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What To Do During a Layover

Layovers during travel are sometimes expected, and sometimes not. Unfortunately, some of our travel plans are at the mercy of many outside factors (weather, schedules, crowds), so, there are times when we’ll all have layovers. Some are short enough to allow a restroom break and a brief stretch of the legs. Others, however, can be upwards of 6-8 hours long. Here are some ideas for keeping busy during a layover:

Exercise

Many airports these days have on-site gyms (with showers) that you can use during a layover. Not all of us have the ability to pack workout clothes, though, so, if you can’t fit in a hard burning workout, think about walking the terminals and stretching your legs. Most, if not all, major airports these days have an art program and feature local and national artists on the walls of the terminals. What a great way to expand your artistic knowledge and get in those steps.

Eat

These days, airports are filled with options for eating – from fast food to sit down meals, you can find something for everyone. Research your layover airport and get an idea of the restaurants that you can choose from in advance. Think carefully about a heavy meal though, especially if you have another long flight ahead of you.

Work Your Brain

If you never have the time at home to sit and read a good book, a layover is a perfect opportunity to do so. Put on some noise canceling headphones and get lost in your book. Or, if you want, do crossword puzzles, brain teasers, or play a game on your device that will get your mind thinking.

Explore

If you find you have a much longer layover than anticipated and are in a city you haven’t visited, consider leaving the airport and exploring. Airports have lockers you can rent for your smaller belongings, and you can book a ride (with Groundlink) to go and head out. Pick one to two sightseeing options and enjoy some culture.

Layovers can be mentally and physically exhausting, but, they can also provide an opportunity to relax and enjoy some “me time”.

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