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.

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The 20 Most Luxurious Airport Lounges In The World

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge

London Heathrow Airport

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Lounge

Frankfurt Airport

CIP Lounge

Istanbul Atatürk Airport

American Airlines Flagship Lounge

John F. Kennedy International Airport

Thai Airways Royal First Lounge

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

VIP Lounge

Madrid-Barajas Airport

British Airways Concorde Room

London Heathrow Airport

The Haneda Lounge

Tokyo International Airport

The Pier

Hong Kong International Airport

Privium ClubLounge

Schiphol Amsterdam Airport

Air France l'Espace Première Lounge

Charles de Gaulle Airport

American Express Centurion Lounge

LaGuardia Airport

Qantas First Class Lounge

Sydney International Airport

The Private Room

Singapore International Airport

Finnair Schengen Lounge

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

JFK Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

John F. Kennedy International Airport

American Express Centurion Lounge

San Francisco International Airport

Qatar Airways Premium Terminal Doha

Hamad International Airport

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.