No one really wants to face a layover, but especially with international travel, there is sometimes no way to avoid it. While layovers can be stressful and inconvenient, they can also be pretty great, and we want to provide some ideas on how to make the most of them. 6 ways to make the most of that long layover are:
1. Leave the airport and explore
If you have a particularly long layover somewhere, you can always prepare ahead of time and do a little exploring in the city. Research close by local fares and restaurants, maybe a museum or a sight to see, and have a little fun checking out a new destination on the way to your intended one. If you only have with you carry-on luggage, like our Falcon Wheeled Duffle Bag or a laptop bag, see if there is a locker or luggage-check in the airport, take along only your necessities, and have a little fun. Just make sure you don’t get wrapped up in an amazing new city, and you can make it back in time to catch your connecting flight!
2. Check into the lounge
If you’re taking a long international flight with a layover, it may pay to pay for day access to the airport lounge at the airport you’ll be spending your layover in. With comfortable chairs, dependable WiFi, and sometimes complimentary food and drink, there are few better ways to spend a couple hours killing time in the airport before you get to your destination.
3. Get a little exercise
Sitting still in an airplane for long periods of time can make you pretty sore, and using your layover time to get a little exercise is a great idea to combat discomfort. Take a few laps around the airport, do some yoga in a quiet corner, or find a seat and work on your stretches. Not only will this help to pass the time, but you’ll feel better when you get to your destination for it.
4. See if the airport has a spa
Some airports offer small nail salons or mini-spas that provide services for those waiting for a flight. If you’re headed to a tropical destination or someplace warm, use your layover time to get a manicure and pedicure, and look beach ready as soon as you land. Opting for a spa service can also help to refresh and relax you after a stressful day of traveling.
5. Check out the shops
Many airports all over the world have some very interesting shops scattered around, and they’re really worth checking out if you’re facing some downtime due to a layover. Picking up little souvenirs from these shops can help you to remember and embrace all the neat places your travels have allowed you to explore, even if it’s just in the airport!
6. Book a room and take a nap
In some airports, like London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle, have mini hotels right inside of the airport to alleviate some of the weariness that comes along with travelling. These are modeled from Japanese capsule hotels, and beds can be rented for a couple of hours to allow you that bit of shut-eye to make the last leg of your trip a bit more refreshed.
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