If you’re like most people, you may book your flights with a little more optimism than you usually have on the day you’re actually flying. “It will be fine”, you think, “the time will pass super quickly and before I know it I’ll be at my destination.”
If you’re worried about your next long layover while travelling, here are some ways you can make sure you don’t end up regretting those flights you booked when you were full of optimism:
As soon as you land at the airport, you may be tempted to head to the first restaurant or cafe you see once you clear customs. However this can be a big mistake as it’s likely that you’ll find a food court or at least more of a selection of restaurants just a few minutes walk.
It’s a good idea to download an airport app like GateGuru which will tell you your options for coffee, restaurants, bathrooms, wifi and gates for many different airports.
This is a good opportunity to stretch your legs and go for a wander so you can find some healthy food and avoid feeling sleepy and bloated for your connecting flights (skip the junk food and get a salad or sandwich with lots of vegetables and protein).
What would we do without wifi? Many airports around the world have free wifi, along with charging stations so you can do some work or connect with family and friends. Check out some websites that will give you everything you need to know about your airport before you travel so you’ll know where to find the best wifi and what the passwords are.
Hanging out online is also a good way to pass the time. I, for example, like first to read some stuff, and sometime even learn something new with Lynda.com. After that, I usually go and play some games on my smartphone, and Lately I found some online games that can be much fun like casino games. Gambling online can be a great way to earn some money while you’re waiting for your next flight, and if you don’t want to play with money, you can have fun and play for free. You can find more things that you can do like shopping, update your social media or catch up on the news.
If you’ve got a long layover and the airport is reasonably close to a city, there’s no reason why you need to stay in the airport, and you can instead get out and explore. You may need to check your visa status as some countries require people in transit to get a special visa which will allow them to leave the airport for up to 24 hours.
There are also some places like Singapore where you’ll be taken on a tour as part of this visa, and you can always ask a local if they have any good recommendations for you for interesting things to do and see close to the airport.
When you’re forced to stay in one place, it’s a good opportunity to talk to people around you. This can be a great way to learn about your destination, make new connections and even make some new friends. People love to meet new people while they’re travelling, so consider taking out your earphones and introducing yourself to the person sitting next to you.