1. International airports will betray you.
I’m an obsessive planner, so I usually have my mornings of departure on lock. Apparently, there’s a guide dedicated to sharing which security lines at which airports take the longest. Such advice would’ve come in handy before I watched time tick by with hundreds of other travelers waiting for one security station in Delhi’s international terminal. We sprinted to the gate, averting a crisis that would’ve derailed our entire journey.
I know people who haven’t been so lucky. A friend of mine lost three extended layovers due to airport betrayal (in Jakarta, Mexico City, and Manila). Now, he gets to international airports five hours in advance. I’m not kidding.