Long layover? Happens to all of us, especially when you’re travelling long haul. Given the reality and prevalence of transit stops, our friends at Cheapflights.com.au helped come up with seven boredom-busting tips that will make that stopover go by in a flash.
1. Get moving
Hit the gym or go for a brisk walk around or between terminals. In the age of mega-airports you can easily cover a lot of ground. You’ll also burn calories, feel less sluggish and release some of the frustration of being stuck at an airport. If available, get a map from an information counter and know where your next gate is so you don’t wander too far afield.
2. Get a spa treatment
In addition to fitness centres, many airports offer spa services that can make for a relaxing and indulgent way to beat the monotony during a stopover, and start your holiday early. With treatments such as massages, manicures, oxygen and aromatherapy, skincare and waxing available, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
3. Go sightseeing
Depending on how long your stopover is and transfer times from and to the airport, it might be worth leaving it to do some sightseeing. Grab a map from an information kiosk and take a shuttle bus or public transport into the town to explore. Just be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get back so you don’t miss your flight. Some airports such as Singapore Changi offer convenient free sightseeing packages just for this purpose. Don’t forget to check that you satisfy all immigration visa requirements if you plan to exit the airport.
4. Pay for lounge access
Pay for day use at many of the airport lounges. Perks at each vary, but you can expect comfortable seating, showers, free Wi-Fi, snacks, drinks and newspapers. We’ve compiled a few tips to help ensure you get maximum value from your lounge visit here.
5. Window shop
According to research from Cheapflights, 71 percent of Aussies make duty free purchases when travelling. Some airports are better than others, but the bigger the airport the more likely you’ll find shops that you like. Don’t forget to check the duty-free allowance of your destination. Likewise, be careful purchasing liquids, aerosols and gels that may get confiscated at your departure gate. If in doubt, ask the shop assistant – most will be able to check for you.
6. People watch
Airports, particularly hub airports like Dubai, London and Kuala Lumpur are intersections of the world. Find a comfortable spot and spend some time observing the different types of people who pass you. If you’re feeling creative, play a game guessing where they’re going.
7. Have a drink
60 percent of Aussies will have a cheeky tipple before boarding. And it’s no wonder, as many major airports now have wine bars, cafes and restaurants offering the ideal setting to sit back and relax with travel companions or a good book. Indulge in moderation, as many airlines have strict rules that disallow boarding of passengers showing signs of intoxication.
Above all, have fun. Airports are part of the journey, so you may as well make the most of them! Also see: