Long haul flights can be tiresome, let alone, long layovers. Although there are nonstop flights offered by airline carriers, air fares can be more expensive. For those who might want to cut back on their travel expenses, getting cheaper flights can be an option. However, there can be long hours of waiting in-between flights. If you are scheduled to fly and wondering what to make of these extra hours, here are some tips you can use.
Have some sleep.
There are airports with sleep lounges or padded chairs for passengers to rest and take a nap while waiting for boarding. If this is not a problem for you, that is, sleeping in public, take advantage of the time to get some sleep. Especially if you are in a different time zone and you would have been sleeping if you were at home, this is the best time to rest. Unless you are flying in the business class or first class, it can be hard to sleep on the plane with little legroom and if you happen to have a layover in Hong Kong, Australia and Korea you can enjoy their lounges and benches for your forty winks.
Keep yourself busy with your laptop.
There is free WiFi connection at airports and this can keep you busy. Maybe you need to answer some emails or clean your Inbox, or, if you are into blogging, this is the time to write new articles. Airports are full of people and there are many things you can find while waiting, which can be good topic ideas. And if you are one of those who love posting on Social Media, then you have your hands full.
Try new food.
Since you might not be able to go out of the airport and see the city, you might as well try to try some authentic cuisine. Say, your layover is in Asia like Hong Kong or Malaysia and you haven’t really traveled there for a vacation. Look for a restaurant inside the airport that serves local food. This is the nice thing about traveling, you can try different cuisines, even if it’s while waiting for your next flight.
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