Everyone wants to save money when traveling, and choosing to take non-direct flights is one way to do that. Unfortunately, this can mean a layover in an unfamiliar airport…potentially a LONG layover. It’s not the most enjoyable way to spend several hours of your day, but here are some tips for making the best out of the situation.
These days, many airports offer free access to yoga rooms, or gyms. Bonus points if you are in an airport that has a gym with showers so you can freshen up post-workout. You can also walk or jog around the airport terminals (assuming your bags are in a locker or in transit to your next flight) – skip the moving walkways and trains and get some steps in.
Certainly sleeping on an airport gate bench is not ideal, but, if you are exhausted, it is an option. Invest in a comfortable head pillow and noise-canceling headphones to make your surroundings more comfortable. Some airports have hotels attached to them that rent rooms by the hour, which is an option if you have the time and would prefer more privacy.
Meditate, Read, Journal, Do a Crossword
Take advantage of your situation and turn off your cell phone and laptop for a few minutes. Browse the airport bookstores for bestsellers you otherwise wouldn’t have the time to read. Take some time to journal about your trip and make notes to yourself for future travels. Close your eyes and do a short meditation.
Eat, Explore, Entertain
If you have enough time during your layover, you can leave the airport in a large metropolitan area and hop in a car to do some exploring. Dav El | BostonCoach offers high quality, on time black car service at many domestic and international airports and with a touch of the app, you can be on your way to do a quick city tour. While out and about, you can check out the area’s restaurant scene and enjoy a real meal!
If you are a member of an airline’s club, you can access their airport lounge. Some airlines will sell day passes to their lounges, however, affording you the option to get away from the noisy and busy terminal and relax in more comfortable surroundings, generally with free wifi. Research in advance and you can have a restful layover planned.
Layovers of any length of time can be both stressful and boring. Take advantage of these tips to make the best out of your time.