How to survive an airport layover

If you’re a frequent flyer (and even if you’re not), inevitably you’re going to get yourself stuck at an airport for a lengthy layover. Flight schedules, a mechanical failure or something as mundane as a tropical storm could have you stranded in an airport for hours at a time. And there’s no need to play Angry Birds for 4 hours. Here are a few things you can do to pass the time:

  1. An airport is greater than the sum of its tourist-traps

Airports are full of cool curios stores and interesting nooks and crannies. Ideally though, you want to spread your wings a little (that’s probably why you’re travelling after all). Check to see if you’re allowed to leave the confines of the airport and go take a look-see at the city/country you’re in. Even if it’s a small taste of something different – this is what travelling is all about.

  1. Assume the position

If you know you’re going to be at an airport for a while and aren’t shy of performing a modified cobra in public, then perhaps pack a yoga mat. A few minutes of stretching and breathing can refresh you after a long flight.

  1. Eat, drink and try not to get too merry

Let’s face it, airplane food is horrible. Thankfully, these days, airports are packed with a variety of restaurants and bar that make eating a little bit more of a treat. So spoil yourself with a cheeky wine tasting or juicy steak before you leave on that jet plane. It’ll help get you through the fantastically varied ‘chicken or beef’ options, later.

  1. Chillax

Travelling can be a little stressful. From hauling your luggage sets around, to the unfamiliar sights and sounds, to adjusting to new time zones and general sleep deprivation – every now and then it’s good just to catch a break. Find a quiet lounge, kick up your feet and enjoy some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the busyness.

  1. Take it all in

The simple act of people watching can be ultra-relaxing. Find a spot that sees a lot of pedestrian traffic and just take in the surroundings. Watch as people pass by and try to imagine the backstory behind where they’ve come from and where they’re going. You’ll find it to be quite entertaining. If you’d rather not look like a psychopath, then find a seat that overlooks the runway and watch the plans take off and land.

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