The excitement of travel is undeniable: tasting new cuisines, taking in incredible sights, waiting on a plastic airport chair in layover purgatory. Well, maybe not so much the last one. But even if you haven't reached your destination yet, some airlines are proving that the vacation can begin long before you set foot on a plane.

Get a look at these extravagant lounges that make those crappy kiosk sandwiches and people talking too loud on their phones seem like they're a whole world away. Bon voyage.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge

London Heathrow Airport

Flickr/Matt_Weibo

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Lounge

Frankfurt Airport

Contemporist

CIP Lounge

Istanbul AtatĆ¼rk Airport

Flickr/Mark Hintsa

American Airlines Flagship Lounge

John F. Kennedy International Airport

Flickr/TravelingOtter

Thai Airways Royal First Lounge

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Flickr/Iberia Airlines

VIP Lounge

Madrid-Barajas Airport

Wikimedia Commons

British Airways Concorde Room

London Heathrow Airport

Cathay Pacific

The Haneda Lounge

Tokyo International Airport

Cathay Pacific

The Pier

Hong Kong International Airport

Schipol Group

Privium ClubLounge

Schiphol Amsterdam Airport

Wikimedia Commons

Air France l'Espace PremiĆØre Lounge

Charles de Gaulle Airport

American Express

American Express Centurion Lounge

LaGuardia Airport

Wikimedia Commons

Qantas First Class Lounge

Sydney International Airport

Andy's Travel Blong

The Private Room

Singapore International Airport

Luxury Club Lounge

Finnair Schengen Lounge

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

Virgin Atlantic

JFK Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

John F. Kennedy International Airport

American Express

American Express Centurion Lounge

San Francisco International Airport

Cathay Pacific

Qatar Airways Premium Terminal Doha

Hamad International Airport

Wikimedia Commons

EVA Air's The Infinity lounge

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

Plaza Premium Lounge

London Heathrow Airport


Ali Drucker is a staff writer and expert lounger for Supercompressor. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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