How To Make The Most Of Your Layover
For some of us, the thought of having to wait longer than a couple of hours for a layover is enough to make us cancel our travel plans, but what if we told you that there was a way you could make the very best of such an opportunity? Because that is a fact. You no longer have to confine yourself to the airport grounds and combat the boredom with expensive WiFi. We are about to show you how an 8 hour layover is going to become one of the best parts of your trip…
Pay a visit to the business lounge
Business lounges have to be some of the most underrated places in an airport. If you are struggling with ideas of how you can spend your layover period and make it a productive part of your journey, then head over to the business lounge. Here you can take the chance to charge up your phone, tablet or laptop, access some free WiFi and make the most of the quiet! If you are a regular traveller, then you could look into getting an annual business lounge membership.
Have a work out
One of the best ways to destress and take your mind off of a gruelling layover is by taking some exercise. Check online if the airport you are going to has a gym you can use or try to do some yoga in a quiet space of the airport if you can. Staying active and simply taking the time to stretch your muscles a little through gentle exercise can really help you feel happier and healthier.
One of the most exciting ways you can pass the time during a layover period is to get outside of the airport and see the area. Before you fly try to find out all the different methods of transport you can take to get yourself exploring the area a little. Some destinations even offer special whirlwind bus tours which could provide to be a very affordable and interesting source of entertainment.
If you find yourself at an airport where the WiFi is slow, unpredictable or just plain non-existent then make sure you plan ahead and purchase a mobile WiFi device to see you through the journey. This is a particularly useful tip if you rely on the internet to get some work done.
Recharge your batteries
Travel can wear you out, that is undeniable. If you are feeling the strain of jet lag and find yourself in desperate need of a nap then take your layover as a time to recharge your batteries. Some ariports (such as Doha Airport) even have special rest rooms where you can lay down and get comfortable. This will go a long way to making sure you recover from your lack of sleep and function well when you arrive at your next destination.
Finally, remember to take your European Health Insurance Card with you if you know you will be stopping over in a European country.