I was 18. Young, carefree, traveling solo, without a worry in the world. And then, I experienced an ordeal that most of the travelers can relate to. I was stranded at an airport for more than 8 hours with nowhere to go and nothing to do. I am sure, you can understand my agony. I didn’t know how to spend those extra hours. Ever since I’ve spent a lot of time at the airports and come up with some nifty ideas so that I don’t have to bow down to boredom again!
Whether you’re waiting in queue to park your car or have to laze around till you get onto the next available flight, don’t let extra time on your hands be a dreary affair. The tips here are sure to inspire you:
1) Go For A Quick Sightseeing Tour
If you’re stranded at an airport, have a little extra time on hands and a transit visa (if applicable), embark on a quick sightseeing tour. You can easily get fast and affordable transportation from most of the airports.
All you need to do is take off in a public transportation to the nearest sightseeing place, a mall or the city center and explore it to bide time.
Don’t forget to come back to the airport for check-in and catch your next flight!
2) Meetup Friends and Relatives
Do you have some or the other acquaintances living close by the airport? What about family or friends? If the answer is affirmative, talk to them in advance and plan an itinerary where you can catch up with them just outside the airport or visit a place nearby together. Since they will be familiar with the place, you will have a smooth sailing in their company.
3) Read A Book
This one’s a no-brainer. If you love reading and have a book/eBook reader with you, get lost in a good book and absorb the goodness. Forgot the book? Purchase a book or a magazine to while away time. Don’t want to spend money? Go online and start reading random blogs on the internet. You never know what you may find!
4) Make Time For Forty Winks
When you travel, sometimes you don’t get to catch up on your sleep.
Make up for the lost sleep by napping at the airport. There are some airports, which have special sleeping sections and chairs.
These are just incredible if you have the ability to sleep just about anywhere. On the other hand, you can even go to a lounge room and stretch out fully. This works well when you have to catch flights at odd times and need to camp at the airport longer than usual.