We’ve all been there: No matter how much time you put into planning your next trip, especially if you choose to fly, there will be gaps in your schedule. Even if your itinerary was perfect, you might receive that dreaded email telling you your flight was delayed by seven hours. What to do then?
If the flight is a connection and you won’t be able to leave the airport, you’re going to have to be creative. But don’t despair, my dear traveler; having plenty of free time should be treated as a gift, not a curse.
You see, many people would cringe at the idea of being stuck at an airport for a long time with nothing to do — but you, being the smart traveler you are, will have anticipated situations like this and will be prepared to tackle them swiftly.
So, here are some ideas on ways to make the most of your time at the airport:
1. Carry a Book
That pretty much goes without saying! Savvy travelers will have their companion next to them all the time, be it a paper book or a Kindle/tablet/smartphone. Just find a comfortable place and delve into your book and make sure to take your time to savor every word.
If you’re lucky enough to be reading this article, you probably own one of the aforementioned devices. The possibilities are endless here; if there’s no Wifi (or it’s ridiculously expensive) just play a game, watch a movie or carry on watching that series (winter is coming?). If you do have access to the internet, just do whatever you were going to do if you were at home — social media, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc.
What? You’re not carrying your journal? Tut tut! No, seriously, this might be the right time to start writing about your adventures; you never know what might happen. It could be great material for your future blog; to show to your kids or even have the perfect start for your book! (Optimistic much?)