If you’re traveling long haul, the chances are that you will end up with a layover, especially if you are trying to save a little bit of money from going direct. A layover is often a very awkward length of time – not long enough to leave the airport, but long enough that you are likely to get bored. Here are some ways that you can make a layover work for you.
Take a nap
Traveling is exhausting, especially with time differences, so if you have a well-timed layover, why not catch some Zs? Some airports have dedicated areas, pods or chairs that are ideal for taking a snooze, but otherwise, grab a travel cushion and an eye mask and set yourself up on a bench for a few hours. Be sure to set your alarm, so you don’t miss your next flight!
Have a feast
The food on an airplane leaves little to be desired and often in an airport we head for cheap fast food options. However, there are usually really lovely restaurants offering gourmet food that is worth a try. Rather than just grabbing a snack from the closest kiosk, treat it as a special occasion and start your trip early with a full meal and a glass of something delicious!
Get your blood pumping
This involves being quite confident, but you’re unlikely to see any of these people again, so why not? Unroll your yoga mat and get some practice in. Your body will feel amazing after sitting in the cramped airplane for a few hours, and you’ll feel a lot less stressed too. If cardio is more your thing, some airports have gyms in them, or close enough to use between flights. Don’t forget to shower before boarding again!
Book a YOTEL
No, that’s not a typo, a YOTEL is a very small, yet efficient, hotel room that includes everything you need with no extra fuss. They are based in cities, but also have offerings in London Gatwick and Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol, Istanbul, and Singapore Changi Airports. They can be rented from four hours, and in the 75 square foot cabin, you have a shower, a bed, a desk, and even a flat-screen TV!
Treat yo’ self
Again, the secret to enjoying your layover is to treat it as an occasion. Set aside some spending money specifically for buying a few treats at the airport. You can get some great duty free bargains, so if you need some new shades or a purse, perhaps wait until the airport, or even pick up a gift for family or friends you’re going to visit. If you’re a little strapped for cash, there’s no shame in window shopping and imagining what you’d buy if you were rich.
So, next time you have a layover booked, try to see it as an opportunity, rather than a hindrance. This change in your mindset will make you feel much more positive about the traveling experience, and you’ll arrive at your destination feeling as though you have fully utilized your time.