Long layovers caused by bad weather, delayed flights or missed connections is something that can’t be avoided when flying. Nonetheless, there are lots of things that you can do to pass a long layover: You can fill yourself with some tasty snacks, look around the airport, or even shop to your heart’s content. But if you’re left with nothing else to do than people-watch, here are five simple tricks that you can do to kill the time and entertain yourself.
- Go Sight-Seeing. If you have enough time to kill and the airport you’re in is within easy rich of the city centre, then look into visiting some local sites near the airport’s vicinity. In cities like London, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Chicago, Hong Kong and Singapore, travellers can easily see popular attractions either by rented tours or public transport. For better sight-seeing results, sketch a rough itinerary beforehand. Research on the kind of transportation that you can take to and from the airport, as well as the local sites that you want to visit.
- Catch With a Friend Online. Don’t feel like talking to the person seated next to you? Then socialize with your family and friends online. Use the extra time you have to reply to messages, update your Facebook status or make a phone call. There’s just hundreds of things that you can do in social media, and this is probably the best time to get back to the people you’ve neglected on the whole duration of your trip.
- Play a Game. It’s always a good idea to pack one or two board games with you, especially if you’re going to experience a rather long layover. Some good packable games include Travel Scrabble, Bananagrams and Yahtzee to Go. Also, have your travel companion or a fellow passenger join you in the fun.
- Write in Your Journal. Love writing? Then use all the free time that you have to write a poem, short story or your additional plans for your trip. You can also update your blog, or reply to your readers’ comments. There are just so many things that you can write about using the time that you have.
- Sleep. If anything else fails, take a good nap. Find a quiet place, and get as secured and comfortable as possible then shut your eye. You may not get a quality sleep, but an hour of napping is already enough to recharge you throughout your trip.
Long layovers can really suck all the fun and energy out of you. Luckily, you can do the aforementioned tricks to entertain yourself and make the most of your waiting time.