Best Things To Do During A Layover

Flights with layovers are often cheaper than direct flights, but with the savings come a few issues: extra time at the airport.  You’ve probably found yourself stuck in the airport, sitting in an uncomfortable boarding area and endlessly waiting for your next flight. This waiting game can eventually take a toll, leaving you either bored […]

  • November 13, 2019

Flights with layovers are often cheaper than direct flights, but with the savings come a few issues: extra time at the airport.  You’ve probably found yourself stuck in the airport, sitting in an uncomfortable boarding area and endlessly waiting for your next flight. This waiting game can eventually take a toll, leaving you either bored or frustrated. We know how valuable time is, so here are a few ideas on how you can keep yourself happy and productive during a layover.

Get something to eat

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Airport food is notorious for being expensive and bland, so most people would do their best to shy away from eating at the airport. However, some of the world’s airports are actually home to good food: there’s Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food in UK’s Heathrow; a 24-hour market style restaurant called Marche in Qatar’s Hamad; and Maxim’s, which serves classic chinese dimsum, in Hong Kong.

Do a bit of shopping

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Missed out on some pasalubong shopping? From luxury items to local goods, airports offer a variety of items worth taking home. Don’t forget to browse around further than the usual duty free store for good bargains!

See the sights

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Some airports, like Turkey’s Ataturk or Amsterdam’s Schipol, have a layover tour program, where travelers can sign up for a quick tour of their respective cities. These sightseeing tours are usually available for travelers who have a waiting time between 4-8 hours, covering a selection of tour options, schedules and guides.

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Sometimes you don’t even have to go out, as some some major hubs have attractions right within the airport! San Francisco’s international airport have wall murals, art pieces hanging from the ceiling and other rotating artworks, coupled with vintage airplane knickknacks scattered throughout the terminals. Singapore’s Changi have gardens, a swimming pool with a jacuzzi, and even a movie theater.

Work it out

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Check your airport’s website if they have gym facilities or fitness areas. You can burn some calories, sweat out some of the travel-induced tension, or get your blood flowing through deep stretches and meditation.

Get some zzz’s

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If you need some decent shuteye before the next leg of your trip, you can look into accommodations right in the heart of the airport. These are often capsule rooms rented out for a few hours, fully equipped with a bed, a bathroom, maybe even a foldable desk or a flat screen TV. Don’t want to pay up? Check out Sleeping in Airports, a website that will point you to the right direction, with tips on the best spots to sleep in an airport. A lot of major hubs have padded lounge chairs or benches that are good enough for a leisure nap.

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