Airports, travel, and delays go hand-in-hand. Here's how top travel bloggers pass the time.
Here are some suggestions from top travel bloggers on how to make the most of that wasted time and get the best value for your vacation time.
Sophie from Wonderful Wanderings says:
So, what do I do when I’m stuck at the airport for some considerable time? I read or listen to some music, but mostly I try to get some work done (reading and answering emails etc). When there’s free WiFi, of course. Another typical activity, I think, is going through the pictures I took on my camera or phone. I try to already delete the crappy photos so that I don’t have to do that at home anymore. Oh, and I go ‘window shopping’ anyway, even though I know I cannot get that Longchamp handbag.
Learn more about Sofie at http://www.wonderfulwanderings.com.
Jessica from A Passion and a Passport says:
With many airports being like mini malls these days, I have so much fun walking around and admiring all those luxurious items I just cannot afford. I've recently had my eye on a Hermes watch that I found at the airport. I didn't buy it- promise! Although, if you are seriously looking for expensive items, airports are the place to buy them. With many items being duty free, you pay no tax! And lemme tell you, those percentages really do add up!
I also like to browse the nearby stands and check out the souvenirs, and occasionally buy a fancy magazine. There's just something about those glossy pages that ups my mood. :) And oh, the food, how could I forget? My home airport (JFK) is decked out with so many different food options it's unbelievable. I usually spend a while salivating over the yummy goodness at Cinnabon, deciding which pizza to get, and staring at the chocolate chip cookies which are always right in my face. Can't eat too much or I won't fit in my bikini!
I would like to say I don't get stressed or annoyed with plane delays, but I'm like the rest of us. I do, I just find ways to combat it. Most of the time. :)
Learn more about Jessica at http://www.apassionandapassport.com
Megan from Wanderlust Megan says:
Unfortunately, delays sometimes come into play. If that is the case, I usually will grab a drink at the bar, some food and then continue to work away. I try to make the most of my time in the airport before hopping on the plane.
Learn more about Megan at http://www.wanderlustmegan.com
Noel from NoelMorata.com says:
Even taking your notes and transferring them into the computer to start generating solid thoughts and working articles is very productive time spent when you have a lot of free time to focus on these tasks. I also find taking photographs at the airport can be quite stimulating and a creative venue to work on arrival/destination imagery and people photography.
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Tracey from The Suitcase Scholar says:
There’s nothing better than arriving at the gate an hour or so in advance (though anything much more than an hour can get tedious). Once you’ve made it to security and are comfortably in range of the little voice telling you when to board, you don’t have to think about travel anymore. Thus, you are free to spend your time. And I spend my time wisely.
In airports that do not offer free WiFi (to those airports, I say--shame on you), I pull out my laptop and get to work editing photos or jotting down trip notes in Evernote. On a recent trip to Miami, I holed up next to an outlet under a drinking fountain (the charging stations were all filled) and simultaneously: charged both my laptop and iPhone, uploaded all of my trip photos, edited about a quarter of them, and used the 3G on my iPhone to respond to blog comments, text a friend, chat on Facebook, and listen to music. All in the 45 minutes or so before they began boarding people with better seats than me.
Why would you spend that time in a Brooks Brothers?
Learn more about Tracey at http://www.suitcasescholar.com.
Bex from Life Beyond Borders says:
I’ve had the good fortune, in my time, to be stuck in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore airports. Both have excellent facilities such as a transit hotel (Singapore) that is bookable by the hour so you can sleep and shower, a lounge accessible to all with free nibbles, massage chairs and even reflexologists/foot & hand masseurs on hand to pummel away the stress.
And don’t forget the rooftop swimming pool and cinemas – not to mention the range of electrical goods for sale in Duty Free. I mean really, it’s akin to going to a shopping mall!
I’ve also had the unfortunate experience of being stuck in Doha (Qatar) airport – luckily not for long. This airport had hole in the ground toilets, no shopping facilities and barely anywhere to sit. Strange, for such a rich country and fabulous airline. But each experience is exactly that: an experience. I love to people watch, and where better than the transit part of an airport?
My next transit airport will be Moscow in August 2013. I might have changed my mind by then, stay tuned!
Learn more about Bex at www.lifebeyondbordersblog.com
Megan from MeganHettwer.com says:
I tend to catch up on all of reading that gets neglected in my daily life (I’m pretty sure I’ve knocked out at least two books in the Game of Thrones series while hanging out in those uncomfortable airport chairs so far in 2013). When I get stiff from all that lounging (it’s a rough life) I break out a little airport yoga. It definitely elicits some strange stares, but it’s totally worth it – even if the floors are a bit unsavory. Thankfully, I only travel with a carry on, so I can grab a towel or a spare shirt and create a makeshift yoga mat.
Finally, I’m a huge fan of the “people watch and come up with life stories for them” game. It may be a bit creepy for random passerby, but it keeps my mind occupied. If I stay somewhat occupied it’s easy to stay calm during long waits and throughout irritating flight delays. My yoga practice can use all the help it can get, anyway!
Learn more about Megan at http://www.meganhettwer.com.
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. What do you do to pass the time when you're stuck at the airport?
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