Having a layover between flights is a very boring must for a lot of travelers. If you are going on vacation you can not get there fast enough and have to wait at an airport is not fun. If your vacation is over – you just want to get back home fast. But you can have a great time while in transit to.
Have a really nice meal
Sure the prices on food are in general quite high at airports but if you have a few hours to spare, why not go big and have a nice gourmet meal? At http://www.eater.com/airport-dining-guides you can find different restaurants at airports around the world. That means you can plan your dining experience in advance and kill a couple of hours with some really good food.
Visit an Art Gallery
After your dinner – why not visit a gallery? Amsterdams airport, Schiphol, was the first airport to open an art gallery in 2002. Since then a lot of airports has followed and today there are many galleries that have art exhibitions around the world. Some of them are permanent exhibits and some are temporary. Stroll around and get your “art fix” while waiting at the airport. And best of all – this is one (of few) thing that is free of charge to visit.
Perfect to prevent jet lag and make an hour or two go by. Why not visit a gym or take a yoga class? A lot of the airports offer workouts while in transit and those that do not, often have hotels connected to the airport that will allow “non-hotel guests” to visit their gym for a fee. If you like to workout or promised yourself to improve your training – this is a perfect time to start! And if you are not a shy person – you can always work out in a corner at the airport, doing yoga poses and get your blood pumping.
Pamper yourself at a Spa or get your nails done
After a workout, you might want to celebrate with a Spa treatment? You can get your hair done, your nails fixed or may get your legs waxed. Most larger airports offer different spa treatments that make the time fly by. If you think a spa treatment is too much – find massage chairs and get yourself a “mini massage” by the chair – a lot cheaper and really nice. And if you are lucky and have a layover in Helsingfors, Finland, you can even get a sauna treatment while looking at the landing strip.
Most of the airports have really nice shopping (and often expensive) and you can easily get rid of a couple of hours by strolling around in all the stores. Find your new favorite perfume or try on some exclusive clothes while you wait.
Find the special things at your airport
A lot of the airports are trying to give more great experiences to their travelers. If you are at Hong Kong International Airport you can play golf or visit a 4-D cinema. At Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, you can find PlayStation and play different games – for free. There are a lot of different special attractions at almost each airport so make sure to find the gems at the airport you are at.
Miami, Manchester, and Sidney are just a few of the airports that offer weddings. And if you do have the time (and the right partner) this will be a memorable layover. And if you are lucky you will get some special treatment for the rest of your stay at the airport, and who does not love champagne and strawberries? Just make sure you love it enough to get married.
If all else fails – sleep. If you do not want to sleep uncomfortably on a chair in the departure gate? There are a lot of airports that offer small rooms per the hour. There you have a tv, shower, and bed. Or you might check in at a “yotell”, a sleeping capsule that you also rent by the hour. But make sure to catch your flight and get on with your trip!