Picture this: you’re traveling solo, en route to the airport. You’ve stopped at Hudson News to purchase a few magazines, sneakily shuffling Us Weekly in between the folds of Time and U.S. News & World Report and head over to sit while you wait for your flight. Though you should be focusing on all the worthy (ahem) reading material before you, you can’t help but do a quick scan of the room. Hello! Who is that handsome stranger with the excellent behind standing just two aisles away? Is he looking at you? How can you make this happen? What if he’s ‘the one’?
Be honest, this has been (or currently is) you. You have, at one point, either met or secretly hoped to meet, someone at the airport. And why shouldn’t you? Striking up conversation with an attractive fellow traveler is not only good for your social skills, but could potentially score you a date.
Hence, MeetAtTheAirport.com, a site I’ve touted in the past, was born. It’s a genius idea, to be sure: members utilize the site to go on ‘airport dates’ with potential partners. Brilliant!
Now, the site’s 60,000 members have polled the best airports to find love and romance. So what are the hot air spots for love, and what should you do if your city didn’t make the cut (mine didn’t!)?
#5 Orlando International Airport (MCO): Ranked for its size, dining and drinking options (there are 54 restaurants and bars) and Hyatt Regency Hotel actually located in the main terminal.
Personal thoughts: I’ll let you know when I fly out of Orlando for the first time in early April! But methinks the hotel lends itself more to hookups and one-day stands than actual hearts and flowers style romance…
#4 Miami International Airport (MIA): It’s chaotic, huge, and a massive party spot for hetero and homosexuals — everyone has fun at this airport.
My thoughts: Meh. Another hookup airport! Is there something wrong with the American ideal of ‘meeting someone?’ That’s a rhetorical question, PS.
#3 Newark International Airport (EWR): It’s close to Manhattan and is slightly-less chaotic than NYC, while still drawing a massive international crowd.
My thoughts: Not to be all Sienna Miller and diss Jerz the way she did Pittsburgh, but do you really want to say you met your future husband on a layover in the Armpit of America? You might, and that’s your prerogative. Hey, love can happen anywhere…
#2 Logan International Airport (BOS): Delays are the norm here in the winter months due to the horrific weather conditions, so there’s plenty of time to twiddle your thumbs (etc) while you’re waiting.
My thoughts: There aren’t a lot of options for mingling in Logan, though they do have Dunkin Donuts. That said, I love this pick. Those flying out of Boston are usually laid-back and cool, and if you’re coming from a more cosmopolitan area, you’ll love how adorably rumpled many of the men appear to be.
#1 Philadelphia International Airport (PHL): There are 57 restaurants, 16 bars and seven lounges here as well as a magic shop. This is the hands-down favorite option for MATA members in regards to airport dating.
My thoughts: I wish I could comment, but I’ve never flown out of Philadelphia. Bah.
Regardless of where you’re meeting someone, if you’re seriously looking for love the most important thing to remember is that you want to look approachable. None of this ‘I’ll cut you with my pointy black stiletto’ New York thing some of you girls (and you know who you are) have going on — unless that’s your look and you want to meet a man who happens to love tough, type-A all-black-wearing power girls.
Smile. Look happy. Look like you’re ready to meet someone. And whether you’re at the grocery store, the airport, CVS or the doctor’s office, meet someone you will. Happiness is infectious…and it takes far more energy to frown.
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About the Author: Laura Schreffler is a former New York Daily News columnist who left the world of celebrity behind to focus on what makes her happiest — love and travel. She is the creator of LoveTrekker.com — a website devoted to these two passions that she fondly calls “looking for love in all the right places.” In her spare time she likes to play matchmaker for her friends, dream about her next vacation and gaze at photographs of Taylor Kitsch. For more advice on love, relationships, and happiness, check out http://lovetrekker.com & her book "Internet Dating 101". And follow her here at Happiness Series with her weekly blog about finding love.