How to Make the Most of Long Layovers

Enjoying the Full Journey

Layovers happen.

Travel consultants like us always try to get you to your final destination as swiftly as possibly, but sometimes there are obstacles—such as gaps in schedules or delayed flights—that create lengthy layovers.

Fear not! Here are a few ways to make the most of your time spent between flights.

Stretch those Legs
After spending hours sitting in a plane, the last thing you should do during a layover is sit down, watching the clock. Take a brisk walk around the airport terminal, or even around it if you don’t mind going through security again. The next leg of your flight will go much smoother once you’ve kicked the dust off.

See those Sights
If your airport is attached to the local public transit system, or if it’s centrally-located, hop on the metro or take a cab to take in the local sights. A six-hour layover flies by when you spend that time experiencing a destination for the first time.

Use those Forks
The quality of restaurants inside airports has risen exponentially in the last decade. Wherever you are, check out the full list of restaurants and splurge on one of the fancier ones. After a slow, large feast of the highest quality, you’ll be in a better position to relax on the next leg of your journey.

Grab those Zzz’s
Long layovers typically occur when you’re flying to the far side of the world. Get a head start on converting to the new time zone by sleeping at the airport. Many terminals have dedicated sleeping sections or reclining chairs just for this purpose.

Your travel agent might also know some tips about the airport for best dining or how to hop out and back in to see the area!