One big part of travel is the travel itself: multiple flights and long layovers. And most of the time long layovers are seen as a nuisance, but we are here to tell you that you can make the most out of them! We have some advice on what to do when you’re stuck at the airport for a lengthy amount of time. Keep reading and we will help you get the most out of your delay and make the time pass by more quickly!
- Grab a bite to eat
A lot of the time, the food served in-flight is not the most appetizing. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t. That’s just how travel goes. But if you find yourself starving after a long flight, find yourself a quick bite to eat in the airport! This will kill some time and prevent any hangry attitudes!
Depending on what airport you find yourself in, you can normally find a variety of little restaurants and shops. Spend some time exploring and checking out the stores! You never know what goodies or souvenirs you can find. Some airlines also offer local tours for longer layovers! Cathay Pacific had tours for layovers over 6 hours while stopping in Hong Kong while traveling to Thailand, guess what my layover was to short for.
- Take a nap
This might sound crazy, but this can be a perfect opportunity to get some beauty rest! Countless people suffer from anxiety while flying, which means there’s a chance they won’t get any sleep on the flight. No sleep can put a damper on your travel plans. So, find a quiet corner of the airport, where there aren’t a lot of people. Plug in your headphones and drift away! And don’t worry about people judging you, it is completely normal for people to sleep in airports. We do it all the time and it can be a life saver!
- Charge your electronics
Take this time to find an outlet and charge up your electronics! Finding an outlet in a crowded airport can be tricky, so look inside restaurants and fast food places! Many times, they will be less crowded, and sometimes they have outlets available with no hassle!
- Prepare for landing
If you don’t already have plans for your arrival, do that now! If you need an Uber or a taxi pickup at the airport, make sure to check their availability beforehand. Also research any local transportation within the city, if need be, and make sure you have the name and address of your hotel/hostel/Airbnb written down somewhere. It is always helpful to have this information written down, in case of an emergency.
- Have your maps ready
We always find it useful to pull up our destination map on our phone and mark the location of our hotel. Then take a screenshot! We always take a few screenshots, zoomed in and zoomed out. This way, we can see the street names and surrounding establishments. That way if you get lost, you already have the maps saved in your photo album! This is an easy and quick way to pull up your map, if you aren’t connected to any WIFI or internet!
- Freshen up
First things first, always bring an extra change of clothes with you in your carry-on! This can act as a backup in case your luggage gets lost or something happens. Another reason to bring extra clothes, is to freshen up in the airport and change your outfit! Long haul flights and many hours of traveling can make you feel dirty or sloppy. So, find the nearest bathroom, rinse off your face, swipe on some fresh deodorant, and put on a fresh outfit! This will make you feel reenergized and ready to take on the rest of your day.
- Exchange currency
If you haven’t already done so, go exchange some currency! Having cash with you in foreign countries can sometimes be necessary. Many times, public transportation will be cash only. There are also many restaurants and little shops that only take cash, depending on what country you are visiting. Another reason to exchange currency beforehand, is because there’s no guarantee that there will be a working ATM at your destination.
- Buy snacks
It’s always a good idea to have a few snacks in your carry-on! Traveling is unpredictable; you never know when you’ll have a delayed flight or any other issues. Plans can change in a heartbeat. We always travel with a few snacks. Some of our favorites are Goldfish and granola bars! Easy and mess free.
- Browse the web
Track down a Starbucks or any other little coffee shop inside the airport, 8 times out of 10, they’ll offer free WIFI. Occasionally, we have found a few McDonalds that offer free WIFI as well. So just be on the lookout for the WIFI signs! Once you have found it, take advantage and browse away! Surfing the internet always makes time pass by more quickly.