Let’s face it, sometimes layovers are necessary. Well, they become one because they do help you save cash compared to booking a direct flight. However, saving money also means added time at the airport.
The question is, what do you do with the two or four something hours you have before your next flight? Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time:
Read a good book
Or any other reading material for that matter – magazine, newspaper or even your handheld device. If your the type who doesn’t appreciate the collection of films or music at your disposal in some long flights, then bringing a good book is an option for you.
In case you weren’t able to bring your own favorite read, some airports have shops that sell books, magazines and newspapers. Why not purchase a few to occupy your time?
Or, if you have a device, you can use that to catch up with what happened while you were in the air.
Go around the airport
Before you do this, make sure your watch is set to the local time so you don’t miss your flight. If you don’t have a watch, try setting your phone to local time or if you have an iPhone, you can add an additional watch so you know the exact time where you are.
Some airports are like malls these days. Even if you don’t buy something, at least you’ve got some places to spend your free time in. Whether you choose to browse the bookshop or the souvenir store, going around the airport helps you pass the time between flights.
Sample the food
Airport food is usually bad, but there are some that do offer sumptuous meals. So, take a look around different food offerings and sit down and eat something fantastic.
Others may not view sleeping on the chairs a very good idea, but sometimes when you need some shuteye, just go for it. If you’re not comfortable in the chairs because it’s so public, some airports have accommodation within the terminals which you can rent for a few hours. Just be mindful of the time, okay?
Layovers don’t have to be boring. A lot of airports these days offer lots of amenities for you to have fun. So, make use of them so you don’t feel bored about having to wait a long time for your flight.
Photos by: Ryan Reeves, Mark Telhiard, Kim F and .brioso.