Connecting flights are very cheap compared to direct flights because of the inconvenience they are to travelers. However, sometimes, the frustration and exhaustion from traveling with a connecting flight are unavoidable. For example, being stuck on hard metal benches for over 24 hours is daunting.
Luckily, your layover does not have to be boring. There are creative ways you can keep yourself busy and entertained as you wait for the flight. However, the airport does not provide these fun activities; you will need to take bold steps to get them. The following are some of the ways you can prevent fatigue at a layover:
Get Out and Explore the City
Any layover guide will insist that you explore the nearby city because it is a free mini-trip to that area, somewhere you couldn’t have been otherwise. Specifically, if you are a blogger or photographer, exploit the situation and make good content. In other cases, the city you layover at might be on your to-do travel list. Therefore use that chance to cross it off.
Nonetheless, do not get too carried away and miss your connecting flight. Go with a local guide willing to show you the city and make sure you know the shuttle times. Meanwhile, ensure you are safe at all times, it is a new city, and anything can happen.
Sample the Local Cuisine
If you have spent long hours on the flight, you will need to get warm food into your system. To make this experience more enjoyable, buy yourself some food at a hotel nearby. Chances are you will never get a similar opportunity in the same city to enjoy their cuisine.
Staying hungry during a layover can exponentially increase your anxiety and frustration. Moreover, you might have crossed something off your wish list by trying local cuisine.
Window Shop at the Duty-Free
may come as a surprise, but most of the products you buy are relatively expensive because of VAT. If you love shopping and want to spare some coins, the duty-free section at the airport is the ideal spot. So, you can get a few souvenirs for your family and friends at a lower cost.
Furthermore, you can get samples of otherwise expensive perfumes and chocolates Duty-free. There is no need to buy; take in the beauty and endless possibility as an actual window shopper would.
Meditate and Stretch
Naturally, most layover airports have a prayer room in which you can stretch your muscles and get rid of the crumps in your feet. Also, you can meditate, if you are into it, and get the anxiety and frustration from the inconvenience of layovers. In isolated situations where the airport does not have a prayer room, stretch on the lounge chairs.
Explore Airport Museums and Art Displays
You might not be adventurous as other travelers- hence there is no shame in exploring what is already around. Furthermore, exploring a new city is scary if you are unfamiliar with the local language and culture. Walking across the airport for sightseeing has similar benefits to touring the city.
If you can’t afford non-stop flights, connecting flights is the best way to get to your destination. Despite being slightly inconvenient, you can use that time wisely. Furthermore, there is no limit to the amount of adventure and experiences you could enjoy in those few hours before you leave that city. So, please do not limit yourself to the airport lounge. Instead, walk around the city and explore its cuisine and architecture.