Whether you’ve had to book a long layover flight because your destination required it, or simply because the flight was the cheapest option available to you, there are a few things to keep in mind when you’re waiting for your connecting flight.
First and foremost, try to see if the layover is long enough to allow you time to leave the airport and explore the city! See if you can store your luggage in a storage locker if necessary, and get out there! Even if its just for a few hours, who knows what you could discover outside of the airport.
Also, if you’re an athletic person, consider traveling with a yoga mat or maybe just a pair of sneakers. If you’re not shy, you can stretch out in a secluded area of the airport, and even throw in a few jumping jacks! Nothing’s worse than sitting down during an entire flight, but don’t stay immobile while waiting you’re your next one!
Maybe you’re a little less active, and a little bit more creative. If you’re traveling with your guitar or any other instrument, you could play for the fleeting travelers, who may also be looking for a way to kill their long layover! It could also be a great way to entertain traveling children.
Perhaps you’re traveling for business, so it could be beneficial to you to get some sleep while you wait for your connecting flight. In certain airports in cities like London, Paris, and Amsterdam, flyers can reserve access to YOTEL facilities, Japanese capsules that you can rent for a minimum of 4 hours that include a bed, a bathroom, and a TV. If the airport you’re stuck at doesn’t offer these facilities, you could also pay for access to your airline company’s premium lounge.
You could also catch up on that book that’s been collecting dust on your bookshelf, or you could chat with a stranger. Who knows what pleasant surprises could come from a friendly conversation.
You can people watch or write about your travels while waiting. If you’re into shopping, try visiting the numerous duty free boutiques for a good deal. Most importantly, stay nourished! See if there are any restaurants in the airport that serve local cuisine, or if you are able to leave the airport for a few hours, see if you can get a recommendation for an authentic, centrally located restaurant!
In any case, don’t forget to set an alarm for the boarding time for your flight, because you may get so caught up in the fun of killing your long layover that you may just miss it!