I found a quiet spot and set up my computer in a cozy nook to get a bit of work done, enjoying a warm cup of herbal tea. I heard the chatter increase a bit, and saw a few people passing by with plates piled with fried chicken. I joined the short line to cruise down the buffet line steaming with hot dishes. On the way back, I passed a toque-wearing chef at a table lining up samples of tuna ahi and other delectables.

I was in the Centurian Lounge of LaGuardia Airport, where the plentiful and delicious food, quiet spaces and peaceful atmosphere were the antithesis of what waited me beyond when I entered the crowded, stress-filed terminals. It is generally with great reluctance that I grab my things and exit, no matter how exciting my final destination may be.

The Plaza Premium Lounge at London’s Heathrow airport was selected as top airport lounge in the world. Amenities include private resting suites, shower rooms; a Wellness Spa and a Champagne and tapas Bar. –

Ah, the joy of the airport lounge. A much-needed respite from the hassles of flying, some so nice you never want to leave. When we travel on vacation from Atlanta, we allow extra time to enjoy the lounge at Hartsfield – flying is so much more enjoyable after a Bloody Mary or gin and tonic – don’t you agree?

Priority Pass, the world’s largest independent lounge membership program, recently released their list of top airport lounges. These were chosen by Priority Pass members from a selection of 1,000 lounges in more than 500 cities.


Jan Schroder is an award-winning writer based in Atlanta. She works as the managing editor and web editor of Travelgirl magazine and writes a weekly travel column for The Atlanta 100. Jan is appearing on the radio on “Belinda Skelton’s Atlanta Living” on WSB as a travel correspondent and also contributes to Belinda’s website. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

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