something for everyone.
Getting to Orlando
Virgin Atlantic offers direct flights to Orlando, Florida, from Glasgow Airport. Flights operate all year round.
Planning your trip to Orlando, Florida
Before setting off on any long-haul trip, it’s essential to plan carefully to make sure everything runs smoothly. This is important for all Glasgow Airport long-haul travellers, but especially crucial for parents embarking on a long journey with little ones.
Follow our steps to enjoy a stress-free journey to Orlando this winter.
Step 1 – travel insurance
One of the most boring but necessary purchases you’ll make ahead of your family vacation is travel insurance. If you’re not sure what it’s for, whether you actually need it or where to find the best policy for your needs, check out our travel insurance blog post here.
Step 2 – airport parking
Every smart holidaymaker knows it’s best to book certain things in advance of a trip to get the best price. This is definitely the case when it comes to booking your Glasgow Airport parking ahead of a long-haul trip. As your holiday draws closer, availability will dwindle and prices will go up. Most travellers have found that the best time to book airport parking for Glasgow Airport is at least a month before the holiday begins.
Always check airport parking providers have the necessary safety credentials – here’s how to avoid rogue operators and choose a trusted Glasgow Airport car parking solution.
And if you’re in need of some inspiration to get you started, check out this blog featuring 10 top tips when looking for cheap airport parking.
Step 3 – packing
Packing causes serious stress for so many holidaymakers – but it doesn’t have to! This blog on packing for hand luggage only is a great place to start. And remember, always roll, don’t fold!
Step 4 – in-flight entertainment
Keeping children entertained during a long journey can be a challenge. However, there are a few tricks you can have up your sleeve to avert temper tantrums and keep everyone smiling for at least most of the trip.
Keep ‘Em Quiet is a small business which offers entertainment packs for children from one to 10 years old. It’s easy to select a pack tailored to your tribe by ordering online. Each pack features books, toys, snacks and activities – all in its own child-friendly bag which they can carry themselves and open when you need it most! And it isn’t just stressed out parents who love Keep ‘Em Quiet – Princess Eugenie stocked up on packs for each of her bridesmaids and page boys during her recent wedding, to help them stay entertained throughout the long service.
Where to book airport parking for your trip from Glasgow to Orlando
Our Glasgow Airport car parks operate 24/7 with free transfer buses to get you to the airport in good time to catch your flight to Orlando.
Top tip – use Glasgow Airport discount code FACEBOOK20 to get 20% off your booking here. Make sure you click “apply code” to receive your discounted Glasgow Airport parking!
How to book your Orlando holiday
Booking.com has some great deals for couples, families or groups travelling to Orlando, Florida. Visit their website here to start planning your journey!