Airport layovers are usually analogous to reheated, tasteless sandwiches, paid WiFi services, overcrowded waiting lounges and people packed onto those uncomfortable metal chairs. However, actually they offer you the perfect chance to unwind and loosen yourself up, or maybe, get into enjoying the city that you’d love to explore, some sightseeing. So, here are the best ways to make the most of your stopover.
If you have around some 2-4 hours in hand, though that being a substantial chunk of time, you won’t be able to explore the city; so why not grab this chance to explore the airport, check out the Duty Free stores, the bookstores or the amazing eateries and cafes or have an ever relaxing massage or energy therapy at an airport spa.
And, in case, if you happen to have around half a day, that would be just great. Throw in small visits to snugly city cafes, a few museums and simply stroll along beautiful city street. Quick entrance to a city center using public transport is possibly the best way to steal away a couple hours and take in some sights or even a good meal. Plan ahead of your trip, enlist all places you can cover up in that time frame and get onto it. You’d be surprised to see how many airports and local tour operators offer mini city tours so that travellers can make the most of their stopover time and check another one off of their bucket list.
What If You Aren’t Exactly The Restless Type?
You might think that dozing off in the airport disturbingly sounds like sleeping on the street but it all depends on your comfort level. Many airports have designated sleeping sections or special sleep chairs that make for painless napping, and almost all airports have waiting lounges; so put in your ear phones, play some jazz and get your catnap.
Don’t Wish To Sleep?
Then the best possible thing you could do is to get onto reading that novel lying in your bag, or go get creative! Apparently drawing, sketching and writing helps in relieving stress and aids with concentration, as well as being entertaining activities to while away the hours.
Got An Overnight Stopover?
Plan for a side trip to the city and have a little escapade almost for free, at least from a flight’s standpoint. And then check in to one of those capsule style cabins, which are usually located either within the terminal or close to the airport itself, both of which would be effectual if you strive to nap during a flight and want to tone down the effects of jet lag on your trip. But, be sure to book ahead for the best rates and to avoid missing out.
The trick to taking advantage of these unconventional routes is to plan ahead and to think out of the box; book your flights according to how you’d want your stopover to be, and make the stopover a memorable part of your trip. Instead of killing time filling out crossword puzzles and browsing your twitter and Facebook feeds, stuff in as much, culture as you like before you fly out or prepare yourself for the exciting holidays with some relaxation.