Layovers don’t have to be bad though. I’ve had layovers as long as 12 hours long before, and this has happened several times.
One time I had a 12 hour long layover and I wasn’t allowed to leave the airport (I didn’t have my passport when I traveled to Puerto Rico and I didn’t realize that when we stopped in St. Croix that we would need our passport or a birth certificate) and I managed to survive.
I’ve also had a long layover in Los Angeles when we were on our way to Hawaii. It was an overnight layover. We thought about leaving the airport and staying at a hotel but we figured out that we would only be able to be at the hotel for a few hours (after getting there, settling in, driving back to the airport, and going through security) and that just wasn’t worth it to us.
Below are four ways to make a layover more manageable and fun:
1. Leave the airport.
If you have enough time to get back through security so that you can make your flight, I would look into possibly leaving the airport you are at and quickly visiting the town you are in. You may not be able to see a whole lot of the city, but you may be able to visit a beach, hit up some restaurants, and/or do something touristy such as visiting somewhere famous.
You always want to make sure you have enough time though! You need to factor in time to leave the airport to get to where you want to go, the time that it would take to do whatever you want to do, the time it would take you to get to the airport, and the time it would take you to get through security and arrive at your gate.
2. Get some work in.
What’s great about layovers for me is that it can be a great time for me to work. Since sometimes there is not much else going on, I can really concentrate on working because there is really nothing else going on. I don’t even connect to the internet, this way I can just get some work in without social media bothering me.
3. Read a book.
When I have a long layover, I try to find a quiet area to sit in where I won’t be bothered by people constantly coming and going because of flights that leave before mine. This way I can sit in peace and read a favorite book of mine. I might buy some magazines too at a kiosk at the airport in case I have no books left to read.
4. People watch.
This is probably my most favorite thing to do during a layover at an airport. There are so many interesting people from all over the world at an airport, so it would be really hard to not have fun people watching.
What do you usually do when you have a layover?
What’s been your longest layover?
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