Allow me to set the scene.
It’s been a long week on the road… your flight home was delayed 2 hours and you miss your significant other and children more than words can explain. Finally, after what feels like an eternity you land. Your home. Well, almost.
Get to the car
After finally getting off the plane you collect your bags. Now all you have to do is get to your car and head home.
There is just one small issue. You can’t find the piece of paper that contains your parking location. No worries… you’re pretty sure you remember where you parked so you head that way.
With sweat dripping down your back and arms tired of dragging your bags you finally find it – 49 minutes later.
Visuals at DFW Airport
Over the years I’ve traveled a lot (100,000+ miles in 2008) so have dealt with issues like this. And while I’ve definitely come up with my own techniques to avoid situations like this… some airports are doing their best to help us travelers.
Case in point – DFW airport (my home airport). The picture shown here (click to enlarge) was taken from the parking garage in Terminal D. As you can see there are some excellent visual controls in place.
For example, I was parked on the “yellow sunflower” level or whatever it is. If I forget the actual number chances are I won’t forget the yellow sunflower. Additionally, they offer a piece of paper you can take with you to write your exact location on.
What about you?
What do you think of these visual controls? Do you feel they are good, bad, or so so? And when you travel what methods do you use to keep track of where you parked?
Me, I use a combination of analog (write parking location on paper) and electronic (note location on memo pad of my Crackberry). What about you?