Have you ever been in the middle of a long layover and been bored to death? Well, you aren’t alone. Layovers can be dreadfully boring especially if you have many hours to kill without an actual plan. It can get frustrating for us, waiting for long hours stuck at the airport, so imagine how it may feel for kids. With quite a lot of experience in creatively killing time at the airport that too with a toddler, here are our top tip.
Shop and dine
Well, this is the most common thing we all do to pass time at the airport and it actually works when you have a shorter stop. While airport shopping can be a little expensive, the duty-free stores can be a shopper’s paradise.
Sightseeing & small city tours
If your passport and visa allow it, just get out there and explore the city or take a food tour. Many airports offer free city tours and it can be perfect to discover a new city. Even if you have not really planned it and your flight has got delayed, you could always hail a taxi or use public transport to visit nearby attractions.
Enjoy cool amenities at the airport
Some airports offer freebies to travelers to keep them entertained like San Francisco’s free yoga studio. Many other airports have seriously cool amenities like drinks on the go, brewery tour, golf, rooftop pool at a small fee. I love airports that focus on entertaining kids as well and Vancouver Aquarium’s major exhibit which includes a 30,000-gallon tank featuring 5,000 ocean animals is my personal favorite.
Catch up on a latest series or binge watch your favorite shows
With free wi-fi for a couple of hours or more, you can always stream your preferred entertainment on Netflix or some other content platform. You could also download stuff on your laptop or Ipad. We always have a bunch of downloaded cartoons and rhymes on our phones and Ipad. And for me, in the good old-fashioned way, it’s generally a book that saves the day.
Relax at the Airport Lounge
If you have a couple of hours in hand and don’t feel like moving around too much, you can always get a little more comfortable in an airport lounge. Most of them include more comfortable seating areas, free WiFi, and free snacks and drinks. If you are a frequent flyer, you could also get a priority pass that gives access to more than 1000 airport lounges around the world.
Book a hotel room
This is the best for families especially with young kids who need to wait for long hours for their connecting flights. You could book a hotel close by to the airport or even check-in into the airport hotel as many airports nowadays have an in-house hotel. Some airports also have sleeping booths and pods just incase you do not want to book a room.
Sometimes a long layover doesn’t have to be boring at all. We had once planned for a 42-hour long layover and really enjoyed it by checking into a luxury hotel and exploring the city. Read more about our trip to Melaka.
So if you are traveling to, say, New York and you are looking for cheap flights to New York, just check the time for a stopover and pick the flight with adequate hours in the connecting city. So, if you plan well, a layover can be a lot of fun.
Have you spent an interesting layover in an airport? We would love to hear about it…